That gaudy, burnt orange food stand is no longer the eyesore you walk by on your way to Midtown. Cuban Gypsy Pantry is your next street food obsession, guilty pleasure, lunch break etc. And it's hidden in plain sight, right on King Street.
The American-Cuban relationship is beginning to heat up for the first time in half a century, as a result everyone is abuzz with the prospect of Cuban cigars and rum soaked Cuban vacations. But – you may have to put those Cuban dreams on hold – if you read the fine print, it could take years until full trade is established between the estranged nations and you still need special permits for travel. There is good news though, the fine folks over at The Victor Social Club have the scratch for your Cuban itch.
As an African Studies enthusiast, I learned a long time ago that the overwhelming majority of enslaved people brought from Africa during the Trans Atlantic Slave trade ended up in Hispanic colonies throughout the Caribbean and South America. So for me, Hispanic Heritage Month represents another opportunity to celebrate and uplift black history on a national scale, similarly to how it’s done in February for African American History.