Dan Albelo


“Christmas Eve for me comes Cuban-style every year. Starting with a tall glass of mojito (Cuban rum and mint drink) and fried croquetas (croquettes) for appetizers. The main course is lechón asado (roasted pork, marinated in orange juice), moros y cristianos (black beans and rice), platanitos frito (fried plantains), and yuca con mojo (baked yuca with a sweet garlic sauce). Dessert is Spanish flan, topped with rum (nougat almond candy) with American ice cream. The best Cuban chef always uses love as their secret ingredient.”