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Gourmet Walks: Japantown / Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Japantown and Fillmore St
  • Alternate Saturdays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm through the fall
  • Flat route, approximately 1 mile long, with limited seating
  • 8 stops, with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins and ends at Japantown Center (10 minutes or less from downtown SF)
  • $65 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

There is no better place to enjoy authentic Asian cuisine in America than in San Francisco. Beginning in the Gold Rush years, Asian immigrants have settled here and opened restaurants and markets from Chinatown to Japantown to Little Saigon. This tour will lead guests from San Francisco’s historic Nihonmachi, the country’s largest and oldest Japantown, to the Fillmore, with its bebop jazz heritage and upscale boutiques.

In between street food bites, you’ll learn about the history of the Japanese in San Francisco and the growth of ethnic cuisine. While visiting a classic Korean market, you’ll be taken back to the Fillmore of the 1950s and 60s when city dwellers flocked here for ice skating, movies, amusement park rides and, of course, jazz. The tour will visit Pacific Heights on Fillmore where, according to Gourmet Magazine, “fashion and funk meet, and everyone comes to eat.”


  • Thai specialties Miang kham and potato curry puffs
  • Gourmet onigiri, a popular Japanese snack food and green tea
  • Banh mi sandwiches, San Francisco’s latest “It” lunch item
  • India’s most popular street beverage, masala chai
  • Hot taiyaki, Japanese waffles filled with chocolate
  • Kimchi from an authentic Korean market
  • Cherry Blossom or red bean mochi
  • Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies from a Fillmore institution

We will also visit a gourmet spice shop, for an overview of spices used in Asian cooking.

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

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Austin Eats: East Austin Van Food Tour – Austin, Texas

Our mission is simple: “We want to feed you well and leave you delighted!
We invite you to join us for one of our food tours, each approximately 3-4 hours in length and sampling 6-7 local eateries. We’ll indulge in the tastiest local eats from chef inspired dishes, to juicy burgers to decadent sweets; and share lots of Austin lore along the way. We even throw in a libation & a little fine dining for you Dallas kids.

Our Uncover East Austin Van Tour simply put, is just really cool. We think it’s especially awesome for our Austinites who like a relaxing air conditioned van and already know Downtown and South Congress like the back of their hand. We’ll provide an insider tour of Austin’s quickest growing and most diverse neighborhood district. Guests will explore this eclectic side of town making a name for itself as a global melting pot of restaurants and food trailers.  You’ll finish the tour feeling pretty impressed you can introduce friends to hidden gems on the East Side including Brazilian, Japanese, African, Austin’s newest brew and even a little South Philly!

Length: 3.5 hours

Starting From: US $69.00

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Santa Fe School of Cooking: Restaurant Tours – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Only in Santa Fe for a few days and can’t decide which of the world famous restaurants to choose for dining? Let us help you try as many restaurants as possible while you are here! Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes and arrive hungry for the only tour of its kind in New Mexico. We’ll start at the internationally recognized Santa Fe School of Cooking for a meet and greet with our chef/guide and fellow adventurers, including a delicious sampling from our repertoire. Then its out for a guided tour of four of Santa Fe’s most prestigious dining destinations.

Each stop will include a private tasting and audiences with the chefs, owners and other key players that make this city one of America’s Top Culinary Capitals!
We look forward to introducing you to some of Santa Fe’s top chefs and bringing you into our diverse culinary scene!

Restaurant Walking Tour – 1

This tours includes…

  • Rio Chama is the largest restaurant in Santa Fe and as a result offers its clientelle an electic choice of environments in which to wine and dine. Among the rooms that you will visit on a tour of the restaurant are a beautiful wine cellar, a private dining area decorated with unique photos of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home, and a large party room exquisitely decorated in antique Native American textiles. After the tour you will visit the kitchen where you will be treated to a tasting of the food and wine that makes Rio Chama so popular.
  • La Casa Sena, situated in the beautiful Sena Plaza, dazzles their customers with sumptuous food and an amazing wine list. Chef Patrick Gharrity will welcome us into the luxurious wine bar where you will taste one of the house specialties.
  • Santacafe, situated in the spectacular Padre Gallegos House, is a Santa Fe institution that has consistently received the highest praises from visitors and locals alike. We will finish our tour of fine dining establishments at the restaurant Travel & Leisure once described as “elegant yet informal, with successfully inventive dishes, it is widely considered to be the cities finest restaurant”.

Restaurant Walking Tour – 2

This tour includes…

  • At the Galisteo Bistro meet the chef/owner Robert Chickering whose passion for authentic made-from-scratch Mediterranean food has skyrocketed his restaurant to #1 the Santa Fe Trip Advisor!
  • The Ore House at Milagro is a beautiful two story courtyard dining area. It is the perfect setting to highlight the bright, festive and authentic flavors of Latin America and Mexico. Enjoy a tasting from one of the best selection of specialty tequilas in Santa Fe.
  • La Boca, James Campbell Caruso’s Spanish tapas restaurant is the place to be seen in Santa Fe. James has a unique cooking style that has made him stand out. He has been been nominated three times by the James Beard Foundation for the “Best Chef in the Southwest” award. James takes the concept of tapas to a whole new place.
  • The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is one of New Mexico’s most highly acclaimed culinary destinations, The Anasazi Restaurant offers a fine dining atmosphere that is welcoming, elegant and rustic. Regional art is tastefully displayed throughout this beautiful Santa Fe restaurant. Enjoy tastings from the menu of Argentinean chef Juan Bochenski.
Restaurant Walking Tour – 3
This tour includes…

  • The Pink Adobe restaurant was established in 1944 by the legendary Rosalea Murphy.  Known affectionately by locals as “The Pink,” the restaurant has grown into a local and national landmark since its humble beginnings of serving French onion soup and apple pie. For over 50 years Rosalea filled her days using her talents and energy to create a unique flavor, décor and personality that makes this restaurant so special.
  • Nostrani Ristorante & Shibumi Ramenya welcomes diners into an exemplary Northern Italian fine dining experience. With a rose garden in the front and fresh herb and vegetable garden in the back, it is one of the most romantic restaurants in Santa Fe.

    Attached to Nostrani Ristorante, and utilizing garden fresh herbs and vegetables, is Shibumi Ramenya, a traditional Japanese noodle house. Chef Eric Stapleman studied Japanese cuisine in New York City and Chef de Cuisine Harris Brazina studied in Japan, and they bring the authentic flavors to the traditional Japanese menu.

  • Il Piatto, led by chef/proprietor, Matt Yohalem is on the forefront of the effort to promote seasonal, fresh and local ingredients in the Santa Fe restaurant scene. Matt works with local farmers to offer a uniquely delicious regional Italian cuisine.
  • We ask that you please refrain from wearing any fragrance for this afternoon’s tour.

Restaurant Walking Tour – 4

This tour includes…

  • Restaurant Martin is the restaurant that Chef Martín Rios and his wife Jennifer envisioned: A comfortable, refined and pleasing atmosphere where local people and Santa Fe visitors can enjoy Chef Rios’ award-winning progressive American cuisine. He has a long-standing reputation for his innovative combination of flavors, colors and presentation. Using fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, Chef Rios creates cuisine that reflects Southwestern and Asian styles influenced by his classical training in French technique. He has been nominated several times for the Best Chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.
  • Secreto Lounge at Hotel St Francis offers a unique experience in Santa Fe. Internationally acclaimed mixologists prepare garden-to-glass cocktails from locally grown ingredients while entertaining guests with the lore and history about their selection of vintage cocktails.
  • Luminaria at the Inn at Loretto celebrates the art of food by presenting Santa Fe’s only Concious Cuisine dining experience. Chef Matt Ostrander purchases fruits, vegetables and spices from local farmers and prime grades of meat from regional ranchers to create a menu that focuses on a sustainable approach to food.
  • Located next to the New Mexico state capital, The Guadalupe Cafe offers traditional home style New Mexican food in a charming, relaxed environment. The hot chile and the authentic local food has been pleasing folks for 36 years.

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DC Metro Chocolate Tours: U Street Chocolate Lovers Tour – Washington, DC

Join DC Metro Chocolate Tours as we uncover the sweet side of U Street, known as “Black Broadway”, it has been the heart of the African American music scene for over half a century. Once the home of Duke Ellington, it remains a vibrant and exciting neighborhood and a great one for some amazing chocolate.  This tour also touches Adams Morgan and the outskirts of Dupont Circle.  Our exclusive 2 1/2 hour walking tour highlights the beauty, lifestyle and vibe of the area and includes world-famous (and infamous!) chocolatiers. Sample chocolate at its best while learning the rich history behind our chocolate delights, all while strolling along some of the most famous streets in the world.

Some of our favorite chocolate destinations include:

  • Biagio Fine Chocolates who has a wealth of special and exotic chocolates waiting for us
  • ACKC is DC’s destination for hot & frozen cocoa drinks and incredible hand-made chocolate confections.
  • Find out why Belgian chocolate is the best at this cozy cafe and chocolatier
  • Experience a divine brownie at this famous café and bakery
  • Indulge in the best chocolate mousse at this hidden French Bistro
  • Take in a wall of Japanese and other exotic chocolates at this famous corner grocer

And more!

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 DC Metro Chocolate Tour partners citywide!  The DC Metro U-Street Chocolate Lovers Tour meets on Saturday afternoons at 3:30pm at ACKC. The walk is about 1.5 miles, and ends on at Biagio on 18th Street/  Advance tickets are required, and our tour size is limited to 14. Be sure to reserve your space today!

$48 per person

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Edible Excursions: Japantown Culinary Tour – San Francisco, CA

One of San Francisco’s most culturally-rich culinary experiences is right under your nose, yet its edible value is even unknown to most locals. Japantown, one of only three remaining Japanese neighborhoods in the United States, is the latest destination offered by Edible Excursions, uncovering the area’s historical relevance and “hidden” restaurants and markets.

Unassuming and peaceful, San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood is home to artisans of ancient fare and traditional crafts. Strolling from cobblestone pathways to surprisingly unrelated mall floors and amongst naturally-simple landmarks, you’ll find yourself popping into several food markets, shops and restaurants.

You’ll come across neighborhood “secrets” often passed over by rushed visitors, hear shop-owner stories, learn about cultural talents and taste specialties made with authentic Japanese ingredients. After your stroll throughout the neighborhood, you’ll sit down to a ramen lunch where noodles are housemade and the dashi is divine.

On this tasting tour of 7 businesses through Japantown, you’ll grow to appreciate and understand why this neighborhood is such an important place to San Franciscans and to the United States.

Tastings may include:

  • Osaka-style Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza)
  • Red bean filled taiyaki at the local coffee shop
  • Savory salads from a Japanese specialty food market
  • Mochi from one of the last remaining manufacturers
  • A tad sweet and creamy sweet potato latte
  • Japanese tea tasting inside an omiyage shop
  • Sit-down ramen lunch
  • Onigiri, traditional rice balls, with a modern twist

The tour is offered from 11-2:30 on Fridays and the SECOND Saturday of every month. Additional experiences may be added, and private tours (min. 8 guests) can also be arranged.

Price: $85.00 per person

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Artisans of Leisure: Culinary Tour of Japan

(8 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone

Cuisine, a highlight of any visit to Japan, is the focus of this tour. In Tokyo and Kyoto, learn how to shop for Japanese ingredients and how to prepare and present typical Japanese dishes and seasonal specialties. Experience a variety of types of cuisine, from authentic Japanese home cooking, to refined kaiseki and Zen vegetarian temple cuisine. Tour local food markets and specialty shops selling Japanese knives, lacquerware, ceramics, tofu, miso, noodles, tea, sweets, sake and more. After Kyoto, enjoy a luxurious night at an exclusive hot springs ryokan in Hakone. Private touring also includes visits to the most interesting temples, shrines, gardens and small museums in each location.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Arrival transfer to hotel
Day 2 Tokyo
Full-day private city touring of markets, food halls, specialty shops, and noted dining locations
Day 3 Tokyo – Kyoto
Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto for three-night stay. Afternoon private city touring
Days 4 & 5 Kyoto
Private morning cooking classes at a Kyoto family’s estate. Afternoon private touring of Kyoto’s specialty food and houseware shops and markets
Day 6 Kyoto – Hakone
Shinkansen to Hakone for overnight at ryokan
Day 7 Hakone – Tokyo
Transfer to Tokyo. Afternoon at leisure
Day 8 Depart Japan
Airport transfer
Tokyo: Four Seasons Marunouchi
Kyoto: Westin Miyako Hotel
Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
$13,390 Per person (double occupancy)

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Six Taste – Little Tokyo Tour

On this walking food tour through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district, guests will learn about the history and the culture of the neighborhood while stopping multiple times to sample local delicacies. Little Tokyo is home to several restaurants, bakeries, and over one hundred years of history, which provide some fascinating stories.

  • Explore one of only three official ‘Japantowns’ in the United States
  • Skip the lines and bite into a red bean filled imagawayaki from Mitsuru Café.
  • Sip on 4 different loose-leaf teas at Chado Tea Room (morning only).
  • Taste 3 of Spitz’s signature sangrias.
  • Enjoy the original gelato mochi from Mikawaya, the company that brought ice cream mochi to the masses.

When: Saturdays and Sundays
Time: 10:00AM and 2:15PM
Length: 3 hour 30 minute walking tour
Price: $55/person (all food included in price)
# of Stops: 7

What’s included:
– A Six Taste bag
– Sampling of pastries at Yamazaki Bakery
– Seafood Donburi at Wakasaya
– Sample of Fugetsu-Do’s famous mochi
Mitsuru Café’s famous Imagawayaki (Red Bean Pastry)
– Mochi-lato at Mikawaya (Gelato Mochi)
– Plus more rotating locations
* Tastings subject to change without notice.

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Little Tokyo Gastronomy Tour

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Melting Pot Food Tours – Farmers Market/3rd Street Food Tasting Tour in Mid-city

Join us as we stroll West 3rd Street in mid-city Los Angeles from the historic Farners Market at 3rd & Fairfax to the stylish Beverly Center at 3rd & La Cienega.

Get to know one of the most walkable streets  in L.A. teeming with cafes, bookstores, gourmet groceries, restaurants and the original Farmers Market.  Enjoy food tastings from a diverse  array of cuisines ranging from Brazilian to French to Japanese, and discover unique shops along the way including a tea emporium with an unrivaled selection of over 300 different types  of specialty teas and little known haunts frequented by celebrities.

The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours and covers about 1 mile over flat terrain. The food samples along the way are enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary. Tours are limited to 12 people and often sell out.

Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
9:30am (3.5 hours)

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