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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: GinjinhaTour – Lisbon, Portugal

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In this tour we get to know one of the most traditional drinks of Lisbon, ginjinha, a liqueur made with aguardente and sour cherries.

Over the course of about three hours, we walk through some of the more famous areas of the city, including Rossio, Terreiro do Paço and Restauradores.

It is thought that ginjinha was introduced to Portugal by a Galician friar and continues to be a tradition in our country. It is especially popular in Lisbon and Óbidos.

We will visit the oldest and most iconic taverns, and also a place where ginjinha is served in edible chocolate cups, a new trend that started with the Chocolate Festival in Óbidos. We’ll have time also for a pastel de nata (custard tart).

In all locations you will taste a shot, com elas ou sem elas (literally with or without them, the cherries, that is).

And for “soaking up” this strong liqueur, we enjoy some true and traditional Portuguese delicacies, including suckling pig, in a old “tasca”, now renovated.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, around three hours.

Price: 45 €

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: Belem Tour – Lisbon, Portugal

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Belém is one of the highlights of any visit to Lisbon. The magnificent Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, jewels of the Portuguese Manueline style from the early 16th century – both Unesco World Heritage sites – are located there. But Belém, besides the heritage, the museums and the gardens and parks, is also famous for being custard tart territory.

Home of the famous and unmissable café, Pastéis de Belém, the original place that started baking custard tarts (using a recipe from the nearby monastery) or as we say in Portuguese pastéis de nata, one of our most popular cakes and possibly our most famous food creation in the world.

It’s also a neighbourhood full of life and other delicious cakes, including other award-winning custard tarts that we will taste with a glass of moscatel.

In this tour we introduce you not only to the best pastéis de nata in Lisbon but also to some delicious savoury “petiscos”, including  a dish of  fish or meat, with a tasting of wine.

We’ll also take you to the iconic Tower of Belém gardens.

Duration: Three and a half hours

Price: 50 euros

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Eat Warsaw: Food Tour – Warsaw, Poland

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When you think about Polish cuisine, there is one thing that immediately pops up in your mind and that is definately “pierogi.” You come to Warsaw and (un)suprisingly you see that all English-speaking places offer them. Deep in your heart you know that there must be something more. If you want to discover real Polish cuisine, join Eat Warsaw tour.

The food tour gives you an opportunity to taste good Polish dishes and hear the stories behind them. You will learn why Poles complain about the quality of bread, why they somethimes long for food produced in the 70’s, why you can’t trust the invitation “for a cup of coffee.” You will visit 5 establishments, so be prepared for a full meal (and a dessert, of course). There will be also plenty of walking, so a pair of comfortable shoes would be a better option.

The tour is a friendly walk around the city with a Warsaw foodie, so think about is as discovering new city with a friend.

What’s Included

  • Multiple food tasting that definitely makes for a full meal. At all cost, avoid eating brunch before you join the tour!
  • Vodka tasting
  • A bilingual foodie guide
  • Written information about dishes we try
  • Tips on pleasant places to visit during your stay

A tour is intended for 2-6 guests. Couples, single travellers, groups are welcome, so be prepared to establish international friendships, as other guests might join.

Time: The Food Tour is daily. It starts at 1pm and finishes around 5pm. Please note that booking is required!

Price: 69 € per person

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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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Turkish Flavours: Urla Cooking Class and Farmer’s Market Visit – Urla, Turkey

We will pick you up from Izmir/Çeşme/Alaçatı or environs and accompany you to the quaint seaside town of Urla where an old fashioned slow and relaxed lifestyle still exists.

Taking a stroll through the town we will stop at a local bakery where everything is still made by hand with the best quality ingredients. Here we will get to know each other while tasting local delicacies such as homemade pastries, cookies and walnut baklava accompanied by Turkish coffee.

With a short and leisurely walking tour through the Arts Street featuring ceramic, mosaic, woodworking and painting studios, we will enjoy the artwork along with 150 year old stone buildings and the narrow streets of central Urla.

We will then arrive at the fruit and vegetable market where all produce is freshly picked in the early morning.

Here we will choose our seasonal produce and fresh cheeses and arrive at the cooking workshop. We will learn how to prepare Aegean style foods featuring the strong influence of the regional culinary heritage using the freshest ingredients and dishes cooked in local extra virgin olive oil.

After cooking a delicious meal together, we will sit down and enjoy a family style late lunch with the food we prepared, accompanied by a selection of award winning local wines while enjoying the wonderful views of the region.

Sample seasonal menu: Aegean style wild green and fresh cheese appetizers, lamb slow cooked with herbs and lemon peel, handmade savory pastry, rice with pine nuts and currants, slow cooked artichokes in olive oil, semolina cake with lavender ice cream, Turkish coffee and chocolates.

We will drive you back After the Urla culinary experience.

Urla is 35 km from İzmir in the Aegean Coast near Ephesus.

A farmers market tour and Aegean Turkish cooking class -6,5 hours

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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Turkish Flavours: In the Kitchen with Selin

Home cooking in a real Turkish home by a native home chef!

We say “Make yourselves at home” and we mean it! Today Turkey’s culinary legacy is a tapestry of tastes and pleasure, seasoned with Ottoman indulgence and refreshed by Anatolian inspiration. Learn the secrets of a cuisine relished within all corners of Turkey but rarely experienced by outsiders. Join Selin to teach you how to make a traditional home-cooked Turkish meal.

After we meet we will walk through the reknown Spice Market for tastings and stop for a private turkish spices tasting session in a shop that has been there since five generations. Then we will take a short scenic ferry ride over the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul. We will join Selin in her new home on the Asian side of Istanbul and cook a traditional home-cooked Turkish meal together.

For lunch, you will savor what you have cooked! A six course menu you have prepared, accompanied with boutique Turkish wines.

Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Turkish experience . As a member of Slow Food, Selin’s focus is on healthy locally sourced, fresh, artisan, and sustainable food. Dishes are approachable and easy to replicate in your home country.

Vegetarian and gluten free Turkish food is not a challenging option for us – it’s easy being green and creating exciting Turkish vegetarian and gluten free recipes at Turkish Flavours.

Upon request Turkish – Sephardic dishes can also be included to the menu from Selin’s family recipes.

The best part is the conclusion: Tasting your creations!

Classes are organized in Selin’s Home Kitchen. Instruction is in English or French. Recipes are geared to the home cook. Detailed recipe booklets are offered to take away and try recipes once back at home. Selin shops daily for her groceries so the ingredients are seasonal and fresh.

A sample menu might include:

  • Crispy cheese and herb filled pastry rolls or flaky Turkish borek with feta and herb filling or zucchini flan with feta cheese and herbs
  • Bulgur wheat salad- Kısır or Carrots with a garlic infused in yogurt and tahini dressing or Cacik
  • Leeks, green beans or artichokes in olive oil
  • Purslane salad with mint and yoghurt or Green Olive Salad with sumac and pomegranate molasses
  • Spicy bulgur pilaf or Tomato rice pilaf or pilaf with Orzo
  • Split Belly Eggplant stuffed with meat – Karniyarik or Aromatic Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers with Olive Oil or Zucchini stuffed with meat, rice and herbs in a tomato sauce or Baked Sea Bass with shrimp and vegetables or Eggplant in Earthenware casserole with lamb or Swiss Chard rolls
  • Apricots stuffed with Kaymak (clotted cream) or Roasted Figs infused in honey with bay leaves or Revani – Turkish Semolina sponge cake

COST : USD 125.- per person

Please do not have a big breakfast prior your cooking class!

9:30 am -15:30 pm- Spice tasting session, ferry ride to the Asian side of Istanbul, cooking class with a 6 to 7 course lunch & Turkish wine in a private home.

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Turkish Flavours: Alaçati and Çeşme Flavours Tour – Turkey

We will pick you up from İzmir/Çeşme or environs and accompany you to the quaint historic town of Alaçatı with old cobblestone streets, tastefully preserved stone buildings and delicious regional fresh food.

We will stroll through the historic town stopping to taste local delicacies such as mastic flavored pastries, fresh cheese cookies and Turkish coffee at Alaçatı cafes. We will walk through the colorful farmers market of Alaçatı (Saturday only) and enjoy Turkish tea in a secret garden cafe. We will stroll through the Crafts District featuring antiques, ceramics, woodworking and art galleries of Alaçatı. We will enjoy an Aegean style lunch at an award-winning restaurant, prepared with the freshest ingredients and seasonal edible greens.We will take a short ride to neighboring town of Çeşme to tour the historic Castle and walk across the street to the Marina where we will sample the local delicacy “kumru” sandwich. We will stop at a bistro by the sea to taste the quality wines of the region. We will drive you back after the Alaçatı and Çeşme culinary experience.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

6.5 hours

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Turkish Flavours: Istanbul Street Food Walk – Istanbul, Turkey


Our walking tour is designed to introduce you to Istanbul’s diverse street food.

This tour will give you a chance to taste delicious Istanbul street food and discover the colorful Kadıköy market on Asian side of Istanbul. You will also have a chance to taste some of world famous Çiya Restaurant’s food during your tour.

This walking tour in Kadıkoy will give you a chance to explore Turkish street food, stop at delicious street food stalls or restaurants and discover one of the oldest markets in Istanbul, allowing you a glimpse into the daily lives of Istanbuliotes. Please do not have a big lunch if you are joining us in the evening.

Tour from 16:30 pm to 19:30 pm

Cost : USD 100.- per person

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Turkish Flavours: Spice Bazaar & Kadikoy Market Tour with Regional Anatolian Lunch – Istanbul, Turkey

A culinary walk on two continents -Europe & Asia!

Depart for a visit to the Spice Bazaar and nearby attractions. This extensive market was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque, Yeni Cami. The bazaar is often referred to as the “Egyptian Market” due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt. There is plenty to discover for the “foodie.”

Then we will take a ferry to Kadıköy on the Asian side of Istanbul from Eminönü and walk through the historical Kadıköy market where there is plenty to discover for the “foodie.” This market is one of İstanbul’s most colorful, vibrant and accessible shopping spots. Many traders have been in business since the early to mid 1900s and the more famous ones really need no introduction.

We will wander to probably Kadıköy’s, if not İstanbul’s best-known restaurant amongst gourmets to Çiya restaurant that specializes in food from the Southeastern region of Turkey, as well as a wider selection of Mediterranian food. Çiya creates its menu from the kitchen memories of forgotten dishes, lost tastes and wiped -off-cultures which have been carried from hand to hand and from taste to taste.

The ingredients used in the dishes travel from the cities of Hatay and Gaziantep to arrive at your plate in Istanbul: aromatic red pepper, pistachios, chickpeas, olive oil and pomegranate molasses. Here we will enjoy a sumptuous meal of 20-25 dishes by the reknown chef Musa and eventually hear the stories of his signature dishes: Zahter salad, kebab with pistachios, stuffed eggplant, babahannus, and many more.

After lunch we will take the ferry back to the European side. A delicious walking tour in Istanbul! Please do not have a big breakfast if you arecoming on this tour. Please do not have a big breakfast on the day of your tour and make no dinner reservations.

Tour from 9:30 am to 14:30 pm, ferry fares , tastings , a multi course lunch (20 + dishes) with a tasting menu offering small portions of many dishes in the restaurant.

Cost : USD 145.- per person

Vegetarian diets are not challenging options for us – it’s easy being green and tasting exciting Turkish vegetarian delicacies.

Our market tour is amongst Lonely Planet’s Top Ten walking tours for Globetrotting foodies.

The “Young Adventuress” joined our tour! Click to read more.

Suggested reading The Memory Kitchen

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Madrid Food Tour: Market and Tapas Tour – Madrid, Spain

Market & Tapas Tour in Madrid

Offered two nights per week, experience the best of Spanish cuisine with Madrid Food Tour on an insider’s tour of the city’s most beautiful and historic market, as well as three of its best tapas bars. Start at the stunning San Miguel Market, where you’ll learn about the market’s rich history and discover its tempting food stalls– your guide will advise you on the best bites to try. After exploring (and sampling plenty along the way) you’ll take a short walk your first tapas bar, and begin your evening of Spanish tapeo.

A Variety of Tastings

You’ll start the Market Tasting Tour with a traditional Madrileño aperitif, followed by small bites and at least two tapas and one beverage at each tapas bar. The tour includes all food tastings (10+) and four beverages.

History & Culture

There is no better way to get to know a city than through its cuisine, and our Market and Tapas Tour is a great introduction to Spanish cuisine and culture. You’ll see napkins thrown on the floor and Spaniards who prefer eating standing up rather than sitting down, and your guide will share their tricks for getting free tapas around town.

An Insider’s Food Guide

Tour guests will be provided with a useful guide of Madrid’s specialty food shops and restaurants, as well as some suggestions for other meals and Spanish specialties. These priceless recommendations will ensure a successful culinary stay in the city.

When: Thursday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (other dates by request)
Price: 95€ per person
What’s included: 10+ tastings, including 4 bites in the market and at least 6 tapas.
Who: People who love to eat and try new things (note, all group tours are currently in English).
Capacity: Generally 7 people per tour (larger tours possible by request).
What to wear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, & sun protection or winter gear depending on the season
Weather conditions: Food tours take place rain or shine
Where: Meeting point and drop off in the center of Madrid

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