What a fun time in Little Havana! We started our tour in one of many Little Havana art galleries. Mirka was our tour guide and she was terrific. We walked about 7-8 blocks and went into restaurants, a cigar factory, a produce shop, an ice cream store and some small shops. Mirka gave us history of the famous Miami district and we sampled several local dishes, including empanadas, a Cuban sandwich and a refreshing drink made from freshly-crushed sugar cane. We ended the trip with some well-needed ice cream-- don't miss the Abuelo Maria.
We learned about the fruits and vegetables used to make authentic Cuban food, and met some lively locals. After the tour, we went about some shopping on our own. Despite the fact that it was a sweltering August day, we had a great time learning some history and eating some delicious Cuban food.