Take Me Back | La Fábrica de Arte Cubano

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// La Habana, Cuba //

I’m not surprised that it took me traveling to Cuba to bring my blog back to life. I’m pretty sure I was the only person who underestimated the difficulty of running a blog and being a law student . . . at the same time. Still, somehow, in the middle of the semester, I made the time to travel out of the country. If this isn’t living, then I don’t know what is. Instead of writing one large post about my visit to Cuba, I wanted to break my experience up into a number of posts. After all, I traveled to three different cities and each was a completely new experience taking me by surprise.

You cannot leave Havana without visiting the La Fábrica de Arte Cubano, the Cuban Art Factory. The “F.A.C.” opened in 2014 and has become, arguably, the most hipster-esque venue in all of Cuba. A nightclub entrapped in art gallery, Fábrica is an experience giving off all sorts of industrial and artistic vibes (minus the sounds of Rihanna’s “Work” and Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”). This isn’t your typical nightclub. Nor is it a scene out of Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. After only a few moments in the space, I realized that almost every nightclub I had ever been to before was mediocre. There were multiple spaces, each embodying a different atmosphere. Each room was like a different lifestyle and upstairs was a small cafe with various pastries and a large screening room. In just about every corridor were Cuban youth consuming the surrounding visuals.

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White Truffle Grilled Cheese

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You’re here because you saw the word ‘truffle.’ I completely understand. You should know right off the bat that $1000 truffles were not used in the making of this meal. Is it just me or are truffles becoming a thing? Kind of like the recent bacon frenzy that has taken over every recipe known to foodies across the world. Truffle fries. Truffle Mac-n-cheese. Truffle donuts. (Do those exist?) I’m not complaining. I love the truffle flavor and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on some truffle oil for a very long time. But, I wanted to do something a little different with it. Something you don’t see the truffle flavor paired with everyday. So, I created the perfect comfort food for these cloudy and rainy DC days––a White Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

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Beginner’s Guide to LA

// Los Angeles, California // 

My trip to Los Angeles to visit my line sister, Rachel, was filled with plenty of unexpected joys. As with my first time visiting any new place (especially in the US), I love experiencing the area as a tourist first as I gradually become familiar with the city’s culture. So, I introduce to you the beginner’s (touristy, yet obligatory) guide to LA.

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| Explore Hollywood Boulevard |

This is the ultimate touristy spot of the city and, nonetheless, an obligatory experience. You can easily spend an entire afternoon in Hollywood walking along the Hollywood Walk of Fame or Shopping at the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center. If you are that corny person (like me) that loves street performers, there are plenty that set up along the boulevard throughout the day.

 

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Chicken Peanut Sauté

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I’m starting to think that I should just keep peanut sauce in my house at all times. Anytime there is a dinner crisis, it’s the first thing that pops into my head. Peanut sautés are quick, easy, and there are so many variations that it’s impossible that there isn’t one out there that you’d love.

 

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English Toffee Cake

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I had this cake for the first time a U-Street Restaurant named Marvin in DC. Their warm toffee cake served with Salted Caramel ice cream was the perfect way to top off their delicious Chicken & Waffle dish. So, I decided to re-create the dessert at home and it’s definitely become a holiday tradition.

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