Cuban Restaurant Analysis

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Enlightenment at Papi’s Cuban Restaurant
Food is a great way to reach people and make them feel sensations they have never felt before. Taste is one of the greatest of the five senses, and the ability to try a different culture’s food and get a glimpse of a new country with out ever leaving your hometown is amazing. Trying another culture’s food for the first time can be a very interesting experience. For instance if someone tries something that is from a Cuban restaurant he or she might enjoy the atmosphere but they might not enjoy the food. For me this was not the case. I enjoyed both the atmosphere and the food. The atmosphere was lively and refreshing, and when I tried the masitas de puerco it was delectable bite after bite. Going to a restaurant that is different from the every day food you eat could also be a very
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Cuban food has a huge Spanish influence, for example the dish that I got, masitas de puerco, is very similar to a mexican dish called carnitas. Carnitas at Spanish restaurants is cubed pork served with rice and beans. Even though the dishes are very similar, the taste was very different. Masitas de puerco is different from carnitas in the fact that it is sweeter and fresher than carnitas. The carnitas I get are usually topped with a salsa, while the masitas de puerco had onions covering it. My waiter Gilberto said that the Mexican food has “more spice”, such as peppers and salsas, than its Cuban counterpart. I could really tell this after eating my meal. Opposed to Mexican restaurants that I have been to the Cuban food was sweeter than the Mexican food and had very little spice to it. Along with the food being slightly different a huge difference is the restaurants atmosphere. Mexican restaurants are all similar to each other in the atmosphere, while the Cuban restaurant was a refreshing new feeling that I haven’t experienced

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