The idea for Havana Nights is super simple: To bring strangers together in a culturally authentic way that demonstrates the power of "cubanidad" for creating meaningful connections. What does that mean? That means we'll be experiencing a typical get-together in 1950s Havana, where doors were always unlocked and everyone was invited. Here's what's on the itinerary: 1st - I'll show you how to make a mojito and a Cuba Libre, two traditional Cuban cocktails whose origins date back to late 19th and early 20th century Havana. 2nd - I'll teach you how to play Cuban dominoes. For us, "jugando dominó" is a traditional pastime equivalent to playing cards or poker. 3rd - We'll enjoy my abuela's secret-recipe flan cubano. The age-old family recipe comes straight from Cuba and will literally make your mouth water. Finally, no Cuban "pachanga" (party) is ever complete without authentic Cuban coffee no matter how late at night it is. I'll make you some and show you how it's done!
Hola mi gente! I’m Chris Vázquez, or “CubanoChris” on social. I’m a 3rd generation Cuban American whose passion is leveraging the power of culture to build community between Cubans & Cuban Americans. I grew up in the heart of the Cuban exile community in Miami, but the further away I moved, the more closely I identified with my cultural heritage. This culminated with my move to NYC, and since then I’ve dedicated myself to exploring Manhattan's rich Cuban roots, sharing them with others, and bringing that lost cultural element back…so here we are!
Flan Cubano - My abuela's secret recipe flan from a town in central Cuba straight to your mouth
Cuba Libre (Rum & Coke) or a Mojito - Your choice between these two traditional drinks that trace their origins back to…
Cuban Dominoes - We use a traditional double nine set
The entire experience will take place in the cozy upstairs room at Ryan's Daughter, an awesome bar and neighborhood staple since 1979. Of course to us, it will be more like a "sala," or family room, in 1950's Havana.
Havana Nights with Flan, Rum, & Dominoes