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Cuba Libre

Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 4:00 AM

Former Vice-President Dick Cheney is 'offended' that the Justice Department is looking into the Bush Administration's policy of 'enhanced interrogations.'

Because, as Dick always likes to remind us, torture kept us safe after 9/11.

Never mind that the whole of the Bush Administration couldn't be arsed to give Richard Clarke the time of day, even though Clarke had requested a meeting with the principals committee to discuss the seriousness of the threat poised by al-Qaeda.

Some friends introduced me to a rather nice Cuban restaurant in Vallejo. Havana Sol is located just a couple of blocks off Highway 29 on Virgina Street, and could play a significant role in revitalizing the downtown area.

The flavors are sweet and spicy, but not overwhelming to the palate. The menu is small, but the chef, who stopped by our table to chat, said he wanted to get the flavors right rather than have a larger selection at opening, and that he'll be adding more to the menu in the coming weeks. Prices are moderate.

A word about dessert - the flan is like nothing you've ever seen. We're not talking a Jell-O-like substance with a layer of caramel-something on top ... we're talking smooth, creamy custard. Yum.

The only downcheck is an inexperienced and overwhelmed wait staff. Whoever was supposed to be greeting/seating guests on Saturday night wasn't at their station. It can take fifteen minutes before you see a menu. I had to repeat a drink order three times before it was delivered. A little organization/training could take that weak point and turn it into a solid underpinning of a great restaurant.

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