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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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Forktown Food Tours: North Portland Tour – Portland, OR

Join us for a three-hour tour through Portland’s newest culinary hot spot. We will explore N Mississippi Avenue, a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood full of great food and lots of personality. Sample handmade goodness from tiny boutique restaurants, small-batch artisan ice cream, and award-wining food carts. Experience gourmet finishing salts from around the world, chocolate confections from our own local artisans and much more.

You’ll get a nibble at 6-8 popular eateries, each chosen for its quality and creativity. You’ll also savor of this unique neighborhood and discover why Portland has become a culinary destination.

Here are some of the delicious foods you’re likely to taste on this tour:

– local micro-brewed ales

– guava wood smoked, Australian flake, and Fleur de sel finishing salts

– Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

– local farmstead cheeses and artisan breads

– grass-fed mini burgers with goat cheese

– Korean-Mexican fusion BBQ tacos

– handmade salted caramel ice cream sandwiches

* We like to mix it up, so actual tastings may vary.

Please wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. We are Portlanders, so tours take place rain or shine! Let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions, in many cases we can make substitutions.

Time: Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon

Duration: 3 hours, about 1.5 miles of walking

Tour Cost: $65.00 (includes all food, beverage, and your expert tour guide)

Meeting Location: North Mississippi Avenue. Specific location, transportation and parking information provided at ticket purchase. (From downtown, N Mississippi is 10 minutes in a cab or 20 minutes via public transportation.)

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Buenos Aires Food Tours: La Recoleta Food Tour – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recoleta is the city’s posh barrio, with fashionable boutiques, cafes and unique restaurants crafting some of the most tastiest cuisine in the city. Learn your way through this neighborhood on our three hour walking culinary tour. We will stroll down tree-lined streets and stop for delicious bites – while witnessing the wonderfully artisan food as you learn about the history of the area.

Start your culinary journey at a world-known place called “El Sanjuanino” located within walking distance of the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza San Martin and Patio Bullrich Mall.  El Sanjuanino was founded in the 1950′s and it’s a favorite among locals who come here for their regional tamales, stews, and other traditional Argentine dishes. We will savor their juicy empanadas paired with a classic Argentine wine.

Continue walking to a cantina-style restaurant that has one of the largest selections of traditional dishes and is rated among the top must-try restaurants in the neighborhood by local foodies. We will taste a variety of dishes such as their classic milanesa, BBQ and homemade Spanish tortilla.

As we walk along famous landmarks in the neighborhood and learn about the area culture and history, we will end with a sweet note and stop to enjoy a special Dulce de Leche ice cream and a cafesito.

*food tastings and stops subject to change without notice

Price: U$S 85 per person (VAT, all food and drinks included in price)
When: Daily available upon request
12:30 PM
Tour Duration: approx. 3 hours
Meeting point: Central point in Recoleta (exact location disclosed on confirmation email)
Weather & Dress: Tour takes place rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

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Taste Carolina: Downtown Raleigh Walking Tour – North Carolina

Whether you`re a local resident or a visitor, let us guide you to six to eight restaurants and shops serving innovative food sourced locally from farm-to-table. You`ll have opportunities to talk with chefs and owners, and along the way, our professional guides will tell you about local history and cool new developments in town. Join us in sampling incredible cuisine while discovering what makes the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina so special.

The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you`re a resident or a visitor, you`ll enjoy the opportunity to talk with chefs and owners who are serving innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, house-made chocolate, authentic barbecue, beautiful and delicious cupcakes, local beer, and organic wine. There`s something for everyone in Raleigh.

Tours are Available for Registration on this Website EVERY Saturday.
Sunday and Friday tours start in July.
(Tours are also available weekdays by advance appointment for groups of eight or more).
1:30-4:45, 2:00-5:15, & 3:30-7:00
$42.50, $44.98 with service fee
$62.50, $65.68 with service fee
The 3:30 tour includes some alcohol pairings.
Register in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/13086 (Saturdays)
Park in a downtown lot near Fayetteville or Wilmington Sts. in the 100 or 200 S. blocks. The Alexander Square Deck and the Moore Square Deck are close by.
Meet in the lobby of 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh at 1:15, 1:45, or 3:15. This building houses the Raleigh City Museum and is called, The Briggs Building. It is located directly across the street from The Mint Restaurant.
Wear comfortable shoes; this tour is between 2 and 3 miles of walking.
Runs rain or shine.
Dress appropriately for the weather.

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Hong Kong Foodie: Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour – Hong Kong, China

Taste your way through the old neighborhoods of Central and Sheung Wan. Along the 3.5-hour food tour, discover some of Hong Kong’s favorite food as you stroll along Hong Kong’s side streets and learn about how this area evolved from a fishing village to the colonial administration district to today’s international financial center. There will be six tasting locations and all food will be included in the ticket price of HK$600.

Savor the Food — Our journey will take us to six family-run tasting locations in the Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods.  Each eatery has been specially selected not only to represent the best examples of Hong Kong cuisine but also for the unique and interesting stories behind them.  Samples of Hong Kong food and drinks are included in the ticket price.  We recommend that you eat a hearty breakfast or a light, early lunch before the food tour.  If you have any dietary preferences or restrictions, please indicate when you purchase your tickets.  Here’s a preview of what you’ll experience at our tasting locations:

Wonton Noodle Shop:  Mouth-watering wontons with fresh shrimp and noodles, served in soup prepared for hours from a family recipe will be the highlight of our first stop.  You will learn about what makes the wonton and the soup so special.

Roast Meat Restaurant:  Taste some succulent barbecued pork rice and find out how the owner can roast such juicy meat.

Fresh Juice:  Feeling a little tired? Sample some refreshing juice before continuing on our walk. Discover how the elements of this juice help balance the other tastings on the tour. We will share with you all the steps it takes to make this fresh juice. You might even catch a glimpse of the juicing process as well.

Tea House:  To help digestion, we will try a selection of “cha” (tea) at a private tea house set in a Chinese courtyard.  Learn about the different types of teas and how to prepare and serve them in the proper way practiced over centuries.

Dim Sum Corner:  Look for Hong Kong people’s favorites at this unique neighborhood dim sum house.  Savor a selection of dim sum, both steamed and fried, and check out others you could try when you return.

Local Bakery:  For dessert, taste one of the tarts hot out of the oven at this local bakery. They also serve a large variety of traditional Hong Kong baked goods.

Experience History, Architecture & Culture — Along our food tour, your local Foodie guide will share stories behind Hong Kong’s development, introduce you to important historical figures, and lead you to beautiful colonial architecture that still remains.  We will also tell you fun facts about Central & Sheung Wan and help you uncover an interesting, little shop hidden in the neighborhood that even most locals miss.  As we meander from one tasting location to another, we will also walk through an open market, watch how locals buy fresh fish and if you’re lucky, you might be able to take a peek of a cage of snakes in front of a shop selling snake soup and wine.

Who should take this Foodie Tour?

Our food tour is perfect for those who do not know what to try at a local restaurant but want to taste some of the best Hong Kong food.  Even if you know what to order, we will take you to some unique gems in Hong Kong that even many locals do not know about.  In addition, if you are curious about how some of these restaurants evolved and remained popular among locals for the last 60 years, our Foodie guides will show you a different side of this commercial area away from the busy shopping malls and typical sightseeing spots.

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Columbus Food Adventures: Meat-Lover’s Tour – Columbus, Ohio

Columbus has a lot to offer the carnivore, and not just in the form of its juicy burgers and famous sausages. On our Meat Lover’s Tour, we’ll encounter one of the most creative chefs in the city using farm fresh cuts and innovative preparations, a pair of ethnic cuisines displaying novel uses for a wide range of proteins, and a smokehouse with a long history of preparing European-style smoked and cured meats. This event is (self evidently?) far from vegetarian friendly and is a delicious overview of some of the most delicious carnivorous delights to be found in the city!

Our stops include:
- Skillet – The darling of Columbus foodies, Skillet is about far more than just breakfast! Chef Caskey will take the opportunity to display his brilliance with protein preparations and talk about some of his favorite cuts.
- Thurn’s – A behind the scenes look at this hundred plus year old business in which an astounding variety of meats and sausages are cured and smoked according to traditional European and family recipes.
- Apna Bazaar – This unassuming Pakistani market hides an exceptional restaurant where we will see, first hand, how they use the art of tandoor cooking to prepare delectably moist and tender kebabs.
- San Su – At this Korean restaurant, we’ll experience two types of traditional beef dishes, prepared in the Korean BBQ style.
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Estancia Vik José Ignacio: South American Barbeque – Uruguay

Estancia Vik José Ignacio, inspired by the magnificent landscape of José Ignacio, its vast rolling hills, rugged countryside and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, has been designed to preserve the untouched beauty of its natural surroundings. A traditional Uruguayan barbeque has been built at the north side of the Estancia, mirroring the ancient tin galpons found wherever the gauchos roamed; this too having the traditional tin walls with a large central fireplace or “fogon.” Marcelo Legrand, a notable Uruguayan artist, who also designed one of the Estancia’s suites, has painted the walls and ceiling in his brilliantly chaotic style, bringing a contemporary flair to this traditional space.
Food enthusiasts now have the opportunity to live a day in the life of a gaucho at Estancia Vik. Guests can now experience and indulge in a traditional South American barbeque through this unique package.

  • Prepare the coals according to tradition with master Chef Marcelo
  • Go fishing in the local lagoon
  • Travel down to the beach to meet the fishermen who bring in the catch of the day
  • Pick fresh herbs in the organic garden
  • Learn how to cook the food according to the ancient traditions
  • $150 per person

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Norfolk Walkabouts: 5 Points Farm Market Tour

Stroll through the 5 Points Farm Market and experience a transformation of the palate.  Visit multiple vendors sampling regional cuisine and produce while having a behind the scenes experience as staff discusses the culinary creations and history of the establishment.  Sample Local dairy, Regional produce, Smoked barbecue from the Cafe, Cookies from a local bakery, and more.

In between sampling, gather an insight being “green”, learn about Community Supported Agriculture, and find out about the advantages of local honey.  Transport your senses with the various spices and fresh, local provisions offered by Norfolk’s “hidden gems” and culinary visionaries.  So, grab your forks and dig into Norfolk!

The tour is approximately 1.5 hours.  Water will be provided with the sampling from the cafe.  Beer and wine will be available to order.
The tour is indoors.  24 hour advanced reservations are recommended.  If registering for the tour on the morning of, contact (757) 641-7968 to check availability.  No exchanges, rescheduling, or refunds.  If the tour is canceled due to extreme weather, the tour may be rescheduled or a refund could be provided.

Please leave your phone number with your registration so that we may contact you in the event of a cancellation.
Parking is available behind 5 Points Farm Market off of 26th St or in front of the building on Church Street.

4th Saturdays: 1 to 2:30 PM
24 hour reservation required

This tour is indoors.
Tickets: $25 (nonrefundable)

Address: 2500 Church St, Norfolk, VA

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City Taste Tours: The Foodie Tour, Louisville, KY

Trust us when we tell you that there are just some foods you shouldn’t leave Louisville without tasting.  Try staples such as the famous Hot Brown, Fried Green Tomatoes, Benedictine, Rolled Oysters, real Kentucky Barbeque, Derby Pie, Craft Brews, Bourbon and other famous Louisville and Kentucky tastes.  This is the tour that true “foodies” will not want to miss.

Bring your camera and your appetite.  We guarantee a full stomach on every trip!

Tour price is $65.00 per person. 

Venues and food selections subject to change without notice.

 Seating is limited, so call 502-457-8686 to make your reservation today! Downtown pick-ups may be available.

 This tour currently runs by request Tuesday-Saturday (minimums may be required)

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Cooking with Teresita: Empanadas Argentinas & Argentine Barbecue cooking demonstration

We begin the journey by visiting a local butcher’s shop

The journey begins with a visit to the local butcher’s shop for a comprehensive lesson on how to select the right meat based on color, size, fat density and freshness. You will get to see *achuras you have never seen before!

Next, arrive to Teresita’s kitchen for an Empanadas recipe demonstration.

Empanadas recipe demostration: Although not the full class step by step as our empanadas cooking class, the empanada recipe demonstration that we cover at the combined class demonstration covers in details the steps of making a crispy and perfect empanada dough. Following a presentation of the picadillo (traditional Argentine beef empanadas filling), the group will be folding and baking the empanadas.

Demonstration of traditional barbecue side dishes

Ensalada Criolla (Creole Salad). This traditional salad is probably one of the most popular side dishes in Argentina for a variety of meats. You will find “ensalada criolla” in every restaurant menu, but of course, not the one that Teresita prepares!

Chimichurri (Argentine parsley-garlic sauce for grilled meats). We will cover a recipe demonstration for this Argentine marinade sauce which is the perfect sauce for a sizzling hot barbecue.

Moving onto practical work on the grill

This part of the class offers an exciting opportunity to learn how to grill the various cuts of meat in Argentina and *achuras that constitute the Argentinian *asado (barbecue).

Learning from “El Asador”

An Argentine Asado (barbecue in Argentina) typically has a sequence of meats presented by the Asador (the cook other than Teresita will be handling the grill). El Asador will cover: preparing and lighting the fire, seasoning the meat, timing, and serving “the Argentine way” all in a very casual and relaxing environment.

Pairing the Parrillada with Argentine wines

A Malbec wine from Mendoza with taste of cherries, plums, blackberries and raspberries, and marked by a peppery spice, licorice and ample tannins. They have bright acidity, ideal to cut through the richness of red meat. Argentine Malbecs are rarely super-alcoholic, thus enhancing their food-friendly character.

Torrontés will also be served. Torrontés is Argentina’s best white variety creating a fresh, fruity and elegant white wine and Malbec steals the show with its deep, ripe, juicy flavors ideal for red meat and chocolate dishes.

Sit at the big garden table and enjoy!

When the barbecue is sizzling ready, it is time to enjoy! Sit around the table with a great Malbec wine and take your time… Buen provecho!


When: Wednesdays

Time: Starts at 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Price: US $110 per person includes all fresh and finest local ingredients. Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Eat what you just created accompanied by the appropriate wine. See how to get to our classes

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