My name is Wyatt. I'm twelve years old, going into 7th grade and I like food. I like it so much, that I decided to be a food critic. With parental supervision, I started my own awesome blog to give you my honest opinion on food. I am excited to be contributing to KidsBites.
I went on the South Beach Food Tour hosted by Miami Culinary Tours with my mom. Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable, her name was Marie. In between the restaurant stops, Marie told us about the local history of South Beach. We also learned about the different kinds of architectural styles from different time periods in the area. It was very interesting and I learned a lot. Our first stop was a Colombian tavern called Bolivar, 661 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. The inside had a lot of wine bottles on the walls. The adults were served a drink that was a Colombian beer mixed with Colombian cream soda, I just got the soda. It was like a lot of other cream sodas I've had, but it was red. We were served Colombian ceviche, a corn empanada with potatoes and beef inside and ahi sauce on the side. I've never had ceviche before. It had a mustardy citrus marinade with onions and popcorn, which was just popped on the inside. It was a nice change of pace compared to other fish that I've had before. The corn empanada was crunchy and the filling was very hearty.
Our next stop was Manolo, 685 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Manolo is an Argentinian cafeteria and everything is made from scratch. We all had churros. Okay, let's start with the outside, it was covered in cinnamon and sugar. The inside was amazing. It was filled with warm and sweet dolce de leche. It was the best churro that I've ever had and I would love to go back and have another one.
Our third stop was at a Cuban spot called Habano's, 1200 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. It used to be called Polo Norte. We had mariquitas, bacafrita sliders with chimichurri sauce and a ham croquette. The sliders were tender and had a little kick to it from the chimichurri sauce. I didn't really enjoy the croquette. It is what I imagine a dog treat tastes like.
Our next stop was the Art Deco classic hotel. The Tides, 1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. We were in the restored old bar with the original floors and turtle shells on the walls. It was very cool. The adults were served a mango margarita. I had a mango smoothie, but my mom says that they tasted about the same. It had a sweet and tangy flavor. I got quite a few brain-freezes.
Our fifth stop was an Italian pizza place called Blocks Pizza Deli, 1447 Washington Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. We had the sun dried "hippie" pocket. I was a big fan of the bread. The inside had sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, spinach and kalamata olives. It had a nice tang and cheesy flavor. I would get it again, definitely.
Our last stop was at an Italian gelato shop called Milani's Gelateria, 436 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139. It had a rotating wheel of gelato flavors! We were given two scoops of our choice. I had the pistachio and Oreo gelato. It was the best gelato I've ever had! It was creamy, sweet, nutty and salty. I would love to try Milani's again.
I left the tour full and satisfied. It was very fun, and I would definitely take another one. As another Wyatt Tastes Good special event, I give the South Beach Food Tour 10 sporks up!!!
For more information about Miami Culinary Tours and their other tours which include to Wynwood and Little Havana , visit their website at http://www.miamiculinarytours.com/