Tobacco cuisine on display at Cuba Cigar Festival

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 10:04 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Tobacco: It's what's for dinner.

A team of Croatian chefs has whipped up a pungent meal that infuses the flavor of tobacco leaf into baked stone bass filets, bread and butter, a rich demi-glace sauce, even ice cream.

The result is a tangy heat that one taster likens to ancho chili powder, and a powerful finish with all the nicotine kick of a chubby Montecristo cigar.

Grgur Baksic is owner and executive chef of the Gastronomadi dinner club in Zagreb. He led Thursday's demonstration before a standing-room-only crowd of aficionados as part of Havana's 15th annual Cigar Festival.

It's a six-day bash that attracts hundreds of cigar sophisticates from around the world and culminates Saturday with a nighttime gala and auction of humidors worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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