Amazing! Don’t think about it (ignore the news) and just go now!

One of our clients, Laura L., recently came back from her trip and left us with this review…

“Where to begin… I did some research online and came across CIT. From that moment on, I knew I found the perfect tour company. Kristen was easy and enthusiastic to work with and very responsive to any questions my friend and I had prior to our trip. She helped customize the tour to accommodate our requests. A big thumbs up on customer service.

Then from the moment we arrived in Havana, our tour guide Laura Gonzalez was fantastic. She was so pleasant, knowledgeable and fun to be around. She even added some fun little surprises for us along the way which we loved. We got the privilege to get to know Laura and made a friend along the way.

Cuba is a beautiful country with amazing people, culture, history, food, etc. I felt safer walking the streets of Havana than I do in my own city here in the US. The food (especially desserts) and drinks were delicious. All the guides that we met from the Revolution Museum to the Grand Teatro to old Havana were what made the tours fantastic, as well as the our drivers. Getting to visit community projects and private concerts is what really makes the trip special- along with how flexible the staff are to accommodating and customizing our visit.


As someone that has traveled extensively in different parts of the world, this by far was the best tour I’ve been on and exceeded all my expectations. Top notch all the way!

FYI – No one got sick or even an inkling of an upset stomach like what happens when you go to Mexico. CIT scouts out all the restaurants/paladars in advance and so it was great to feel like you could eat and order anything off the menus.”

Colors of Cuba : A Photo Album

Sharing these amazing photos that captured the beauty of Cuba. Photo credit to our guests and CIT staff.

Colors of Cuba!

Shabi in Trinidad, Cuba

Fusterlandia

Fusterlandia

Fusterlandia

Fusterlandia

Fusterlandia

Dry house for tobacco leaves surrounded by a variety of palm trees

View of a little bit of the sunset from Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba

Shabi’s Favorite Cuban Black Beans Recipe!

According to Alex Garcia, chef-owner of Erizo Latino restaurant in New York City, there are two secrets to true Cuban black beans: preparing them without meat and allowing them to “sleep” overnight to develop flavor before serving. This recipe comes from Garcia’s grandmother. The finished beans can be seasoned to taste with sugar and vinegar.


Cuban Black Beans Recipe

The Secret – “They don’t soak the beans so it takes longer to cook but it comes out amazing.”

Ingredients:

1 pound dried black beans, picked over and rinsed

1 green bell pepper quartered lengthwise

2 bay leaves

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green bell pepper minced

1 large onion minced or 2 medium onions

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon oregano

1/2 cup minced garlic

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1/4 cup tomato paste

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Put the black beans, quartered green pepper and bay leaves in a large saucepan add 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Remove and discard the green pieces and bay leaves)

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the minced bell peppers and onion and cook over moderate heat until softened. Stir in the cumin and oregano. In a small saucepan, cook the garlic in the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil over moderately low heat until golden brown.

When the beans are tender, add the sautéed pepper mixture, the garlic in its oil and the tomato paste. Season with salt, pepper, vinegar and sugar and simmer gently for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.