Another Friday, Another Rubirosa Story

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The fascination with Porfirio Rubirosa continues, this time with a story in Vizcaya’s Correo Digital on Rubi and the famous Parisian Café de Flore, where elegantly dressed women can ask the waiters to bring them a rubirosa to pepper their Welsh Rarebit, the toast with melted cheese that is the house specialty.  A rubirosa happens to be the large wood phallic-shaped pepper mill named in honor of Rubirosa’s legendary virile attribute. At the Café de Flore, Rubi would enjoy a whisky at dusk while he hummed «Cielito lindo» or «cucurrucucú paloma» in the ear of his wife Flor de Oro Trujillo, daughter of the Dominican Generalísimo Rafael Trujillo, and looked defiantly at the existentialist habitués led by Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Defiance is the Café de Flore’s trademark. American tourist in bermuda shorts and Japanese visitors armed with cameras and guides are frowned upon, especially if they only want to come in and photograph the famed art déco interior.

You can find the Café de Flore at 172 Boulevard St. Germain. Before you secure a table you can get your copy of Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Observateur or L’Express (your choice will depend upon your political persuasion) at a kiosk in front..

For the original article (in Spanish) go to

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