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“Leche condensada” and other things we had growing up Cuban!

Please listen to our Cuban food show with Marta Verdes Darby, editor of "My big fat Cuban family"; Sonia Martinez, author of "Tropical taste"; and, Frank Burke, friend of the show and contributor to American Thinker. And we got to wish Marta's mom "Happy 100th" birthday! Last, but not least, we remembered "leche condesada" and […]

Habana vs Almendares: A little “beisbol” in Cuba

We remember an important anniversary in Cuban baseball: "On December 29, 1878, the first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba, later known as the Cuban League. Representing the city of Havana, the Habana club faced off against their greatest rivals, a club from the neighboring suburb of […]

“The struggle begins”: A book about Cubans in the US

Guest: Victor Andres Triay, author of "The struggle begins".  This is a Cuban story circa 1960-62. CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN: ;The struggle begins;: A book by Victor Andres Triay.....http://t.co/u0keKwZK9D — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) December 27, 2013    

Enjoy my chat with Carlos Eire about Cuba, 54 years after Castro

Our friend Carlos Eire is a real treasure.  We love his books and the many posts on Babalu. A year ago, Carlos recalled the 54th anniversary of the Castro regime: "Today is a grim day for me, and many Cubans. Every new year marks the same hideous anniversary...." We did a show about the post […]

Cuban food between “San Giving”, “Noche buena” & “Fiesta de Año Nuevo”!

Please enjoy our annual Cuban food holiday seminar with Marta Verdes Darby, (My big fat Cuban family) and Sonia Martinez, author of "Tropical taste". Marta and Sonia are 'tesoros del exilio".   They cook and write about Cuban food. In fact, Marta's website is one "recipe after another", as you can see in her latest from her blog […]

Ernesto Lecuona died 50 years ago today!

Ernesto Lecuona died 50 years ago after a long and very successful career as a composer: "Ernesto Lecuona was the most important musician in Cuban musical life during the first half of the 20th century. Born in Guanabacoa, a suburb of Havana, in 1895, Lecuona first established himself as an outstanding pianist, graduating from the […]

“Que paciencia tiene la novia”: 80 years and a couple sing “Quiereme siempre” by Orquesta Aragon

This is a story that Fausta Wertz brought to our attention last week: "An elderly Paraguayan couple have got married in a religious ceremony after living together for 80 years. From his wheelchair, Jose Manuel Riella, 103, promised his eternal love to Martina Lopez, his 99-year-old bride, who wore a long white dress. The wedding […]

A “Cubana” from Dixie who tells stories!

The Cuban American experience is diverse and very interesting. On one hand, there are those Cubans who stayed in South Florida and grew up there.  They attended schools full of other Cuban exiles.  They walked on streets beaming with "Cubanismo" or the smell of "cafe cubano".  They were never really separated from Cuba. On the […]

Pres Obama: “Se te cayo el tabaco”

From time to time, we have to go to that philosopher of philosophers, the inimitable Beny More of Santa Isabel de la Lajas., a town near Cienfuegos and the likely inspiration for "El Santo de Tia Juliana". I think that Beny would be singing this about the collapsing political fortunes of President Obama:  "Se te […]

Pay Castro Inc “un honorario de 20%” and you can play overseas!

According to Maria C. Werlau, "Fidel Castro Inc" is one big conglomerate for a guy who is made a career pretending to be a socialist.   The family business is big enough for Fidel and Raul to make the list of some of the richest people in the planet. Again, not bad for a couple […]

A good book for your children (and “nietos if you have any)

Cubans are such great story tellers.  I guess that's because we have so many good stories to tell! Why is that?  What makes Cubans such good storytellers? Maybe it's our Spanish heritage or something about the island that just brings out the "storyteller" in all of us. My friend Fernando Hernandez just published a book […]

CANTO TALK goes Babalu this weekend

We had a great time this weekend talking to some of our Babalu friends. On Friday, it was Fernando Hernandez, ("The Cubans") Regina Anavy ("Out of Cuba") and Jorge Ponce.  We discussed their books and Jorge's article about Hispanic Heritage month and the Obama administration; FRIDAY'S WRITERS: Regina Anavy, Fernando Hernandez & Jorge Ponce.... Listen […]

Something about Syria that has nothing to do with bombs!

What a week for Syria.  We've gone from "ready to bomb" to a "congressional pause" to a "plan ruso" that no one understands. It has also been a good two weeks to remember Barbarito Diez, the legendary Cuban singer who recorded so many of those "danzones" that our parents loved. I bet that your parents […]

El Rookie

A great piece on Marlins All Star pitcher Jose Fernandez at Grantland: He first saw it about five years ago, while he was floating on a boat about 10 miles from shore — lights stacked on top of lights, all spread upward and outward, wrapping around a piece of land that stretched north and west […]

Celia

We miss you, Celia. We miss your smile, your laughter, your love of life, your music, your inimitable voice, and your love of Cuba and her freedom. We miss your soul, your spirit and your AZUCAR!!!!