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Say it ain't so, O!

Last month President Barack Obama and his family came to Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island for a little getaway. While here, the president and his wife slipped away from the kids for a date night to Havana, a Latino-inspired restaurant that serves some of the best drinks and food on the island. (Side question: does this signal an opening to Cuba?)

I stopped by the restaurant a couple of evenings ago for dinner. I sat at the bar, and ordered a caipirinha, which was superb, and a Periodista (pictured at left), which was okay,  and a sort of Latino fusion paella, which was outstanding. But I was curious: what did the Obamas drink? I asked the owner. Beer? Wine? Cocktails?

Oh, cocktails, he said.

And what did they order, I asked? One of the bar's great mojitos? Something a bit more adventurous?

Oh, no. Grey Goose martinis.

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Reader Comments (2)

At least he didn't order a Miller Lite!

Perhaps he should blame his staff for failing to properly brief him on the better cocktail options available.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin R. Kosar

I knew there was a reason I didn't like that guy. Oh well. I'm just glad he doesn't drink Lemon Hart 151 or some other spirit that is hard to find and excellent. Let him have his boring cocktails and drink them too.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Johnson

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