Our favorite part of traveling to different areas of the country and the world is always the food, and finding local food tours has become one of the first adventures we search out in our destination. It is a simple way to get a quick snapshot of the culinary offerings and treasures of the locality and as this tour did, get some great history and local architecture in as well.
Our amazing tour guide was Elizabeth and as a graduate of culinary school, she knew her stuff when it came to the foods we were eating! She was so easy to talk to and made our time together entertaining and informative.
Our first stop of the evening started off with a bang….Salted Dulche de Leche Churros from Monolos. I could have stayed at this stop all night eating these phenomenal sweet treats. Plus, they were so fresh that they were still warm. Man oh man, did they know how to win me over from the start!
Since apparently it is not polite to refuse to move on from one stop in a food tour, I had to leave behind these rockstar churros. My broken heart was quickly mended when this plate of passion fruit ceviche and a beef and potato empanada were placed in front of me. This ceviche from Bolivar was one of the best I’ve ever had, plus I loved that the empanada crust was made from a corn flour instead of the standard wheat flour. They also served a drink of aguila beer and cream colombiana refajo, but since we don’t drink, our fellow tour mates were happy to take that off our hands for us 🙂
Since we were in Miami, it was time to go Cuban with our foods so the next stop was Gloria Estefan’s restaurant Larios on the Beach. We feasted on some amazing beef ropa vieja, plantain chips and garlic mojo sauce. Another home run for both my husband and myself. My hubby spent two years living in the Dominican Republic and this dish reminded him a lot of the foods he ate while there.If you are a fan of Art Deco design, you would have loved the next stop at The Tides South Beach hotel for some Chicken Curry Couscous. This was the first time I had ever eaten Israeli couscous and I am now ordering some from Amazon because I loved it! The curry itself was strong and sweet. At first, I didn’t think I was a fan because of how strong it was, but my taste buds quickly adjusted and I finished it off. Honestly, would you expect anything less from me?
After that strong curry, our final stop at the Milani Gelateria for some authentic Italian gelato was the perfect ending to our evening. I opted for the fruity strawberry gelato, which was dairy free and it was heavenly. So smooth and creamy! It was hard for me not to ask for a sample of each one of their flavors because come on…..look at that wheel of heaven right there!
The cost for this tour is $59 for an adult and $49 for a child. Do I think it is worth your time and money? Absolutely! It was a fabulous way to spend our evening in South Beach, have dinner, meet new people and enjoy the gorgeous atmosphere that lives in that part of Miami.
So my fellow foodie travelers, where have you visited and done a food tour because I am always on the hunt for a great one! Let me know in the comments below please!
**Note: In exchange for my honest review of their tour, Miami Culinary Tours paid for the cost of my tour. However, all opinions are completely mine and completely honest. You will love this tour my friend!