As part of my #MiaOnTheGo adventure, I had the privilege of spending the afternoon at Cuba Libre space-9-thumbRestaurant, DC and experience Criollo (home-style) cuisine of Cuba! My friend Jed Record came along and he was the best sidekick ever! Jed drove up from Chapel Hill, NC and I am so happy he was there.

Ok, Cuba Libre – what an amazing group of restaurants! Originally established in 2001 in Philadelphia, Cuba Libre has grown to a 4 restaurant powerhouse – the DC location is the baby of the group and is celebrating 5 years in the Penn Quarter neighborhood. What a fabulous & spacious restaurant (which turns into anightclub magically on the weekends) – we camped out in the La Galeria room which was private and quiet even during the busy lunch rush. Click here to learn more about Cuba Libr

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As you can see from our Tasting Menu – it got real! We were presented with an amazing array of drinks and dishes including flights of Mojitos and Piscos, made with Cuba Libre White Rum and Macchu Pisco. 2015-09-04 13.52.40

For the next 90 minutes, Amnon and his staff brought in wave after wave of amazing food and drinks, all crafted by Chef & Partner Guillermo Pernot, a two time James Beard award winner (Best Chef – Mid Atlantic Region, Best Single Subject Cookbook).  Here are a few choice shots AND the menu! Everything was fresh and amazing! My personal favorites? The Leventa Muerto Seafood Soup and the Ropa Vieja (which was like beef brisket on steroids!)

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Big shout of appreciation to my cohost Chef Dennis Littley – I know it was tough to eat cheese and peanut butter crackers while watching this! Payback is coming as there is a Cuba Libre in Orlando too!

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