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  1. If you don't have the option of using a plastic travel humi in the 15 stick size with a boveda, then your glass mason jar would probably be the next best alternative. It also depends on how long you plan to keep them in truck. At the minimum i'd keep them in the trunk (if yours is not open) as it's cooler than the inside of the car and out of sunlight . I personally would try not to leave them in there for more than a week and would keep much less like maybe 5 sticks, and no premiums either.
  2. Demi Tasse. My gf is a non smoker and she enjoyed these while the lasted. She said they were sweet and mild, and not too long a smoking time. Also she said it had an elegant quality about it, given the size but strong aroma.
  3. Por Larranaga Perfecto (Distinguido 52x162) It would sell because it still stays with the larger RG trend, is tapered at the head to appeal to those finding larger RG's too uncomfortable to smoke, its unique for a PL Regional, and its size would be worth the coin. Plus with the way PL has been getting praise about the aging potential of its recent releases, this would likely fly off the shelves. And with Cuaba taking so much heat, this would give people an opportunity to enjoy a Distinguido that isn't made by a Marca which faces a lot of negative feedback relative to other marcas.
  4. Coffee with a bit a of cream and if it is espresso i take it as is. Only usually take it black if its good coffee like when buying from a farmer's market or mom and pops bakery.
  5. Depends...if my palate is clean as in i have not eaten anything for hours i will light up with no prep because that is when i feel i taste the most. However if i have eaten or there is remnants of flavour or whatever on my palate before smoking, i may drink water, or sparkling water, or something tart like apple juice. Coffee I usually only drink during smoke time. FWIW for me, my palate is the cleanest a couple hours after brushing my teeth in the morning....especially if i am feeling a bit hungry.
  6. Other than thin wrappers or that combined with being overfilled, I have a hard time imagining the problem being something other than something related to high humidity, or drastic changes in temp/rH from storage area to smoking area. I mean you did mention the tar build up on your Fuente's right? anytime i have had tar issues from my observations it comes usually from a one or more of these reasons., especially smoking a cigar that comes from high rH in a very cold environment, or smoking a cigar that is both overfilled and over-humidified.
  7. Welcome bro! Good to see you on here.
  8. I try not to overthink, or trip out about it. I throw lighters and cutters in my check-in, never in my carry on. and like Pres said, to avoid dissapointment i don't bring any expensive tools....not that i really have any just xikar cutter and mini iroda lighter and cheapo single jets. That being said, if i'm feeling paranoid that day for some reason, i budget out 10 CUC for those lighter pieces of crap they sell at the souvenir shops on the resort and leave everything at home. For those worried about losing their cheapos, it's just lighters, not narcotics LOL...TBH im more worried about having my lighter leaking or bursting in my check-in and ruining my clothes or something.
  9. IMO Depends where in Cuba...in Varadero i would recommend staying at Sol Palmeras - family friendly and food is decent, just don't expect them to do justice to meats, carbs, and starches we are used to. I say go straight for the grill bc the food is at least made to order. If you like fish, then you will be fine. Another place is Hotel Playa Cayo Santa Maria, in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba. Great hotel. Food is ok...just like most of the all inclusive resort food. Gets pretty tiring fast if you are not into fish. Although i will say when it is Cuban Dish day, the food is always much better! Keep an eye out for that Roasted Pig That being said, try to venture off the resort for food at nearby local restaurants. It is usually a significantly better experience, and won't break the bank either. All the A La Carte dining at resorts are just menus taking food from the buffet and making it pretty...and maybe adding a Spiny Lobster....beware, food you see at lunch buffet may reappear at the A La Cartes! Important note, if you have never been to Cuba or booked an all inclusive vacation there, be sure to go no less than 4 star internet rating if you wish to have peace of mind seeing as you are with family. Just know that the resort food in Cuba is well below the resort food you will find anywhere else (speaking mainly Caribbean and Mexico.)
  10. I do these for my gf all the time and she absolutely loves it. a) "Honey Mustard and Thyme Oven-Roasted Salmon" and Brie and Apple bites RECIPE A Need: 1 Large Salmon fillet skin on 1 Honey mustard 1 Thyme Thinly sliced lemon circles Half a lemon Fresh Cracked Sea Salt Fresh Cracked Pepper Olive Oil 1 Oven Pan 1 xLarge Ziplock bag Recipe 1) Preheat oven 380Deg C with pan inside that has a layer of aluminum foil on it. BE sure to coat the foil in a thin layer of olive oil 2) Rub Salmon fillet with salt, pepper, honey mustard and thyme - the thicker the cut, the more seasoning should be used; note - go easy with the Thyme 3) put olive oil, salt, and more pepper and squeeze half a lemon in a xLarge Ziplock bag and put the seasoned salmon in and add more honey mustard. make sure salmon is submerged in the oil mixture. 4) Put in fridge sealed for 20-30 mins 5) Pull out of fridge and put skin side down on hot oven pan ensuring there is a sear sound when you put it on 6) put 3-4 lemon slices on top of the salmon 7) Leave in oven for 20-25 minutes 8) Once cooked, let it rest in a tent for 5 mins. and Volia. RECIPE NEED: Best crusty bread you can find. preferably french or artisan of some kind. a Round of quality double or triple cream brie Granny Smith Apples (Gotta be sour type apples) (Optional_ Legendario Elixir de Cuba) 1. Slice bread in whatever style you like, 2. top each piece with 2 slices of thick brie 3. Top Brie with 2-3 thin slices of granny smith apples. Best served cold. OPTIONAL, drizzle each piece with a bit of legendario
  11. Thank you all for your replies it is much appreciated! I guess it seems that most, if not all these places do not offer a full dining and smoking experience, without breaking the bank for dinner as was mentioned for Rib and Beef place (which the lounge is still separate from the dining room anyways...) I read up on that place actually and many said that although everything is great, the quality in food is lacking. I think that turns me away more than anything especially if the menu is priced at the higher end. I 'd rather spend that type of dinner coin at one of the many wonderful restaurants that Montreal or Old Quebec has to offer that have rave reviews. I will look more into Societe Cigar or Whisky Cafe. I think the missus is easier to convince if i don't have to have us whisked off into a lounge separate from the dining area Anyone heard or been to Chez Alexandre Brasserie and Cigar Lounge? If anyone knows any other places it is much appreciated.
  12. Hello All, I'm headed down to both Montreal and Old Quebec over Valentine's day weekend and was hoping if anyone knew any establishments where you could both eat and indulge in a cigar...without having to isolate myself in a cigar lounge that is within the restaurant...I am from Ontario so i know squat about smoking laws in QC, but i do know and have experienced smoking and hanging out at the Montreal LCDH, so i am hopeful that such a place exists. Main reason i ask is that i will be with the gf and though i know it would be next to impossible to have her hangout with me in a smokey cigar lounge, she seems to be entertaining the possibility of being ok with the type of restaurant that you can both dine and smoke LOL...kind of like these really cool and classy establishments in the UK. I'm taking what i can get fellow leaf lovers! lol
  13. Ouhh sounds very nice. Thanks for your reply. I am arming my friends with prices so hopefully they wont have to haggle too much. Totally forgot about those Punch being available. Keep em coming!
  14. Wow....loss of smell??? The pharmaceutical industry in the US is really something else...Every US drug commercial i see always has a fine print speedy talker going over the possible side effects, usually lasting longer than the commercial itself. As for the Op, I suggest just getting lots of sleep and drink as many glasses of water you can take. and blanket up to sweat it all out. A good touque while smoking outside and when going to bed usually helps to prevent me from getting a cold.
  15. Hello all, just wanted to see if anyone has been down recently as i am curious about what stock is like? I have a couple friends heading down this month and next (who have agreed to be mules) and I would like to be able to get a sense of what i can point them to. Specifically, if you have been recently, i'm sure you will know my first question is...Are there any Diplomaticos Cuba Regionals? Next would be are there any 2015 LE's or LCDH releases, or anything special to note? Thank you in advance for your replies!
  16. Because it tastes good. Some dunking pairs are better than others though
  17. Damn...this is going to be hard to decide now lol...Thank you kindly for the input i appreciate it. I may have to go back to the drawing board. Feedback still welcome as i truly am split in the middle with the choices, but opinions from heavyweights such as yourselves may ultimately push me to the VR side....
  18. Just wanted to solicit some feedback on how these are smoking now as i'm torn between this, or 2 boxes of Cuaba 2008 LE (or 2 boxes of Partagas Seleccion Priv. LE 2014). I have read some musings on them here and there but it seems the most recent is 2013-2014. I appreciate any feedback in advance.
  19. Damp Soil and Pepper from NC's. Had an OSA Lot T once, and tasted like I did a faceplant into wet earth lol - a few others had that soil taste and i did not enjoy it unless it was washed down with a good stiff drink. Which, oddly enough, make 's NC's sometimes really shine... The pepper though in the first inch or so is really hard to get through sometimes, and half the time it doesn't really go anywhere from there. In CC's, there's not really much i don't like about em, except the ammonia and young bitterness that can pop up from time to time.

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