Nicaragua, land of lakes and volcanoes, is just as much a land of food. On a recent four-day trip to visit a close friend living in León, I learned to travel, drink, and eat like a Nica. My only regret? That I didn't get to try iguana, á la Anthony Bourdain (apparently it's illegal). León is a ... More >>
In what has to be one of the most absurd match-ups in Mixed Martial Arts history, former Miami backyard street fighter Rene "Level" Martinez is facing off against ex-professional boxing champ Ricardo Mayorga in Managua, Nicaragua this Saturday. Mayorga's boxing career washed out in 2011 after losing ... More >>
Nicaraguan cooking is best summarized thusly: "This is good. Let's make it great." Consider, for example, empanadas de maduro -- cheese-filled sweet-plantain patties, which sound nice but aren't good enough in their simplest form. So Nicaraguans immerse the half-moons in hot oil until the cheese mel ... More >>
In the lakeside tourist city of Granada, Nicaragua, visitors strolling along La Calle Libertad come upon a blue Colonial-style building with a small sign reading, "Salon La Libertad." On a recent afternoon, a slim Cuban-American woman with short blonde hair and intense blue eyes chats on her cellpho ... More >>
Panther Coffee's Joel Pollock is on the move with a second location in the works in a rising South Beach enclave -- and now plans for another coffee-roasting space in Wynwood. "I'll be vague but we do have another roasting machine we're going to hook up. It's going to be not in this building, but v ... More >>
Open 24/7, Little Managua's Yambo serves large portions of authentic Nicaraguan fare at exceptionally modest prices. Aside from the finger lickin' quality and enormous size of the platters, the ambiance and the décor makes this labyrinth a destination-place -- it feels extremely homey while transpo ... More >>
When it comes to Cuba, President Obama can do little right in the eyes of exilio politicians. When he eased travel restrictions to the island, for example, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen accused him of undermining democracy on the island. Now she's slamming Obama for his decision to order U.S. inspectors ... More >>
Agência Brasil via Wikimedia CommonsHugo Chavez: democratically elected, but a supporter of Libyan strongman Muammar GaddafiWhat do Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Fidel Castro have in common? Berets, cigars, military fatigues, state-controlled economies... Errr... scratch that. This could take ... More >>
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Here's an old school jem from way back in the day. I remember the first time I heard the track, "A Lo Cubano" while I was on holiday in Managua and it blew my mind. The groove is all hip-hop and African via Cuba and Colombia with just the right amount of vocal flavor to make it stick inside of your ... More >>
The new, not-entirely-improved lifeguard shacks are making South Beach locals cringe
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The good old days He fled faster than Anastasio Somoza the night the Sandinistas stormed Managua in the summer of 1979. And I say good riddance to Nick Saban. I'm not going to rant endlessly about the treacherous sucker punch he landed on the franchise. In an interview with Dan Le Batard, Don ... More >>
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