We get so comfortable with our surroundings, our couches, our food, our daily encounters and even the bags we carry. Almost every day I recommend that people get more variety with their foods. This weekend I truly pushed myself out of my food box. Even this foodie needs a little guidance and the Miami Culinary Tours South Beach Food Tour was just the ticket!
This actually was my first food tour. The trip-advisor reviews were fabulous and I knew I didn’t have time to research where to get a great churro, classic ceviche, cafecito, empanadas or the perfect gelato. However, Miami Culinary Tours did, and did it very well.
If you go to Miami and you’re capable of chewing, take this tour. I’m going to share a few highlights of the cultural & culinary walking tour through South Beach. It truly was an educational, entertaining and delicious evening. From Cuban windows to sit-down Peruvian to authentic Italian dough and gelato, you will not walk away hungry. Put on your comfy shoes (really, you’re going to be walking several blocks) and let’s go!
Our guide, Ritchie, impressed me at “hello.” He remembered all of our names on the first try and made over a dozen strangers feel comfortable right from the start.
First stop, Ceviche. Quick hint: the cooking method for the fish is the acid from the citrus juice.
Second, sweet, caramel deliciousness in a hot and fresh churro. Like I tell my clients–dessert doesn’t have to be last. The churro snack is often referred to as a Spanish doughnut. My food tour co-pilot enjoying the first bite.
Let’s hit A1A (BEACHFRONT AVENUE!) for some fun facts & Art Deco history. Did you know all of these lovely buildings were once empty and facing demolition? Me either, look at that. The food tour made me smarter too ;).
Since I got to Miami, I kept hearing about the afternoon pick me up coffee. It’s a Cuban coffee (cafe Cubano) called cafecito. I’ll be learning how to make this tiny, sweet and powerful coffee at home. I’m thinking Will Smith must have been drinking a lot of these while working on his song “Miami.” Ritchie explained Cuban coffee and how it’s such a part of the day-to-day routine among the locals. Third stop, cafecito. Okay, okay, I’ve got to come clean. It was not the first cafecito of my trip ;). (I drank mine before I could snap a picture-oops).
Could a pizzeria have the best pork dish with plantains and yuca I’ve ever tasted? And maybe a glass of Sangria ;)? Oh, and chimichurri sauce? Um, yes. Fourth stop, delicious town.
Moving right along… Mind you, our guide said this is where people start getting full. I was pacing myself and left some bites behind so I could chew the entire experience. Fifth stop, a bakery no stranger to Food Network cameras, served us pastry-wrapped, tender chicken goodness called empanadas. This was unlike any I’d had before. Simply delicious, especially with the sauce I can’t remember how to say or spell.
A trip to SB wouldn’t be complete without some authentic Italian goodness, and boy did Ritchie deliver. Stop number six, a lovely little pizzeria with the one and only “mother dough.” We sampled veggie-packed pockets with a variety of infused olive oils. Delizioso!
Are you too full of tasty food and culinary facts? Come on, one more stop. Authentic gelato with true Italian ingredients. Those of you how know me, know I loved this. I’m not Italian, but I aspire to be. Not only was the gelato heavenly, their gelato machinery blew my mind. Molto bene!
Have I inspired you to get out of your food box? Let me encourage you to take this particular food tour the next time you visit Miami (or even if you’re a local). On several occasions, our guide told us how important it was to the company’s owner to provide an authentic and amazing culinary experience to the tour participants. Every single bite exemplified this.
If you aren’t traveling soon, take some steps to get out of your food box at home! You don’t have to be traveling to try new and exciting flavors. Do it this week! Feel free to let me know how you’ll get out of your food box in the comments.
***I was not compensated in any way for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.