Recently I had the pleasure of taking two "Miami Culinary Tours" with their Senior Epicurean Guide Mirka. First, I must say that Mirka's personality and passion (passion that I believe is for life itself) added to the total experience of the Little Havana and South Beach Culinary Tours! Second, at the end of these tours I was feeling as if I were a part of the Latin culture, I kid you not!
Mirka's passion about her cultural cuisine and life comes through as she provides a great educational experience in the Latin American scene. Not only did we taste the Latin foods of Little Havana and South Beach, we got a taste of Latin American art, the process of handmade American Cuban cigars, watched as fresh sugar cane was crushed to make juice that we tasted. Then a visit to a Latin Bar for both the entertainment and architecture history of the area, with optional drinks at one's own expense. Last was a visit to an ice cream shop, in which the Cuban owner's grandmother made and sold ice cream in Cuba.
Again Mirka was our guide in South Beach. In addition to the culinary tour in South Beach Miami we focused on the Art Deco architecture and how the area evolved to what it is today. Today South Beach is a high end trendy location for the young and mature alike, with sophistication, casualness, beach wear and sometimes almost no wear! A great location to taste the world and watch people go by.
I cannot imagine tasting what I will call a Latin empanada without Mirka nearby describing this item in detail. Mirka explained the making and contents and what flavors it exuded and I guarantee you that I began thinking that I possessed in my hands something of value, something rare, that should not just be eaten but must be caressed and savored like a fine bottle of French Champagne!
Mirka's ability to offer individuals with great "Miami Culinary Tours" surrounded with culture and history provide a great educational experience. Again, a wonderful guide, a passionate guide and I highly recommend this tour to anyone, including the locals! And one last thing... These tours definitely provide a full lunch.
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