A bit of Nostalgia…

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My mother, uncles and grandparents emigrated from Cuba in August of 1962… They never returned.  My grandmother would talk about life in Cuba in the 1950’s with such descriptive detail.  She would talk about where she lived, where she went, what she did.  She always did… Even when the dementia took her mind, she would remember the street she lived in, which was Gonzalo de Quesada in Jaguey Grande, in the Province of Matanzas in Cuba.

Once a year in Miami, there’s a cultural exhibition called Cuba Nostalgia, it brings back a sense of the old Cuba my Yaya would talk about so fondly.  The Cuba I would never see, but in the scant pictures she was able to salvage and through her vivid descriptions. 

My Grandparents, Mom & Uncles… Circa 1958

This year, thanks to my friends at Santayana Jewelers http://santayana.com/, I got to bask in Cuban Bling!!!  They designed some amazing pieces that are very true to the Cubanity that a lot of us that are children of exiles have.  I tried on the ‘Cafetera Ring’ and the ‘Caja China Ring’.  Let me explain the 2… Lets take the ‘Cafetera Ring’, one thing that brings people together is a cafecito, which littlerally translates into little coffee.  It may look like the italian espresso, but it’s not.  The sugar is integrated into it right after brewing and if made by hand (like I do it) you have an amazing foam made by sugar. Friends get together over cafecito to catch up. When a single girl makes good cafecito, it is said that she’s ready to get married, for Cubans that’s the marriage litmus test.  Now for the ‘Caja China Ring’, in every Cuban celebration, there’s one thing that you serve – PORK.  And where do you cook the pork??? In a caja china of course (http://www.lacajachina.com/).  Both the Cafetera and the Caja China were perfectly done in silver.

As an American of Cuban decent, I feel that I belong to two cultures… I can make great burgers that are followed up by a mean cafecito, trust me that my cafecito has a cult-like following.  It’s nice to feel that I can relate to a place that I’ve never been to, but feel like it is also home.

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I'm a mish-mosh of wonderful! I think that shoes are a girls best friend... And family is something no one can replace... I run (not fast) and I'm proud of it! I ramble even more on Twitter.com/LoreLama follow me there... I'm all over the place and so are my thoughts, which could be a good thing :). I have an interesting sense of humor. I'm on a quest for race bling in 2012, if you have to ask what that is, then you're not a runner.

7 responses »

  1. What a beautiful legacy your family has left for you! Those of us, who came here as young children in the early sixties, feel like we too are a mixture of two cultures… a mish- mosh of some sort. Great article and thank you for sharing it!

  2. Mish-mosh is right I, too grew up with descriptive details of the stores, El Encanto, streets, Galiano y San Rafael, El Prado and our “club” El Comodoro y El Yacht Club tantas cosas dichas atraves de los años. Todos nosotros salimos en Enero del 62, y como tu familia nadie ha regresado. Cuba-Nostalgia es un evento muy poderoso y se tiene que siguer dando. Nuestros hijos, y para algunos ya con nietos es muy importante que sepan quiene somos, quiene fuimos y a dando vamos. Que Viva Cuba Libre!

  3. I love the cafecito piece. My husband is Colombian and cafecito is a huge part of his culture too. I am of Mexican descent and my cafecito is still inferior to his so he is the official coffee maker in our house.

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