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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: 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 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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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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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 Chocolate Tour – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour from San Francisco waterfront to Union Square
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am (no Mondays in Winter)
  • Saturdays at 2 pm (and sometimes 11 am)
  • Flat route, 1 ½ miles long, one seated stop
  • 7 stops with generous tastings at each (you’ll have goodies for later!)
  • Tour limited to 14 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Justin Herman Plaza, ends at Westfield Centre
  • $53 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

Do you love fine chocolate? You have come to the right city, because San Francisco is at the center of the new wave of artisan chocolatiers. They’re experimenting with high quality beans, new methods of production, exotic fillings and breathtaking packaging. On this tour you will learn about what makes fine chocolate and sample from a wide array of San Francisco gourmet chocolate boutiques. Your chocolate obsessed guide will fill you in on the history of chocolate, its health benefits and all the latest trends. All while strolling through San Francisco’s historic waterfront area, where Ghirardelli first set up shop during the Gold Rush.

All guests will receive a Chocolate Lover Card entitling you to discounts and VIP treatment at 10 different San Francisco chocolate boutiques.

tastings

(Lots and lots of samples — more than you can finish!)

  • Dark chocolate tasting from America’s first small batch chocolate maker
  • Assorted truffles from a beloved local chocolatier who showcases fresh, farmer’s markets ingredients
  • Blind chocolate bar tasting at a specialty newsstand that carries 225 different bars from 15 different countries
  • Champagne truffles by Oprah’s favorite Swiss chocolatier
  • Hot chocolate from a Belgian chocolatier known for its delectable butter creams
  • Unique ganaches from a chocolateria dedicated to finding exceptional chocolates from small, family-owned makers around the world
  • Unshelled truffles from a small, ground-breaking local chocolatier

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

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Tru Bahamian Food Tours: Bites of Nassau Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour – Nassau, Bahamas

Escape Bay Street’s busy downtown strip, as you slow down and explore the city’s charming off-the-beaten path sites and experiences on our signature Bites of Nassau Food Tour.

One-of-a-Kind Food Tastings – Our guided 3-hour Bites of Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour visits seven (7) food tasting locations – each carefully chosen to highlight the best local flavors that Nassau has to offer. Mouth-watering food tastings, enough for a hearty lunch, are served from locally adored eateries, unique specialty food stores, and family owned ethnic restaurants. You’ll have an exclusive opportunity to learn about these foods from the charismatic entrepreneurs, chefs local artisans who prepare and preserve these cultural traditions. On our tour, you’ll by-pass the tourist traps and go straight to the eateries that the locals frequent to eat drink and discover the Tru Bahamas.

Stops include: a favorite family owned “downhome” eatery serving soul-warming Bahamian classics, locally sourced jams, salts and island bush teas, Nassau’s best Jamaican food and an organic, fair trade Chocolatier featuring hand-made truffles by an award winning pastry chef. All food tastings are included in the ticket price. See all Tasting Locations to the right.

Historic & Cultural Experience – Between tastings, you will encounter the country’s political and commercial center as you stroll along the charming tree-lined streets of Old Nassau’s historic downtown neighborhood. Our passionate local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural gems, enchanting local flora, fascinating colonial relics, hidden venues for live music, poetry and dancing and exciting local attractions and restaurants.

Delicious food specialties served on the Bites of Nassau Food Tour include (subject to change):

Pepper Pot Grill & Juice Bar: A cozy Jamaican eatery serving the best authentic Jamaican food on the island including jerk chicken, fried plantains and freshly squeezed tropical juices (est. 2004)

Bahamian Cookin’ Restaurant & Bar: A three-generation iconic downtown mainstay adored by locals for its mouthwatering selection of downhome traditional Bahamian favorites and warm ambiance. (est. 1986)

Graycliff Chocolatier: Home of the country’s only 5-star restaurant, featuring an award-winning chocolatier who creates handmade organic and fair trade truffles, bon bons and confections (est. 1973)

Van Breugel’s Bistro & Bar: A charming Euro bistro and bar in the heart of Old Nassau with a private dining room and a menu that features eclectic fusion dishes (est. 2009)

Athena Cafe: The Island’s oldest Greek restaurant and a down town Nassau Landmark serving original classics including Greek salad and gyros from its family run kitchen (est. 1995)

Pure Caribbean Specialty Store: A local tea merchant specializing in herbal bush teas, jams, spices and exotic pepper sauces sourced only from Bahamian artisans (est. 2001)

Tortuga Rum Cake Company: Nassau’s premiere rum cake bake shop serving 6 flavors of rum cake baked daily using 5 year aged Rum (est. 2005)

When: Mondays-Saturdays, year round
Time: Tours begin @ 11:30 AM (View Schedule) NOTE: Special Tour Starting times can be requestedHow Much: $69/adult, $49/ young foodies (ages 12 and under)
What’s Included: All food tastings, enough for a hearty lunch, a guided city tour & exclusive tasting location coupons
Who: All age groups and fitness levels welcome
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Distance Covered: 1.3 miles or 2.2 km
Capacity: 10 people per tour
Dietary Restrictions: With notice, we can fulfill most requests
What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes and clothing.
What to Bring: Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, bottled water.
Weather Conditions: We tour rain or shine! (Rain gear is provided if needed)
Where: The tour meets on George St. off of Bay Street (exact location is disclosed upon ticket purchase)

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Eye Prefer Paris Tours: Gourmet and Food Market Tours – Paris, France

Come take a delicious walk with former New York chef and caterer Richard Nahem and discover the bustling food markets of Paris overflowing with the freshest fruits and vegetables, local seafood, poultry, meats, prepared dishes, and much more. Food shop visits include a cheese shop with over 50 varieties, a top foie gras boutique, and a sensational middle-eastern gourmet shop with sawdust floors, open sacks of grains, wooden boxes of unusual glazed and dried fruits, and a vast selection of exotic spices from all over the world. Last but certainly not least, a visit to a chocolate shop with unbelievable life-like chocolate sculptures and a leisurely break at one of the best pastry shops in Paris, relaxing over a decadent pastry and a coffee.

Your personal guide, Richard Nahem, lives in the Marais district of Paris and writes the popular EyePreferParis.com blog.

Timing: Morning tour 11AM-2PM; afternoon tour 3PM-6PM. Tours are available everyday except Monday.

Price: 195 euros for 1 to 3 people, 65 euros each additional person for a 3-hour tour. Price does not include pastry and coffee.

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Eye Prefer Paris Tours: Chocolate and Pastry Tour – Paris, France

Come and taste the sweetest Parisian sweets on the ultimate fantasy tour for chocoholics and pastry lovers. We will sample chocolates and macarons at 6 of the tastiest chocolate & pastry boutiques in Paris on either the Left Bank or the Right Bank. The tour also includes a stop for a cup of sinfully rich hot chocolate and an entertaining history of the origins of chocolate and macarons in France.

Your guide Richard Nahem, originally from New York, is a former pastry chef & chocolatier, and owned his own shop specializing in chocolate truffles. He lives in the Marais district of Paris and writes the popular Eye Prefer Paris blog.

Timing: By arrangement

Cost: For a private 2 1/2 –3- hour tour, 225 euros for 1 to 3 people; 75 euros each additional person. Includes samples at 4 shops. Price does not include hot chocolate.

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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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