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SALE BY MORTGAGEE
Offers are invited for the following properties.
Freehold land comprising of t
situated in the ward of Tacarigua.
Together with incomplete development known
The property is being
sold "as is" without the responsibility of
vendor/ mortgagee to provide statutory
approval, survey and or warranty.
NO LATE OFFERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Unsuitable offers will not be acknowledged.
The mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the
highest offer or any offer.
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HAVANA: There s no rice,
beans or fried plantains at
Havana s newest private
You can order a minty mojito,
but it ll come mixed with vodka
instead of the traditional white
The waiters speak Russian,
and patrons are expected to
order in that language. But don t
worry, the menus at this retro-
Soviet restaurant come with
translations for the non-initi-
Nazdarovie, which is named
for the popular Russian toast
and opened last Friday, is all
about Slavic fare---like bowls of
blood-red borscht and stuffed
Ukrainian varenyky dumplings,
hand-rolled in the back by
"babushkas" who were born in
the former Soviet Union but
have long called Cuba home.
It s a nod to nostalgia for the
island s Soviet ties during the Cold War, a time when Moscow
was Havana s main source of trade and aid and hundreds of
thousands of Cubans traveled to the Soviet bloc as diplomats,
artists and students.
"For most of them it was the first time they ever
left this island. They have nostalgia about their time
there, about the flavours they experienced for the
first time," said Gregory Biniowsky, a 45-year-old
Canadian of Ukrainian descent who dreamed up
Nazdarovie and launched it with three Cuban part-
"The idea with Nazdarovie is really to celebrate a
unique social and cultural link that existed and to
a certain degree still exists today between Cuba of
2014 and what was once the Soviet Union," said Bin-
iowsky, a lawyer and consultant who has lived in
Havana for two decades.
The collapse of the Soviet bloc largely ended the
Havana-Moscow connection and sent Cuba into an
economic tailspin. However, Russian President
Vladimir Putin has talked recently of renewing the
relationship. He made a state visit last month, Russian
navy ships periodically dock in Havana s harbour
and Cuba has backed Russia in its dispute over
Ukraine. Occupying the third story of a historic build-
ing on the seafront Malecon boulevard, Nazdarovie
is an homage to the old country.
Behind the bar, Russian nesting dolls and a bust
of Lenin perch next to bottles of high-end vodka.
Reproductions of Soviet propaganda posters line one
wall. There s a brilliant terrace view of Havana s sky-
line. At a pre-launch dress rehearsal last week, smartly
dressed young waiters set steaming bowls of solyanka,
a meaty Russian soup, before about 20 invited guests.
The evening s menu also included pelmeni, dumplings
filled with meat, sour cream and dill; golubtsy, stuffed
cabbage rolls slow-cooked in a tomato sauce; pork
Stroganoff (beef is often scarce in Cuba); and for
dessert, savory-sweet blintzes.
In the air-conditioned kitchen, Irina Butorina
stirred gobs of mayonnaise with potatoes, eggs, ham
and peas to create an olivier salad, a popular dish
in former Soviet states. Butorina, 56, fell in love with
a Cuban student she met at university in her native
Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic, now Kyrgyzstan,
and moved here in 1984. She said the taste of her
mother s recipes faded as she adapted to Cuba.
"At first I used to cook a lot of Russian food here,
but then a lot of things disappeared from the market
--- cabbage, for example. ... so then I make Cuban
food," she said. "But these people here have started
this restaurant. It was their dream ... and our dream
Experts say Butorina s story is typical of the Soviet
diaspora here. Of the estimated 3,000-4,000 islanders
who were born in the Soviet Union or descended
from them, most are cases of Soviet women who
married Cuban university students and moved to
the Caribbean nation. (AP)
Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
In this August 20 photo, reproductions of Soviet propaganda posters hang at the Nazdarovie
restaurant during its pre-launch dress rehearsal in Havana, Cuba. AP PHOTO
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