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Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr duel
Ybor City

Four of the Most Outlandish Election Days

Tuesday is Election Day. Tabanero Cigars only ventures into particular politics when it directly impacts our industry. For instance the FDA disputed regulations on premium cigars. We will, however, discuss politics in a general way so that we don’t contribute to any controversy. This political season has been contentious and divisive. Is there any controversy

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Halloween Pumpkins
Ybor City

The Scene that Made Halloween

Halloween, it’s a part of our lives. Every year kids get dressed up as a superhero, villain, monster, or some profession. Speaking of the last one, when did kids start dressing up as firefighters, nurses, plumbers, police officers and the like? You can just imagine the first Halloween that it happened. There’s a ring at

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Sketch of Loch Mall by shabarwriting.com
Ybor City

The Haunting of Hill: A Review

With ten days until the holiday, we recommend Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House as the perfect binge watch this Halloween. Halloween, hmmm, it is such an odd word – which is befitting the holiday. It is a combining of the words ‘hallow’ and ‘eve.’ Traditionally it is the eve before All Hallow’s Day, a

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Oktoberfest
Ybor City

Beer Bonanza: Six Types of Beer Explained

It’s October and that means one thing: beer. In honor of the season of hops – if it’s lager- we are going to turn our looking glass to the oldest beverage in history. Although that statement is debatable, there is evidence that the most ancient cultures made and drank some form of beer. Anthropologists have

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style even at a distance
Ybor City

Five Fall Fashion Tips

Look ago Shakespeare said, “apparel oft proclaim the man.” That doesn’t really play well on a t-shirt – or does it? Hmmm, a picture of Shakespeare with those words on a black tee might be cool. At least it would be a little ironic because it’s the highest literary figure on a basic t-shirt making

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Bon-Fire in the Mountains
Ybor City

Taba Tales: John’s Story

The first time I walked into Tabanero Cigars the sweet earthy smell of cigars transported me back to an October from my childhood. It was my grandfather’s seventieth birthday. To celebrate my uncles planned a fishing trip up to a cabin in the mountains. There had been other fishing trips to the lake in the

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on track for fall
Ybor City

Falling for You: Three Fall Factoids

It’s fall and we want to share some fall factoids with you. 1. Those amazing fall colors are actually there all the time. It’s true. The leaves that turn orange, yellow, and red are really that color always. They look green because of the chlorophyll reflects light that makes it look green. As the temperatures

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owl in flight
Ybor City

Lark or Owl

Mark Wahlberg went viral this week by revealing his daily routine.   He gets up at 2:30 to begin his day with prayer– wait 2:30?  We can imagine God saying, ‘Really Wahlberg? Go back to sleep.” Is it us, or does beginning your day that early seem a little, umm extreme?  Is it even day at

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AI: friend or fiend?
Ybor City

Ai – Oh MY

Artificial intelligence, out the vast ocean of human experience it is the next wave to come crashing upon our shore.  It is also one of our ongoing topics of discussion. That it will be a part of our lives is not debatable. Whether that is good or bad is. Our culture has been preparing for

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Labor Day

Tomorrow is Labor Day.  For most that means a three day weekend.  For many it means the start of autumn – hello Pumpkin spice everything (more on that another day soon).  For some it means traveling for the last get-away before the long haul. For a few fashionistas it means the last day to wear

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Yanko Maceda founder of Tabanero Cigars
Ybor City

A Labor of Love – a glimpse at the story of Tabanero Cigars

“You can do whatever you dream.” Those were the words my mother spoke to me often. Just as the golden rays of the rising sun would greet the fertile ground of Cuba, so the words of her encouragement greeted me each morning and planted themselves in my heart. The Cuban soil produced crops of the

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A Man for Tomorrow

We are beginning a new series – we have several going at the same time.  We hope it will be powerful, maybe even life-changing. We also hope we do not offend anyone.   Let us suppose that topics were bodies of water.  There are serene lakes upon over which gentle winds caress the surface creating

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As Summer Comes to a Close…

Pumpkin Spice coffee is back.  That can only mean one thing: autumn is here.  So long summer, we barely knew you. Wait, who are we kidding?  We live in Florida. Summer isn’t going anywhere – ever. But even so, summer is giving way to fall.   However, the boys of summer aren’t giving way to

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Building Bridges

Building Bridges to our Brothers The Surgeon General has identified the most dangerous thing affecting men. It’s not cancer. It’s  not heart-disease.  It is – ready for it – isolation. What?  Yeah I know right?  Isolation. But we’re talking about the Surgeon General and he isn’t the only one talking about it.  Dr. Richard Schwartz

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Let’s Get Real: Lil Miquela and the Dawn of Artificial Intelligence

Really? Today we start a conversation on artificial intelligence. The discussion will, like the possibilities of the technology itself, take many forms.  As always, the discussion is improved when you join us.   We are going to begin with Lil Miquela.  Maybe you’ve heard of her – but possibly not. She is a social media

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