Tuesday, November 13, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa names Ybor City-style Cuban as the city's signature sandwich

TAMPA — More than a century after emerging as the quintessential cigar worker's lunch in Ybor City, the humble Cuban sandwich now has official standing as the signature sandwich of the city of Tampa.

But not just any Cuban. The version of the sandwich designated Thursday as the "Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich" must be made with Cuban bread scored on top with a leaf from a palm frond, plus ham, mojo roast pork, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and exactly three dill pickle slices — but not mayonnaise.

It's a recipe that evolved in Ybor City around the turn of the last century, and City Council members passed the designation as one way to celebrate and promote the city's cultural heritage.

"I'm very pleased," said Council member Yvonne Yolie Capin, who sponsored the idea. "It is a lightheartened resolution with a serious message. This is but one example of how we can leverage our cultural assets."

The council stopped, however, from pursuing a trademark for that version of the Cuban after hearing that the trademark would prevent anyone else from using the phrase "Historic Tampa Cuban sandwich."

It's a recipe that has raised some eyebrows, especially in Miami, which has claims of its own on the Cuban.

"I just cannot think about the Cuban sandwich with salami, because I always say salami is either for pizza or for subs," Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said earlier this week on 970-WFLA.

Regalado even went so far as to say that "the Cuban sandwich came in a raft from Cuba."

"I beg to differ," responded Capin, who also was on the program.

"If they were making Cuban sandwiches at the turn of the last century in Miami," she added, "it would be made by an alligator."

Comments
Marty St. Louis in Hall of Fame induction speech: ‘My heart and will was taller than everyone else’

Marty St. Louis in Hall of Fame induction speech: ‘My heart and will was taller than everyone else’

The words of wisdom Martin St. Louis offered at the end of his speech sounded as if they were advice he received as an undrafted NHL player.An undrafted skater who had anything but an easy path to a long NHL career."For all of the kids out there list...
Updated: 3 minutes ago
Why do state football titles elude Pinellas County?

Why do state football titles elude Pinellas County?

Pinellas County has sent numerous high school football players to colleges and the NFL. Some have been part of national championship teams. Others have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after winning the Super Bowl.None has won a state title.By now it is w...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Daytona Beach man killed crossing St. Petersburg street

Daytona Beach man killed crossing St. Petersburg street

A 59-year-old Daytona Beach man was hit by a car and killed Monday while crossing a street in St. Petersburg, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Former president says Hillsborough NAACP chose leaders without notifying members

Former president says Hillsborough NAACP chose leaders without notifying members

The former president of the NAACP’s Hillsborough County branch has filed a lawsuit against the civil rights group, which he claims violated the organizations own rules during this month’s elections.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Increased rain chances across Tampa Bay ahead of a big weekend cool-down

Forecast: Increased rain chances across Tampa Bay ahead of a big weekend cool-down

Rain chances increased over the next few days ahead of a cold front sweeping east across the United States. This weekend should see temperatures drop to the low to mid 70s.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Fancy homes, fancy cars and the history center gala highlight this weeks review.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Find A Friend: Ford the Cat

Find A Friend: Ford the Cat

Don’t let Ford’s sight issues stop you from envisioning him in your home.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Redington Shores man, 55, struck and killed while loading bike onto PSTA bus

Redington Shores man, 55, struck and killed while loading bike onto PSTA bus

A northbound Ford Flex crossed the center line and slammed head-on into the bus along Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach, deputies said.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Amazon to split new headquarters between Virginia, New York

Amazon to split new headquarters between Virginia, New York

Amazon will open major new outposts in northern Virginia's Crystal City and in New York City, splitting its much-sought investment of up to 50,000 jobs between the two East Coast sites.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Know the Foe: Temple

Know the Foe: Temple

The Owls have evolved into arguably the American Athletic Conference's second-best team
Updated: 3 hours ago