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Fab Food Trails: Dublin Tasting Trail – Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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On our award winning  Dublin Tasting Walk, we visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops. You’ll meet those that have traded for generations producing great food as well as new arrivals to the food scene, bringing new international and contemporary tastes to the Irish table using great Irish produce.

As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighbourhood. Those familiar with the city will be amazed to discover food outlets and tasty surprises they never knew existed and visitors will leave with an up-to-date insider knowledge of the best of what is happening food-wise in Ireland.

Our guides are all local and are as enthusiastic about the city as they are about the food.

Our gentle 2.5- 3 hour culinary walk has lots of stops with frequent, generous tastings along the way. We point out good places for lunch, dinner or a pint later.

We cater for vegetarians and all other dietary requirements. Please let us know in advance.

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NOTE: This company also offers other walks in Dublin, as well as in Cork and Kilkenny.

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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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Eddie’s Fun!: Roman Cooking Experience – Rome, Italy

ITINERARY – 4 Hour Day Tour

    • 10am pick up from our Eddie’s Fun main office, Via Aleardo Aleardi, 16. (Center of Rome off the main street of Via Merulana)
    • Quick Italian breakfast at a typical pasticceria. (Coffee and pastry)
    • Travel to specialty markets to purchase fresh items to prepare for a gourmet lunch (spend less than €10 total)
    • Walk through the city center before arriving to the gorgeous personal home of the Chef.
    • Cooking lesson and ingredients listed, for duplication in your kitchen. (She has been cooking for her large family for over 50yrs!!! So you probably won’t be using microwaves and electric stoves =))
    • Lunch with wine pairing
    • Return to our main office.

What’s included:

-Native cooking lesson and meal
-Experience the city as a local with our tiny group size and personal attention
-One tour buddy per group, one local
-Personally Plan and Organize your tour
-Cell Phones distributed for 24 hour service
-Tourist trap protection throughout your vacation
-Private online photo gallery of tour
-Personalized Map indicating our scouted out favorite venues in Rome, and cultural comparison articles
-Language assistance throughout

Price: €99 plus tax (Pricing is in Euros. Children under 12 are half price. €10 market item purchases are not included)

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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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Off The Eaten Track: Best Eats Of The East Village Tour – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Want to see the real Vancouver? The East Village is a colourful mix of cultures and ethnicities from its Italian heritage to the influx of Chinese and Southeast Asian influences. We guide you through this eccentric neighbourhood and sample various cuisines from restaurants, delis, bakeries, butchers, small grocery stores, and posh Italian eateries.

This tour starts with dessert. We sample some hand-crafted chocolate at Café Schokolade and get a mouth-watering lesson from their master chocolatier. Then we navigate through the oldest neighbourhood in the city stopping at 7 local shops. We pop into a charming Italian deli for a mind-blowing charcuterie platter, a multicultural grocery store for some tea samples, a family-run butcher shop for a salami tasting, and much more. We end the tour at Campagnolo Roma, one the hottest Italian restaurants in the city where we dine on traditional pizza. Delizioso!

This tour has a vegetarian option and substitutions can be made for the following allergies: shellfish & peanut. There are no alcoholic beverages on this tour.

Tour Highlights

  • 15+ samples of ethnically diverse food & beverages from 7 different stops
  • Get personal attention from the local chefs and owners
  • Be immersed in the various cultures that define this historic neighbourhood
  • Includes private van transportation to and from our downtown pick-up location
Capacity: Maximum 10 guests
Walking Distance: 1km/0.6 miles, total walking time approximately 25 minutes
Price includes: All food & beverage tastings, expert tour guide, transportation
Weather: Tour runs regardless of weather
Day: Saturdays
Time: 2:30pm
Length: 3 hours
Meeting Place: Waterfront Station, 601 West Cordova
Cost: $70 (includes tax)
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Culinary Connectors: Savor the Flavors Walking Tour – Denver, CO

Savor the Flavors Walking Tours feature tastings and pairings from some of the most delicious neighborhoods. This two-hour walking tour explores tasty creations from four area establishments while perusing the culinary offerings of local neighborhoods. Once we’re full, we’ll end with happy hour and indulge in handcrafted cocktails, local beers or delectable wine selections.

The dining scene in Denver is as exciting and diverse as the city itself.  Join us on this casual, two hour walking tour exploring the culinary delights in neighborhoods such as S. Pearl, Tejon and the Highlands.  Decadent cupcakes, old world style salumi, olive oil and exquisite wines are a few of the highlights of this tasty tour.  We continually rotate the culinary spots we stop at to introduce you to as much as we can – always ending for Happy Hour!  Join us for exclusive access, yummy tastes and refreshing beverages at these neighborhood gems.

  • Fridays 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Candid & informal chef interactions
  • Delicious tastings and pairings
  • 12 guests maximum
  • 4 locations
  • 2 hours
  • $39.00/person

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Carmel Food Tours: Downtown Food Tour – Carmel, CA

You will take a leisurely stroll through the heart of Carmel, taste a specially-selected variety of foods and wines from local restaurants and boutique shops, and become acquainted with the unique history and culture of this magical city.

Our Downtown Food Tour is a three-hour, guided tour of Carmel’s most interesting attractions. Our tour offers food tastings from seven unique eateries coupled with insightful presentations of Carmel’s cultural, historical, and architectural highlights provided by knowledgeable and entertaining local guides.

Our 1.2 mile tour is suitable for all fitness levels, open to all children, but is most appropriate for ages thirteen and up. See FAQ for additional comments about children

Whether you are an occasional visitor or a Carmel resident, our walking tour is the perfect way to get to know the culture, sights and food of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Let us take you on a voyage of discovery of the best of Carmel-by-the-Sea!

Carmel Tours – For The Food
Let us take you on a voyage of culinary delights. Enjoy the tastes from seven of Carmel’s most unique restaurants and specialty shops. We’re sure you’ll find that these flavorful and well-balanced tastings add up to an enjoyable lunch that is both pleasant and filling.

Carmel Tours – For The History
Take a stroll through the culture and architecture that make Carmel-by-the-Sea California’s most unique artist’s colony. Our tour guides are eager to share their passion and knowledge of Carmel with you and provide you with a glimpse into local area flavor, culture, art, architecture, and history. Who knows, you might even see the occasional celebrity!

Your Carmel tour will last about three hours and offer you delicious nibbles that are an adequate lunch for most, all included in the ticket price of $69.00.

Delicious food specialties are served on the Carmel Food Tour (subject to change):

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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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Buenos Aires Food Tours: La Boca – Buenos Aires, Argentina

We cover NON-touristy places to savor some of the best local cuisine in the area. Go behind the scenes and discover El Barrio de La Boca best secret restaurants!

A Buenos Aires culinary tour in which your guide takes you to local favorites – visiting eateries and restaurants to taste traditional Argentine cuisine while you learn about the history and architecture of the area.

Our itinerary is your menu:

We will try a succulent Fugazzeta paired with the appropriate Argentine wine at a landmark in the neighborhood. The family opened the doors in 1932. From Tita Merello to Evita Peron, many have paid tribute to this beloved restaurant for serving the best fugazzeta in Buenos Aires. Next, we make a stop at a classic Parrilla to learn about the ingredients and culture behind the foods and savor an Argentine classic paired with Malbec wine. Then we will taste some of the best empanadas “cortadas a cuchillo” paired with wines from the Salta region. And as sweets come at the end, we will end our food tour over a cafesito with homemade sweets.

The barrio of La Boca is strongly European, particularly Italian with many of the original residents Genoese. It is situated close to the old port, to the southeast of the city, a working class barrio and it is home to Maradonna’s old beloved club, Boca Juniors.

We are going to experience delicious foods at mom-and-pop type of eateries; authentic Italian, Argentine classics, superb wine, dessert and more . The tango was born in La Boca and the colored houses of Calle Caminito are a must to be seen. You’ll get insiders tips on where to go if you want to return to this picturesque part of the city and what to avoid. Taste some unique dishes and savor fabulous bites.  Given by a local bi-lingual guide in a friendly and casual atmosphere. Join us!

*food tastings and stops subject to change without notice

Price: U$S 75 per person (VAT, all food and drinks included in price)
When: Thursdays
*Daily private tours available upon request and subject to availability

Time: 12:30 pm
Tour Duration: approx. 3 hours
Meeting point: Central point in La Boca (Exact location disclosed with ticket purchase)
Weather & Dress: Tour takes place rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

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