2010/11/05

Menu of La Florida, Havana, in the late 1970s

Colin has contributed two classics of Galician cuisine, "Mussels to the seaman's blouse" and "Fondle of tit cheese", and another kind person has read the great industrial designer Raymond Loewy's thoroughly entertaining memoir, Never leave well enough alone, and sent in the lunch menu of the Havana café bartended by Constantí Ribalaigua, the Catalan who didn't invent the daiquiri, but who Loewy nevertheless tried to tempt stateside:

LA FLORIDA

LANCH MENNU

SCAMBBLED EGGES
AMBURGŪESE WITH ONNION
PORKSOP WITH BADKED APLE
COLIFLOWER
ERTITSHOK
WATER SCREWS SALADE [watercress salad]

DIPLOMATIC PUDIN

DRIKS

CUBAN COFE               AMERICAN COFE
JIBOL [highball]


Loewy's marvellous description of pre-revolutionary bar-life leads one to commiserate with the translator, but not excessively.

3 comments:

Lenox said...

They used to do a mean 'Diplomatic Pudin' at the Mojácar Parador in the sixties. I haven't seen one since.

kalebeul said...

Oh God, it really exists!

Candide said...

Is La Florida a Catalan name?