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The Reykjavik Food Walk – Reykjavik, Iceland

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On this tasty tour, you will enjoy 13 of our most delicious traditional cuisines and explore the highlights of Reykjavik:

  • The free roaming Icelandic Lamb
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Seasonal Cheese tasting
  • The famous Icelandic Hot dog
  • Amazing seafood cuisine and so much more!
  • Explore Reykjavik like a local
  • See the most important landmarks in downtown Reykjavik, the old harbor, beautiful streets and lots of street art!
  • Visit 6 authentic restaurants and shops where the locals go

Amazing food doesn’t just happen. Behind it are hard working families, fascinating stories, ambitious restaurants and age-old traditions. We are a small group of proud local food lovers who are passionate about sharing Iceland’s incredible cuisines with fun, hungry and curious travelers!

If you are any of the above, you have found the perfect way to explore our beautiful Reykjavik!

In the tastiest sight seeing tour in Iceland, we explore down town Reykjavik through delicious local cuisines that you would never come across in your typical “to-do in Iceland” itinerary! For approx. 4 hours you will stroll around the city and visit 6 unique restaurants with a fun & knowledgeable local guide by your side.

You will visit everything from well-known ‘must visit restaurants’ to small family run businesses and secret local hangouts. While everything we will have on the tour is traditional Icelandic in some way we decided to leave the fermented shark, rams testicles and sheep head off the menu. Instead we explore why we Icelanders are indeed proud of our local food, by focusing on the absolute most delicious traditional cuisines – that we still enjoy today!

In our tours you will have the chance to try the best local cuisines of Iceland in each season, like the delicious Icelandic lamb that every Icelander grew up loving, homemade Icelandic ice cream from a secret family recipe, a local cheese, the rooted tradition Skyr, a hot dog from the famous Icelandic hot dog stand, an amazing seafood cuisine and much more unlike anything you have ever had before.

If you like to experience unique cuisines, local restaurants and make new friends you should definitely join our Reykjavik Food Walk tour. Just make sure you show up hungry!

Meeting location: Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík (Harpa Music Hall.) We will send you a personal email with all the details for our tour when we receive your booking!

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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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Juneau Food Tours: Alaskan Food Tour – Juneau, Alaska

Juneau Food Tours feeds your belly AND your mind! The tour includes a historical walk, as well as true Alaskan food! Enjoy succulent seafood, famous candies and cookies, and locally brewed beer. Nine tastings total, three you get to take home in your gift bag. Join us on the Tour with Taste and eat your way through Alaska’s capital city.

Why a food tour?

A food or culinary tour is a perfect way to immerse yourself into the culture of a city. Juneau is home to some of the finest seafood and eateries in Southeast Alaska and our guides, locals who live here year-round, are eager to share these establishments with you. They will colorfully detail some of Juneau’s history and culture as you stroll along the beautiful streets of downtown Juneau. Our guides will also make recommendations for great restaurants and things to do while you are visiting Juneau.  Foodies don’t dismay, there will be lots of delectable Alaskan fare. Be prepared for great food and enjoyable conversation in a warm and personal setting.

What to expect

Once you purchase your ticket, you will be told where to meet your guide. A brief introduction is given, then the fun begins! Each tour combines walking to tasting locations, eating delicious local foods, and learning about the lively history and culture that makes Juneau so special. Each participant will be provided a reusable shopping bag as well as bottled water.

Experience history, art and culture

In addition to fantastic food, Juneau Food Tours includes fun facts about Alaska’s capital city. For example, you will “meet” Patsy Ann, Juneau’s official canine greeter. At the “Before I Die” blackboard, you will have the opportunity to share what’s on your bucket list. Landmarks include the new Walter Soboleff Center, which features beautiful Alaska Native artwork, and the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial, which is dedicated to the men and women who have given their lives to the Alaska commercial fishing industry.

What you’ll taste

Each tasting location was especially chosen by Kelly “Midgi” Moore, owner of Juneau Food Tours. Midgi is a food blogger and food writer in Juneau. She takes great pride in sharing the fantastic tastes of Juneau. Here’s a sample:

  • Tracy’s King Crab Shack - King crab bisque and a crab cake
  • Alaska Knifeworks – Salmon dip, bull kelp marmalade
  • V’s Cellar Door – Halibut fusion nachos
  • Panhandle Provisions – House made charcuterie
  • SALT – Alaskan cod taco with wine pairing
  • Alaskan Hotel & Bar – Locally brewed beer
  • JCP – Confections Gourmet marshmallow treat
  • Wings Airway’s/Taku Glacier Lodge – Famous gingersnap cookies
  • Chef Stef’s – Delicious toffee

Who would enjoy a food tour of Juneau?

Anyone who loves great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a bit of history and culture spun with a colorful tale or two. The walk is just over a mile and includes a small incline.

Details:

  • When: Daily, May 1 – October 1
  • Time: Times vary, please see calendar
  • Cost: $129 plus 5% city sales tax
  • What’s Included: All tastings, a guided walking tour, reusable shopping bag, bottled water
  • Who: Anyone age 12 and up. Moderate fitness levels are recommended
  • Capacity: Up to 12 guests per tour
  • Wear: Light rain jacket recommended and comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather: Rain or shine, we will dine!
  • Where: Tour meets at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial (location provided upon ticket purchase)
  • Dietary restrictions: We will do our best to accommodate dietary needs.
  • Distance covered: Approximately 1.2 miles

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Gourmet Walks: Gourmet Napa Walking Tour – Napa, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3-hour walking tour of downtown Napa
  • By Private Reservation only December- February
  • Fridays and Sundays at 11 am March through November
  • Flat route, 1 mile long, with time to sit
  • 7 stops with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Oxbow Market, ends in town
  • $70 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

There is more to Napa than just wine tasting! Welcome to the FIRST culinary walking tour in Wine Country, for those who know that California cuisine is just as sought after as its wine. This tour will delight your taste buds as you explore revitalized downtown Napa with fellow foodies. We’ll share the fascinating history of this beautiful riverfront town, one where celebrity chefs intermingle with organic farmers and boutique winemakers.

We’ll begin at the new Oxbow Market, where a seasonal bounty of California specialty foods and produce awaits you. Your tour will cross the Napa River and visit 19th century historic buildings that weathered Prohibition to showcase the latest trends in California food and wine. You’ll leave the tour with a carefully curated list of Wine Country restaurant recommendations and recipes for your next meal.

NOTE: Customers must be over 21 and bring valid id to participate in wine tastings. Alcohol-free private tours available for groups of 8 or more.

Tasting Menu

  • A sublime, seasonal selection of the best California artisan cheeses
  • Breakfast tacos from an innovative and sustainable tacqueria
  • Artisan salumi from the “first couple of charcuterie” and organic bread
  • Sought after tastes from a historic multi-winery downtown tasting room
  • Award-winning California extra-virgin olive oil
  • Local microbrew tasting and sustainable seafood on the Napa riverfront
  • Wine infused chocolates, brittle and ice cream from local brother/sister chocolatiers

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

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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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Alaskan Food Tours: Juneau Food Tour – Juneau, Alaska

From lush coastal rainforests to the frozen tundra and mountains hosting glaciers. As Alaskans, we’re proud of our local foods and we’re eager to pass along our recipes, prepare delicacies and serve fine meals. Join us for a culinary adventure and cultural experience – Indulge in the Alaskan mystique as you Taste Alaska!

Alaskan Food Tours appeals to your senses by satisfying local and visitor appetite for great food, authentic “local” experiences and cultural insight. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Juneau featuring delectable foods from the best restaurants, eateries and one of a kind specialty food stores our community has to offer while receiving an insider’s view into the culture, history and lifestyle that defines the last frontier.

What is an Alaskan Food Tour?

  • Our premier 2 ½-3 hour food tasting and cultural walking tour of Juneau combines delicious food and drink tastings with some serious fun in Alaska’s capital city.
  • Explore the Juneau’s historic downtown waterfront community
  • Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels. Tours are approximately 1 ½ to 2 miles including a moderate hill climb and some stairs
  • All food tastings, enough for a meal, are included in the ticket price
  • See some of the establishments visited on the tour

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Zest Food Tours: Auckland City Tastes – New Zealand

We introduce you to three of the city’s most vibrant inner city foodie locations. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, the Britomart precinct is full of eclectic cafes, restaurants, cool bars and a fantastic city farmers market (Saturdays only), making it the hippest new district in town. The beautiful Viaduct Harbour features many award winning restaurants and the revitalized Wynyard Quarter shows off its new eateries and bars, open picnic spaces and Auckland’s Seafood Market. Tastings include exceptional coffee, baking treats, chocolates, cheeses, ice cream, seafood and produce.

For: 2-10 guests

When: 9.30 am – 12.30pm Mon to Sat inclusive

Price: $NZ 149 per person, which includes guiding and all tastings

Departs from: i-SITE Visitor Centre, 137 Quay Street, Princes Wharf, Auckland City

Walking Time: Approx 30 mins, all weather

Travelling Solo? As our tour minimum is 2 guests, if you wish to make a single booking please click here to enquire before going further. We will reply by email within 12 hours.

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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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Enchanted Expeditions: The Gastronomic Secrets of Ecuador

The biological mega-diversity of Ecuador transcends its many ethnic groups and their traditional cooking styles.

In Ecuador we can find one of the largest variety of soups in the world. For their preparation, a great amount of products is normally used among which we count the quinoa, maize, barley, green plantain, different varieties of beans, manioc or potatoes considered as king of tubers. These items when cooked together with different kinds of meat or fish or simply using dairy products and a great variety of legumes, fruits or vegetables can be deliciously combined to produce nutritious, tasty soups.

The chroniclers from the time of the Spanish Conquest tell us about a dish prepared by the Indians of the “Puna Island” in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Province of El Oro where fish was “cooked” or marinated in a lemon juice. This special variety of lemon grows in the coastal region and the dish is known at present times as Ceviche. This typical dish has spread to other coastal provinces and can be prepared in many different ways using different types of seafood as its main ingredient.

The various geographical zones and climates allow the production of native fruits and vegetables in addition to the exotic plants introduced by the Conquistadores. Certain fruits are restricted to small areas such as Naranjilla, a juicy tart orange coloured fruit in the family of tomato that only grows in the surroundings of the Cloud Forests on the slopes of the Andes. The great diversity and contrasts of the Ecuadorian cuisine is the result of merging the local products of the traditional cooking styles under the influence of the outside world.

This tour takes you through various regions of Ecuador where you will sample the typical foods and dishes of those areas. The journey begins with historic city and market tours of Quito. In Imbabura province guests sample bizcochos con queso de hoja (biscuits and cheese rolls) in Cayambe, are introduced to the role of the guinea pig in dining history and visit a cheese factory.
Agricultural enterprises are explored between the Ecuadorian highlands and the coastal area to San Lorenzo. A visit to Pedernales embraces a traditional cebiche manabita before a stop at the fishing village of Puerto Lopez where breakfast will include bolones de verde (plantain dumplings). On another day after a typical Guayaquilanian lunch the tour moves into the southern highlands to Cuenca, Ecuador's most beautiful historical city, for tours of the famous Gualaceo food market.

There is the option of going on to Galapagos on board one of our vessels… there you have a chance to savor all the dishes from all the regions. The grand summary of it all (this will add 8 more days to the journey).

Durarion: 9 days / 8 nights, with option of Galapagos extension
Highlights: regional food and dishes, Ecuadorian countryside

Price: From $1,718 per person double occupancy for two people to $902 for tours with more guests

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Cutting Edge Cuisine Tour, Royal Oak, MI

Walk along bustling Main Street and the charming neighborhoods, as you learn about this youthful and vibrant Detroit suburb that has maintained its small town atmosphere. Meet the owners of Royal Oak’s eateries and taste the food of this All-American town.

Featuring:

One of Michigan’s oldest Farmers’ Market

Fresh Seafood from around the globe

Healthy Mexican food, featuring home-made salsa

Brewery known for its seafood dishes

A modern Chinese tea house

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate

Bakery with a history of excellence

Local boutique’s new spin on classic sandwiches

From the vine to your glass, custom wines

Taste of the Middle East

Dates: Alternating Saturdays

Price: $43 per person

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