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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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Berlin Food Tours: Berlin Mitte Food Tour – Berlin, Germany

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Mitte is Berlin’s first and most central district which literally means “the center.” It constitutes Berlin’s historic core and includes some of the most important tourist sites. Mitte contains some of the city’s oldest buildings, most of the political institutions and also an enormous variety of culinary treasures, just waiting to be explored by you. 

This tour is a great opportunity for everyone to explore Berlin Mitte in a culinary way and off the tourist track. Learn about German food craftsmanship, indulge in a rich variety of foods and experience the unique history of Berlin Mitte.

Highlights of the Berlin Mitte Food Tour

  • 10 Tastings & Stories
  • Discover the culinary side of Berlin Mitte
  • Indulge in delicacies from Berlin
  • Variety of different Foods and Flavours
  • Stunning locations off the tourist track
  • Berlins exciting food – and city – history

When: 11 am on Fridays and Saturdays, or send us your tour request info@berlinfoodtour.de

Where: Meeting Point is “Katjes Café Grün-Ohr”, Rosenthaler Straße 32  http://tinyurl.com/pmq3ppo 

Duration: The food tour will last approximately 3,5 hours

Attendance Fee: 39,90 Euros p.p., children under 12 years 24,90 Euros

Who: All age groups and fitness levels

Including: All food tastings

Food: We taste on the go and are not usually seated

Clothing: Comfortable clothing, shoes and rain gear depemding on weather

Weather Conditions: Tours run rain or shine

Languages:English & German

A minimum number of participants is required for tour to operate.

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Berlin Food Tours also operates several other food and tasting tours in the city.

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Juneau Food Tours: Alaskan Food Tour – Juneau, Alaska

Juneau Food Tours feeds your belly AND your mind! The tour includes a historical walk, as well as true Alaskan food! Enjoy succulent seafood, famous candies and cookies, and locally brewed beer. Nine tastings total, three you get to take home in your gift bag. Join us on the Tour with Taste and eat your way through Alaska’s capital city.

Why a food tour?

A food or culinary tour is a perfect way to immerse yourself into the culture of a city. Juneau is home to some of the finest seafood and eateries in Southeast Alaska and our guides, locals who live here year-round, are eager to share these establishments with you. They will colorfully detail some of Juneau’s history and culture as you stroll along the beautiful streets of downtown Juneau. Our guides will also make recommendations for great restaurants and things to do while you are visiting Juneau.  Foodies don’t dismay, there will be lots of delectable Alaskan fare. Be prepared for great food and enjoyable conversation in a warm and personal setting.

What to expect

Once you purchase your ticket, you will be told where to meet your guide. A brief introduction is given, then the fun begins! Each tour combines walking to tasting locations, eating delicious local foods, and learning about the lively history and culture that makes Juneau so special. Each participant will be provided a reusable shopping bag as well as bottled water.

Experience history, art and culture

In addition to fantastic food, Juneau Food Tours includes fun facts about Alaska’s capital city. For example, you will “meet” Patsy Ann, Juneau’s official canine greeter. At the “Before I Die” blackboard, you will have the opportunity to share what’s on your bucket list. Landmarks include the new Walter Soboleff Center, which features beautiful Alaska Native artwork, and the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial, which is dedicated to the men and women who have given their lives to the Alaska commercial fishing industry.

What you’ll taste

Each tasting location was especially chosen by Kelly “Midgi” Moore, owner of Juneau Food Tours. Midgi is a food blogger and food writer in Juneau. She takes great pride in sharing the fantastic tastes of Juneau. Here’s a sample:

  • Tracy’s King Crab Shack - King crab bisque and a crab cake
  • Alaska Knifeworks – Salmon dip, bull kelp marmalade
  • V’s Cellar Door – Halibut fusion nachos
  • Panhandle Provisions – House made charcuterie
  • SALT – Alaskan cod taco with wine pairing
  • Alaskan Hotel & Bar – Locally brewed beer
  • JCP – Confections Gourmet marshmallow treat
  • Wings Airway’s/Taku Glacier Lodge – Famous gingersnap cookies
  • Chef Stef’s – Delicious toffee

Who would enjoy a food tour of Juneau?

Anyone who loves great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a bit of history and culture spun with a colorful tale or two. The walk is just over a mile and includes a small incline.

Details:

  • When: Daily, May 1 – October 1
  • Time: Times vary, please see calendar
  • Cost: $129 plus 5% city sales tax
  • What’s Included: All tastings, a guided walking tour, reusable shopping bag, bottled water
  • Who: Anyone age 12 and up. Moderate fitness levels are recommended
  • Capacity: Up to 12 guests per tour
  • Wear: Light rain jacket recommended and comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather: Rain or shine, we will dine!
  • Where: Tour meets at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial (location provided upon ticket purchase)
  • Dietary restrictions: We will do our best to accommodate dietary needs.
  • Distance covered: Approximately 1.2 miles

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Miami Culinary Tours: South Beach Food Tour – Miami, Florida

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EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE, HISTORY & CULINARY DELIGHTS OF SOUTH BEACH

Join us at the South Beach Miami Food Tour to savor tasty treasures inside the beating heart of Miami Beach during a fun and engaging architectural, historical and walking tour of the Art Deco Historic District, with a culinary twist. Enjoy delicious tastings at hole-in-the-wall and mom & pop type of restaurants. Taste the best of Miami Beach’s global cuisine (“melting-pot”) with its predominate Latin, European, and American comfort food, uncovering the hidden hotspots for ceviche, authentic empanadas, homemade Cuban dishes, Refajo drink and much more. You will sit and relax while savoring different dishes, as well as stand and eat on the go as in a cosmopolitan city.

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE:

– Hear the dramatic, inspiring history & architecture of the Art Deco district.

– Get to see different movie locations and learn about the most important landmarks in the district.

– Visit local favorite restaurants and hole-in-the wall delicious ethnic eateries.

– Enjoy tastings at places where locals eat and get to know what restaurants to avoid.

– Meet people from all over the world who bond in the common interest for great culinary findings.

All food in included in the ticket price and equivalent to a full meal

ARTISAN FLORIBBEAN CUISINE

Savor one of the freshest ceviche (“seh-BEE-chay”) in town – done the traditional way. Ceviche is an old tradition in South America. Try a delicious ceviche with passion fruit, canchita and other authentic ingredients at a beautiful tavern where you will experience the real local ambiance.  A cooling beer cocktail enhances the experience at this local gem labelled ‘Best Colombian Restaurant in Miami Beach’ by The Sun Post

MIAMIAN’S FAVORITE BITE

Get a lesson of empanadas and try the most popular among locals. Crunchy on the outside filled with beef and smoked potato inside,  this traditional empanada with ahi sauce will make a perfect start to your edible journey.

A TASTE OF OLD HAVANA

Enjoy the local ambiance, and an old Havana atmosphere in this beloved local institution, while devouring a Cuban classic. Get to taste homemade mojo with your main dish of beef ropa vieja and sweet plantains mariquitas. Learn the secrets of Cuban cuisine as your guide explains each of the ingredients of this delectable dish.

MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

Run by a young family from Verona, Italy, their vegetarian pocket made with a 300 year old recipe “mother dough” filled with homemade pesto, feta cheese, spinach and other delectable ingredients will leave you wondering how can you make another stop at this all-organic hole-in-the wall place that you certainly should not miss while you are back in the neighborhood

MOROCCAN DELICACY

You can almost taste the air of old-world Miami-glam as you float up the steps through the grand art deco entrance of  the Tides South Beach hotel where interiors are golden and glamorous. Once owned by Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, learn the different components of what makes its luxurious interiors classic Art Deco. Tempt your senses with delicious Moroccan Cuisine at the hands of chef Omar.

A SWEET & SALTY TREAT

Crispy crunchy on the outside, moist and light on the inside combined with a sweet and salty special coating, this Spanish treat filled with homemade dulce de leche is served hot for a melt-in-your-mouth experience served minutes after made at a casual cafeteria

AUTHENTIC ITALIAN

The finest Italian ingredients melt languidly in the mouth with award-winning gelato – rightfully winning the title of  “Best Gelato in Miami” by The Miami New Times

RESTAURANTS:

Taverna Bolivar, The Tides Hotel South Beach, Manolos on the Beach, Habanos Cuban Cuisine or Larios On The Beach, Blocks Deli, Milani Gelateria.

WHY TAKE A TOUR WITH US:

– We are not your typical tour guide. We are local food experts who are energetic, fun, passionate and filled with wonderful neighborhood stories to share.

– Our guests get VIP treatment; preferred restaurant sections are assigned, and dishes served within minutes after we sit down.

– Generous servings to cater for every appetite.

– We keep our tours small giving everyone a personalized experience.

– We will introduce you to some of the best local places most visitors would never find.

VEGETARIANS:

We fully cater for vegetarians and/or non-beef, non-chicken, non-pork or non-fish diets. People that require gluten-free diets will have to pass on some of the tastings. We are not able to accommodate food allergies.

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: Petiscos (Portugese Tapas) Tour – Lisbon, Portugal

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Tinned fish, wine and ginjinha, suckling pig and other “petiscos”

We will take you to taste some of the traditional specialities of the country. A journey through some Portuguese flavours.

Tinned Portuguese fish, internationally recognized for its quality, has inspired local chefs to create new recipes. On this tour, you will try what are considered great “petiscos” in a place whose owner is also the author of an award-winning cookbook. Sardines, mackerel or mussels, here you’ll find a range of different flavours.

Then you can sample traditional ginjinha (sour cherry brandy) and visit the old city market.

And to get an idea of the versatility of the wines of Portugal, we’ll visit a cellar for some wine tastings, namely Port or Moscatel.

Then we will take you to taste the liqueurs, jams and cheeses of the Azores islands.

And we will finish in a typical lisboan “tasca” to taste the traditional Bairrada suckling pig sandwich and another delicious savoury “petisco”, accompanied by draught beer (an imperial) or a glass of vinho verde, or as most locals do there with a lovely lemonade. And then a custard tart in one of the best bakeries in the city.

Price: 50 euros

Every day except Mondays, Sundays and holidays.

Departure: 11:30

Length: Three to four hours.

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Madrid Food Tour: Market Tasting Tour – Madrid, Spain

Market Tasting Tour in Madrid

Offered in the morning when the markets at at their best,  experience the highlights of Spanish cuisine with Madrid Food Tour on an insider’s tour of the city’s most beautiful and historic markets. 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 to the Antón Martín market where the vendors will be waiting to tempt you with special tastes of their best offerings. Your guide will explain this special locals’ market and how it survived some tough times. There might even be some surprises in store!

A Variety of Tastings

You’ll start the Market Tasting Tour with a traditional Madrileño aperitif, followed by small bites and tastings throughout each of the markets. The tour includes all food tastings (10+) and three beverages. Most people are full after this tour, but your guide will also give you some suggestions for continuing on your gastronomic quest!

History & Culture

There is no better way to get to know a city than through its cuisine, and our Market Tasting 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: Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday at 11:00 a.m. (other dates by request)
Price: 65€ per person adult, 50€ children (11 & under)
What’s included: 10+ tastings including olives, cheese, charcuterie, ham, and more!
Who: Anyone of any age who loves food and fun (note, all group tours are currently only offered in English)
Capacity: Generally, 10 people per tour (larger groups available 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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Madrid Food Tour: Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour – Madrid, Spain

A Unique Food Experience

Our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour is a perfect introduction to Spanish cuisine with a focus on Madrid. Designed for tourists and locals alike, we will visit some of the city’s best eateries, markets, and shops. The signature Madrid Food Tour is like visiting a fellow foodie friend and spending the morning checking out their favorite spots in the city.

A Variety of Tastings

Together we will sample about fifteen different specialties, with tastings including everything from sweet local pastries to savory cured meats and cheeses. We won’t forget about beverages either– you will have your choice of sampling Spanish wine, beer, and/or soft drinks, and every tour includes two drinks. We’ll be stopping at the beautiful San Miguel food market, one of Madrid’s best pastry shops, an authentic Spanish deli, a traditional tapas bar and more. All food tastings (enough for lunch) are included in the price of the tour.

History & Culture

We cannot ignore Madrid’s beautiful architecture and vibrant culture. As we walk from place to place on the signature tour, we will learn about some of Madrid’s most emblematic monuments and plenty of quirky cultural facts. If you have any questions, just ask your guide!

An Insider’s Food Guide

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

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, other days by request
Time: We meet for the tour at 10:30 a.m.
Price: 95€ per adult, 70€ per child
What’s included: At least 15 food tastings and 2 beverages, including a tapas style lunch!
Who: Anyone of any age who loves food (note, all group tours are currently in English)
Capacity: Generally 10 people per signature tour, larger groups with modified itinerary by request
What to wear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, & sun protection
Weather conditions: Food tours take place rain or shine
Where: Meeting point and drop off in the center of Madrid
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Gourmet Walks: Healdsburg Gourmet Chocolate Tour – Healdsburg, CA

Tour Facts

  • 2½ hour walking tour in downtown Healdsburg, Sonoma County
  • Fridays at 10:30 am (adding Saturdays in ’14)
  • Flat route, 1 mile long
  • 7 stops with generous tastings at each
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at 25 North St.
  • $55 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

Celebrate chocolate in many different forms on our exciting new Healdsburg tour. From chocolate beer to brownies to a chocolate port, you will marvel at the glories of the cacao bean! You’ll learn about how chocolate is made, its fascinating history and just why it is so good for your health. Our local guides will also share the history of this wine town– from its agricultural roots to its current culinary boom. You’ll leave this tour with a host of recommendations for dining and drinking in Healdsburg, and special shopping offers at many of the tour stops.

tastings

  • Wine and chocolate pairing featuring the country’s first small batch artisan chocolate maker
  • Local biére de chocolat and artisan dark chocolate bars
  • Assorted gourmet truffles, including a celebrity favorite from the Oscars
  • Fresh-brewed loose leaf chocolate tea from new boutique
  • Chocolate craft cupcakes from Healdsburg’s “farm to cake” bakery
  • Chocolate port from a Russian River winery and dessert wine tasting room
  • Decadent brownies from a beloved local bakery run by Chez Panisse alums

NOTE: Chocolate lovers of all ages can participate in the tour, but guests must be 21 and up for the beer and wine tastings (no substitutions available).

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Gourmet Walks: Gourmet Napa Walking Tour – Napa, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3-hour walking tour of downtown Napa
  • By Private Reservation only December- February
  • Fridays and Sundays at 11 am March through November
  • Flat route, 1 mile long, with time to sit
  • 7 stops with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Oxbow Market, ends in town
  • $70 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

There is more to Napa than just wine tasting! Welcome to the FIRST culinary walking tour in Wine Country, for those who know that California cuisine is just as sought after as its wine. This tour will delight your taste buds as you explore revitalized downtown Napa with fellow foodies. We’ll share the fascinating history of this beautiful riverfront town, one where celebrity chefs intermingle with organic farmers and boutique winemakers.

We’ll begin at the new Oxbow Market, where a seasonal bounty of California specialty foods and produce awaits you. Your tour will cross the Napa River and visit 19th century historic buildings that weathered Prohibition to showcase the latest trends in California food and wine. You’ll leave the tour with a carefully curated list of Wine Country restaurant recommendations and recipes for your next meal.

NOTE: Customers must be over 21 and bring valid id to participate in wine tastings. Alcohol-free private tours available for groups of 8 or more.

Tasting Menu

  • A sublime, seasonal selection of the best California artisan cheeses
  • Breakfast tacos from an innovative and sustainable tacqueria
  • Artisan salumi from the “first couple of charcuterie” and organic bread
  • Sought after tastes from a historic multi-winery downtown tasting room
  • Award-winning California extra-virgin olive oil
  • Local microbrew tasting and sustainable seafood on the Napa riverfront
  • Wine infused chocolates, brittle and ice cream from local brother/sister chocolatiers

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Gourmet Walks: Hayes Valley – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley
  • Fridays and Sundays at 2:30pm, Thursdays at 11am in summer
  • Flat route, less than a mile, with time to sit
  • 8 stops, with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Patricia’s Green, ends at Octavia and Fell (10 minutes or less from downtown SF)
  • $70 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

Hungry for an off-the-beaten path San Francisco gourmet food experience? Join us as we explore one of the city’s trendy and exciting new neighborhoods, Hayes Valley. We will share what’s hot in the San Francisco food scene as we visit specialty shops and restaurants that are proud of their commitment to the very best local and sustainable ingredients. As you compare gourmet cheeses, participate in a tea tasting and indulge your sweet tooth, you’ll gain an appreciation for a distinct neighborhood that most tourists never see.

We’ll stroll past elegant Victorians, food trucks, street art and an urban farm as you learn about the history of Hayes Valley. You’ll taste and chat with other food-loving guests, and leave the tour with a host of restaurant recommendations for your next trip to Hayes Valley.

NOTE: Customers must be over 21 and bring valid id for the Sunday tour only.

tastings

  • California cheeses and sourdough bread in a serene garden setting
  • 5 Spice Chicken Vietnamese sandwiches
  • Assorted Mediterranean “mezze” and fresh baked pita bread
  • Parisian macarons, dubbed by food writers as “the next cupcake”
  • Artisanal salumi and bread from the “first couple of charcuterie”
  • Gourmet olive oils and vinegars from a store dedicated to the flavors and culture of Spain
  • Ice cream made before your eyes by liquid nitrogen
  • Gourmet beverage: Chinese tea tasting (midweek) and local craft beer (Sundays)

We will also visit the first dedicated sake boutique in America (no tasting here), with over 220 beautiful Japanese sakes in stock.

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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