Standard guide to Havana; a complete handbook for visitors, with maps, illustrations, history and an English-Spanish manual of conversation

 
9781130738957: Standard guide to Havana; a complete handbook for visitors, with maps, illustrations, history and an English-Spanish manual of conversation

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ... table to drink it; a Cuban law requires ice-water to be provided free in every cafe. It is quite proper for ladies to go into the cafes of the better class; in those adjoining Central Park, after the park concerts or during the theatre intermissions, one finds there a gay throng of handsomely dressed men and women. There are in the cafes large and varied assortment of sweet cakes and a variety of ices, mad from the guanabana, melon, orange, pineapple, and other fruits. On ice cream is named jai alai, after the famous game. Ices are usually serve with barquillos or long rolled wafers. Sweets and cakes are displayed ij great profusion in front of little shops everywhere throughout the city and sweets sellers go about the streets bearing trays of confections 01 their heads. Coffee is served in all cafes. Cubans burn the coffee bean to a cinder they say that this process destroys the toxic qualities. Milk is boile and salted to keep it fresh. The waiter brings the coffee-pot in one ham and a pot of boiling milk in the other; the combination of charred coffei and salted milk some persons like at first taste; some learn to like it some experiment with varying proportions of coffee and milk and neve quite determine whether they do or do not like it. Wine is drunk with meals as commonly in Cuba as on the Continent It is mostly of Spanish vintage, for over 90 per cent, of that importec comes from Spain. Although the island is admirably adapted to th VEGETABLES. nel, and thence flows by gravity in an the Palatino Reservoir in the suburbs distributed through the city, and to Regla, Casa Blanca and Cabana across the bay. The daily supply is 40,000,000 gallons of pure water, whk h is free from all organic matter, but is somewhat hard because of the limestone in solutio...

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