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August 4, 2006
Cuba has lived under communism longer than Poland did, and unlike Poland in 1989 it has no broad-based popular movement ready to take to the streets and usher it into a post-communist era. Brave dissidents, yes; Solidarity, no. This means that Cuba is approaching the brink of change without an obvious alternative to the regime, and, for that matter, without an obvious course of action for the regime to take, once Fidel Castro drops the reins - as he...
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Marta Ines Quintana is closing Havana Road Cuban Cafe , her 4-year-old restaurant on West Allegheny Avenue in Towson. Quintana, who leases the commercial property, said she has sublet the space to Lisa Heckman and Peter Wood, the husband-and-wife restaurateurs who sold their Mount Vernon restaurant Iggies in July to Jim Pak, a retired pharmacist. Reached by phone, Heckman confirmed the transaction but said she wasn't ready to reveal details about plans for the new restaurant.
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By Meekah Hopkins | May 1, 2012
If Mexico had a St. Patrick's Day, it would be Cinco de Mayo. There's just a slight tweak to the festivities. One can always count on tequila, sombreros and Margaritas - the overly salty, overly soured kind. I have a hard time believing Cinco de Mayo is really all that Mexican anymore. Heck, even area Irish bars offer gimmicky deals in the spirit of boozing. So this year, why not shake up your usual 5th of May and expand your Latin American horizons? Skip the salt on the rim and try one of my favorite Baltimore specialties, a Mojito from Little Havana in Federal Hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
It's been a busy three years for Marta Ines Quintana, owner of Towson's Havana Road. There's her thriving catering business, a line of fully prepared packaged dinners Quintana developed for supermarket sales, and a cookbook and television show - both are works in progress that will showcase traditional Cuban restaurants as well as Quintana's contemporary spins on them. You might think all of that would distract Quintana from the restaurant itself - a bright spot on a drab Pennsylvania Avenue dining strip.
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By GLENN MCNATT and GLENN MCNATT,SUN ART CRITIC | April 13, 2006
Ever since Walker Evans created his classic series of portraits from pre-Revolutionary Havana during the early 1930s, American photographers have had a love affair with the land and people of Cuba. Evans brought to his Cuban portraits an uncompromising realism in the depiction of ordinary, working-class folk, along with an appreciation for the elegant, Spanish-style architecture and bustling street life of their city. In the days before color film was practical for documentary work, Evans was able to endow his seemingly artless black-and-white images with an unmistakable aura of tropical light and color.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | August 15, 1996
I'm keeping my eye on 1325-A Key Highway, where work on Little Havana is progressing. It doesn't look as though the new Cuban/seafood restaurant will open anytime soon; but when it does (my guess is late this fall), it should be worth the wait. At least as far as the setting is concerned. I love the idea of sitting on Little Havana's deck, watching the water and eating grilled swordfish with mango and blueberries or steak with papaya-onion salsa. (Those are a couple of dishes from the tentative menu.
NEWS
May 16, 2002
JIMMY CARTER made an awfully good point when he addressed the Cuban people Tuesday night on television. The strength of a democracy, he said, is that its citizens can work on correcting its mistakes. As an example, he pointed out that U.S. election laws are already being reformed so as to avoid a repeat of the 2000 debacle in Florida. Take that, Bush brothers. The United States is now entering a new election season, one that sees Jeb Bush running for another term as governor of Florida, and it's fair to point out that U.S. policy toward Cuba is primarily focused on Cubans who live about 90 miles this side of Havana.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 14, 1990
'Havana'Starring Robert Redford and Lena Olin.Directed by Sidney Pollack.Released by Universal.Rated R.... ** I'm no good at being noble, but neither is Robert Redford, and it doesn't seem to me that the problems of the three little people in "Havana" -- including Redford -- amount to a hill of beans in this world. A desultory, chaotic romantic thriller, "HaI'm no good at being noble, but neither is Robert Redford, and it doesn't seem to me that the problems of the three little people in "Havana" -- including Redford -- amount to a hill of beans in this world.
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By David Marston and David Marston,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 28, 2003
Havana, by Stephen Hunter. Simon & Schuster. 416 pages. $24.95 Preparing to eat a cockroach he won playing cards, a cadaverous prisoner in Stalin's frozen Siberian Gulag muses that the roach would be delicious sauteed en beurre with a complex red wine, perhaps a St. Emilion `34 or `35. "Why red?" he asks himself, and then answers: "Because red goes with meat. A cockroach certainly [isn't] fish, of that you may be sure." With that savory bit of whimsy, Stephen Hunter introduces Comrade Speshnev, a brilliant and impishly unpredictable Communist revolutionary who is sprung from the Gulag in 1953 and dispatched to Cuba.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | May 2, 1999
It was referred to in the travel brochures as the "Paris of the Americas" -- an idyllic island of sun, sea and sand, where the plazas were filled with laughter and the spirit of the Cuban people lent an enticing, keep-the-party-going kind of happiness to the setting.That's all gone now, a country entrapped by an over-the-hill communist dictator who claims a passion for baseball, but was nothing more than a Mickey Mouse pitcher and, to make the picture complete, even wore a wristwatch when he was playing.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Restaurants in Canton, Towson and Roland Park are offering new menus items and promotions. For its first summer, Verde in Canton is introducing new menu items - they've doubled the number of Neapolitan-style pizzas - a line-up of new cocktails and a weekday happy hour. Among the new pizza offerings are the "Granchio," a homage to Maryland topped with homemade mozzarella, lump crab meat, roasted corn, leeks, fennel and chives, and the "Verdura Delizia," with smoked buffalo mozzarella, roasted butternut squash cream, zucchini, orated red peppers and basil.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2012
As Alan Gross neared his third anniversary behind bars in Cuba, his wife gave new details of his deteriorating health and issued an impassioned plea to officials in Washington and Havana to negotiate his release immediately. Judy Gross, who visited her husband in September, said the Montgomery County man has lost 110 pounds since his arrest in December 2009, is suffering chronic pain from degenerative arthritis and now has a mass behind one shoulder. She said their American radiologist has told her the growth could be cancerous and should be assumed to be malignant until tested and proved otherwise.
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By Meekah Hopkins | May 1, 2012
If Mexico had a St. Patrick's Day, it would be Cinco de Mayo. There's just a slight tweak to the festivities. One can always count on tequila, sombreros and Margaritas - the overly salty, overly soured kind. I have a hard time believing Cinco de Mayo is really all that Mexican anymore. Heck, even area Irish bars offer gimmicky deals in the spirit of boozing. So this year, why not shake up your usual 5th of May and expand your Latin American horizons? Skip the salt on the rim and try one of my favorite Baltimore specialties, a Mojito from Little Havana in Federal Hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
Marta Ines Quintana's Havana Road Cafe was one of the sweetest success stories of 2010. The Towson restaurant caught on quickly. "Every once in a while, you come across a restaurant that has distinctive, well-prepared food at sensible prices," The Baltimore Sun's reviewer said. "Havana Road in Towson is such a spot; it is a find. " And since its quiet opening, the cafe has extended its hours and its day of operation. Quintana's story is about to get sweeter. She has just debuted a new line of Havana Road products in area Whole Foods Markets.
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2010
Every once in a while, you come across a restaurant that has distinctive, well-prepared food at sensible prices. Havana Road in Towson is such a spot; it is a find. Situated in a storefront in on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Towson, Havana Road is small — about 30 seats — and serves only Cuban fare. But what it does with a limited menu, it does exceptionally well. Take, for example, the hummus trio ($6), an offering of black bean hummus, red hummus made with sun-dried tomatoes and hummus made with Cuban spices.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2010
A Vision Airlines charter flight bound for Cuba from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport was temporarily diverted to BWI Sunday after reports of the smell of smoke in the cabin. The plane, a Boeing 767, "landed safely about 5:20 p.m.," said Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. A mechanic checked out the plane, and cleared it to proceed, he said. It departed about 8:40 p.m. Vision Airlines spokesman Bryan Glazer said in a statement that there were 154 passengers on board flight RBY-6401, which left New York at 4 p.m. The flight was scheduled to land at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, shortly after 10 p.m., according to an Internet flight tracker.
SPORTS
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 8, 1991
HAVANA -- There were no agents dressed to kill, no Ray-Ban sunglasses fashionably dangling against $30 T-shirts, no screaming parents, no $10 hamburgers, no patches on the sleeves of the players and no coaches named Nick Bollettieri.This was tennis played in a very simple yet elegant setting within yards of buses that belched smoke and overlooking a glistening blue sea.When Pam Shriver stepped on to a court at the 19th of November Tennis Stadium yesterday, she was wearing a white shirt and white skirt with matching American flags on the pockets.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone | December 14, 1990
''Havana'' is the seventh film on which director Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford have collaborated, and this time, they have not done all that well.''Havana,'' filmed in the Dominican Republic, where the 1958 Havana was built ''from scratch,'' looks and sounds very good, but at heart is almost empty, a redo of the 1943 ''Casablanca'' that doesn't come anywhere near that film.The new film does have Redford, but it also has Lena Olin (''Enemies, A Love Story''), who could never hope to be another Ingrid Bergman.
NEWS
By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2009
Ask Bonnie Benedetta to describe her style, and she laughingly answers, "Cheap. Cheap, but good." The friends she was meeting at Little Havana the night we "Glimpsed" the Catonsville resident say she's feminine and put-together. The 43-year-old sales representative for George Marshall says she loves dresses and skirts, but she doesn't like spending a lot on her look. She's an expert at finding a deal - and dealing with hand-me-downs. The look: Lilac short-sleeve button-down New York & Company shirt.
SPORTS
By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,jill.rosen@baltsun.com | January 3, 2009
What Baltimore's Italia lacks in size, it makes up for in red sauce-steeped charm - just like mama used to make. After bowls of pasta at Amicci's or Da Mimmo's or Aldo's or Sabatino's - all various Italian terms that roughly translate to "entrees that cost more than you think they should" - couples could stroll the crisscross of short streets in minutes, but instead take a more circuitous path, licking heaping gelato cones from Vaccaro's and stopping to...
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