How To Fly the Flag
The flag should be raised and lowered by hand. Never raise the flag while it is
furled; unfurl, then hoist quickly to the peak of the flagstaff. It should be
lowered slowly and ceremoniously. The flag should never be allowed to touch
anything beneath it, such as the ground or the floor. The flying of the flag at
half-staff is a sign of mourning.
When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak, then
immediately lowered to the half-staff position. It should be raised to the peak
again for a moment before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is the point
midway between top and bottom of the flagstaff. On Memorial Day in May, the
flag should fly at half-staff from sunrise until noon and at full-staff from
noon until sunset.
“Y” stands for Ybor Cityand is a historic
neighborhood in Tampa, Florida.It was founded in the 1880s by Vincente Martinez Ybor. Mr. Yborbought 40 acres of land next to Tampa and
founded an industrial city devoted to the manufacture of cigars in 1886. He
built housing and imported workers from Italy, Spain and
Cuba. Workers in the cigar
factories rolled millions of cigars annually.
Ybor City is home to one of my favorite
restaurants, The Columbia Restaurant. Founded in 1905, the landmark is still
owned by the Hernandez/Gonzmart family and serves Spanish and Cuban cuisine.
and I love eating in the court yard.
I love Cuban
off with a cup of Black bean soup, or maybe a bowl. :)
And a salad
which is made tableside.
Then here’s the hard part…choosing the main
course. There is just too many excellent dishes to choose from.
Boliche? or Chicken Arroz con Pollo? or a Palomilla
You've got to try the Mojito's! OK OK maybe two or three! :)
To end the meal Flan is always good, or
maybe the Tres Leche cake…… okay maybe both.
A Flan is a like a creamy custard and Tres
Leche means 3 milk cake. Oh so good!
And of course I alwaysfollow up dinner with a Cuban coffee with my
If you are ever in Tampa, make The Columbia Restaurant
a “must go to place!” After dinner you can wander next door and watch an old
gentleman roll cigars.
There is a lot of neat architecture in Ybor
City. Why don’t you Google it. You’ll want to go see it all!
If you want to learn more about
Cuban food here is an excellent website.