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Food Lover Tour: Tapas Tour – Barcelona, Spain

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We have all tried to find “the” place to eat—where the locals go, yet undiscovered by the tourists, where it’s possible to order like the locals and enjoy a delicious meal that it would be nearly impossible to discover on your own. This sensation of being away from home and yet a part of the local scene is what our “TAPAS LOVER Tour” is all about.

The Food Lover Tour, as the name suggests, is first and foremost a tour created for lovers of good food—‘foodies’ wishing to explore the local cuisine who want to enjoy their stay in Barcelona while having fun and avoiding the typical tourist traps. Where the locals go, we go! This tapas tour is a very laid back experience with a few stops including a gastronomic dinner in the local and most loved areas in Barcelona. You’d like to know where we go and what we eat? Come and join us on the Tapas Lover Tour.

We partner with a very small group of tapas restaurants that we believe are serving the best tapas—hot and cold appetizers and snacks—in Barcelona. On this tour, we will enjoy exclusive visits to bodegas, taverns and restaurants that offer sensational traditional foods and wines popular with the local community.

Local Experience Guaranteed, Including a Gastronomic Dinner

The first stop takes place in a local “after hour bar/restaurant” very well-known by the people of Barcelona for its good atmosphere; this is where we will start our tour with a few appetizers and drinks. Here, we’ll familiarize you with the basics of our culture’s approach to dining. 

At our second stop we’ll continue enjoying appetizers, but these will be quite different from our first stop. We’ll taste succulent, heartier tapas paired with typical drinks that form the identity of our Spanish and Catalan culture and are very appreciated among the locals.

The final tapas experience is a proper gastronomic and gourmet dinner. The Food Lover Tour has been granted access to some of the “most coveted” and “must see” restaurants in town. Sit down, relax and enjoy a true culinary adventure for foodies, including the best fresh local foods, seasonal meals, wine pairings and great company. Time to enjoy! Welcome to Barcelona and welcome to the Tapas Lover Tour!

Additional Info:

• Meeting point: Gaudi’s La Pedrera (Casa Milá), Passeig de Gràcia 92.
• Starting time at 7:30PM until 11:30PM.
• You may join a small group of travelers. Please feel free to request a 100% private tour for you or for a larger group.
• Minimum 2 person per tour.
• Minimum age: 10 years old.
• Tapas tasting menus and pairing drinks included in price. The combination of the three tapas tasting menus consists of many individual dishes and make up a full and complete meal.
• Additional orders should be paid separately.
• Walking distance during the tour: approx. 1Km divided in 3 lenghts.
• Languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

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Madrid Food Tour: Market and Tapas Tour – Madrid, Spain

Market & Tapas Tour in Madrid

Offered two nights per week, experience the best of Spanish cuisine with Madrid Food Tour on an insider’s tour of the city’s most beautiful and historic market, as well as three of its best tapas bars. Start at the stunning San Miguel Market, where you’ll learn about the market’s rich history and discover its tempting food stalls– your guide will advise you on the best bites to try. After exploring (and sampling plenty along the way) you’ll take a short walk your first tapas bar, and begin your evening of Spanish tapeo.

A Variety of Tastings

You’ll start the Market Tasting Tour with a traditional Madrileño aperitif, followed by small bites and at least two tapas and one beverage at each tapas bar. The tour includes all food tastings (10+) and four beverages.

History & Culture

There is no better way to get to know a city than through its cuisine, and our Market and Tapas Tour is a great introduction to Spanish cuisine and culture. You’ll see napkins thrown on the floor and Spaniards who prefer eating standing up rather than sitting down, and your guide will share their tricks for getting free tapas around town.

An Insider’s Food Guide

Tour guests will be provided with a useful guide of Madrid’s specialty food shops and restaurants, as well as some suggestions for other meals and Spanish specialties. These priceless recommendations will ensure a successful culinary stay in the city.

When: Thursday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (other dates by request)
Price: 95€ per person
What’s included: 10+ tastings, including 4 bites in the market and at least 6 tapas.
Who: People who love to eat and try new things (note, all group tours are currently in English).
Capacity: Generally 7 people per tour (larger tours possible by request).
What to wear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, & sun protection or winter gear depending on the season
Weather conditions: Food tours take place rain or shine
Where: Meeting point and drop off in the center of Madrid

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Madrid Food Tour: Tapas, Taverns & History Tour – Madrid, Spain

Tapas, Taverns and History in Madrid

Discover Madrid after dark on our enchanting Tapas, Taverns & History Tour. Our guide James (a local travel and food writer) will take you to four wonderful tapas bars well-loved by the locals, as well as lead you through the old city, showing you the sights and bringing alive the capital’s culture and history.

Our guests love this tour for its unbeatable combination of delicious food and wine (you’ll be full-up and glowing by the end) as well as culture, sights and history. It’s the best way to understand and appreciate all that Madrid has to offer!

Tapas Like a Local

At the first bar – a beautiful, tile-lined Madrid tavern – you’ll whet your appetite like a Madrileño, with a classic Spanish aperitif. At the next two bars – both dripping with atmosphere and full of locals – you’ll indulge in a selection of mouth-watering tapas and excellent Spanish wines (or another drink if you prefer). Finally, we’ll wind up in the city’s literary quarter, eating and drinking fantastic local fare. Throughout, James will help you understand the delicious food, the variety of wines and the deeply-rooted gastronomic traditions of this exhilarating country.

Madrid’s History & Culture

Between bars you’ll wend through charming medieval streets, pass famous monuments and discover the hidden treasures of this fabulous city. A consummate storyteller, James will bring the stories and fables of Madrid’s remarkable past alive, telling you about the infamous Spanish Inquisition, the lost remains of three great Spanish artists, the dramatic Siege of Madrid during the Spanish civil war, and more.

An Insider’s Food Guide

Tour guests will be provided with a useful guide of the shops and restaurants we visit on the tour, as well as some suggestions for other meals and Spanish food specialties. These priceless recommendations will ensure a successful culinary stay in the city.

When: Most Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday evenings, other days by request (check our booking calendar for all open upcoming dates)
Time: We meet for the tour at 7:30 p.m.
Price: 95€ per person
What’s included: At least 10 tapas and 4 beverages (enough for dinner), plus lot’s of great information.
Who: People who love to eat and try new things (note, all group tours are currently in English).
Capacity: Generally 7 people per tour (larger tours possible by request).
What to wear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, & sun protection or winter gear depending on the season
Weather conditions: Food tours take place rain or shine
Where: Meeting point and drop off in the center of Madrid

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Madrid Food Tour: Market Tasting Tour – Madrid, Spain

Market Tasting Tour in Madrid

Offered in the morning when the markets at at their best,  experience the highlights of Spanish cuisine with Madrid Food Tour on an insider’s tour of the city’s most beautiful and historic markets. Start at the stunning San Miguel Market, where you’ll learn about the market’s rich history and discover its tempting food stalls– your guide will advise you on the best bites to try. After exploring (and sampling plenty along the way) you’ll take a short walk to the Antón Martín market where the vendors will be waiting to tempt you with special tastes of their best offerings. Your guide will explain this special locals’ market and how it survived some tough times. There might even be some surprises in store!

A Variety of Tastings

You’ll start the Market Tasting Tour with a traditional Madrileño aperitif, followed by small bites and tastings throughout each of the markets. The tour includes all food tastings (10+) and three beverages. Most people are full after this tour, but your guide will also give you some suggestions for continuing on your gastronomic quest!

History & Culture

There is no better way to get to know a city than through its cuisine, and our Market Tasting Tour is a great introduction to Spanish cuisine and culture. You’ll see napkins thrown on the floor and Spaniards who prefer eating standing up rather than sitting down, and your guide will share their tricks for getting free tapas around town.

An Insider’s Food Guide

Tour guests will be provided with a useful guide of Madrid’s specialty food shops and restaurants, as well as some suggestions for other meals and Spanish specialties. These priceless recommendations will ensure a successful culinary stay in the city.

When: Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday at 11:00 a.m. (other dates by request)
Price: 65€ per person adult, 50€ children (11 & under)
What’s included: 10+ tastings including olives, cheese, charcuterie, ham, and more!
Who: Anyone of any age who loves food and fun (note, all group tours are currently only offered in English)
Capacity: Generally, 10 people per tour (larger groups available by request).
What to wear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, & sun protection or winter gear depending on the season
Weather conditions: Food tours take place rain or shine
Where: Meeting point and drop off in the center of Madrid

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Madrid Food Tour: Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour – Madrid, Spain

A Unique Food Experience

Our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour is a perfect introduction to Spanish cuisine with a focus on Madrid. Designed for tourists and locals alike, we will visit some of the city’s best eateries, markets, and shops. The signature Madrid Food Tour is like visiting a fellow foodie friend and spending the morning checking out their favorite spots in the city.

A Variety of Tastings

Together we will sample about fifteen different specialties, with tastings including everything from sweet local pastries to savory cured meats and cheeses. We won’t forget about beverages either– you will have your choice of sampling Spanish wine, beer, and/or soft drinks, and every tour includes two drinks. We’ll be stopping at the beautiful San Miguel food market, one of Madrid’s best pastry shops, an authentic Spanish deli, a traditional tapas bar and more. All food tastings (enough for lunch) are included in the price of the tour.

History & Culture

We cannot ignore Madrid’s beautiful architecture and vibrant culture. As we walk from place to place on the signature tour, we will learn about some of Madrid’s most emblematic monuments and plenty of quirky cultural facts. If you have any questions, just ask your guide!

An Insider’s Food Guide

Tour guests will be provided with a useful guide of the shops and restaurants we visit on the tour, as well as some suggestions for other meals and Spanish food specialties. These priceless recommendations will ensure a successful culinary stay in the city.

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, other days by request
Time: We meet for the tour at 10:30 a.m.
Price: 95€ per adult, 70€ per child
What’s included: At least 15 food tastings and 2 beverages, including a tapas style lunch!
Who: Anyone of any age who loves food (note, all group tours are currently in English)
Capacity: Generally 10 people per signature tour, larger groups with modified itinerary by request
What to wear: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, & sun protection
Weather conditions: Food tours take place rain or shine
Where: Meeting point and drop off in the center of Madrid
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Round Table Tours: Iberian Montreal Circuit of Tapas – Montreal, Canada

Discover the delicious manifestations of the Iberian Peninsula in Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood that have grown out of its Latin roots. Come “tapear”, go from place to place eating Spanish tapas, Portuguese petiscos and Basque pintxos with friends. This tour brings you to three restaurants for tapas paired with carefully chosen wines, a specialized grocery store and a food production site. Meet the chefs and entrepreneurs that bring you the traditional, re-visited or Iberian-inspired delights. Stories and explanation of the food and evolution of the businesses that culminated to bring you the experience will be told. Experience each establishment intimately, with privilege and an insider perspective- like being inside a TV show!

The tour lasts four hours and includes: three tapas, three well-paired wines (or  non-alcoholic drinks of choice), dessert, coffee, and surprise tastings at a specialty grocery store and food production site as well as surprise gifts. A simple taxi service is provided during winter months, but when the weather is nice, the distances of a few blocks will be done on foot. A gastronomic guide will lead you through this rich experience for the taste buds.

Times: Varies depending on the tour

Distance: Always within one or two adjoining neighbourhoods

Age limit: No

Language: French and English

Price: Base prices per participant range between $165 and $185 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.   Tours must be reserved and paid 48 hours in advance for individuals and 7 days in advance for groups. No refund in the event of a cancellation.

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A Taste of Spain: Tapas Tours

Enjoy the best local tapas in Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastian, Seville… at your own pace!

Tapas play a central role in Spain’s gastronomic scene. Much like Spanish traditional cooking, tapas vary between regions, reflecting not only differences in ingredients and preparations, but also different lifestyles.

They can be traditional or creative, served on bread or independently, cold or hot, small or large. Even the names to order these miniature dishes vary, and what is known as Tapa in one area can be called Ración or Pintxo in others.

Whatever the name may be, there is no better way to savor the local tapas scene than taking one of our private Tapas Tours, available throughout Spain, and perfect for families with children. You’ll visit some of the most interesting Tapas bars in the town of your choice in the company of a local foodie, who will help you select the best tapas based on your personal tastes and the regional or house specialties. No hurries, no fixed timing, no large groups… we’ll do our best to cater to your preferences and make you feel like a local.

Enjoy some of the best tapas in town with your family & friends. And, beyond the food, experience what the tapas culture is all about: the local rituals and customs, the seasonal preparations, the rhythms, the unique atmosphere…

Our private Tapas Tours are a delightful way to dive into the authentic taste of local life!

Available in: Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Seville, Cordova, Cadiz and Malaga

  • English speaking local foodie
  • Tapas and drinks of your choice at various selected venues (about 2 ½ hours)
  • 165 EUR per person for group of 2
  • 130 EUR per person for group of 4
  • 110 EUR per person for group of 6+

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A Taste of Spain: Cooking Classes

Enjoy our private hands-on cooking classes in English, specially designed and programmed, just for you and your friends, according to your preferences. Some of our half-day cooking classes include a guided visit to a local food market for seasonal products, and all of them will pamper you with the undivided attention of our expert cooking teachers. No hurries, feel free to ask questions and chat; you mark the pace in a wonderful, laidback atmosphere.

Prepare a complete menu based on traditional, avant garde or vegan Spanish dishes, and when your work is done, sit down to a full lunch, accompanied by selected Spanish wines…

Check out our selection of private cooking classes all over Spain:

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A Taste of Spain: The Ultimate Foodie Tour of Spain

Experience what’s cooking in Spain! Join us for a culinary tour through Madrid, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Catalonia.

  • Savor the great food which Spain is famous for: from Tapas and Paella to Basque Gastronomic Societies and avant-garde cuisine
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary and cultural scene of Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona – with accommodation at 4* centrally located hotels
  • Visit the colourful Boqueria food market with our local expert chef, and join him in a hands-on Mediterranean cooking class
  • Enjoy a second – truly unique – cooking class, this time at a famous  members-only Gastronomic Society in San Sebastian
  • Taste and learn about extraordinary Rioja wines and Spanish Olive oils through private visits to traditional producers
  • Discover the fascinating world of Ibérico ham and Sherry wines on a special meal themed around these extraordinary products
  • Experience the diverse cultures, landscapes and foods of Spain by the hand of our local culinary guide

When:

  • September 30th to October 7th, 2012
  • May 12th to May 19th, 2013
  • September 29th to October 6th, 2013

Group size: 10 to 16 persons

What’s included:

  • Expert English-speaking local culinary guides throughout the itinerary
  • Deluxe private bus for all transfers and excursions
  • Domestic airfare Bilbao-Barcelona in Economy class
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in double room, at selected 4* hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome drink with tapas
  • 6 lunches as per the itinerary – 2 of them following private cooking classes –  all accompanied with fine Spanish wines
  • 3 dinners as per the itinerary, all accompanied with fine Spanish wines
  • Private culinary/cultural visits and activities as per the itinerary
  • Entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Gourmet Gift
  • All local taxes

Pricing:

  • 2.630 Euros per person
  • Single supplement: 425 Euros
  • International airfare not included

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Local Roots Food Tours: Origins of Sacramento Food Tour

The Origins of Sacramento Walking Food and Cultural Tour is our newest addition.  This tour explores the very beginnings of Sacramento,  from Sutter’s colony Nueva Helvecia to the Fabulous Forties, with tastings of the best dishes the immigrants brought with them.  You’ll learn about how the many diverse groups forged our great city and created its agricultural dominance.

Participants enjoy a 3  hour, 2.5 mile flat walking route past historical national landmarks, gorgeous mission style churches and famed architecture throughout period neighborhoods.  Liberally sprinkled among these sites are ethnic eateries that echo the region’s diversity.  Come taste Sacramento’s amazing authentic foods hailing from far flung lands such as Spain, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, and China’s Szechuan province.

Our Origins of Sacramento Food Tour finds us meandering through two very historical but popular neighborhoods; Midtown’s Sutter District and East Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties.  Stroll under tree-lined streets while you explore hidden gem eateries.  Meet the talented and passionate chefs while sampling their creations….a foodie’s dream come true!  Local Roots Food Tours limits each group to 16 individuals to keep the experience small and intimate; each tour is narrated by our trained guides.  Special dietary needs can be met with prior notice.  Private group tours are available by reservation.

Typical tastings on our tour:

  • Grilled Polenta Triangle w/ fresh basil marinara sauce
  • Handmade Shrimp and Shitake Dumplings
  • Orange Blossom Cocktail
  • Baby spinach, artichokes, chicken & feta cheese pizza
  • Refreshing Pilsner Urquell from Czech Republic
  • Stuffed Date w/ goat cheese and pancetta
  • Dungeness crab cakes w/cayenne pepper aoili & red pepper sauce
  • Death by Chocolate Cupcake

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