For decades, Cuba has held major sway in Miami. The Caribbean island has helped make the Magic City what it is today by playing a role in South Florida music, politics, and cuisine.
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|Miami to Cuba -- so close geographically.|
Now, on the cusp of a new dawn in American-Cuban relations, a group of Miami chefs are planning a series of cultural visits to Cuba. They hope to serve as culinary ambassadors, sharing everything from life experience to recipes with their counterparts on the island.
The chefs, working with Orlando-based Cultural Contrasts, a travel company that has specialized in cultural trips to Cuba for more than two decades, will take six-day journeys to explore the island through its food. American citizens legally travel to the country under a license granted to groups for "food, art, and music exploration" by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The tours will feature visits to restaurants in Havana and tours of local sustainable, organic farms. They cost around $3,300 and include round-trip airfare from Miami, accommodations, and food, with the inaugural trip scheduled for May 20 to 25. (Others have been running similar trips for years.)
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