A Food Lover's Tour of Naples, Florida
Where to stay, eat, and drink at this beachy, white-sanded town
The Naples Food Tour
Whether you are here for a weekend or an extended stay, The Naples Food Tour is a must on your short list. The Naples Food Tour owner, Elaine Osbond, is a self professed "foodie" and former owner of a local tea room. She became the keeper of so many secret culinary finds that she decided to share her wealth with the community. When you hop on her bus, you are off for a grand adventure into what makes Naples cook.
Courtesy of Osetra
We started off at Osetra on Fifth Avenue, sipping champagne, and tasting caviar and smoked salmon crostini.
Courtesy of Swan River
We next went to Swan River for the freshest seafood since Cape Cod, sampling calamari, seared tuna salad, Maine lobster salad, and their renowned seafood chowder.
Courtesy of Jacquie's Jamming
Then on to Jacquie's Jamming for a taste of her current tropical fruit selection and the jellies, jams, chutneys, and salsas that she creates to highlight her tropical treasures.
Courtesy of Madam Mac/Radical Rations Catering
Madam Mac/Radical Rations Catering
Self-taught, Madam Mac specializes in all matters of mac and cheese and she adds her pulled pork, beef brisket, collard greens, and black bean medley to the tasting for some mighty fine eatin'. We go on to visit two more gourmet stops, well orchestrated, as we are just beginning to crave dessert.
Courtesy of Royal Palm Chocolates
Royal Palm Chocolates
Off to Royal Palm Chocolates, where Philip and his wife welcome us to their hand-crafted chocolate shop. Here we learn about the intricacies of making perfect truffles, as we sample some of their ever-changing creations.
Courtesy of Peace Love and Little Donut Shop
Peace Love and Little Donut Shop
Last on our tour was the Peace Love and Little Donut Shop serving Intelligentsia Coffee and some of the most unique raised donuts you'd never imagine finding housed in Wayne's World Gas Station. The drive-thru lines are hot and heavy from early morning and at only 70 calories for an undressed delight, we can see why.
Tour guide Elaine is a trailblazer and a determined foodie scout who is constantly adding more sources to her list. She has many additional stops, each more fascinating than the last, with the tastes, personalities, and stories that make for a thoroughly enjoyable and delicious afternoon delight. This is a tour worth repeating and recommending. Bon appétit!
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