Tuesday, October 2, 2007

15 Tastes of Cuba

Quick housekeeping note: I sometimes guest blog over at The Renegade Writer. To read about what I've been doing post-book, click here.

As I mentioned before, the boyfriend and I headed to Atlantic City to try out the very best of what Cuba Libre, located in the Quarter at the Tropicana (2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City), has to offer. We did so through through their special "15 Tastes of Cuba" menu.

It was a great option for us -- I love Cuban food, and the boyfriend was interested in trying a new-to-him cuisine. We didn't even look at the menu, just said "bring it on" and dug in.

Fifteen might seem like a daunting number of dishes to get through, but the portions were small, and we shared. It was more like tapas dining than a sit down meal -- they'd bring out four appetizers, then three small entrees with sides, and desert options. I also opted for a mojito -- EXCELLENT -- to go with the meal. My favorite were the plantains. The boyfriend liked the appetizer resting on a bed of spinach. We didn't really pay attention to what was in each meal because we thought an ingredient might turn us off to trying something new. Needless to say, we were stuffed by evening's end (and If you're not headed down to the shore soon, Cuba Libre also has a location in Philadelphia).

After dinner, we headed upstairs at the Quarter to A Dam Good Sports Bar so we could watch the end of the Phillies game. Of course there were a lot of Phillies fans (downing 40s of beer, mind you), but a lot of Mets fans as well (crying into their 40s). I forgot how big a draw Atlantic City is to New Yorkers, and made a mental note to factor that into how I'll promote my book.

Speaking of, I should be getting edits back on my manuscript soon, and am being told that I'll be reading proofs by mid-November. I'm also working on building my publicity campaign, something I will be writing much more on that later, but until then, it's back to magazine writing...and GO PHILS!

What I'm Listening to: Last Light by matt pond pa
What I'm Reading: Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction–and Get It Published by Susan Rabiner

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Trish Ryan said...

I'm so excited for the Phillies! That Cuban restaurant sounds amazing...I'm hoping to make it back to Philly/the Shore in the spring when my book comes out... my fond memories of all those amazing places to eat is the main thing calling me back :)

Joel said...

For some reason, I completely spaced on the realization that you were the RW blog's 2nd makeover candidate. Now I have to go back and read over your entries.

Manic Mom said...

Cool! I used to live in Philly. One of the best weekend getaways my hub and I had was a trip to Cape May. I know that lighthouse (if that is in fact, the one in Cape May!

Found you from ALlison!

Oh, and HI to Trish up there!

Jen A. Miller said...

Wow, so many former Philly folks here! Thanks all for stopping by.

Manic Mom, yes, there is a lighthouse in Cape May....that's the picture on the homepage of my website. A prettier shot is supposed to be in the book!