Miami Culinary Tours is a great way to enjoy an afternoon while eating and discovering different restaurant menus. This was my second time with the tour and I really enjoyed the South Beach tour. It was a combination of food savoring with art deco history. I strongly support small business owners, because they emphasize on the local aspects of the city. During the tour I was able to get a glimpse of the 1930’s and Miami Beach’s history. We were gathered together at a local restaurant were our food adventure was about to start. This tour covered five food spots while walking through Ocean Drive.
1. Bolivar Restaurant
The first spot opened our appetite to latin cuisine. We started with a typical Colombian food. The first sample menu consisted in a Peruvian ceviche, with yellow corn made empanada (canchita) and a Habanero sauce. The food was paired with a refajo which it is a Colombian drink, and what people use to cure hangovers. The corn flour in the empanada provided a sweet taste and the habanero sauce gave it a spicy flavor. It has been my favorite empanada so far.
2. Larios on The Beach
We continued the latin cuisine path with a classic Cuban dish at this restaurant owned by artist Gloria Estefan. Here I devoured a classic ropa vieja in sofrito sauce and mariquitas, also known as sweet plantains, paired with a sangria. The mix of onions, green peppers, oregano and other spices brought together with the mojo sauce, offer an explosion of flavors. This restaurant exceeded my expectations. Also, the decor does not disappoint.
3. The Tides
This was my all time favorite! I wish there were seconds because I could not get enough of that curry sauce. The Turkish dish consisted in a chicken curry couscous. The curry is a blend of up to ten spices, and this dish had one of my favorites. You can smell the nutmegs and cloves coming from the dish. As you grab the first bite, you can feel the milk based curry on the soft couscous. This spot offers an excellent variation of the tour.
4. Blocks Pizza Deli
Now, for my vegetarians, this spot offers a friendly veggie option. No need to go all the way to Rome, as they bring you their original recipe to the heart of South Beach. Here we tasted a Panouzzo built with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, pesto and Kalamata olives. The bread ingredients are from a 300 year old recipe, and is called the mother dough. I enjoyed this one a lot, and my boyfriend even took another slice.
Location: 1447 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach FL, 33139.
5. Milani Gelateria
As the tour comes to an end, the dessert makes an appearance. We concluded the tour with a classic Italian gelato in Espanola Way. This gelato is the real thing. My boyfriend and I decided for the Pistachio flavor to continue on the healthy side after savoring the veggie dish in the previous spot. This place offers the real italian ingredients.
Location: 436 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
A special thanks to Miami Culinary Tours for their thorough presentation and entertaining guide tour. Miami Culinary Tours also offer tours through Wynwood and Little Havanna. For more info check their website here.
Photography by myself.
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