Asia de Cuba Returns with Sugar and Spice

Executive Chef Luis Pous discusses blending cultures and flavors in the reborn NYC restaurant

A little over three months ago Asia de Cuba not-so-quietly returned to New York City. A longtime midtown favorite, envisioned by Jeffrey Chodorow, the restaurant closed in 2011 only to return years later downtown. Chodorow’s vision—now meticulously executed by Executive Chef Luis Pous—was and remains Asian-influenced Cuban food. And, at this new location, the focus is most certainly incredible, innovative dishes across five main sections: …

Penny Blue XO Mauritian Rum

An island spirt with a rich history and strong character that needs no mixer

Nearly 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Madagascar lies the island nation of Mauritius. Known mostly for its beaches and lush mountains, Mauritius is also home to a long tradition of rum-making, utilizing the island’s rich sugarcane crops. The Medine Distillery has been producing rum since 1926 and the Penny Blue XO is their rarest, most carefully crafted offering yet. Limited to small batches, where …