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Venice Bites Food Tours: Off The Eaten Path – Venice, Italy

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By visiting our local family-owned and operated businesses, our mission is to honor and celebrate their work and their perseverance in preserving what is left of the fabric of Venice, which is gravely endangered.  We have a dual purpose:  Yes, we want to get travelers “off the eaten path,” away from the tourist zones and help find great places to eat.  But we also want to support the families who work tirelessly, day after day, to serve the city and the people they love.  It is often a thankless job.  We want to bring them recognition.  We want to introduce travelers to their crafts, and hopefully, people will return and tell their friends.  But most importantly, we want to help financially support them to help them stem the tide from the foreign investors and international chains that are plaguing our city.  Every day we do a tour, it’s another day they can stay in business.  We know that each and every meal counts, and with your help, we accomplish this together.  We are thankful every day that like-minded travelers like you are there to help in this effort.

Every location we go on our tours has been chosen by us for exactly this purpose.  We pay full price for everything.  We have not, nor will we ever ask for a discount from them.  We do not accept kickbacks or commissions.  To that end, we also do not offer discounts for our tours.  All of these things pull against the nature of our main goal, which is to support Venetians in their efforts to save themselves and our beloved city.

  • Enjoy a day in the life of a Venetian!
  • 7+ stops in neighborhood eateries, which includes all food and five alcoholic drinks.
  • Taste authentic Venetian specialties including cicchetti, tramezzini, and risotto.
  • Get “Off the Eaten Path” — home cooked food and a chance to support local businesses!
  • Eat and drink like the locals do, and we do it good!
  • DEPARTURE TIME: 11:00am
  • DURATION and DISTANCE: 3.5+ hours covering 2 miles (3 km)

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Venice Bites also operates a Progressive Dinner Through Cannaregio tour

 

 

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Eating Italy Food Tours: Daylight Trastevere Tour – Rome, Italy

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With its narrow cobblestone streets and laneways, Trastevere is the quintessential Roman neighborhood. While by night it is a happening destination for tourists and locals, during the day, Trastevere is like a small village with its timeless and artisan shops serving the same local families for generations.

On this 4-hour guided walking food tour we eat our way through the neighborhood enjoying 10 delicious food tastings. Visit the local, colorful outdoor food market and meet the wonderful families working hard to preserve Roman food traditions. This tour features some unique cultural and historical sites that few tourists get an opportunity to see. Join us for a day like no other.

  • Sample the fresh ingredients at one of Rome’s most historic outdoor food markets
  • Meet the Polica family who have been selling meats and cheeses at Antica Caciara, their famous delicatessen since 1900
  • Find out quickly why Romans love their suppli’ (mouthwatering fried risotto ball)
  • Homemade ravioli and two other daily pasta specials with wine and fresh bread at a local Osteria
  • Meet Signora Vera, the neighborhood resident pastry chef for 40 years, and taste what she created fresh that day
  • Get educated on real-deal gelato at Fatamorgana, the gelateria that introduced Romans to gourmet gelato
  • Enjoy award-winning homemade dessert at Spirito di Vino, the 35th ranked restaurant on TripAdvisor out of over 5000 in Rome.
  • Savor Italy’s famous moscato (dessert wine) in a wine cellar that’s older than the Colosseum

What’s Included

  • The price includes 10 food tastings, and an always entertaining and personable English speaking guide.
  • You’ll also receive our Food Lovers’ Guide to Rome: a printed guide full of insider’s tips about where to eat in the Italian capital, as well as details about each of our tour stops.

What’s Not Included

Transportation to and from the tour is not included, and we are unable to arrange this for you. Detailed information for how to arrive to the meeting point will be provided at time of booking. At the end of the tour, our guides are always more than happy to call a taxi for you or point you in the right direction.

The Schedule

Daily at 10:45am, 11:30am and 12:15pm (except Sundays, Italian national holidays and all of August). The tour takes place in the neighborhood of Trastevere which is well connected by public transport. Exact meeting address and detailed directions are provided with your booking confirmation. The tour ends not too far from the meeting point and we can point you towards public transport or call you a taxi.

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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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Philadelphia Chocolate Tours

Enjoy a guided walking and tasting tour of unique Philadelphia chocolate shops and cafes on a Philadelphia Chocolate Tour. Learn about the history and health benefits of chocolate, and the history of the city of Philadelphia and the neighborhoods we visit, as you savor America’s favorite flavor, and walk off the calories. Let us give you a private tour as a scrumptious outing for your family, office, bridal party, or other group. Or, join a public tour and make new chocolate-loving friends!

Route

Our routes go through the vibrant Center City and Rittenhouse Square neighborhoods:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45 pm: Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Chocolate By Mueller, Pennsylvania General Store, Jake’s Sandwich Board, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, and Capogiro Gelato.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:45 pm: Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Chocolate By Mueller, Pennsylvania General Store, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, and Capogiro Gelato
  • Saturdays at 10:45 am: Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, John & Kira’s, and Capogiro Gelato.
  • Saturdays at 2:45 pm: Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Pennsylvania General Store, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and Capogiro Gelato.
  • Sundays at 11:45 am: Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Pennsylvania General Store, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and Capogiro Gelato.
  • Sundays at 2:45 pm: Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Pennsylvania General Store, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and Capogiro Gelato.

Routes are subject to change due to store hours, etc.

Walking level: Weekday tours involve an easy walk while weekend tours involve an intermediate level of walking.

Click for links to our participating stores and other stores we love. Philadelphia is the city of chocolatey love!

When

Our public tours run as follows:

  • Tuesdays at 12:45 pm
  • Wednesdays at 12:45 pm
  • Thursdays at 12:45 pm
  • Fridays at 12:45 pm
  • Saturdays at 10:45 am 
  • Saturdays at 2:45 pm
  • Sundays at 11:45 am
  • Sundays at 2:45 pm

The weekday tours are 1 1/2 to 2 hours long and weekend tours are 2 to 2 1/2 hours long. Advance registration is recommended because tours often sell out. If you’re redeeming Groupons, LivingSocial vouchers or gift certificates, please click here!

Contact us online or at info@philadelphiachocolatetours.com or 215-833-0044 for private tour availability. We tour year-round, because chocolate tastes good in any kind of weather

Meet

Meet at Reading Terminal Market, at 12th Street and Filbert, outside under the Reading Terminal sign, across from Maggiano’s and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (map). Please note that tours do not end where they start, but end near Rittenhouse Square. Our Tourguides can point you in any direction you need to go after the tour!

Cost

$40 per person for a public tour, $60 per person for a private tour. (Prices include chocolate!) Group rates are available. Advance registration, please. Tickets are non-refundable, and you may reschedule if necessary. You can purchase tickets or gift certificates here or by phoning us at 215-833-0044. Or, click to redeem Groupons.

Questions

Please contact us online or at info@philadelphiachocolatetours.com or 215-833-0044 and let us know what we can answer for you.

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Local Roots Food Tours: City of Trees Food Tour, Sacramento, CA

Join us on a 3 hour guided culinary walking adventure (90% in the shade with air conditioned stops) that walks you through one of Northern California’s most popular destinations. Learn what continues to make Sacramento a unique and delicious city, one taste at a time.

Explore tree-lined side streets, Italianate mansions, historical neighborhood districts and great restaurants all set within a beautiful Northern Sierras backdrop. Our three-hour City of Trees Capitol Culinary & Cultural Walking Tour will let you see California’s State Capitol city in a whole new light. Get an insiders look at the can’t-miss eateries and restaurants that only the locals are lucky enough to know about — until now.

By touring the city on foot, whether a visitor or a resident of Sacramento, uncover the hidden gem restaurants and establishments that you just don’t see driving by. Get tidbits of Sacramento’s history while tasting the scrumptious foods that make Sacramento’s culinary scene a regional treasure. Our walking tour led by our culinary tour guides, City of Trees, takes you into the heart of Sacramento’s historical neighborhoods and past our beautiful State Capitol. You’ll learn where our state politicians and local foodies dine, taste farm fresh ingredients that inspire local chefs, and explore beautiful mansions and their architectural history. This tour takes you on a gastronomic adventure off the beaten path.

Typical tastings on our tour:

  • Fresh farm raised fish taco with tomatillo salsa paired with local wine
  • Authentic Mexican meatball soup with fresh corn tortillas
  • Organic, fresh fruit smoothie loaded with vitamins and antioxidants
  • French Toast Sandwich with Maple Creme Filling
  • Handmade butternut squash ravioli with marsala cream sauce and balsamic glaze
  • Locally made Italian Gelato……Honey lavender or nutella white chocolate!
  • Cappuccino brownie with cinnamon cream cheese filling

Price: $50.00 – $58.00

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Taste Florence – The Original Taste the Best Tour

Foodies, prepare your palates! Try a variety of the local, regional and Italian foods as well as wine and sweets. This itinerary is especially useful at the beginning of your stay in Florence, on your first or second day- so you know what to eat and where to find it for the rest of your stay!

DESCRIPTION:

Monday-Saturday, 10am-2pm: We begin in Florence’s San Lorenzo neighborhood.

Our first stop is at the central market, where the locals do their shopping. Here, we taste several cheeses, including pecorino and parmigiano, sauces and chutneys, balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils, crostini and wine.

Our next stop is at a local wine shop. This enoteca is a hidden treasure! Here, we taste Tuscan and Italian wines and learn about their origins.

Our last stop is at one of Florence’s oldest and best gelato shops, where we try gelato, sorbetto and semi-freddi. The gelato shop uses only fresh, natural ingredients. Please note: During colder months we will be visiting a chocolate shop instead of the gelato shop. This is the chocolate shop featured in the Boston Globe article (May 19, 2010) about Taste Florence.

All the tastings are included in the price, as well as a small gift to take home with you.

This itinerary is on foot in the historic city center. The farthest distance walked is about 20 minutes. Most of our venues are small, which limits available seating. Plan to be on your feet for 2-3 hours. We can arrange for extra seating with advanced notice.

  • Cost: €79.00
  • Day(s) of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Leaves At: 10:00am
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Max Guests: 9

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To reserve, click here, then scroll down and click on “Book this tour now.”

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Boston Chocolate Tour of Faneuil Hall & The North End

Our latest 2 ½ hour, family-friendly walking tour uncovers the famous (and infamous) chocolate delights in the center of Faneuil Hall and the North End. Join Boston Chocolate Tours as we expertly guide you through the corridors of the Quincy Market Colonnade, The Bull Market, Faneuil Hall’s open air shops, and the North End’s historic (and delicious!) bakeries and cafes. Learn the rich history of Boston’s most famous areas while sampling the chocolate delicacies and delights that have crowned Boston as a chocolate destination.

Some of our stops include:

  • Featured Stop: Godiva Chocolates – One of the most famous international chocolatiers, Godiva Chocolates has opened its doors to allow samplings of its renowned seasonal offerings.
  • Find a delectable chocolate fudge cake in the most unlikely of restaurants
  • Pull a stool up and dig into a Boston Crème Pie at the place where everyone knows your name
  • Tour the busy hallway of the Quincy Market Colonnade while sampling some of Boston’s most famous ice cream shops and bakeries
  • Travel to the North End for a taste of real hand-made chocolate gelato
  • Visit one of the North End’s most famous local bakeries known for their chocolate nougat

You’ll pick up plenty of samples as you go, plus tips on tasting, buying and storing chocolate. You’ll also receive our VIP card, good for discounts and VIP treatment at Boston Chocolate Tour partners citywide!

The Boston Chocolate Tour of Faneuil Hall and the North End meets on Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm on the 2nd floor of Godiva at 1 South Market Street in Faneuil Hall. The walk is about 1.5 miles, and ends nearby. Advance tickets are required, and our tour size is limited to 14.

Day/Time: Saturdays at 3:30PM

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Savor Seattle – Chocolate Indulgence Tour

Are you ready for a luxurious exploration of Seattle’s finest chocolate? Then give in to Seattle’s sweet side!

Taste President Obama’s favorite chocolates and renowned chef , Tom Douglas’s signature desserts. Learn about where chocolate comes from, how it is made, and tips on the best ways to taste and store it.  Find out why chocolate has become so important to Seattle culture.

This chocoholic’s dream tour promises to overwhelm your senses!

This 2-hr walking tour includes:

  • Decadent chocolate truffles and caramels
  • Mini cupcakes and chocolate enrobed brownies
  • Tom Douglas’s famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie
  • Gourmet popcorn with chocolate, nuts, and cocoa nibs
  • White chocolate raspberry cheesecake
  • Colombian drinking chocolate
  • A hand-crafted chocolate cocktail
  • Smooth and creamy gelato and sorbet
  • Chocolate truffle cookies
  • And more… if you can handle it!

Note: Substitutions cannot be accommodated on this tour. Please note any severe allergies in your reservation and we will do our best to make arrangements. Tastings subject to change without notice.

Where do we go on this tour?

Click here for a map of all the locations visited on this tour.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Taste over 17 different chocolate creations.
  • Try the cookie Seattle Magazine named as one of Seattle’s best desserts.
  • It begins with the cocktail that’s a favorite of many Seattle bartenders.
  • Sample the chocolates that are given to guests of the White House!

How do I know this tour is right for me?

  • I live for chocolate.
  • I have a major sweet tooth!
  • I am curious to learn why Seattle is home to 50+ artisan chocolatiers.

When is this tour available?

Thursday – Monday | 11:00am & 11:30am
Tour date and tour time availability varies by season.
Please call us or search for your exact dates here.

We reserve the right to limit the number of participants and to cancel a tour that fails to attract minimum enrollment. In the rare situation where we cancel a tour that fails to attract minimum enrollment, we will contact you ahead of time to reschedule your tickets or issue a full refund, whichever you prefer.

Where does this tour meet?

The meeting location is near the intersection of 4th Ave. & Olive Way. Exact location will be provided upon ticket purchase.

Price: $49 (no additional ticketing fees)

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Savor Seattle – Gourmet Seattle Food & Cultural Tour

Do you consider yourself food-adventurous? Enjoy wine and beer pairings? Then join us as we explore the “gourmet” side of Seattle’s food scene! Learn about Seattle’s sordid past as you wind your way through tree-lined streets of Belltown, downtown Seattle, and Pike Place Market.

Meet Seattle’s top chefs and artisans, and hear their stories and secrets of the trade. Learn about the history, culture, and entertainment offerings that make downtown Seattle a premiere destination for visitors and residents alike.

Enjoy a relaxed pace and comfort of sitting down at nearly every other stop of this restaurant-focused food and cultural tour.

This 3-hr walking tour includes delicious samples of:

  • Washington wine and craft beers
  • Chef Kerry Sear’s gourmet mini-burgers
  • Renowned chef Tom Douglas’s “serious” artisan pizza
  • Truffle-oil infused potato & leek soup
  • A seasonal, truffle-inspired dish
  • Seafood and saffron risotto
  • Seared duck cake and sangria
  • Locally made artisan cheeses
  • Spent-grain beer bread
  • Homemade Italian gelato and sorbet

and much more!

Note: Substitutions can be made for most dietary restrictions. Tastings subject to change without notice

Click here for a map of all the locations visited on this tour.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Taste cuisine from Iron Chef and James Beard award winners.
  • Try Tyler Florence’s favorite pizza, as seen on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
  • Savor the delicious mini-burgers featured on Giata Delaurentis’s show.
  • Includes three fine wines and beers paired with your food.

How do I know this tour is right for me?

  • I am definitely food adventurous!
  • I am fit enough to be on my feet for 3 hours, but appreciate the seating opportunities
    at nearly every other stop.

When is the tour available?

Daily | 2:00pm & 2:30pm

Price: $69 (no additional ticketing fees)

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Six Taste – Santa Monica

Venture into West Los Angeles and take a stroll through the famous Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. View the Santa Monica pier while walking along sandy beaches. Sample delicious baked goods from Tudor House or take a bite from a Godmother sandwich from Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery. Further explore Santa Monica’s diverse culinary landscape by nibbling on chocolate from Leonidas, or by snacking on authentic Spanish tapas from famous Chef Joe Miller’s Bar Pintxo. Guests will truly enjoy this tasting experience in a classic Los Angeles destination.
  • Enjoy tapas and wine from famous Chef Joe Miller’s Bar Pintxo.
  • Get exclusive tastings and deals at Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
  • Stroll along the famous Santa Monica pier
  • Bite into the Godmother Sandwich, featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate.
  • Taste how Leonidas serves up some of the highest quality chocolates in the United States
  • Try cheese sticks and more from the very first Hot Dog on a Stick

When:Saturdays
Time:10:00AM
Length:4 hour walking tour
Price:$65/person (all food included in price)
# of Stops:8

What’s included:
– A Six Taste bag
– 3 Tastings at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
– Chocolate at Leonidas Fresh Belgian Chocolates
– Sample of the famous ‘Godmother’ from Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
– Organic Vegan Cuisine from Real Food Daily
– Tapas and wine from Bar Pintxo
– Gelato from Angelato

* Tastings subject to change without notice.

Advance purchase required. Tours often sell out!
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Santa Monica Gastronomy Tour

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