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  • - What is the first thing that comes into your head

  • when I say Miami?

  • Is it the beach?

  • There's a little more to Miami than just the beach.

  • This is Little Havana.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Miami has the largest Cuban population outside of Cuba.

  • Cuban immigration has greatly influenced modern Miami.

  • What we see today is a vibrant blend

  • of Cuban and American culture.

  • And it you're a fan of the movie Chef you might want

  • to stick around.

  • Our first stop is Yisell Bakery.

  • Yisell Bakery is this charming Cuban bakery.

  • It's very good Cuban snacks, breads, cakes.

  • Everything looks so good I can't wait to start eating.

  • This specialty of Yissel is the Guayaba Pastelitos.

  • Or the guava pastry.

  • Pastelitos are a Cuban snack.

  • They're good for breakfast.

  • They're just perfect for eating between meals.

  • Pastelitos are usually paired with a sweet guava jam

  • or with strawberry, raspberry, or even like savory ones

  • like chicken or beef.

  • But the most popular one is the guayaba which is guava

  • most abundantly an Cubans they love the guayaba.

  • They like to put it in a lot of their food.

  • This is like eating pie but so much better.

  • The crust is so flakey and buttery and crispy.

  • And inside is guayaba jam.

  • It's not too sweet, it's just like the perfect blend.

  • Pastelitos are like common at family gatherings.

  • You know like-

  • These are croquetas or croquets.

  • I just saw them making them fresh

  • so I couldn't resist ordering them.

  • It's basically like mashed potatoes

  • with chicken or beef inside.

  • This one's chicken.

  • It's so crispy and it's so yummy I could like maybe

  • 40 of these.

  • But I shouldn't.

  • Probably don't have 40.

  • Six, I can eat six.

  • This is a capuchino.

  • It's basically supposed to be a conical thumb shape.

  • Does it look thumb shaped?

  • It's kind of thimb shaped.

  • It's a sponge cake so it doesn't sit up.

  • Oh my god.

  • (ca ching)

  • It's like eating a cloud soaked in syrup.

  • So good.

  • Even though it's soaked in sugar

  • it's not overbearingly sweet.

  • It's just, it's just the perfect little cake.

  • It's like eating-

  • imagine that, Cuban -

  • (ca ching)

  • Los Pinarenos Fruteria is a Little Havana landmark.

  • This building looks like it sort of could have been

  • air lifted straight out of Cuba.

  • It's closed today, I'm a little bummed out about that

  • Should have come a little early.

  • If you're a fan of the movie Chef you will recognize

  • that this is the place where the chef and the kid

  • are walking around shopping for ingredients before

  • they make the first Cubano.

  • If you come here the must have thing to try

  • is sugarcane juice and fruit smoothies, don't miss that.

  • We are at Domino Park in Little Havana landmark.

  • Locals have been playing dominoes here for decades.

  • And so much fun to watch them.

  • Gets really complicated, you can see them concentrating

  • so hard on their game and in between sips of Cuban coffee.

  • It's really nice to see.

  • Now for some Cuban fashion.

  • These are the traditional Cuban shirt.

  • It's called a guayabera.

  • You see the four pockets on the front?

  • Basically it was created for keeping all your little things

  • like going to work, your handkerchief, your cigars,

  • other instruments.

  • But it got really popular because or the guayabera farmers.

  • And they just used all four pockets to stuff in the fields.

  • And that's how it got its name.

  • What would I keep if I had a shirt with four pockets?

  • I really like the ability and the convenience

  • of dividing up by sweet and savory snacks.

  • What would you keep in a shirt with four pockets?

  • Tell me in the comments.

  • This is Versailles.

  • It's the most popular Cuban restaurant in the world.

  • Versailles is a French name but in the 50's it became

  • a meeting place for Cuban exiles.

  • Cubans kind of took over and now it's Cuban.

  • In the movie Chef this is where they eat the cubano

  • Cuban sandwich for the first time.

  • Okay, drum roll.

  • This is the start of this episode, the Cubano.

  • This is what I've been waiting for.

  • Really excited to eat it and it looks amazing.

  • There's a layer of ham, cheese, you can see mustard

  • and pickles and there's roast pork.

  • And the bread is like crispy.

  • It looks great.

  • Okay, I'm ready to bite into it.

  • (ca ching)

  • Oh my god.

  • The mustard adds so much to it.

  • Then the pork is juicy.

  • The bread is buttered in the inside

  • and crispy on the outside.

  • And the pickles are so sour.

  • I love the taste of the sourness with the meat.

  • Definitely one of the best things I've ever eaten.

  • Cubano.

  • This is Materva.

  • It's a Cuban soft drink.

  • It's made from Yerba Mate which is a type of tea

  • that's popular all over Latin America.

  • And it tastes like

  • imagine tea, alcohol, cough syrup,

  • cake icing, all mixed together

  • and really really fizzy.

  • This isn't nice.

  • I cannot stop drinking this.

  • We are the El Pub Restaurant.

  • We are going to eat another famous Cuban sandwich

  • called the Media Noche.

  • Media Noche basically means midnight snack.

  • (ca ching)

  • The bread is buttery and flakey but it's not the typical

  • Cuban bread that they use for the Cubano I mentioned.

  • This bread is soft and little bit sweet.

  • Very high calorie bread.

  • It was traditionally served to hard labor workers

  • who'd come after midnight from a long day at work.

  • And now it's just a post dinner snack for gluttons like me.

  • This is like the perfect midnight snack.

  • It's sweet, its sour.

  • The pickle is vinegary.

  • And the cheese is cutting through all of that and the roast

  • pork is so dense.

  • Usually it has a layer of ham and

  • then a layer of roast pork.

  • I just opted for what they call vienna, which is just

  • roast pork because the bread and the meat ratio

  • is completely balanced.

  • So yeah, this is a great sign.

  • Platano maduros.

  • This might be my favorite dessert ever.

  • If you know me you know I live for bananas.

  • Bananas are going extinct and we need to preserve all

  • this banana heritage that we have.

  • Okay, platano maduras is basically a deep fried

  • banana snack.

  • (ca ching)

  • Bananas deep fried.

  • It's really sweet plantain that's deep fried.

  • Crispy, soft, sweet, chewy and sticky-

  • what's not to love?

  • Speaking of love, let's get some Cuban coffee!

  • What can I tell you about Cuban coffee?

  • It's strong, passionate, sweet.

  • Just like the personality of the city.

  • If you wonder down any street in Little Havana

  • you come across the little cafecito or little windows where

  • they serve you coffee.

  • This is a cafecito.

  • It's a shot of black Cuban coffee with sugar, lots of sugar.

  • This is a cafe con leche.

  • Which is tow shots of Cuban coffee with milk and sugar.

  • And this is the cortadito.

  • Which is a shot of cafe con leche.

  • One shot of Cuban coffee with milk and sugar.

  • It's swwet.

  • - [Barista] If you drink too much you become-

  • - Sickly.

  • - Yeah, you can't control yourself if you're not used to it.

  • - It's so good though.

  • It's so strong and so sweet, it's totally my kind of coffee.

  • I love it and I'm not even a coffee person,

  • I'm actually a tea person.

  • But oh my god, I'm a changed woman now.

  • Cuban coffee, the best.

  • And now for some dancing.

  • Cuban salsa or Salsa Cubana is like a big social activity

  • for Cubans.

  • It's sexy, it's energetic, it's passionate.

  • And it looks like so much fun.

  • So the Call and Chain club is the best place here

  • in Little Havana to catch a live band and some salsa dancing

  • and drink a mojito while you're at it.

  • (salsa music)

  • Alright, let's talk about Cuban cigars.

  • Cuban cigars have this mystic around them.

  • But Cuban cigars in America aren't Cuban.

  • Although the people making them are.

  • Some Cuban families, during Fidel Castro's regime

  • had their entire business confiscated

  • so they had to come to America nd start from scratch.

  • (ca ching)

  • Their businesses would have been over 100 years old today.

  • Most of the Cuban cigars in America that are sold here

  • are either manufactured here or in the Honduras,

  • the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Mexico.

  • The one thing any Cuban person will tell you about a Cuban

  • cigar is that the flavor of the tobacco in the cigar

  • comes from the soil of the region where it's harvested.

  • The soil gets the tobacco and any Cuban person will tell you

  • that nothing is like a Cuban cigar.

  • El Nuevo Supermarket is an old Cuban style supermarket.

  • It's got fresh produce, some traditional items used

  • in Cuban cooking.

  • And a bakery and cafeteria in the back.

  • Okay, now to eat all the things we got.

  • This is called Coperia.

  • It says tradicional, that's why we picked it up,

  • it's probably like a traditional candy.

  • It says milk caramel with coconut.

  • It looks somewhat like a macaroon,

  • like the coconut macaroon.

  • Oh it smells so good, just like coconut candy.

  • Imagine toffee with coconut.

  • It's so good.

  • It's buttery, soft, melts in your mouth.

  • It's like the closest I can describe this

  • is the Indian coconut.

  • (light upbeat music)

  • Guava and milk cream.

  • I'm sure this also like a type of candy.

  • (ca ching)

  • This is just like milk but feed.

  • The bird feed that we ate as kids.

  • And we still do actually in India.

  • It's- oh my god, it's really good.

  • I'll finish this whole thing.

  • And the top layer is basically guava jelly.

  • It comes right off.

  • - [Camera Person] Oh nice.

  • - But together they taste really good.

  • Azucar Ice Cream is another Little Havana institution

  • set up by land order of a Cuban immigrant.

  • The flavors are inspired by the love

  • for Latin American foods and flavors.

  • The flavors like cafe con leche which is Cuban coffee

  • and Guarapina which is sugarcane and pineapple.

  • I feel like Cuban Americans are very proud, strong

  • and passionate people.

  • Some of them had to leave everything behind in Cuban

  • and come to America and start their life from scratch.

  • I think this is the great American story, isn't it?

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