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PETER B. LAIRD WRITER

MIAMI: TASTE IT LIKE A NATIVE TO REALLY KNOW A CITY, YOU HAVE TO GET TO KNOW ITS FOOD. WHETHER YOU’RE A MIAMI NATIVE, A TRANSPLANT OR A TOURIST, TREATING YOURSELF TO A FOOD TOUR IS THE PERFECT WAY TO SAMPLE MIAMI’S DIVERSE CULINARY INFLUENCES.

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here are several companies that have been leading highly rated food tours of South Beach and beyond for the past few years. Each offers an opportunity to enjoy a true taste of Miami while learning a little something about the region’s crazy quilt of cultures and cuisines.

Tudor House; lobster bisque at Cha Cha Rooster; café Cubano and guarapo at David’s Café; ground beef empanadas at Charlotte Bakery, and freshly made gelato at Milano Gelateria.

Miami Food Tours’ “Sobe Tour des Forks” kicked off with an array of dips, salads and ceviches from Books & Books Café, followed Usually lasting about three hours, these tours by Cuban sandwiches and cortaditos at David’s combine walking and eating, with stops at up Café; a French cheese and fruit plate at A La Folie; to six different restaurants and various points of interest along the way. Don’t expect chain fresh-squeezed passionfruit juice and Brazilian restaurants or tourist traps; most of the places coxinha (chicken and cheese) fritters at Boteca Copacabana; baked rigatoni alla sorrentina at you’ll visit are small, authentic “mom and pop” Amami, and a selection of ice creams and sorbets spots specializing in a certain type of cuisine. from The Frieze. A South Beach tour led by Miami Culinary Food Tours of Miami offers a similar South Tours included chicken empanadas and Beach experience, but featured longer visits shredded chicken-topped tostones at the Colombian-Peruvian restaurant, Bolivar; Peruvian at four different restaurants. Guests enjoyed ceviche at Goyo el Pollo; a modern interpretation blackened mahi-mahi skewers, salad and a of the Cuban sandwich at the (sadly) now-closed glass of wine at Catch 10 Seafood Bistro; SFG SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012

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SFG | Social Florida's Guide | 13th Edition | September 2012  

SFG is Miami’s premier luxury guide to the latest trends in food, fashion, travel, and entertainment for the upscale tourist or local. From...

SFG | Social Florida's Guide | 13th Edition | September 2012  

SFG is Miami’s premier luxury guide to the latest trends in food, fashion, travel, and entertainment for the upscale tourist or local. From...

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