If you’re going to be in the Miami area and have a few hours to spare, there is a new cultural and culinary tour company that wants to show you a Miami like no other. Called Miami Culinary Tours, it offers a choice of six different guided excursions through the various neighborhoods and ethnic enclaves of Miami.
About the tours, founder Grace Della says “we emphasize the importance of supporting small local (and family run) neighborhood restaurants . . . you'll have fun while enjoying delicious cuisine! And you will learn a thing or two about Miami that you might have never known.”
From a recent newspaper article in the Miami New Times, “Grace Della grew up watching her mother conduct cooking classes, so her heart is in sharing her knowledge of food with others.” In the Little Havana Tour, that means visiting family owned restaurants, witnessing the art of “hand-rolled” cigars, taking in the local music and visiting the studios of various local artists. In the three hour and one mile South Beach Tour you’ll taste the best cuisine of Miami’s melting-pot with its Latin, European, and comfort American cuisine influences. Both tours are $59 per person and include tax and all of the food.
In these, as in all the tours, Miami Culinary Tours not only guides you through the various local home-made meals and their culinary histories, but also creatively educates you on the spiritual, historical and architectural flavors of the community.
The Little Havana Food Tour is a two hour walk through eight blocks of historical Little Havana to seek out the Havanian flavors of this heart-of-Miami community. There’s a traditional Cuban sandwich or juicy picadillo empanadas to taste, each made from a family recipe that has been passed down through many Cuban generations. You could have a chicken tostone (stuffed plantain cup) or step back into old Cuba with freshly squeezed guarapo juice at a family run fruteria. There is also the best guava pastelito in town at a local bakery and a traditional cafe Cubano at a local ventanita, with homemade mamey or flan ice cream to top off the exotic meal. According to Grace Della, “One will not walk away from this lunch tour hungry!”
Miami Culinary Tours will guide you through the heart of Miami, from rich foods and their heritages, through discovering local artists to absorbing the culture and layers of flavors that make Miami what it is: a city like no other. It is no surprise that The Miami New Times named the Little Havana Tour the best place to take out-of-towners. And tripadvisor named Miami Culinary Tours “The best thing to do in Miami” two years in a row! For more information about Miami Culinary Tours visit http://miamiculinarytours.com