Cienfuegos is about 150 miles southeast of Havana, approximately 3 hours by car. The main highway between the cities is in decent condition and since most locals don't have cars, there's no traffic. Living in LA, that was a real treat for me. The only real traffic you may encounter is the 4-legged variety. We had one stand off with a horse, but it didn't last long. Do pack your own snacks and water as the drive isn't exactly chock 'o block with 7-11 type convenient stores, but there are a few open-air spots to pull over for a bathroom and casual bite.
I don't use a lot of gadgets in my kitchen. In fact, if I could choose only one appliance to use in my cooking, I'd pick my Vitamix high speed blender. I use my blender almost everyday. I make green smoothies in it, nut butters, dairy free cream sauces and so much more. So you can imagine my excitement when Melissa's Produce invited me to meet the biggest blender aficionado in the cooking world, Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl. I got to sample new recipes from her latest book, The Perfect Blend, and then I came home and tried out her recipe for a creamy vegan artichoke soup. Spoiler alert: it's pretty fantastic.
Los Angeles can now have a taste of French rotisserie chicken outside of Paris with the opening of Mon Petit Poulet in Venice.
Tangaroa Fish Market and Raw Bar brings another casual, neighborhood spot to the Mar Vista - Culver City corridor on Washington Boulevard.
Birch Restaurant offers creative plates at the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga, making it a convenient stop before a show at the Pantages or Avalon Theatre.
This creamy vegan artichoke soup is dairy free and gluten free. The texture is thick and velvety and the taste is rich and luscious, with no cream added! It's great served warm or cold.
Breathe some new life into your fish recipes with this easy roasted cod with mint chimichurri. And learn best practices for choosing fresh fish that's free from toxins.
These ginger lime carrot noodles make for a healthy gluten free, dairy free salad with lots of nutritional benefits. Serve it alongside or under your favorite protein.
Whether you're planning on going out for a big party on New Year's Eve, or staying home for a quiet celebration of your own, it's always good to have a cocktail recipe or two in hand.
This sparkling cranberry aperol spritz is festive enough for your next holiday celebration, but easy enough to prepare for a quiet night of cocktails at home.
A great way to sample some of the 28 wineries San Luis Obispo is by attending the Roll Out the Barrels wine weekend where you can get up close and personal with many of the local winemakers.
Cienfuegos Cuba is a smaller, sleepier town on the water. Cienfuegos is the perfect spot to relax, shop, admire art and escape the big city.
Havana Cuba has a range of places to eat from government owned restaurants to privately held paladares in people's homes. Check out all of them to get a taste of the food in Cuba.
Havana Cuba is a new travel destination for Americans, and a visit provides a unique glimpse into a vibrant and colorful culture. Here's what to see and do while visiting Havana Cuba.