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Lost Plate: Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk – Beijing, China

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We are not another walking tour. Beijing is a huge city, and the only way to find the best, hidden local food is to wind your way through the hutong alleys of Beijing where the locals live…with your own tuktuk! We only stop at local, family run shops that you (or any other tourist) would never find on your own. Our tuktuks are the only way to get off the beaten path to eat the best food in the city, not just one street. Oh, and all of our Beijing Hutong Food Tours include unlimited beer (or soft drinks if you prefer)!

Eat the best local food in the city at five hidden restaurants while enjoying unlimited beer and tuktuk transportation! Grill your own meat on open flames, eat in a private hutong house, wrap delicious dishes in freshly made Beijing pancakes, and finish with a pint of locally brewed beer.

What’s Included:

  • Try over 15 different dishes while visiting 5 local restaurants only Beijingers know about, plus a hidden hutong brewery!
  • Arrive at a central location (provided by email) to meet your guide and new friends for the night (small groups of 9 people or less)
  • Zoom through the hutong alleys on your own tuktuk, stocked with unlimited beer and soda
  • Discover a hidden hutong house and be welcomed inside for a meal
  • Roast and season your own meat and vegetables over fire at a traditional Beijing BBQ joint
  • Roll your own stuffing inside Beijing’s famous (and best!) pancakes and learn where this tradition started
  • Find out how each dish became so popular and learn about 6 hutong neighborhoods you will eat in
  • Sip on some of China’s famous Baijiu alcohol, this stuff packs a punch!Check out one of Beijing’s most hidden breweries while sampling their craft brew and enjoy a pint of your choice

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Also from Lost Plate Tours: Beijing Brewery Tour, Chengdu Food Tours, Xian Food Tours

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Eat Warsaw: Food Tour – Warsaw, Poland

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When you think about Polish cuisine, there is one thing that immediately pops up in your mind and that is definately “pierogi.” You come to Warsaw and (un)suprisingly you see that all English-speaking places offer them. Deep in your heart you know that there must be something more. If you want to discover real Polish cuisine, join Eat Warsaw tour.

The food tour gives you an opportunity to taste good Polish dishes and hear the stories behind them. You will learn why Poles complain about the quality of bread, why they somethimes long for food produced in the 70’s, why you can’t trust the invitation “for a cup of coffee.” You will visit 5 establishments, so be prepared for a full meal (and a dessert, of course). There will be also plenty of walking, so a pair of comfortable shoes would be a better option.

The tour is a friendly walk around the city with a Warsaw foodie, so think about is as discovering new city with a friend.

What’s Included

  • Multiple food tasting that definitely makes for a full meal. At all cost, avoid eating brunch before you join the tour!
  • Vodka tasting
  • A bilingual foodie guide
  • Written information about dishes we try
  • Tips on pleasant places to visit during your stay

A tour is intended for 2-6 guests. Couples, single travellers, groups are welcome, so be prepared to establish international friendships, as other guests might join.

Time: The Food Tour is daily. It starts at 1pm and finishes around 5pm. Please note that booking is required!

Price: 69 € per person

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UnTour Shanghai: Flavors of China – Shanghai, China


As the financial capital of China, Shanghai attracts millions of migrant workers who bring their local culinary traditions along with their dreams of striking it rich. Our Flavors of China food tour takes you on a culinary adventure of the country’s regional and minority cuisines without ever leaving Shanghai’s city limits.

We’ll start off with a stop at one of Shanghai’s own famous institutions to try several delicacies of the Shanghai cuisine, including lion’s head meatballs, jujubees, and more. We’ll stop off for some spicy Sichuan, delectable dishes from northern China, and much more. If you’re only in China for a short time, this tour helps you get four dinners in one!

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours
Ground Covered: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Price: USD $220 total per group, up to 3 guests (for each additional guest, add $25)

All-inclusive package includes:
– Pick up at your downtown hotel
– UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– All food and transportation during the UnTour
– Post-Flavors of China UnTour details emailed to you, including recipes & digital photos

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Cooking at Camont: Master the art of Gascon cooking

Come to Camont for a long weekend or a week’s course and explore the classic French cooking techniques behind recipes that define Gascon cooking. Each day’s seasonal menu is born at the local markets and farms where we meet producers and learn to choose vegetables at their freshest, cheese at its ripest, and the perfect cut of meat for the dishes we create.

The dishes you’ll cook form the backbone of French regional cooking in the Southwest and as we explore the classic French techniques – sauteing, braising, roasting, baking and grilling – through the famous dishes of the region.

More cuisine familial than haute cuisine, Gascony celebrates local food from its farms and artisan producers in one of France’s most diverse agriculture regions. This abundant harvest gives birth to regional specialties like garbure, poule-au-pot, lapin aux pruneaux, confit de canard, foie gras en torchon, and gigot d’agneau aux haricots.

Course details:

We start in the morning for the first of our intensive day-long classes. Working only with local farm fresh ingredients and classic French techniques, we create exemplary seasonal menus that reflect terroir in the cooking of Southwest France. We cook for 6 hours per day – breaking for a long French lunch  from the best seasonal Gascon produce! And of course, cooking isn’t only about recipes and ingredients. On market days, we’ll take you to our favorite farmers’ market to meet some of our favorite artisan food producers.

Example day:

9:30- 12:30  Meet at Camont for a morning of classic French techniques creating starters and main courses.

12:30-2:00   Our French lunch on the terrace breaks the day as we celebrate the arts of the table.

2:00-5:00:   The sweet afternoon is devoted to creating Kate’s fool-proof buttery pastry and other desserts famous in Gascony which we indulge in the traditional afternoon gouter with coffee, tea or an aperitif!

Spring / summer dates in 2012

Three-day courses: 27 – 29 April / 18 – 20 May / 15 – 17 June

Five-day courses: 28 May – 1 June / 2 – 6 July / 30 July – 3 August

Autumn / winter dates in 2012

Three-day courses: 5 – 7 October / 2 – 4 November

Five-day courses: 3 – 7 September / 22 – 26 October


2500€ per person (5 days) / 1750€ per person (3 days)

This price includes daily classes from 9:30 am- 5:00 pm, excursions, all lunches with wine, and supplies. (Please note: dinners and board aren’t included, so please see here for our pick of local places to stay. Of course, we’ll happily bring you to and from Camont for classes!)

Info and reservations:

To book, email katehill@email.com with the subject line Cookery course 3 or Cookery course 5.

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Norfolk Walkabouts: 5 Points Farm Market Tour

Stroll through the 5 Points Farm Market and experience a transformation of the palate.  Visit multiple vendors sampling regional cuisine and produce while having a behind the scenes experience as staff discusses the culinary creations and history of the establishment.  Sample Local dairy, Regional produce, Smoked barbecue from the Cafe, Cookies from a local bakery, and more.

In between sampling, gather an insight being “green”, learn about Community Supported Agriculture, and find out about the advantages of local honey.  Transport your senses with the various spices and fresh, local provisions offered by Norfolk’s “hidden gems” and culinary visionaries.  So, grab your forks and dig into Norfolk!

The tour is approximately 1.5 hours.  Water will be provided with the sampling from the cafe.  Beer and wine will be available to order.
The tour is indoors.  24 hour advanced reservations are recommended.  If registering for the tour on the morning of, contact (757) 641-7968 to check availability.  No exchanges, rescheduling, or refunds.  If the tour is canceled due to extreme weather, the tour may be rescheduled or a refund could be provided.

Please leave your phone number with your registration so that we may contact you in the event of a cancellation.
Parking is available behind 5 Points Farm Market off of 26th St or in front of the building on Church Street.

4th Saturdays: 1 to 2:30 PM
24 hour reservation required

This tour is indoors.
Tickets: $25 (nonrefundable)

Address: 2500 Church St, Norfolk, VA

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Norfolk Walkabouts: Virginia Beach Food Tour

Virginia’s most populated city began as an Oceanfront resort.  Originally, it was a place where people would get dressed up to go.  Today, Virginia Beach has a variety of outdoors activities:  surfing, kayaking, the Boardwalk, Sand Soccer, 1/2 marathons, etc.  And, it is the summertime backyard for residents of Hampton Roads and Coastal Virginia.

This tour casually strolls along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with tastings at several restaurants.  Between bites of food, the culinary excursion passes scenic landscapes and architecture and covers the history of the area.  Sample the Classic VA Beach pizza, Fresh local produce and seafood, SoCal baja fish tacos, Regional coastal cuisine, and more.

Uncover the city’s secrets and discover the local favorites.  Transport your senses with the various spices and provisions offered by Virginia Beach’s “hidden gems” and culinary visionaries.  So, grab your forks and dig in!

The tour is approximately 3 hours and covers approximately 3 miles.  We encourage patrons to wear protective gear against the elements (sun/rain/wind) and comfortable shoes.  There will be water at each location; however, you may wish to bring a bottle for the walk.  Beer and wine will be available to order at several locations.

The tour is rain or shine.  Ponchos are available.
24 hour advanced reservations are recommended.  If registering for the tour on the morning of, contact (757) 641-7968 to check availability.  No exchanges, rescheduling, or refunds.  If the tour is canceled due to extreme weather, the tour may be rescheduled or a refund could be provided.

Please leave your phone number with your registration so that we may contact you in the event of a cancellation.
Parking is available at Chicho’s.

Saturdays:  3 to 6 PM

24 hour reservation required.

The tour will cover about 3 miles.

Tickets:  $38 (nonrefundable) +$1.94 fee

Tours begin at Chicho’s

Address: 2820 Pacific Ave, VA Beach, VA 23451

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Artisans of Leisure: Cooking Tour of China

(11 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong KongThis private luxury tour combines exclusive culinary experiences and in-depth cultural touring in China’s three greatest cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Highlights include:

  • Private cooking classes in each city
  • Experiencing distinct regional cuisines
  • Dining in a variety of venues, including private clubs, gourmet restaurants and private homes
  • Accommodation in top rooms at China’s finest luxury hotels
  • Private transfers to and from restaurants each evening
  • Touring important cultural attractions and exclusive shopping districts with a private guide and driver
  • Visiting a remote section of the Great Wall
  • Browsing local markets for unique Chinese ingredients and cookware
  • Learning about traditional Chinese healing and its relationship to Chinese cooking and cuisine

Begin in Beijing. Enjoy private cooking classes at a prestigious culinary institution. Also tour imperial sites, the hutongs of a traditional residential neighborhood, a variety of markets, and shopping and art districts. Dine on traditional specialties at favorite family-run restaurants, and enjoy reservations at private clubs and Beijing’s most acclaimed restaurants. One day, take an excursion to the Great Wall of China. While there, you may wish to have lunch at Commune by the Great Wall to see the “villas” designed by twelve of Asia’s leading modernist architects.

Next, visit Shanghai. Learn to prepare regional specialties in a private home one day and at a local restaurant the next day. Tour the riverfront Bund, the chic French Concession, the excellent Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Garden and interesting shops and galleries. During free time, enjoy Shanghai’s many acclaimed restaurants.

Continue to Hong Kong. Tour local food and herb markets, and take a private cooking class that highlights the unique aspects of Hong Kong-style cuisine and how it varies from cooking styles elsewhere in China. Also enjoy private touring of the best of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. During free time, enjoy Hong Kong’s endless restaurants, museums, teahouses and galleries.,

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights. Afternoon private city tour, including visit to local home
Day 2 Beijing
Private morning cooking class. Afternoon city tour
Day 3 Beijing
Private morning cooking class. Afternoon city tour
Day 4 Great Wall
Private excursion to Great Wall of China
Day 5 Beijing – Shanghai
Private transfer and flight to Shanghai for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Day 6 Shanghai
Private morning cooking class. Afternoon city tour
Day 7 Shanghai
Private morning cooking class. Afternoon city tour
Day 8 Shanghai – Hong Kong
Private transfer and flight to Hong Kong for 3 nights. Private afternoon city tour
Day 9 Hong Kong
Private morning cooking class. Afternoon city tour
Day 10 Hong Kong
Morning private shopping or touring
Day 11 Depart Hong Kong
Private airport transfer
Beijing: Raffles Beijing, The Peninsula Beijing
or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies)
Shanghai: Peninsula Shanghai
Hong Kong: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong or The Peninsula Hong Kong
$10,860 Per person (double occupancy)
$3,930 Single Supplement

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