I learned (and ate) my way through Boynton and Delray on culinary tour


Palermo’s Bakery is delicious.

I went there for the first time this past weekend.

Cannolis. Sugar cookies. Rainbow cookies. Rum balls. You name it.

It was one of the Boynton Beach stops on Lori Durante’s Taste History Culinary Tours. I had heard of the tour before, and have seen the news releases, but never went until my colleague Lulu Ramadan, the Post’s Delray Beach reporter, asked if I wanted to go.

I said sure, but honestly, there was a bit of hesitation. It’s between three and four hours long. That’s a long time, I thought. And on a Saturday?

But I quickly learned this history, food and arts tour is one of the best ways to spend your Saturday.

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We all met Saturday at the Boynton Beach Mall and boarded a bus that fit the 20 of us. It was a sold-out event. First we hit the Delray Beach spots: Sweet’s Sensational Jamaican Cuisine Café; Cabana El Rey and The French Bakery.

Then we hit the Boynton spots: Palermo’s; Hurricane Alley Raw Bar and Restaurant; the Avenue of the Arts District and the Boynton Beach Industrial Arts District.

All restaurants are family owned.

You won’t find a friendlier business owner than Sweet. Cabana El Rey has delicious food, especially the guacamole. The French Bakery has amazing focaccia bread. I fell in love with Hurricane’s pasta salad and seafood bisque. I could stare at the murals of art on Industrial Avenue all day.

I plan to go back to all the places. But when I return to Palermo’s it might be by Uber. The bakery offers a Babarum, which is basically a small piece of cake soaked in warm water and rum. I took a very small bite Saturday and decided to put it down because I had to drive home. It was delicious — but loaded with alcohol. Next time I’ll be prepared.

The Delray/Boynton tour was the first of the fall 2016 season. Taste History is the first culinary tour in Palm Beach County, and the nonprofit was started in 2011. The tours rotate trips to West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Lantana, Delray and Boynton. The next tour is Saturday in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth.

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