Cuban sandwich

Culture
3:25 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Best Cuban Sandwich: Michelle Faedo's On The Go

Michelle and Robert Faedo standing next to their food truck after serving the lunchtime crowd in Brandon last month.
Photo by Bobbie O'Brien

"Bring it on!" That was Michelle Faedo's response when asked if she would put her Cuban Sandwich up against one from Miami.

WUSF interviewed Michelle and her husband, Robert Faedo, when Tampa City Council was considering its vote to make the "Cuban" its signature sandwich in April.

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Culture
7:00 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Few Miami Takers for Tampa's Cuban Sandwich Festival

Saturday May 26 in Ybor City's Centennial Park there's an event billed as the Cuban Sandwich Festival where the best Cuban sandwich in Florida will be judged.

Restaurants from Tampa and Miami have been invited to compete.

But, in the wake of Tampa City Council passing a resolution proclaiming the Tampa concoction the "Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich," Victor Padilla, festival co-organizer, says only one Miami eatery had the nerve to enter 'enemy' territory.

"So far we've only had one. I guess the rest chickened out," says Padilla.

Arts & Culture
3:14 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

The Cuban Sandwich War is over. Tampa wins!

OUR map of Florida has the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near Tampa...and boring skyscrapers and condos near Miami.

After an incursion by the upstart Miami Cuban community, the people have spoken – Tampa is the true home of the Cuban sandwich.

More than 7,200 people voted at the NPR food blog, “The Salt,” and the results speak for themselves: 57 percent for Tampa, 43 percent for Miami as the true home of the Cuban sandwich.

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Miami Defends Its Cuban with a "Swift Boat" Attack on Tampa

An example of a Tampa Cuban sandwich including Genoa salami, but no mayo, no lettuce and no tomatoes.

Two cities -- Tampa and Miami -- are locked in a battle to claim the Cuban sandwich as its own.

WUSF's Bobbie O'Brien makes the case for Tampa on based on history and taste.

Reporter Kenny Malone from Miami’s WLRN took on the assignment to defend the Miami Cuban sandwich. For him, the best defense was an offensive strategy.

If we’ve learned anything this political season -- attack ads win wars.

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Tampa's Cuban Sandwich Defense: It's the Bread and History

Cuban bread just out of the ovens at La Segunda Central Bakery in Tampa.

Two cities -- Tampa and Miami -- are locked in a battle to claim the Cuban sandwich as its own. Last Thursday, the opening salvo was fired by Tampa City Council when it officially renamed it the “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich.”

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Cuban Sandwich Crisis: The Case for Tampa

Former Tampanian Jim Thoree makes his own version of the Cuban Sandwich
Jim Thoree

Two cities, Tampa and Miami, are locked in a battle to claim the Cuban sandwich as its own.

A Cuban sandwich is shredded pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and dill pickles – served either cold or hot-pressed on Cuban bread. Think of it as the ham-and-cheese for the guayabera set.

Tampa’s version includes Genoa salami. Each city uses differently-shaped bread. Those are about the only substantive differences.

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Arts & Culture
4:13 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Cuban Sandwich Crisis: The Case for Miami

The Cuban from Enriqueta’s Cafe in Miami

Two cities, Tampa and Miami, are locked in a battle to claim the Cuban sandwich as its own.

A Cuban sandwich is shredded pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and dill pickles – served either cold or hot-pressed on Cuban bread. Think of it as the ham-and-cheese for the guayabera set.

Tampa’s version includes Genoa salami. Each city uses differently-shaped bread. Those are about the only substantive differences.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

The Cuban Is Officially Tampa's Signature Sandwich

It’s unanimous. The “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich” is now officially Tampa’s signature sandwich.

The reading of the resolution and the vote by Tampa City Council took less time – about 2 minutes – than it takes to order a Cuban at some of Tampa’s more popular lunch spots.

Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin also wanted to trademark the term “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich.” However, she decided against the trademark when she found out the it would require anyone using the phrase to get city permission.

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Arts & Culture
6:41 am
Thu April 19, 2012

A Historic Vote for Tampa's Cuban Sandwich, Pressed or Cold

Freshly baked Cuban bread with the traditional palmetto leaf just out of the ovens at La Segunda Central Bakery in Ybor City.

Tampa City Council will vote today on a resolution “designating and authenticating” the “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich.” But, Miami’s Cuban community disputes Tampa’s claim to the sandwich.

The mixed meat sandwich, originally called a “mixto”, became popular in Tampa among Cuban cigar factory workers in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

The resolution specifies the ingredients of the authentic Tampa Cuban sandwich as sweet ham, mojo-marinated roast pork, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, mustard and Genoa salami.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Trademarking the Cuban Sandwich™

A proper Cuban sandwich has crisp Cuban bread, glazed ham, shredded pork, yellow mustard, a dill pickle, Swiss cheese, and despite what people in Miami say, Genoa salami.

You might already know about the Tampa City Council resolution to define a Cuban sandwich as the "Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich."

But did you know they might try to trademark it?

It's on the Tampa City Council agenda for Thursday. The City's legal department is scheduled to provide a report "on whether or not the City of Tampa can acquire a trademark for the 'Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich' as being Tampa's signature sandwich."

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Arts & Culture
4:52 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

The Cuban Sandwich War

O.K., anyone who knows anything about the Cuban Sandwich knows it started in Tampa's Ybor City a century ago.

Cuban immigrants mixed with Italians, Germans and others to develop the pressed delicacy -- with Cuban bread, shredded pork, glazed ham, swiss cheese, Genoa salami, a pickle and mustard.

So why do folks in Miami have such trouble with the idea that Tampa is laying its rightful claim on the sandwich? Yes, they may have more Cubans...but we were there first.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

How to Make a Cuban Sandwich

The birthplace of the Cuban sandwich isn't Havana, or even Miami...it's Tampa.

Watch David Audet, Cuban sandwich afficianado who has researched the history of the sandwich.

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