Far and away, the highlight of my recent weekend in Miami Beach was definitely the food tour I took with Miami Culinary Tours. As I intimated in my sneak peek post from earlier this week, eating my heart out was the dominant activity of my 72 hours in the Magic City and this was most notably due to the 2.5 hours I spent on my tour. While I had always planned my weekend in Miami to be basically a rest and relaxation style trip, as in no touring, no visiting museums and historical attractions, I figured a food tour was a pretty harmless AND relaxing venture.
On my whirlwind weekend visit home to Philadelphia last month, I knew that I wanted to take advantage of the city's awesome foodie scene, which meant dining out as much as humanly possible. So on the one full day there (the other day was spent visiting my grandparents who live about 90 minutes away), my parents and I dined out for both lunch AND dinner. While normally I never do this, I don't get back to Philadelphia nearly enough and my restaurant wishlist is already too long to begin with, so I knew I would need to man up, all for the sake of my stomach of course.
Well, excluding the atypical Miami weather that was on display this weekend (the one where there were no bright blue skies and calming winds), I really had a nice time in the Magic City. Although I basically stayed in the South Beach neighborhood my entire visit (the only time I ventured out was for my dinner at the Mandarin Oriental hotel which is located on Brickell Key), this part of Miami had everything I wanted. Beach, a myriad of food options, striking looking buildings, the opportunity to walk everywhere-it was all right here and I loved that about it.