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Culinary Backstreets: Lisbon Eats Essentials – Lisbon, Portugal

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Blessed with some of the world’s best fish and seafood off the coast and the bounty of rich farmland inland, the Portuguese are spoilt for choice of great culinary resources. The cuisine of Lisbon, which draws from a diverse range of influences hinting at Portugal’s glorious trading past, is always based on the simple principal of supreme ingredients and a simple preparation that allows those ingredients to shine. On this half-day tour, we set out to find some of the best examples of local cuisine that Lisbon has to offer.

Our walk will begin at Lisbon’s greatest market, the Mercado da Ribeira, with a crash course in the building blocks of Portuguese cuisine. Visiting some of the market’s old-time fishmongers, produce sellers and butchers, we will explore the roots of Portuguese cuisine and then, in the market’s bustling central hall, sample some of the “fruits” of these ingredients, tasting rustic cheeses, top quality cured ham made from acorn-fed black hoofed pigs unique to the Iberian Peninsula, artisanal breads and local olive oils.

We’ll then set out to visit some of the time-honored establishments in the neighborhoods around the market. We’ll go for traditional savory pastries on the rooftop canteen of a nunnery. We’ll stop into an old, family-run grocery to try some top shelf tinned sardines – unlike any canned seafood you may have had before, this is superb – accompanied by a glass of vinho verde, the unique effervescent white wine from Northern Portugal.

At our next stop, the reincarnation of an old neighborhood institution that Lisboetas – as Lisbon’s residents are known – have been flocking to for generations, we’ll try the restaurant’s locally renowned cod fritters along with other meaty house specialties, paired with the distinct red wine from Alentejo. From there we will end the day on a sweet note, stopping in a local pastelaria for traditional pastries, before finishing with a few sips of ginjinha, a sour cherry liqueur beloved by locals and whose sweet flavor is yet another essential element that defines Lisbon’s culinary identity.

In addition to your Culinary Backstreets guide, all food consumed on the walk – more than half a dozen different edible specialties – are included in the price.  A limited selection of alcohol is served on the walks and is included in the price.

  • Price: $95 US/person; $110 US/person on weekends. Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 10:30am-2:00pm; 5:00pm-8:30pm Sundays
  • Duration: about 3.5 hours

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Culinary Backstreets offers additional tours in Lisbon, as well as tours in many other cities around the world.

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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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