Sunday, April 14, 2013

Boaz: A Restaurant in Havana

I am pleased to be able to announce the opening of a Cosmopolitan Restaurant run by Freemasons in Cuba.  Needless to say, we hope that anyone visiting the Capital of the land where the palm grows (to quote a famous Cuban Mason - Martí) will do themselves the favor of visiting Boaz for a unique dining experience.  Over the past year, Vicente Valdéz with the assistance of some of his masonic brethren has been working to establish a restaurant in the heart of the old city. Boaz has been a long time in preparation but after much effort and planning it has now opened its doors.

Set in the heart of Habana Vieja (Old Havana), it is in the center of most tourist foot traffic in the Cuban capital. It is just two streets away from Hotel Santander, and a short walk from the El Capitolio, the former capitol building, modelled on the US Capitol building and now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. A few minutes from both El Museo del Ron and El Museo del Chocolate,  it would serve as a convenient lunch venue while exploring culinary interests and visiting the other sites of the city or a nice rendezvous for a group, couple, or family at the end of a day.  It is of course, available for private events as well as casual dining.

This effort is one example of the new movement in economic growth and personal proprietorship which is occurring in Cuba today under the government of our neighbor to the south.

The cuisine, first rate in both quality and portions is based on Cuban traditions, and the staff and owners have decades of experience in the catering, restaurant, and hotel business across the entire island. 


The regular menu ranges from traditional Cuban dishes such Ropa Vieja, to Lobster and various pork dishes, a favorite in Cuban cuisine. Cuban cuisine is a heady mix of Iberian, Canary island, and African influences brought here by the many immigrants who came to the island over the centuries.  Prices are reasonable none averaging much about $20 US. Boaz has a fully stocked bar including the best of Cuban Rum and mixed drinks that would please even Hemingway. For those with other tastes, Single Malt Scotches, domestic and imported beers and non-alcoholic beverages are also available.


Me complace poder anunciar la apertura de un restaurante cosmopolitano dirigido por masones en Cuba. No es necesario decir, que esperamos que cualquiera que visite la capital de la tierra donde crece la palma (para citar a un famoso masón cubano - Martí) se va a hacer el favor de visitar Boaz para una experiencia culinaria única. Durante el año pasado, Vicente Valdéz, con la ayuda de algunos de sus hermanos masonicos ha estado trabajando para establecer un restaurante en el corazón de la ciudad vieja. Boaz ha pasado mucho tiempo en preparación, pero después de mucho esfuerzo y planificación ya ha abierto sus puertas.


Situado en el corazón de la Habana Vieja, está en el centro de la mayoría del tráfico turístico de la capital cubana. Está a sólo dos calles de distancia del Hotel Santander, y a pocos pasos del Capitolio, inspirado en el edificio Capitolio de EE.UU. y ahora el hogar de la Academia de Ciencias Cubanas. A pocos minutos del Museo del Ron y El Museo del Chocolate, es el lugar más conveniente para almorzar, explorar intereses culinarios, y visitar los otros sitios de la ciudad. También es perfecto para un encuentro agradable de un grupo, pareja, o familia al final del día. Por supuesto, está disponible para eventos privados, así como para cenas informales.

Este esfuerzo es un ejemplo del nuevo movimiento en el crecimiento económico y de la propiedad personal que está ocurriendo hoy en Cuba bajo el gobierno de nuestro vecino del sur.

La cocina de primer nivel en calidad y porciones, se basa en las tradiciones cubanas, tanto el personal y los propietarios tienen décadas de experiencia en la cocina, restaurantes y hoteles de negocios a través de toda la isla.


El menú regularmente consiste en platos tradicionales cubanos que incluye Ropa Vieja, la langosta y diversos platos de carne de cerdo. La cocina cubana es una mezcla embriagadora de la Péninsula Ibérica, Islas Canarias, y las influencias africanas traídas por muchos inmigrantes que llegaron a la isla a lo largo de los siglos. Los precios son razonables, ninguno excede los $20 dólares EE.UU. Boaz tiene un bar bien surtido que incluye lo mejor del ron cubano y bebidas mezcladas que podría satisfacer hasta al mismo Hemingway. Para los que tienen otros gustos, Single Malt whiskys (de un sólo malta), cervezas nacionales e importadas y bebidas no alcohólicas están también disponibles.


Boaz Hostal - Restaurant
Inquisidor No. 508 E/ Luz y Acosta
La Habana Vieja, Cuba
Telef. (+537) 8623821
email: hostalboaz@yahoo.es
Somos Parte de la Historia de Cuba

3 comments:

Lineol Gart said...

I want to ask that can Americans visit Cuba? I so wish to spend my vacation in Havana. But as i am American so want to know if i can visit Cuba directly?

E C Ballard ஃ said...

Greetings Lineol,

Yes, you can travel to Cuba. There are a number of, well I would call them governmentally imposed stupidities that the US government insists upon in order to restrict the rights of US citizens from traveling freely, but I will give you two links would should help you understand what you have to do in order to travel there legally.

One way is to be involved in a humanitarian project which has approval. The other way is to travel as part of an educational package.

THe first link is for an article in the NY TImes which explains the various ways you can travel. The second link is for an organization that runs educational programs to Cuba.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/travel/cuba-doing-it-your-way.html?_r=0

http://www.insightcuba.com/

Bon voyage!

E C Ballard ஃ said...

And oh, for the record, the US is the only country in the entire world that prohibits travel to Cuba. Cuba warmly welcomes visitors from all parts of the world, and are very friendly toward North Americans. Don't believe the Miami old guard, they are stuck in a time warp and think it is still 1962.