April 26, 2016

LIQUORING THEM UP FIRST...:

Cuba Is Developing A Taste For U.S. Whiskey (Anna Maria Barry-Jester, 4/26/16, 538)

As relations between the U.S. and Cuba have thawed, the arrival of Airbnb and a U.S. hotel chain to Cuba has made headlines. (Starbucks in the land of café cubano serves up a particular image of U.S. cultural imperialism.) But Cuba's economy was already undergoing a massive overhaul after the government eased restrictions on private ownership of businesses in 2011. That goes for where people eat, too. Dining out in Cuba has begun a transition from mostly informal dining in people's living rooms to more professionalized spots, including dozens of high-end restaurants in the island nation's capital. [...]

I asked Kavulich, who spends numerous hours each month with the data, what stands out about the monthly reports to him. "Although the numbers have been somewhat like a roller coaster, with peaks and valleys, they haven't been zero in 15 years," Kavulich said. "Despite Cuba's chronic shortage of foreign exchange and political interference with the purchasing process, despite changes in laws and regulations in the last 15 years, Cuba has never stopped buying." It will be interesting to see what food, and how much, is exported to Cuba as that political interference diminishes.

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