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Lost Plate: Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk – Beijing, China

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We are not another walking tour. Beijing is a huge city, and the only way to find the best, hidden local food is to wind your way through the hutong alleys of Beijing where the locals live…with your own tuktuk! We only stop at local, family run shops that you (or any other tourist) would never find on your own. Our tuktuks are the only way to get off the beaten path to eat the best food in the city, not just one street. Oh, and all of our Beijing Hutong Food Tours include unlimited beer (or soft drinks if you prefer)!

Eat the best local food in the city at five hidden restaurants while enjoying unlimited beer and tuktuk transportation! Grill your own meat on open flames, eat in a private hutong house, wrap delicious dishes in freshly made Beijing pancakes, and finish with a pint of locally brewed beer.

What’s Included:

  • Try over 15 different dishes while visiting 5 local restaurants only Beijingers know about, plus a hidden hutong brewery!
  • Arrive at a central location (provided by email) to meet your guide and new friends for the night (small groups of 9 people or less)
  • Zoom through the hutong alleys on your own tuktuk, stocked with unlimited beer and soda
  • Discover a hidden hutong house and be welcomed inside for a meal
  • Roast and season your own meat and vegetables over fire at a traditional Beijing BBQ joint
  • Roll your own stuffing inside Beijing’s famous (and best!) pancakes and learn where this tradition started
  • Find out how each dish became so popular and learn about 6 hutong neighborhoods you will eat in
  • Sip on some of China’s famous Baijiu alcohol, this stuff packs a punch!Check out one of Beijing’s most hidden breweries while sampling their craft brew and enjoy a pint of your choice

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Also from Lost Plate Tours: Beijing Brewery Tour, Chengdu Food Tours, Xian Food Tours

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: Wine and Cheese Tour – Azeitão region (near Lisbon), Portugal

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Visit one of the richest wine regions near Lisbon. Besides the good red and white wines, the famous Moscatel de Setúbal is also produced here.

The tour begins with a surprising visit to one of the small producers in the region, whose wine is a well liked secret among connoisseurs. We will have a private tasting of their products.

On this route we propose also a visit to one of the most emblematic cellars of the Sado Wine region, with wine tastings and a visit to their winery.

During this day, we will also have the chance to try something different when we visit a traditional artisanal cheese producer, where you can literally  make Azeitão cheese, a cheese made from sheep’s milk, with your own hands.

You’ll make these soft cheeses with the help of an experienced local cheesemaker. Then you can taste the cheese, freshly made and others that are already semi-cured. The tasting also includes local produce and Moscatel.

At lunch time you’ll have a lunch of grilled sardines (or other fresh fish available on the market), or grilled meat in an outdoor terrace. And for dessert the famous tortas de Azeitão.

Recomendations: Bring comfortable shoes, a camera, an appetite and good spirits.

Price: 95 euros (all tastings, food and transportation included; a supplement of 10% may apply if a tour has only 2 persons); 65 euros with departure from Azeitão.

Hours: Departure from Lisbon at 10.30, return at 5.30 pm.

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Bangkok Food Tours: Offbeat Floating Markets Food Tour – Bangkok, Thailand

Rivers and canals play an important part of traditional Thai life. On this full day excursion, we bring you back in time to experience off-beat floating markets and historical communities and to taste unique local delicacies made with freshest local ingredients.

With only an hour drive from Bangkok, we will be in Samut Songkram, the last Venice of Thailand. Take a morning stop at Tha Kha floating market, where local farmers meet to exchange their produces. A row boat slowly brings you to explore ordinary Thai life by the canals. Visit the original coconut sugar makers to learn fascinating sugar-making technique. Taste farm-fresh local specialties such as roasted banana with sweet dip, fresh palm-sugar juice, and local seasonal fruit.

We then head for lunch at the charming Bang Noi market. As this area of Thailand produces arguably the most delicious mackerel, we will try a pair of mackerel fried rice with local fruit juice. Relax with a short session of Thai traditional massage before we continue our journey.

In the afternoon, visit locally famous Amphawa floating market. The market is one of the best spots to sample Thai snacks and sweets. Plenty of tasting items are waiting for you to try, including Thai fruit flavor ice cream, crispy noodles with tamarind sauce, spicy fish cake, and many more.

En route the tour we will stop at the only market in the world that is set up on train track. See a thing that will make you say “wow”. We also bring you to the marvelous “unseen in Thailand” Bang Gung temple.

Highlight

  • Immerse yourself in Thai way of life and culinary culture
  • Try 14+ delicious food samples, dessert and drinks
  • Explore three charming local floating markets
  • Enjoy a ride on a row boat to a coconut village and learn how to make a coconut sugar
  • Relax with a local Thai massage
  • Experience one of a kind train market, the market that is set up on the railway
  • Visit the marvelous “Unseen in Thailand” Bangkung temple

Tour available: Saturday and Sunday

Tour Duration: 7 am – 5.30 pm

Weather Condition: Tour takes place rain or shine

Group size: Minimum 2 people, Maximum 8 people (Small Group)

Price: 3600 Baht (~ $ 120)

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Delicious Israel: Regional Area Culinary Safari

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion. Our culinary and boutique specialty tours are limited to small groups so that together we can veer off the beaten path to eat, explore, learn and experience the authentic “insider” scene of Israeli lifestyle, history and culture.

Sample itinerary, Carmel area:

Just an hour away from Tel Aviv, the Carmel region combines a multi-cultural environment (Jewish, Arab and Druze populations co-existing) with a rich land ripe for producing high-quality foods.

We will visit a variety of local producers including:

  • Visit to goat farm, meeting with the owner, and tastings of homemade goat cheeses
  • Wine tasting with the winemaker or owner at a boutique winery
  • Learning and tasting at a spice shop that grows the herbs/spices locally – the “Toys-R-Us for foodies”
  • Druze hospitality in the home of a Druze woman that cooks incredible local ethnic foods from recipes passed down through the generations
  • Optional visits to: ancient olive oil press (organic olives and café), homemade jam producer, boutique organic beer brewery and/or organic wine makers, artisanal chocolate maker.

Time: 7-8 hours

Similar safaris can be arranged in the Jerusalem Hills, Galil, Golan Heights

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Delicious Israel: Negev Artisanal Treasures, Tasting a Desert in Bloom

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion. Our culinary and boutique specialty tours are limited to small groups so that together we can veer off the beaten path to eat, explore, learn and experience the authentic “insider” scene of Israeli lifestyle, history and culture.

Just over a decade ago, the Israeli government made the decision to allot a number of families desert land in the Negev to encourage development of a “wine route.” The culinary treasures that have emerged around this experiment have been fruitful and continue to fulfill Ben Gurion’s dream of a desert in bloom.

Visit includes:
● Argan oil and Camel’s milk producers – learn about the root of these internationally
significant trends
● Vegetable R&D center – learn about the production of innovative vegetables,
including seedless baby peppers, black tomatoes, and purple carrots.
● Solar powered goat farm (with the country’s best cheese!)
● Organic winery using drip irrigation for sustenance
● Medicinal herbs and natural spice grower
● Possible Additions: Honey farm, Israeli Cactus farm, Chef cooking experience with
using Negev products, Bedouin hospitality, Black Hebrews vegan cooking experience

11-12 hours

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Delicious Israel: Nazareth Culinary Trends

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion. Our culinary and boutique specialty tours are limited to small groups so that together we can veer off the beaten path to eat, explore, learn and experience the authentic “insider” scene of Israeli lifestyle, history and culture.

When it comes to Israeli cuisine, the Arab and Jewish communities are co-existing and unite over the love for fresh and natural food production, as seen in Nazareth (and even written about in the New York Times). The flavors from the Arab tradition are an important aspect in the development of modern Israeli cuisine. This experience takes us deep into Israeli-Arab culture as we meet the Arab institutions and people setting today’s culinary trends that go beyond (and sometimes meet head-on) deeper political issues.

  • Culinary safari in Nazareth including the market, 100 year old spice mill, sweets shop
  • Visit to Tehini and/or halva factory
  • Visit to Arak producer (optional)
  • Meal in Nazareth OR Kosher Druze hospitality in the home of a nearby Druze woman cooking local ethnic recipes passed down through the generations.

7 hours

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Calgary Food Tours

We want to take you out of your ordinary routine for the day so you’ll have a mini-break and a bit of an adventure. You’ll explore Calgary in a way you never have. We know the tastiest neighbourhoods. We are friends with chefs and food business owners and we’ll connect you with our favourites. Our Inglewood’s Edible Enticements and Urban Hike for the Uptown Appetite get you out of your car and exploring the hidden treasures of these neighbourhoods on foot.

We are also proud of Calgary’s ethnic diversity and have developed three tours to showcase some of them. The International Intrigue is a deluxe tour with a private bus that explores Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian, German, Dutch, Swiss, Austrian, and North, Central, and South American influences in our city. The Celebration of Chinatown tour highlights the 100 plus years of Canadian Chinese in Calgary with interpretation of art and architecture, discovery of artifacts and of course Chinese food, tea and goodies. A Passage to India takes participants to “Little India” for a sumptuous buffet, shopping for staples and then a private hands-on class with Indian cooking legend, Mrs. Noorbanu Nimji of www.aspicytouch.com fame.

We are also pleased to be the organizers of City Palate Magazine’s Annual Foodie Tootles tours to farms near Calgary. As a long time Slow Food supporter, and former steering committee member, owner Karen Anderson has far reaching friendships with Alberta’s good, clean and fair food producers and farmers. Each year she carefully selects an itinerary for the tours that highlights the abundance of produce in Alberta and the dedicated farmers and food artisans behind those products. We usually visit 3 farms or businesses, taking time to tour the operation and getting to know the farmer or food artisan. Meals for the day are carefully planned to showcase Alberta’s bounty.

All Calgary Food Tours can include the following elements:
• tasting a variety of food and beverages – some of the tours can include a full lunch or dinner with wine and
some are more about covering a lot of territory and tasting along the way
• introductions to food producers, artisans, business owners and chefs
• cooking demos
• recipes and important information on ingredients
• participants always receive a gift and sometimes valuable discounts.

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The Big Foody: Taste Auckland Tour – New Zealand

The Big Foody Food Tour was established in 2007 to show visitors and locals the real hidden pleasures of Auckland’s epicurean culture. As with all major cities Auckland has its fair share of run of the mill eateries. The Big Foody team has spent the last 6 years seeking out the very best delights of Auckland’s eateries and food establishments to bring to you in a fun filled taste extravaganza leaving you confident of where best to eat in the city.

As a bunch of super keen foodies we love showing off our city and the great places we have on offer to enjoy.

The Taste Auckland Tour is a morning of fun filled visits to local restaurants, markets, delis and other epicurean locations, tasting the produce, meeting the owners and experiencing first hand the delights of Auckland’s cuisine and culture.

Our way of thinking is to truly understand a place, you must indulge in it’s delights, so that’s what we do!

Our Tour Includes……

  • The history of food and cuisine in New Zealand
  • Trip out to the amazing Kohu Road Creamery
  • Journey around the Fish Market
  • Light Bite to finish off
  • recommendations of where to eat
  • Lots of recipe ideas to take away
  • Meet some of the Aucklanders who make our city.

…and to add to that we take in some of the views, learn a bit of the history of the city and show off Auckland to it’s very best.

4.5 hours, $165.00 and as many tastes as you can fit in!

This tour is for everyone to enjoy!

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My Bicyclette: Tastes of Montreal Bicycle Tour – Montreal, Canada

Enjoy a casual three-hour insightful and tasty orientation of Montreal (regional product tastings included in price).   Bike past prominent sites, hot hangouts, main drags and famous back alleys.

Price: $55.00 / person – includes: guide, bicycle, helmet, map & tastings.  Group rates available for groups of 5+.

Time: The ‘Tastes of Montreal’ bicycle tour runs daily from 10 am to 1 pm, with guaranteed departures every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning from April 15th through to October 31st, 2012.   Other days of the week available upon request.

Approximate distance of tour:  18 km of casual riding.  Tour includes tastings of local delights at quaint in-store locations / top-notch cycling equipment / accredited city guide / map / bottle of water.

ARE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED?

YES.  You can make your reservations online through the City Bike Tours page, or if you prefer to conduct business over the phone, dial 514.317.6316.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR THE TOURS?

YES.  Participants should be 13 years and older.  Participants should be comfortable riding a bicycle.  For younger riders, we suggest booking a very well priced customized tour – which, takes the pressure off having to keep up with a larger group.  That being said, this tour is rated “easy-going” and includes several stops along the way.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

My Bicyclette offers a 100% refund on all tours if the reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours in advance. We do not offer refunds for any reason once we are within 24 hours of the scheduled tour.  In the case of “bad” weather (where riding becomes dangerous), My Bicyclette will be happy to offer a RAIN DATE or a refund.  We want you to ENJOY your Montreal riding experience and will not ask you to ride in a downpour.

DO WE GO INSIDE THE MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS?

NO.  Your guide will be happy to provide all the information you require to be able to get back to any of the points of interest you pass during your tour.  We encourage you to visit all the jewels this city has to offer however, three hours just isn’t enough time to be able to enter the museums.

WHERE DO I GO FOR MY TOUR?

All tours leave from My Bicyclette, which is located at 2985 C Saint-Patrick Street, Montreal, QC H3K 1B9 – steps south of the Atwater Market.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time.  Free streeet parking is available on St. Patrick Street and on Thomas Keefer Street.  Arriving on metro?  Stop: Lionel-Groulx is 500 m north of our location.

WHAT LANGUAGE IS THE TOUR IN?

The tours are offered in French and English.  Should you prefer a tour in Italian or Spanish please provide us with 72 hours request and we will do our best to accommodate your group (minimum 5 persons per group required).

WHAT IF I HAVE MY OWN BICYCLE?  CAN I USE IT?

YES.  You are more than welcome to use your own equipment.  The cost when you Bring-Your-Own-Bike is $47 versus $55.

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Delhi Food Tours: Dinner Discovery Package – New Delhi, India

Delhi Food Tours (DFT) provides customized food tours that give you opportunity to explore a variety of Indian cuisines as they can only be found in the local eateries of New Delhi. Each tour consists of tastings at 4-6 different restaurants along with a Tea Tasting conducted under the guidance of a professional tea taster. The idea is to experience food from across India within the geographical confines of New Delhi.

DFT offers both lunch and dinner tours that are available 7 days a week.

Unlike typical tour companies, DFT conducts tours for groups of 2-8 people per meal with a minimum of one food guide per 4 people. Thanks to our focus on small groups; tours are customized on the basis of spice tolerance, allergies, and sensitivities of each guest. All tours are conducted by Prashant and/or Ayesha personally (refer to the ‘Meet the Foodaholics’ page).

This dinner tour is all about experiencing Delhi by night. While some of our preferred venues are similar to those of our Discovery Lunch Package, there are a few places included here that are only open at night. Here you can experience mouth watering kabab rolls, cooked on a charcoal grill served in open air seating, Egg paranthas (handrolled unleavened bread) from Delhi’s famous roadside parantha guy, mouth watering biryani cooked and served in sealed claypots, Delhi’s famous butter chicken and Dal Makhani, vegetarian snacks from West India and Sweets from everywhere!

This tour takes approximately 2-3 hours. Subject to your location, we will pick you up at 7 PM.

Pick up/drop from within South and Central Delhi (except Karol Bagh): This tour costs Rs. 4000 per person which is approximately US$ 80. This includes transport, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Pick up/drop from anywhere in Gurgaon or Noida: This tour costs Rs. 5500 per person which is approximately US$ 105. This includes transport, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

The fixed price includes unlimited food, soft drinks, bottled water, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and transport (subject to location).

Guidelines for the tours:

  • All prices include transport. If you are staying within South or Central Delhi (except Karol Bagh) or taking the Gurgaon/Noida package, the car/van will pick you up from your hotel, be with you for the entire duration of your tour and then drop you back to your hotel:  If you are staying elsewhere, we will pick you up from and drop you to a mutually agreed pick up point.
  • All tours will be conducted by Prashant and/or Ayesha.
  • Skipping the preceding meal is highly advisable.
  • Dress code applicable for Standard Lunch, Standard Dinner and Lunch outside Delhi: Ladies are requested to dress conservatively. Shorts, short skirts and spaghetti straps are to be avoided. Elastic is highly recommended across all packages.
  • There are no limits on the number of people we can cater to on a given package. However all packages can be arranged on an exclusive and private basis at an extra cost, if there are no previous bookings for that date.
  • We encourage you to help us serve you better. Please do let us know if you have any preferences/allergies/dislikes well in advance so that we can mould the tour around you. We try to customize and tailor the packages to our clients’ tastes, so please do speak to us and tell us what you expect or prefer.

DISCLAIMER: The owners of www.delhifoodtours.com do not accept any responsibility or liability for any adverse medical condition whatsoever arising out of the items consumed on tours. Any and all consumption of items is entirely at the risk of the person consuming them. Medical insurance is advisable while travelling. Sensitivities or allergies to any kind of food are to be advised in advance.

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