Emilio's Cuban Cafe
402 GA HWY 247
Bonaire, GA 31005
What is Cuban Cuisine?
Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines. Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. A small, but noteworthy, Chinese influence can also be accounted for, mainly in the Havana area.
Due to historical reasons, the Cuban population was not equally distributed along the island. African slaves were a majority in the sugar cane plantations, but in most of the cities they constituted a minority. The eastern part of the island also received massive quantities of French, Haitian and Caribbean immigrants, mainly during the Haitian Revolution, as well as seasonal workers for the sugar cane harvest, while the western part did not, receiving, instead, European, mostly Spanish, immigration well into the 1950s. This implied that Cuban cuisine developed locally, from the influences and demographics specific to each area.
Cuban cuisine has almost nothing in common with Mexican cuisine, which is a surprise for many from the United States or Europe. It also differs from other Latin American cuisines and food traditions of the United States.