Taste History Culinary Tours: Northwood Village

All images appearing in this post photographed by Holli Lapes
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The Taste History Culinary Tour is an enjoyable cultural culinary journey that is three-hours to four-hours and a combination of bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking, approximately. At least three to four eateries are visited for food tastings and some eating experiences are standing-only. The tour also includes trips to historic buildings or art galleries. Depending on which tour you choose, you may visit Northwood Village/West Palm Beach, Lake Worth/Lantana or Delray Beach/Boynton Beach.

On my tour, the participants meet up in a central location – the Boynton Beach Mall. The bus then shuttles us to our destination- Northwood Village, located just a few miles from downtown West Palm Beach. I really like the bus component. This way, we dont have to worry about parking once we arrive.

The exits we pass on the way are pertinent to the historical component of the tour. Director Lori Durante, a Delray Beach native, explains the meaning behind Okeechobee Blvd, Lake Worth and iconic landmarks during the duration of the bus ride. The year is incorporated as well.

Upon arriving in Northwood Village, the first thing I notice are the banners that hang on the light poles at the corner of the streets. Terms such as Eclectic and others that define the area well.

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After we exit the bus, Lori takes us through some of the historical facts behind the surrounding buildings. Then, we are off to our first tasting.

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Table 427, a family owned establishment of just under 3 years. Chef Roberto of Mexico and his wife from Columbia feature continental, seasonal cuisine. Todays tasting of a pulled pork taco on a black bean tortilla is not on the menu. The dish is served with a guanabana (fruit) drink.

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This is Chef Robertos first solo endevor, he was previously a chef and various restaurants in the surrounding area.

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Next up, Lori guides us to OSGS Gallery, also family owned and operated. Mom and son feature both established and emerging local artists whose ages range from from 18 years to 93 years old. The gallery also offers custom framing and artist lectures.

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Participant enjoying local art work at OSGS:

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The next stop is a Bohemia AG — Arthaus + Artisan Gelato + Music

Outside there are some artists at work:

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Inside, our tasting of Lavender Gelato was delightful. This flavor is offered among other unique choices by the cup or pint. The Gelato is kosher and free of dyes and artifical flavoring.

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Next: Tasting at an antique shop where we are provided empanadas, cakes and refreshments.

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We then make our way to Smyrna – a Turkish market:

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Husband and wife welcome guests of the tour.

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Some of our tastings included Turkish pesto and traditional Turkish cookies.

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On our way to the next stop!

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Crème De La Crème cafe:

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Carrot cake samples for the Taste History Culinary Tour:

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Chef Tania Beverly, a West Palm Beach native explains that she caters to dietary restrictions for those who follow a gluten free, vegan or diabetic diet.

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This was my first visit to Northwood Village! I noticed a theme of family owned and operated stores, many of which are run by Florida natives – something that is somewhat uncommon. I would recommend checking out this area and supporting small businesses. Shop like a local! They have events such as Art Walk and an upcoming Mango Festival.

After we had our cake and ate it, we board the bus and make our way over to Palm Beach for our final tasting and quick stop at an art gallery.

We dine at Testas – a restaurant that has been around since the 1920’s – a perfect place to taste history! Eggplant Parmesan:

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Lastly, the neighboring gallery, which features metallic photographs mounted on plexiglass taken by underwater photographer Christopher Leidy. He has an upcoming trip to Australia, so the gallery is making room for new inventory.

I had a great time learning and tasting with Taste History Culinary Tours! Thank you to my knowledgeable tour guide Lori Durante and to all the participating restaurants and galleries.

Book your tour today! http://www.mlfhmuseum.org/culinaryfoodtours.html

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