The Quest for the Cuban

What’s Up, Pigeon Handlers?

What would any adventure be without a quest? Well, probably still an adventure, just without trials, peril, and a just reward at the end of it. Yeah, I’m right there with you, that sounds awful. It’s like finishing a story with “and then I had a salad.”

“How did this transition into an article about food?” You ask, now torn between your disdain at the perceived diss on salad and the fact that you might be getting hungry.

Never fear! That’s what I’m here for. Also, if you used context clues and read the title, you might have known all along that this piece was about food. More specifically, Florida Food. Yes, that’s right amigos. This segment is all about the piece of Florida culinary art that is the Cuban Sandwich.

While adventuring through FLA, you better believe that I’ll be on the hunt for not only fun history, wacky wildlife, and eccentric peoples, but we’ll be working up an appetite that only that Cuban delicacy can satisfy.

“I hope he’s not going to explain what a Cuban Sandwich is.”

Of course I am! And I’ll only paraphrase half of it from Wikipedia and make up the rest.

In the basic sense of the food stuff, a Cuban sandwich is as follows:

  • Ham
  • Roasted Pork
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Pickles
  • Mustard
  • Sandwiched between Cuban Bread

That’s it in a nutshell [er, not really. Its a sandwich, not a walnut], though there are variations that take place depending on where you are at and who exactly is making your sammich. There might be salami. There might be American cheese. They might substitute sliced pork belly instead of pulled pork. And if you go to a restaurant that’s not in Florida, they might call it a Havana Club and substitute ham with turkey. Word to the wise: avoid that last one at all costs. Turkey is for Thanksgivin’. You can’t complain about Christmas music before Thanksgiving if you are going to start putting turkey in places it doesn’t belong.

“But turkey is a healthy alternative to-”

Can it, hippy!

Anywho, while we embark on our Florida Adventure, we’ll also be taking time to learn more about the history of this tasty treat while also finding the best places around to snag one. So skip out on the burgers, leave the sweet potatoes in the pantry, and put down the pizza muchachos, this is the Quest for the Cuban. 

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