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A Chef’s Tour: Bangkok Backstreet Food Tasting Tour

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Don’t leave the fate of your taste buds to chance… go straight for Bangkok’s culinary jugular. Join Chef Nutth on his epic nightly food feast around the city’s maze of alleys to taste hidden street eats you’d never find alone. Trust us, the pad Thai on Khao San Road is nothing to write home about. Gorge on lemongrass infused mussels, rich peanut satay with grilled coconut chicken and ajat relish, the finest Thai curry in the city and over a dozen more lip-smackingly good things at some of the best places to eat in Bangkok.

Kicking off as the afternoon cools, eat your way through the labyrinth of backstreets on the best Bangkok Chinatown food tour, ending on a sugary high along the main strip of Yaowarat Road in all its neon glory.

*Sorry veggies, this one isn’t for you, try our Old Market Hidden Street Eats tour.
*Street food vendors take time off too, so we can’t promise every tour will be the same, but fear not, the night will always be packed with good stuff. 

What’s Included:

4-hour guided walk through the backstreets of Yaowarat

Tastings of the best street food in Bangkok

Great photo opportunities

Refreshing Thai drinks and water

Fully licensed guide (who’s also a chef)

Limited to just 8 exclusive guests each day

Learn about the history and culture of Thai cuisine

The Guide:

Nutth is a foodie, restaurateur, chef, and licensed guide with a passion for Thai cuisine and knows where to eat in Bangkok. He’s been in the game for over 20 years and what he doesn’t know about Thai food isn’t worth knowing. Join him on his epic nightly Bangkok Chinatown food tour.

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Also from A Chef’s Tour: Bangkok Old Market Hidden Street Eats, Chiang Mai Northern Food Tour by Truck and Mumbai Secret Street Eats Tour

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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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Fitz & Follwell: Flavours of the “Main” – Montreal, Canada

It may have been the St. Lawrence River that brought them here, but it was St. Lawrence Boulevard that kept them.

For three centuries, Montreal immigrants have settled along the city’s main boulevard, known interchangeably as St. Lawrence, St. Laurent, or “The Main.” French, British, Chinese, Eastern European, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American and North African–all have found their time and place on this historic street. Today, in lively shops, cafes and market stands, they continue to share their culinary heritage.

Offered in two separate segments or together in one back-to-back taste extrodinaire, this action-packed Tasting Tour traces the history of each cultural community with visits to landmarks, food emporiums, delicatessens, specialty shops, lunch counters, restaurants, cafes, and marketplaces that have shaped it.

The first segment samples our way through Chinatown, the city’s former “Red Light” and current “Supper Club” districts, the former Jewish Quarter, and Little Portugal. The second segment leaves Little Portugal with stops in Mile-End, and Little Italy, with a climactic finish at the Jean-Talon Market, North America’s largest open-air market (where we taste the best of Quebec’s ‘cuisine du terroir’).

Along the way, we’ll meet shop owners, hear their stories and learn about iconic local figures such as Montreal’s famous ‘Striptease’ dancer Lili St. Cyr and master musician, poet and St. Lawrence Boulevard resident Leonard Cohen.

Join us for this extended, unconventional lunch, filled with signature Montreal flavours. Sweet, salty, savoury, and thirst-quenching– samples will change with the seasons and a microbrew beer in the summer may become ice-cider in the winter–but Montreal’s famous smoked meat and bagels will remain standard. The rest is a surprise!

Best for: Food lovers with a taste for variety and culture

* Special Price offered for doing both segments of the tour together back-to-back!  Choose the option “Full Tour”!  The special price is also offered if you would prefer to do Segment #1 one day, and Segment #2 the following day! *

Highlights Segment # 1: Chinatown // Red Light District // Jewish Quarter // Little Portugal.
Segment #2: Little Portugal // Jewish Quarter // Mile-End // Little Italy // Jean-Talon Market
Prices Segment #1 or Segment #2:
Adults : $69
Young adult : $59Full Tour:
Adults : $119
Young adult : $99
What’s included Segment #1 or Segment #2:
No less than 8 food & drink samples, bottle of water, Bus pass (there is one short bus rider per tour), and countless restaurant recommendations!Full Tour:
No less than 16 food & drink samples, bottle of water, Bus pass (there are two short bus rides on the full tour), and countless restaurant recommendations!
When Daily upon demand, All year-round
Departure time & location Segment #1: 11:15am-2:00PM
Segment #2: 2:15pm-5:00pm

Please include your choice of Segment #1 or #2 in the comments box of the reservation form!DEPARTURE LOCATIONS:
Segment #1: From the Chinatown south main Gates – corner St. Laurent/Viger in front of the “Pho Vietnam” Restaurant – click for exact location – This tour ends at Fitz & Follwell Headquarters.
Segment # 2:From Fitz & Follwell’s headquarters. This tour ends at the Jean-Talon Market in Little Italy!Full tour: 11:15AM-5:00PM
From the Chinatown south main Gates – corner St. Laurent/Viger in front of the “Pho Vietnam” Restaurant – click for exact location – This tour ends at the Jean-Talon Market in Little Italy!

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Boston Foodie Tours: Rose F. Kennedy Greenway & Wharf District

Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, Boston’s newest tourist attraction, the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway,  and the newly-dubbed, neighboring “Wharf District”, offer something for everyone, whether it be a carousel ride, food trucks/carts, contemporary art, craft fairs,  festivals, or the city’s newest trendy restaurants and hotels.  Our tour guests will visit some of Boston’s top culinary talent, including a Hell’s Kitchen semi-finalist who recently hosted President Bill Clinton, a Cooking Channel’s Eat St.-featured food truck, subway station ”best eats” (you’ll be surprised) and the French home of Boston’s best creme brulee.  And what would a Boston waterfront food tour be without a little ”lobstah”.  Lucky for you, we remembered that, too.

The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway has become one of Boston’s most popular attractions for tourists and locals alike. The Greenway is a one-mile stretch of land that is comprised of five separate parks:
  • North End
  • Wharf District
  • Fort Point Channel
  • Dewey Square
  • Chinatown

Always bustling with activities, the Greenway has something to offer everyone, including an antique carousel ride, food carts, food trucks, an edible garden, and contemporary sculptures throughout. Depending on the day and time of year, you’ll also find a farmers’ market and various fairs and festivals.

While our tour stops are subject to change, recent Greenway tour partners have included:
  • Legal Seafoods
  • Blue Inc. (Chef Jason Santos, Hell’s Kitchen semi-finalist)
  • Silk Road BBQ (Featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Eat St.”)
  • Grilled Cheese Nation
  • James Hook & Company
  • Dewey Square Farmers’ Market (Q’s Nuts)
  • Clover Food Truck (Featured on Cooking Channel’s “Eat St.”)
  • Rosie Bakery
  • doc popcorn
  • InterContinental Hotel’s French restaurant, Miel (Best of Boston creme brulee)
  • Radius (A 4-star restaurant owned by celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner, Michael Schlow)

This 4-hour food tour promises to be one of Boston’s best!

The tour meets in the lobby/street level of the Long Wharf Marriott Hotel at 1:00 p.m, and leaves for its first tour stop at 1:15 p.m. The hotel is easily accessible by public transportation (Blue Line, Aquarium stop), which we strongly encourage that you consider. If you require parking, we suggest that you visit parking instructions on the Aquarium’s website at http://bit.ly/96mNYZ.

Guests are advised to come with a hearty appetite. Our goal is to provide you with an adequate number of tasting samples, but not an excessive amount. That being said, our chefs have been known to be quite generous.  If you have diet restrictions, while we will attempt to be accommodating, it may not always be possible. Please plan accordingly.

We suggest that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated and a tote bag or backpack for purchases.

Tour cost is $65.00 per person, which covers all tasting samples.  Should you wish to order alcohol with your tasting samples, you will be charged accordingly by our tour partner.  Gratuities are welcome if you are pleased with the service our tour guide provides.  Industry standard is 15%-20%.  There is not a separate ticket price for children or seniors.

Meeting Place: Lobby/street level of the Long Wharf Marriott Hotel @ 1:00 p.m.
Start Time:1:15 p.m.
Duration:4 Hours
Price:$65.00 per person plus processing fee. Tour guide gratuity not included.
Available Dates: Thursdays and upon demand/request with minimum of four. Saturday tour coming soon!
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Bangkok Food Tours: Yaowarat Night Foodie Walk (Bangkok Chinatown) – Bangkok, Thailand

Looking for a foodie adventure at night?

Bangkok’s Chinatown, known as Yaowarat by Thais, is always Bangkokians’ favorite dinner destination. Why??? Well, it’s difficult to explain in words as the real experience actually comes with the TASTE! That’s the reason we’d love to invite you to join our delicious adventure at night, THE YAOWARAT NIGHT FOODIE WALK & CULTURE TOUR.

This tour brings you to discover sophisticated flavors of Bangkok 200-year-old district that is filled with rich ethnic tradition & delicious food. During the tour you will walk to explore & taste local cuisines from 7 famous eateries, varied from street food vendors to renowned fine dining restaurants. Between each tasting location, you will take behind-the-scene adventure for a closer look of this uniqe neighborhood: meeting the food bazaar’s lively characters, hearing its memorable stories, and visiting religious and cultural landmarks. It’s our goal to provide you with a delicious and unique adventure that will highlight your Bangkok trip with the most memorable experience! We plan, you Explore, Eat and Enjoy! Our tour is simply a foodie’s dream come true!

Follow the Wolf Pack

Bangkok’s Chinatown was recently featured as a key scene in a Hollywood hit the Hangover Part II. If you love to see the Wolf Pack’s Thailand trail, there is no better way than joining our food walks! Check for the recent CNNgo article as they feature our Chinatown Foodie Walk as part of the Hangover Part II movie tour.

What is included ?

3.5 hours of fun & savory

8 tasting locations, 11+ delicious samples (enough for full dinner )

Interactive & informative guided walking tour, including visits at local landmarks. Read Tour review

Use of state-of-the-art audio equipment during the tour

Over 20 years of research & experience on Thai food & culture. Visit our blog thaifoodinsider.com

Gratuities are not included but are highly appreciated

Our Yaowarat Food Tour includes samples of …

    • Dim Sum ( Crab Stick Wrapped with Seaweed, Green Shumai Shrimp)
    • Old Chinese Herbal Drink
    • Chinese Bun
    • Guay Jab (Rolled Noodle in a Peppery Soup)
    • Old Fashion Lychee Ice cream
    • Thai Tropical Fruit
    • Charcoal Grilled Jumbo Prawn with Thai seafood sauce
    • Succulent Fried Duck’s Cheeks
    • Black Sesame Dumpling in Ginger Tea

Weather Condition: Tour takes place rain or shine

Group size: Min 2 people, Max 6 people

Meeting point: Exit 4 Hua LamPhong MRT (subway) Station (See Directions). Pick Up option is also available

Ending point: We drop you off at your accommodation in Bangkok

How much?

Standard Ticket : 1300 Baht (~$46)
Child Ticket (Age 12 and under): 1050 Baht (~$37)

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Artisans of Leisure: Vietnam for Foodies

(11 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon

This private culinary tour is an in-depth exploration of Vietnam’s most authentic food and cultural experiences. Enjoy highlights such as:

  • Special meals featuring regional specialties
  • A vegetarian lunch and cooking demonstration with local nuns at an ancient pagoda
  • Market tours and cooking classes with renowned chefs
  • A visit to a rice noodle factory and farming village
  • Tours of markets and specialty food and cooking ware shops

Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. Enjoy a private welcome dinner of northern Vietnamese specialties at one of the city’s leading restaurants. One morning, tour the local markets, then learn to prepare regional dishes in a cooking class with a local expert. Another day, help nuns at a local pagoda prepare a vegetarian lunch, and learn about their way of life. During cultural touring with your private guide, explore the fascinating Old Quarter, where street stalls feature favorite local dishes, and hundreds of specialty shops sell cooking utensils, lacquerware, silk clothing and more. Visit Hanoi’s main cultural attractions, including the Fine Arts Museum and Temple of Literature. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, watch a performance of water puppet theater, and ride in a cyclo to dinner in a French colonial villa converted into a gourmet restaurant. You might also like to shop for modern art in the city’s many galleries.

Take an overnight excursion to beautiful Halong Bay. Feast on fresh seafood while cruising in a luxurious boat among the bay’s dramatic limestone islands.

Next, fly to Hue, the former imperial capital, in central Vietnam. Learn to prepare refined imperial-style cuisine during a cooking demonstration in a private home that once belonged to a royal princess. During private cultural touring, visit a rice noodle factory and the imperial Citadel where the emperor and his concubines lived. Cruise the Perfume River to a pagoda to meet local monks and learn how they farm rice and vegetables. Tour the open-air produce market, and learn about local ingredients and recipes.

Drive down the coast to atmospheric Hoi An, a UNESCO-listed riverfront town crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. One day, visit a local farming community famous for its vegetables, and have a lunch of regional specialties in a local home. Stay at a luxury resort on the beach, and see the best of the town during private touring with your expert guide.

Continue to dynamic Saigon. During private touring, visit a local market with a renowned chef, then learn to prepare southern Vietnamese specialties during a private cooking class. Also tour cultural highlights such as Chinatown, the Reunification Palace, art galleries, open air markets, and a variety of dining venues.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Day 2 Hanoi
Full-day private touring including vegetarian lunch with nuns at pagoda
Day 3 Hanoi
Morning market tour and cooking class
Day 4 Hanoi – Halong Bay
Overnight luxury cruise excursion in Halong Bay
Day 5 Halong Bay – Hanoi
Sunrise cruise. Return to Hanoi for 1 night
Day 6 Hanoi – Hue
Private transfer and flight to Hue for overnight. Private touring
Day 7 Hue – Hoi An
Private morning touring and rice noodle factory visit. Lunch with monks at pagoda. Afternoon transfer to Hoi An for 2 nights. Dinner in riverside restaurant
Day 8 Hoi An
Morning visit to farming village. Lunch in local home. Private afternoon touring in Hoi An
Day 9 Hoi An – Saigon
Private transfer and flight to Saigon for 2 nights. Private afternoon city touring
Day 10 Saigon
Private market tour and cooking class. Private afternoon city touring
Day 11 Depart Vietnam
Private airport transfer
Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole
Halong Bay: Halong Jasmine cruise
Hue: La Residence Resort & Spa
Hoi An: The Nam Hai
Saigon: Park Hyatt Saigon
$6,925 Per person (double occupancy)

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Vancouver Food Tour: Modern-Chic Chinatown Tour

Experience Vancouver’s Chinese food culture in a shiny new light with Melody, the 2010 Chinese Restaurant Awards judge, as your guide.

Chase the dragon into Vancouver’s colourful Chinatown. An unexpected restaurant and bar scene that pushes all cultural envelopes crouches inside. Slip into a renowned Chinese brasserie, followed by a sexy boutique bar, starring a multi-award winning bartender. Experience Eastern-medicine infused elixirs, bold flavours, and playful atmospheres when East meets best.

Venture just past the Chinatown gates to Vancouver’s pioneer in the modern Chinese cuisine movement. Enjoy classical Chinese delights with a twist, made lovingly with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

Wind up your night at a regal, yet futuristic location in the neighbouring Gastown district. The traditional dim sum chef will prepare fun and creative dishes to pair with your choice of poison.

Tour Includes:

  • 4 signature cocktails and gourmet specialties at 4 destinations
  • Service fees
    • Gratuities to your guide are highly appreciated

Price: $139 CDN

  • 5% off 6-11 guests, 10% off 12+ guests

Maximum capacity: 12 guests for public tours. Private tours can accommodate more.

Meeting Spot: Chinatown Memorial Monument (Keefer St & Columbia St) [map]

Ending Spot: Gassy Jack Statue, Gastown (Powell St & Carrall St) [map] – 5 min walk from Stadium Skytrain Stn, Waterfront Stn (Canada Line), and Chinatown

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Local Tastes of the City Tours – Chinatown

There are two Chinatowns, one that you see from a van or bus, and the one that can only be experienced on foot in the back alleys, food markets, and local restaurants.

One Chinatown, the one from the bus, is interesting. Our Chinatown will surprise you with new adventures around every corner. In our Chinatown, artisans form Fortune Cookies by hand. In our Chinatown, artisans practice their craft in small alleys using techniques handed down for thousands of years. And in our Chinatown, the authentic cuisine will enliven your senses with new flavors, smells, and aromas.

Join our sojourn into the hidden Chinatown and you, too, will be amazed.

Whether you join us on our 10 am or 2 pm tour, we’ll search out authentic crafts and pottery, and explore exotic and unique Asian produce, herbs, and teas from the very people who know them best. We’ll uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. And you’ll be astonished by the new finds in secret alcoves.

And, as you taste and see everything from Dim Sum, fortune cookies, teas, incredible antiquities, all kinds of musical instruments, authentic cookware, and more, you’ll know you’ve really experienced Chinatown.

  • We start our San Francisco Tours of Chinatown seeing authentic Chinese antiques at one of the best places in Chinatown. You’ll see statuettes and ritual objects that are literally thousands of years old.
  • Next we’ll be visiting a music center where, to put it simply, if you think you’ve seen every musical instrument ever made, I think they can prove you wrong.
  • We’ll be trying different types of Dim Sum (Chinese food) from the oldest Chinese bakery in San Francisco.
  • In addition to experiencing one of the oldest cathedrals in San Francisco, we’ll be watching how fortune cookies are made. We’ll also take you to the very place where famous celebrities get their hair cut.
  • We’ll also going into one of the local Buddhist temples.
  • We’ll be visiting the local Chinese markets. While we’re there we will enjoy some wonderful tea.

Length: 3 hours

Price: $59 adults; $39 youth (12-16); $15 children (8-11)

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Local Tastes of the City Tours – Night Tour

Chinatown and North Beach
Night San Francisco Tours

When you join us at 6pm, we are going to try some of the best coffee, Dim Sum, and other food on our approximately two-hour tour.

On their own, Chinatown and North Beach stir your senses.
Together, they awaken you to new flavors, new cultures, and to parts of your heart. We’ll start by exploring Chinatown by twilight, including tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in Chinatown. We’ll delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as we explore local sculpture and architecture.

Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to coffee and we’ll try both. We’ll search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery. We’ll uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. And you’ll be astonished by the new finds in secret alcoves.

From wine to Dim Sum, fortune cookies, and teas, to cappuccinos in the very places where the Beat Generation started and Barbary Coast history that made San Francisco what it is, you’ll feel like you’ve really experienced Chinatown and North Beach on these San Francisco Tours.

Your $59 Adult Internet price includes a leisurely, flat 7-8 block stroll plus:

  • Enjoy Dim Sum from Chinatown’s Oldest Bakery
  • See How Fortune Cookies are Made
  • Explore the Real Chinatown
  • Savor Chinese Teas
  • Explore the Beat Generation Hangouts
  • Mosey Into Authentic Western Saloons
  • Indulge in Delicious Pizza and Wine

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

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Six Taste – New Chinatown Tour

Six Taste is happy to present our New Chinatown Tours in San Gabriel Valley. San Gabriel Valley is the new Chinatown of the Greater Los Angeles area. This community has continued to grow over the years and is now host to a number of restaurants and ethnic eateries that serve its local Chinese population. San Gabriel Valley is pocketed with clusters of delicious Cantonese cuisine. Six Taste is happy to present our New Chinatown Tours in the San Gabriel Valley. Our food tour will give guests an introduction to the local cuisine, from Dim Sum 101 to some fresh Chinese pastries.

  • Discover the best Chinese food in the Los Angeles area.
  • Learn everything you need to know about dim sum
  • Try freshly baked goods from the famous Kee Wah Bakery
  • Find out how San Gabriel Valley is home to some of the most ‘bizarre’ foods in LA
  • Explore the area known as the ‘Chinese Beverly Hills’
  • Sample tea-smoked duck from Happy Kitchen
When:Saturdays and Sundays
Length:3 hour walking tour
Price:$55/person (all food included in price)
# of Stops:5

What’s included:
– A Six Taste bag
– 6 Tastings at New Capital Dim Sum
– Assortment of BBQ at Sam Woo BBQ
– Fresh pastry from Kee Wah Bakery
– Buns and more from Happy Kitchen restaurant
– Chinese dessert at Tasty
* Tastings subject to change without notice.

Advance purchase required. Tours often sell out!
Check our schedule and buy tickets online:
New Chinatown Gastronomy Tour

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