At the start of 2015, I declared this year to be the year of travel. I feel that traveling helps me become a more cultured person and sparks inspiration in all of my creative ventures. I enjoy submerging myself in the current ambiance and history of each place that I visit, but I always considered traveling to mean leaving the area that I live in and thought I knew well.
Since I can’t journey long distances regularly, I decided to start exploring what’s right here in Palm Beach County. On my quest for local adventure, I decided to try on of the Taste History Culinary Tours of Palm Beach County.
I set off on half-day tour with my boyfriend and can’t believe how much I learned about one of my favorite hangouts: Northwood Village in West Palm Beach. Lori Durante (who was kind enough to invite us on this trip), lead the group to all of the tasting destinations, while telling us all about the local history of the neighborhood. Lori is just filled with knowledge about the neighborhood and can tell you all of the details of the area from past to present. Not only did we get to try a multitude of tasty bites from local spots such as O-BŌ and Table 427, but we also got to visit Tinson Antique Gallery and a few art galleries along the way.
For those of you who know me, you know that there is nothing that I love more than antiques and art galleries, and a stop at bakery for a melt in your mouth brownie (from Crème De La Crème) is just the icing on the day.
By the end of the tour, we had an elevated understanding of the area and full tummies from local favorites.
This trip was very memorable and I’m fascinated by how much I learned about an area that I frequent so often. This adventure is great for visitors to Palm Beach County, but it’s also a must for locals too.
Whether you are a local or a visitor, I suggest that you dress properly to make the best of your culinary tour. I’ve put together a few fashion tips for you to look and feel your best for the trip.
What to wear on a Taste History Culinary Tour:
- It’s all about the shoes- The culinary tour is mostly a walking and standing tour, so it’s good idea to wear comfortable shoes to enjoy your trip. Unless you live in your heels like Kim K, I suggest that wear flats for this trip. A printed pair or Tom’s fit into this neighborhood perfectly.
- Don’t forget your Sunnies!- Whether you take this trip in January or June, it’s South Florida, so don’t forget your sunglasses. If you are not into sunglasses, a hat will do.
- Pack Your Purse Lightly- Ladies, this is not the day to bring your makeup vanity along with you. Your touch up power and lipstick is ok, but the rest should stay since you will be doing a lot of walking. Asides of the essentials (keys, wallet, that kind of stuff), consider bringing a camera to capture images of the neighborhood, which is filled with art murals and sculptures.
- Layer Your Look– Layering is not just for those living up north, it’s important to wear the right layers on your culinary tour, since it’s an indoor and outdoor adventure. The day that I went on my tour is way chilly (at least for the Floridians), so having a light jacket on hand was a good idea. In the summer months you won’t need many layers, but wearing breathable fabrics such as cotton is ideal since it does get steamy.
- Have Fun!- Northwood village is an eclectic bohemian neighborhood, along with many of the other neighborhoods the Culinary Tour visits. Don’t be shy and pull out something festive from your wardrobe. This is a great chance to wear vintage accessories and playful prints.
Have you been on a Taste History Culinary Tour? Where did you go and what did you wear?