Miami Culinary Tours – South Beach Edition

MIACulinaryTour_OceanDrive2Shortly after moving back to South Florida, I was graciously invited to check out the Miami Culinary Tours which I was so thrilled to attend! I was torn between taking the South Beach tour or the Little Havana tour. I am a huge fan of Cuban food, and since moving away I really have missed it! But I decided to go for the South Beach tour since it would hit a variety of cuisines.

MIACulinaryTour_OceanDriveIt wasn’t the prettiest of days, which is unusual for sunny Miami, but it actually made for more comfortable walking weather.
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We met our lovely tour guide Cassie at 660 at The Angler’s, an historic Art Deco hotel on Washington Avenue.

MIACulinaryTour_AnglerWe started off with an amazing Scallop Tiradito, a spin off of the Peruvian ceviche with passion fruit juice and a drizzle of lemon oil. The scallop was tender and sweet and an excellent balance to the tart citrus flavors and spicy aji. Seconds please!
MIACulinaryTour_Angler_ScallopTiradito 660 at The Angler's on Urbanspoon

Our next stop was Bolivar, a Colombian fusion restaurant with an extensive wine selection. MIACulinaryTour_ElBolivar

MIACulinaryTour_ElBolivar_interiorWe were served a traditional Colombian beverage, refajo, which is made of Aguila (Colombian beer) and Colombiana (Colombian cream soda). It was deliciously refreshing, sweet and slightly alcoholic ;) .

MIACulinaryTour_ElBolivar_refajoThen we had Patacones de pollo – deep fried green plaintains topped with shredded chicken and parmesan cheese and fried corn flour Empanadas filled with shredded beef and potatoes served with a spicy chimichurri style sauce. I absolutely LOVED the dip with the empanada, it was crispy and filled with meaty goodness. The patacones were completely new to me, and a welcomed discovery, the plantains were crunchy and were the perfect match to the juicy tender chicken. Soooo good!
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Bolivar on Urbanspoon

Since we still had five more stops to go, we stopped for a Cuban coffee at David’s Cafe to give us some fuel for our journey.

MIACulinaryTour_DavidsCafeWe got the Colada which is served in a styrofoam cup and split between small shot-style cups to share. They were pre-sugared and as rich as coffee gets!
MIACulinaryTour_DavidsCafe_cubanosAlong with our Colada, we enjoyed a Pastelito de Guava. It was flaky and delicious and filled with sweet jellied guava. A perfect afternoon treat! MIACulinaryTour_DavidsCafe_pasteldeguavaMIACulinaryTour_DavidsCafe_pasteldeguava (2) David's Café on Urbanspoon

 Stay tuned for part 2 of our Miami Culinary Tour!

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