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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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Taste Porto: Downtown Porto Food Tour – Porto, Portugal

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Highlights:

  • Enjoy sweet and savory tastings, with 10 food and 4 wine tastings
  • Visit the bustling Bolhão food market
  • Listen to stories about the city’s history
  • Discover Porto with your local guide
  • Taste wine from Portugal’s many regions
  • Feel good with a 5% donation to a charity

Details:

Our 3.5 hour Downtown Porto Food Tour visits seven tasting locations from Bolhão to Vitória allowing you the opportunity to experience downtown Porto with all of your senses. Your local guide will introduce you to cuisine of Porto and allow you to enjoy the city like locals do through small artisan shops, family-owned restaurants, and locally renowned cafes. In between tastings you will hear about Porto’s storied past, medieval architecture, and dynamic culture.

Our tour is for young and old, with the tour progressing at a leisurely pace and including opportunities to sit at most of the tasting locations. A perfect balance between sweet and savory tastings that will leave you pleasantly full and satisfied. We also do our best to adapt our food offerings to accommodate food allergies and vegetarians.

Morning tour: 10:30am (Tue to Sat)

Afternoon tour: 4:00pm (Tue to Fri)

Language: English (Portuguese by request)

Where: Start near Bolhão market

Duration: 3.5 hours

Cost Adults: €49 | Children: €39

Included: All food and drinks

Distance: 3 km / 1.9 miles

Weather: Rain or shine

Capacity: 10 people

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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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Turkish Flavours: Alaçati and Çeşme Flavours Tour – Turkey

We will pick you up from İzmir/Çeşme or environs and accompany you to the quaint historic town of Alaçatı with old cobblestone streets, tastefully preserved stone buildings and delicious regional fresh food.

We will stroll through the historic town stopping to taste local delicacies such as mastic flavored pastries, fresh cheese cookies and Turkish coffee at Alaçatı cafes. We will walk through the colorful farmers market of Alaçatı (Saturday only) and enjoy Turkish tea in a secret garden cafe. We will stroll through the Crafts District featuring antiques, ceramics, woodworking and art galleries of Alaçatı. We will enjoy an Aegean style lunch at an award-winning restaurant, prepared with the freshest ingredients and seasonal edible greens.We will take a short ride to neighboring town of Çeşme to tour the historic Castle and walk across the street to the Marina where we will sample the local delicacy “kumru” sandwich. We will stop at a bistro by the sea to taste the quality wines of the region. We will drive you back after the Alaçatı and Çeşme culinary experience.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

6.5 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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Round Table Tours: Southwest Montreal – Montreal, Canada

Out of abandoned industry and the sooty past blooms colourful, delicious and new food businesses and restaurants.  Gritty meets nouveau riche along train tracks and canal, possibility and nostalgia. Market, food factory, historical figures and discoveries for those of the neighbourhood, the newly arrived or gastronomic explorers of all kinds.

Four-hour tour that includes 2 restaurant stops, 3 market stops, beer tasting and one food production site. A gastronomic guide will walk you through the food experience and the stories of the chefs, entrepreneurs and businesses. A basic taxi service is included, but customized transportation like bicycles is recommended, for example. Base prices per participant are between $165 and $205 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.

Includes a gastronomic guide, the visit of four or five establishments that add up to a lavish meal, and the stories of the chefs and entrepreneurs – and meeting them when possible. Surprise gifts are also to be had. A simple taxi service is included, but customized transportation, celebration cakes, adding on a bar stop are all possible for an additional cost. Each tour is offered twice monthly at a discounted rate.

Times: Varies depending on the tour

Distance: Always within one or two adjoining neighbourhoods

Age limit: No

Language: French and English

Price: Base prices per participant range between $165 and $205 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.   Tours must be reserved and paid 48 hours in advance for individuals and 7 days in advance for groups. No refund in the event of a cancellation.

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Le Foodist: Travel and Chef – Paris, France

We offer comprehensive culinary classes where you learn to select produce at the marketplan your preparation, and learn the culinary techniques involved while producing the menu yourself. Our approach is fun and informal, but also a learning experience, and as always we shall be sharing our surprising stories of what the contents of your plate can tell you about French culture.

After the hard work, sit down with classmates to savour the fruits of your labour: a three-course meal with matching wines.

In every Travel & Chef session, you will experience what we detail below.

Learn by doing

It is said we learn by doing; OK.  But it is also said we learn by our mistakes.  Using that insight (based on experience unfortunately …) we have developped an original technique for accelerating the learning of how to cook – where you might fail first, but you will definitely succeed in the end.  And this works wonders to make the lesson memorable.

Technical mastery

Simple techniques are the foundation of any great French meal; this is the basis for French professional cooking certification.  So we ensure that you cover 5 to 7 of these fundamental techniques in each of our classes (for a total of 192). And then we explain a bit of the theory, because we all learn differently.

Storytelling

In France, the pleasure of a meal derives both from the food and the fact that we share our meals.  And what do we share?  Usually conversations about food.  So we will make sure you hear our stories about the ingredients and recipes along the way, and take the opportunity to discover a bit more about the French culture along the way.

Planning the meal

This might be the topic about cooking which is the least covered in classes or books.  Yet we think the most critical – and at the heart of professional cooking.  So why not learn something about it with us?  We will be happy to share.

Sharing the meal

At the end of our class, we always sit down to enjoy the meal together – and to hear some stories about the wine we pair with the food.

Timing: 8 or 10 am – 1 pm (see calendar)

Price: From €95, including tax and wine pairings

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Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes – Paris, France

Come take a delicious insider culinary journey of Paris with Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Richard Nahem, a former New York and professional chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook, will teach students how to make classic French food with an ethnic twist. Classes will start at 9:00AM with a tour of a fresh food market, where we will shop for some of the seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients. After, we will go to Charlotte’s private townhouse minutes from the Eiffel Tower. We will discuss the menu over coffee and prepare a three-course feast for the next few hours. We will finish with our delicious lunch we just prepared along with a selection of ripe cheeses and French wine from a local shop specially selected for the cuisine. Classes will end approximately 2PM.

Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240). Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.

Time: 9:00AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)

Class days: Tuesday to Sunday

Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market

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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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