The Best Cigar of the year 2012! My Father’s Flor De Las Antillas was honored with this prestigious award by Cigar Aficionado Magazine. The board at Cigar Aficionado even rated them a 96 out of 100. Very impressive indeed. My humidor is always stocked and over flowing with these beauties.
The handcrafted box-pressed toro consists of Nicaraguan puro and a sun grown wrapper. The medley makes for a medium to full-bodied smoke. There is creaminess inherent with all the different stages of this finely honed cigar. Already a classic, Flor de las Antillas has full notes of nutmeg, oak, almond and white pepper yet is never overpowering. It is a staple now in the Garcia's My Father catalogue of premium cigars and is certainly one that must evoke memories of their native Cuba for them with every puff. Ah, Cuba.....
My Trip to Cuba- Part Cinco
After happy hour I head over to the Russian themed restaurant Nazdarovie. Inside the restaurant the retro décor in black and red is quite gaudy. The menu is in Russian and broken English which the waitress was helpful to assist me. Under the cocktail selection they offer the Green Russian which is described as vodka, good boil, orange juice, sugar and ice. I don’t even want to know what good boil is so I ordered the specialty drink, the Nazdarovie which was a shot of Stoli and caviar on a lemon wedge for only $4.50 American! Although the restaurant is trendy and hip, the food is very traditional Russian cuisine. I started with the Crepes “pleasantly washed” with black caviar and salmon caviar and as an entrée I ordered the lamb skewer which came with grilled tomatoes and onions along with a cabbage salad. Both were excellent. I finished my meal with blintzes stuffed with homemade cottage cheese and fruit jam. It really pays off to talk to strangers! It never hurts to use cigars as a pleasant way of starting up a conversation, either.