Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Miami Culinary Tour in Wynwood

"Baby, where do you wanna eat today?”
"IDK baby, you pick.”
“No, you pick! I picked last time!"

We’ve all been there. Sometimes we are just too lazy or out of the culinary loop to pick a good place to eat, and that's OK. Next time, just sign up for a Miami Culinary Tour, and let their people handle the decision making for you.

Here’s how it works: you choose from three neighborhoods (South Beach, Wynwood or Little Havana). You sign up. You show up. One of their tour guides will take care of you from then on and introduce you to culinary destinations ranging from good old favorites, to hidden gems and new hot spots. You’ll get to try a little bit of everything, while learning some history and facts about the city along the way. 

And yes, I know, we are all locals and avid foodies here, and don’t need a tour guide to tell us where to eat! But trust me, these guys do a great job, both in the choice of restaurants and dishes served (including wine!), as well as in the information provided on the tour. Plus, the groups are a good mix between Miamians and out-of-towners, giving you the chance to make new food-loving friends! 

Take a look at my pictures below, featuring all the spots and dishes from the Wynwood Tour, including some cool new hidden gems to add to your must-try list! 

First stop: Mmmm, a cozy bistro run by South African chef, Alan McLennan
The house specialty: chicken tartine, served on French bread. This was paired with a nice glass of chardonnay
Next stop, a Miami favorite: Jimmy'z Kitchen
Jimmy's specialty: the mofongo! A lighter version than the Puerto Rican one, made with plantains and a chicken and tomato base. One of my faves! 
Immediately after: SuViche, a Peruvian-Japanese restaurant and pisco bar
Just when we thought we couldn't fit another bite, in comes the "Causa", a traditional Peruvian dish consisting of lime infused mashed potatoes, topped with chicken and causa sauce. One of the best I've ever had!  
Second to last stop: Made in Italy, an adorable gourmet restaurant and market. I've been meaning to try this place ever since it opened a month ago, and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was part of the tour!
Pecorino Toscano, which was served with bubbly and refreshing prosecco (not in the picture, sorry!)
Warm and fluffy focaccia bread, paired nicely with the cheese
Another great discovery: Fireman Derek's Bake Shop. Owned an operated by firefighter  and award winning baker,  Derek Kaplan. 
Fireman Derek's famous key lime pie, winner of the 2011 Miami New Times key lime pie award. We were so full by now, but couldn't resist this little slice of heaven, which was well worth the indigestion!
Miami Culinary Tours: 
Tel: 786-942-8856

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