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A Cigar Weekend in Paris

Late in August, I had the opportunity to take a 2 week business trip to France and had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Paris, the City of Light. Paris was always on my bucket list as a world city to visit, and it did not displease. Home base was the Le Grand Hotel de[…]

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Flor de Selva “Grand Pressé” Cigar Review

I thought it apropos that I bring  one of my Maya Selva cigars on my visit to Paris this past couple of weeks. I chose to smoke this fine specimen of cigar as I enjoyed my weekend off from work while touring the City of Lights. The Flor de Selva Grand Pressé is an extension to the Flor de[…]

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Santiago Republic Dominicana – Cigar Capital of the World

Mention the word Hispaniola to most Americans they will conjure up visions of Christopher Columbus and his famed landing in the Americas. He named the Island, the 22nd largest in the world, Insula Hispana, meaning “the Spanish Island”.  Since then it has found itself the home of two sovereign nations, Haiti and República Dominicana (Dominican Republic).[…]

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Gates Hotel Key West

Key West is known as a great party town – Duval Street, the Sunsets, cruise ships arriving three times a week, Sloppy Joe’s, the Hemingway Look-a-Likes and of course, Fantasy Fest over Halloween. The party starts and ends at sun up each dawn – new partiers head out as the previous night’s revelers stumble home.[…]

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Dirty, Dirty New Orleans – An Open Letter to Latoya Cantrell

As many of you are aware, New Orleans issued a smoking ban in the city that started at midnight on April 22nd, 2015. The ban prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos and was later amended, at the insistence of many on July 23rd. Here’s what the law says: No smoking in the following Indoor[…]

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Cigars at the Top of the World

I recently had the opportunity to visit the country of Sweden this month and I have to say it was far better than the last time I was there back in the month of January. The weather was warmer and the sun seemed to never want to set. I recall meeting the owner of Royal[…]

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New England

Now that summer is upon us and all the snow has melted from this past winter, maybe a trip to the northeast is in order. I was on a business trip to my old stomping grounds outside of Boston last month and it reminded me once again how beautiful New England is in the spring[…]

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Third Street Cigar Lounge

  I do a lot of traveling for my business and sometimes I get the opportunity to checkout a new cigar shop or lounge  when time permits. This past month I was on a trip to Detroit and had to be at a meeting Early Monday morning. I decided to fly up on a Sunday[…]

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Arby Sosa and Sosa Family Cigars

If you have ever been to Downtown Disney in Orlando Florida you may have come across the Sosa cigar shop. This small (660 Sq ft) premium cigar shop has more than 80 brands of cigars, including Auturo Fuente, Padron, Diamond Crown, Imperio Cubano and the much sought-after Fuente Fuente Opus XE. It has been in[…]

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Calle Ocho – Little Havana Miami

Calle Ocho Calle Ocho is the center of Cuban exile life in Miami. One could argue it is the center of Cuban exile in the world as well. Nowhere in the world can you find more Cubans (other than Cuba itself) or the lifestyle that they love. Cubans are, by and large, an accommodating and[…]

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Key West – America’s Caribbean Island

I have vacationed in Key West FL for as long as I have lived here in the sunshine state. I moved down to Florida in 1986 and quickly discovered America’s Caribbean island. The island is just 90 miles from Cuba and is steeped in history. There is only a few ways to get to Key[…]