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Little Havana Food Tour Awarded By The Miami New Times

October 26, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Miami New Times has named Miami Culinary Tours’, “Little Havana Food Tour,” the best place to take out of towners for 2013.

544880The Miami New Times states, “Founder Grace Della grew up watching her mother conduct cooking classes, so her heart is in sharing her knowledge of food with others.” The Little Havana Tour, one of six different tours Miami Culinary Tours leads, includes visiting family owned restaurants, witnessing the art of “hand-rolled” cigars, taking in the local music and visiting the various local artists of Little Havana right in their studios. Miami Culinary Tours not only guides you through the various local home-made meals and their culinary histories, but also creatively educates one on the spiritual, historical and architectural flavors of this community.

The Little Havana Food Tour lasts for two hours, walking through eight blocks of historical Little Havana. One will be filled with the Havanan flavors of this heart-of- Miami community. Enjoy a traditional Cuban sandwich or juicy picadillo empanadas made from a family recipe that has been passed down through many Cuban generations. One can expect a chicken toston (stuffed plantain cup) or step back into old Cuba with freshly squeezed guarapo juice at a family run fruteria. Try the best guava pastelito in town at a local bakery and sip on a traditional cafe Cubano at a local ventanita. Indulge in homemade mamey or flan ice cream. One will not walk away from this lunch tour hungry.

Miami Culinary Tours also takes one back in time exploring the cultural origins brought to Miami from Cuba, including the Santeria ways. Santería is a syncretic religion of West African and Caribbean origin influenced by and syncretized with Roman Catholicism. In Cuba, this religious tradition evolved into what we now recognize as Santería. Their religion is based on the worship of nature. The tour also guides one through Domino Park, filled with old Cuban men, cigars draping from one side of their mouths, hats pushed back on their heads, enjoying a domino game.

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