Cuban Black Bean Soup and I go way back. We go so far back that Marty McFly would have to drive me there to taste that particular recipe again. You see, the place is closed.
I’ve come within 100 miles, but never visited Cuba. I’ve dined at Cuban restaurants and spent the night at a Holiday Inn Express, which are dubious credentials at best. I suppose it’s presumptuous of me to name this “Cuban” black bean soup. I’ll explain.
Cuba is an island nation that has always fascinated me with a tumultuous history. I will never forget the communist revolution and the 1962 missile crisis when I was taught to “duck and cover” at school.
A Cuban family opened a restaurant in my hometown, serving their own authentic recipes. We dined there and at some point my friend noticed their phone number. The last four digits were 1-9-5-9. We thought it unlikely to be sheer coincidence, and on a hunch asked our server about it. We were told they specifically requested that number to mark the year of the communist revolution that changed their lives forever. That meal whet my appetite for more.
I dined at several more authentic Cuban restaurants when visiting Miami a few years ago. The food was glorious and I can’t replicate it – but I can try. Naming this soup is meant to show respect for the Cuban people because they inspire me through their history, culture and cuisine.
And just one more thing…
If you thought duck and cover would protect you from a nuclear blast or radioactive fallout… (you fill in the punchline)
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