Miami is a mash-up of many cultures, and one of the places this shines the brightest is in its culinary scene. The crème de la crème of celebrity chefs flock to the city because of its reputation for adventurous eaters who visit from around the globe in search of haute cuisine.
As such, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach takes guests on an eclectic tasting tour of Miami's dynamic food scene. This tour will be part of the resort's new Acqua Experiences. These experiences utilize industry experts who lead small groups on unique and immersive journeys, exclusively created for the resort by the specialists in their chosen fields.
The kick off is a restaurant tour, which showcases Miami's diverse food scene, led by Sara Liss, a Miami based journalist who covers dining and luxury travel for publications such as Dining Out, Haute Living, Upscale Living Magazine, and more.
While the emphasis is on eats, the journeys are creatively curated to ensure that guests get a flavor of Miami's neighborhoods.
Guests can select from three exclusive, culinary excursions through some of Miami's most interesting neighborhoods, in tours specially crafted by Sara.
The Top Chefs Tour visits four of the city's highest-rated restaurants, including food and beverage tastings that whirl through the artsy Wynwood district to chef Brad Kilgore's Alter in Wynwood, and just two blocks away, Asian-inspired KYU by Michael Lewis. The tour then heads to South Beach's south of Fifth Street (locals call it SoFi) where Justin Smillie has a sister location of his popular Upland in Manhattan. The final stop is just a few miles away at The Forge, where Julia Doyne made chef history last year when she became the first female to run the over 50-year-old Miami Beach steak and chophouse.
The Latino influence abounds in pockets all over the city, and it is here where the Miami Street Food tour gets its spice. Foods that are sold on streets from sidewalk and cart vendors, which are so popular in Latin American cities, find their way indoors at authentic restaurants. The tour samples Cuban sandwiches in Little Havana, Venezuelan arepas in North Miami, and Mexican tacos in South Beach.
At the heart of Miami's culture is its strong Cuban influence -- and nowhere can you see that influence more than in Miami's thriving Cuban food scene. From a Little Havana "ventanita" and authentic Cuban restaurants, to high-end cuisine from famed Miami couple, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, this tour will offer a taste of Miami's Cuban culture like only the locals know it.
To learn more about Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, or the Aqua Experiences Culinary Tours, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.