‘Americas’

Traditional Cuban cuisine

  If we talk of Cuban cuisine, then we are talking about fusion cuisine: the fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean dishes. Later on elements of Asian cuisine were added, towards the end of the 19th century, when the Chinese came to live in Cuba. The Spanish brought rice, lemons, oranges, beef cattle and horses with them. African slaves added food from their own land to what the Spanish gave, such as the yam and the okra, together with vegetables from Cuba, unknown in Europe, such as manioc, the pumpkin, tomatoes and corn. All these different elements were later blended…

Fancy a delicious Caribbean cocktail?

The exact origin of the word cocktail is unknown, although numerous theories abound. Yet wherever the word may come from, these long drinks have been around for centuries. The first written reference to a cocktail dates back to the 16th century, and several classic mixes have been around for many years. Examples include the Old Fashioned, a bourbon cocktail that first appeared in the late 18th century. The word cocktail is known to have been in use in the USA back in 1809. Thirty-five years later, Charles Dickens described one of his characters, Major Hawkins, as a person capable of…

Is envy a good thing?

A little envy is harmless enough. The kind of envy you experience when you enjoy seeing others having a great time. The kind of envy that makes you want to explore, discover, experience, enjoy and savour. The kind of envy we all feel when we hear Canadians Kiefer and Michelle telling us about their vacation experience from the IBEROSTAR Quetzal in Mexico or when Michael gives his passionate vision of the culinary delights on offer at the IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada as he hugs his kids. We enjoy seeing others enjoy themselves; after all, we want only the best for ourselves…

“Xaymaca”, a land of forests and water.

The island of Jamaica, situated south of Cuba, is a lush and exciting land with an intriguing history. Its first settlers were the Taino Indians, an Arawak-speaking tribe originally from South America that named the island “Xaymaca”, which means a ‘land of forests and water’. It was discovered by Columbus in 1494, who described it as “the most beautiful island I have ever laid eyes on”, and for 500 years it attracted colonisers from all over the world. After the Spanish occupation, the island was conquered by the British in around 1650. The existing colonists freed and armed their slaves,…

Recipe:Dominican Sancocho

Sancocho is undoubtedly one of the Dominican Republic’s culinary treasures. It is generally served on special occasions only, as it takes quite a while to make and includes lots of ingredients. Yet the preparation time is probably one of the best things about this dish, as it’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends over a cold beer or glass of rum. Sancocho is traditionally prepared with beef. Ingredients: • 1 whole chicken, chopped into pieces • 6 pork chops • 1 lb of minced beef • 1 lb of manioc cut into large pieces • 2 large potatoes,…

Cayo Coco, a paradise fit for a King.

Governor Diego Velázquez was so overawed by lush beauty of this fabulous part of Cuba that he decided to call it the King’s Gardens in honour of the Spanish monarch Ferdinand the Catholic. And this Spanish explorer could not have thought of a more suitable name for Cayo Coco as it truly does reign supreme amongst the many stunning paradisiacal spots to be found on the spectacular island of Cuba, the largest of the Antilles. Cayo Coco, named after the white ibis, which is known locally as the Coco bird and the symbol of the islet due to its bright…

Dive into Cozumel

The small island of Cozumel, situated off the coast of Playa del Carmen and just a short distance from Cancun on the Mayan Riviera, is also known as the Island of the Swallows. This is an outstanding spot for a vacation, located in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, with fine white sandy beaches bathed by crystalline turquoise waters. Cozumel enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the finest scuba diving destinations thanks to its reefs and exceptional underwater visibility of up to 60 metres and a pleasant average temperature of 27ºC. The Chankanaab Nature Park is well worth a…

Would you like to stay next door to Julio Iglesias?

Losing yourself on an endless beach of fine white sand bathed by the crystalline turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, enjoying the gentle caress of a sea breeze as you relax in the shade of endless rows of coconut palms, thrilling to the smooth rhythms of bachata and merengue, lingering as you take in the heady aromas of the world’s finest rums…If the answer is yes, then Playa Bávaro in the Dominican Republic is guaranteed to exceed all your expectations. Declared by UNESCO as one of the world’s best beaches, together with other nearby beaches it forms part of the…

What do you think stars carry in their suitcase?

A script, perfume, a tablet…Tell us what you think stars pack in their suitcase and win a fantastic suitcase Samsonite.   How to play: 1-      You have to follow  Iberostar_eng on twitter 2-      Send tweets with the things you think a star will pack in their suitcase. You will have to add the Hash tag  #starsuitcase 3-     Ask your friends and users to to retweet your tweet.   User with the most re-tweets wins a fantastic suitcase Samsonite. Good Luck! Contest Rules

Rumble in the Jungle: a Brotherly Feud in Manaus

A good book really is an object of magic. While a movie is able to instantly provide an image on which to project the story that is being played out, the nature of that image is decided by the director. With a book on the other hand, it is the reader who gets to paint the scene in which the action takes place. An author might provide plenty of hints, but it is the fact that each reader experiences a book differently that makes a novel such a special medium. Family Feud If you’re looking for a book that helps…