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What’s the secret that makes Cuban pork so delicious?

Inside Paladar Los Mercaderes, a family-owned farm-to-table restaurant in Old Havana, Cuba
Laurie McAndish King
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Why is Cuban pork so delectable? To find out, Laurie McAndish King follows a trail of rose petals up a candle-lit marble staircase to Paladar Los Mercaderes in Old Havana. 

The restaurant’s owner, Yamil Alvarez Torres, lets us in on the secret of perfect pork and talks about mouth-watering Cuban cuisine, his customers’ favorite dishes, and the Cuban farm-to-table tradition.

Restaurant owner Yamil Alvarez Torres outside Paladar Los Mercaderes Old Havana, Cuba
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Restaurant owner Yamil Alvarez Torres outside Paladar Los Mercaderes Old Havana, Cuba

We’ll also find out about the development of private restaurants in Cuba—and hear first-hand the effects recent U.S. government regulations are having on the Cuban people.

And if you want to travel to Cuba, that’s legal and easy for Americans to do in groups, although individual travelers now have a bit of red tape to contend with.

MUSIC:

Artist: Perla Batalla

Album: Discoteca Batalla

www.perla.com

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