Soon after, however, we were in need of a lunch. So, as we were strolling down the park in search of open eateries, we stumbled upon Cocina Del Conflicto, or Conflict Kitchen. Intrigued, we rushed to find out what it was all about, and surely enough, we discovered what must be the best gastrodiplomacy project ever to have existed!
The Conflict Kitchen was established in 2010 by a professor (!!) and his former student, who already co-owned a Waffle Shop. Apparently, the idea was born from an initial plan to open up a restaurant serving cuisine that was not available in Pittsburgh. Then, they decided to rotate the menu, offering street food from countries that the US is in conflict with. Iran was first, followed by Afghanistan, Venezuela, and now - Cuba.