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i have thought about this on and off for years -- ultimately, it's something i want to do. possibly when i retire and/or move from the US to Spain or Portugal or PR. I'm thinking a mixture of Americana diner food, tapas and the world cuisine stuff i like to cook in addition to the cuban/spanish foods i grew up on. I like indian and thai and assuming you've got the ingredients to hand, they're not particularly difficult cuisines to cook. I think i'd like to put in a decent vegetarian section and i've always wanted to have a "surprise" on the menu -- my local thai joint has both a 'chefs choice' and a 'surprise!' option in their japanese menu, and i've always wanted to steal that idea.

Date: 2010-05-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] volondoinyaface.livejournal.com
never cuba? but the ladies, they are so beautiful...

Date: 2010-05-24 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discogravy.livejournal.com
not for at least another 20 years, no. Assuming that Cuba comes out of communism (or the weak-ass version of communism that they've got, anyway,) things would be problematic at best for a foreigner going in to start a business -- being looked at as a carpetbagger would be the least of it, really. Fuck dude, they're just getting disco now.

Aside from that, after 50 years of communism, there's a kind of anti-bourgeois mentality that also equates bourgeoisie with education, class, uprightness. I can't really define it, but you can see it in the difference between the old cubans -- dudes who left in '59 or the early 60's when the shit hit the fan -- and the younger ones just here a few years or so. The old dudes are stand-up dudes, people you would totally want on your side in a bar fight. The young dudes are the people you can't count on for shit.

And for cuban women, well, I'm spoilt for choice, really.

Date: 2010-05-24 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discogravy.livejournal.com
ps update your lj, slacker. or people will think you never got to the mainland in 2009.

Date: 2010-05-24 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurachicken.livejournal.com
I knew you liked to cook, but I never knew you wanted to open a restaurant.

Date: 2010-05-24 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discogravy.livejournal.com
i've been kicking the idea around for a while. I figure when I burn out on IT i'll go into that.

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