Breaking Borders: Cuba Pictures

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio travel to Cuba to talk to locals about the state of the nation, what has changed, and the future expectations and hopes. While there, they experience the culture, people and food of Cuba.

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Photo By: Ashley Gilbertson

Walking Along the Malecon

Journalist Mariana van Zeller, chef Michael Voltaggio and local guide/fixer Rolando Almirante walk through Old Havana, Cuba, along the Malecon, an oceanfront walkway.

Cuba's Vintage Cars

One of Cuba's many vintage cars. Mariana, Michael and Rolando ride inside on the way to Santy Restaurant. Related: Why We Love the Cubans

A Drink with Ernest Hemingway at Floridita

Michael "speaks" with Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita, a bar frequented by the famous American author.

Roasted Pig at Paraiso Farm Restaurant

A beautiful roasted pig is carved for serving at the Paraiso Farm Restaurant in Vinales.

Lunch is Served!

Mariana and Michael can hardly hold back their excitement over the roasted pig.

Toast to Cuba!

Mariana and Michael take a moment at the Paraiso Farm to toast their arrival in Cuba.

Pass the Cuban!

Michael enjoys a Cuban cigar alongside Daniel Luis Alvarez, Mariana and a local tobacco farmer in Vinales. 

Cuba's Famous Cigars

Resting cigars at Chef Justo Restaurant in Old Havana.

Horseback to the Tobacco Farm

Mariana, Michael and a local guide ride horseback to a tobacco farm in Vinales. 

Prepared Dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant

Prepared dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant in Old Havana.

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Mariana and Michael continue their food tour of Cuba at Santy Restaurant, which serves gorgeous and delicious sushi.

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

More fresh fish on the table at Santy Restaurant.

Produce at a Local State Market

Mariana and Michael grab fresh produce from a local state market. Michael will use these ingredients to prepare the final meal for his and Mariana’s guests.

Chef Voltaggio at Work

Chef Michael Voltaggio at work, cutting away at a taro root.

What's for Dinner?

Taro with chips and guacamole, one of the many dishes that Michael has prepared for the final meal. Other dishes include a pork shoulder smoked with cigar leaves, Michael’s take on a Cuban sandwich, fried snapper and paella made out of pasta with a coconut shrimp stock.

The Final Dinner

Mariana and Michael toast with their guests — a chef, a tour guide from Vinales and an ex-Cuban diplomat.