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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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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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Dr. Gumbo Tours: Food History Tour – New Orleans, Lousiana

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Chefs are the new rock stars and this tour is a delicious journey through New Orleans and Louisiana’s rich culinary history! Down here we’re passionate about eating, so along with your guide you will visit up to 7 locations: classic Creole restaurants, neighborhood sandwich shops, hot sauce bars, artisanal candy stores and more. Once inside you’ll sample different foods that represent the breadth and diversity of our culinary heritage: dishes like gumbo, Creole brisket, muffulettas, poboys, pralines and much more.

We cover New Orleans’ various restaurant family dynasties, we discuss recipes old and new, we visit restaurants that pre-date the American Civil War, we recommend places to eat and places to shop. When possible the chefs come out to visit the groups and discuss their influences and passions. And with so many dining options in New Orleans, why not try 7 different places in one fell swoop?!

The 3-hour walking tour is conducted at a leisurely pace and with small groups. Most of the restaurant stops feature fully stocked bars if you’d like to enjoy a cold beverage (adult or otherwise!) during the tour.

What: Food History tour in the French Quarter

When: 1-4 pm

Where: SoBou | 310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA

Cost: $55 (includes tour and 8+ food samples)

Extra: We go rain or shine. Please notify Doctor Gumbo Tours of any food allergies (not aversions) during check-out.

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: Gourmet Tour – Lisbon, Portugal

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Taste some of the finest red and white wines, sparkling wines, muscat and port wines from Portugal, as well as some amazing traditional Portuguese food.

This tour takes place between Baixa and Chiado, two of the most emblematic sites in the historical centre of Lisbon.

We will enjoy petiscos (the Portuguese tapas), typically peixinhos da horta (deep fried green beans), pastéis de bacalhau with arroz de tomate (cod cakes with tomato rice), caldo verde (kale soup) with sausages, Iberian ham (you might know it as “prosciutto”), sheep cheese from Azeitão and tinned sardines in two of the best places in Chiado.

The next step in our tasting takes place in one of the finest cellars in Lisbon: there, we get to know two of  Portugal’s typical fortified wines, Porto or Moscatel  (a dessert wine made with muscat grapes). An expert explains to us the unique secrets of these wines.

We finish with a great custard tart.

Price: 80 euros (a 10 percent supplement may apply if a tour has only two persons)

Hours: Three and a half hours, Monday to Saturday.

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: Petiscos (Portugese Tapas) Tour – Lisbon, Portugal

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Tinned fish, wine and ginjinha, suckling pig and other “petiscos”

We will take you to taste some of the traditional specialities of the country. A journey through some Portuguese flavours.

Tinned Portuguese fish, internationally recognized for its quality, has inspired local chefs to create new recipes. On this tour, you will try what are considered great “petiscos” in a place whose owner is also the author of an award-winning cookbook. Sardines, mackerel or mussels, here you’ll find a range of different flavours.

Then you can sample traditional ginjinha (sour cherry brandy) and visit the old city market.

And to get an idea of the versatility of the wines of Portugal, we’ll visit a cellar for some wine tastings, namely Port or Moscatel.

Then we will take you to taste the liqueurs, jams and cheeses of the Azores islands.

And we will finish in a typical lisboan “tasca” to taste the traditional Bairrada suckling pig sandwich and another delicious savoury “petisco”, accompanied by draught beer (an imperial) or a glass of vinho verde, or as most locals do there with a lovely lemonade. And then a custard tart in one of the best bakeries in the city.

Price: 50 euros

Every day except Mondays, Sundays and holidays.

Departure: 11:30

Length: Three to four hours.

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: Wine and Cheese Tour – Azeitão region (near Lisbon), Portugal

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Visit one of the richest wine regions near Lisbon. Besides the good red and white wines, the famous Moscatel de Setúbal is also produced here.

The tour begins with a surprising visit to one of the small producers in the region, whose wine is a well liked secret among connoisseurs. We will have a private tasting of their products.

On this route we propose also a visit to one of the most emblematic cellars of the Sado Wine region, with wine tastings and a visit to their winery.

During this day, we will also have the chance to try something different when we visit a traditional artisanal cheese producer, where you can literally  make Azeitão cheese, a cheese made from sheep’s milk, with your own hands.

You’ll make these soft cheeses with the help of an experienced local cheesemaker. Then you can taste the cheese, freshly made and others that are already semi-cured. The tasting also includes local produce and Moscatel.

At lunch time you’ll have a lunch of grilled sardines (or other fresh fish available on the market), or grilled meat in an outdoor terrace. And for dessert the famous tortas de Azeitão.

Recomendations: Bring comfortable shoes, a camera, an appetite and good spirits.

Price: 95 euros (all tastings, food and transportation included; a supplement of 10% may apply if a tour has only 2 persons); 65 euros with departure from Azeitão.

Hours: Departure from Lisbon at 10.30, return at 5.30 pm.

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: GinjinhaTour – Lisbon, Portugal

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In this tour we get to know one of the most traditional drinks of Lisbon, ginjinha, a liqueur made with aguardente and sour cherries.

Over the course of about three hours, we walk through some of the more famous areas of the city, including Rossio, Terreiro do Paço and Restauradores.

It is thought that ginjinha was introduced to Portugal by a Galician friar and continues to be a tradition in our country. It is especially popular in Lisbon and Óbidos.

We will visit the oldest and most iconic taverns, and also a place where ginjinha is served in edible chocolate cups, a new trend that started with the Chocolate Festival in Óbidos. We’ll have time also for a pastel de nata (custard tart).

In all locations you will taste a shot, com elas ou sem elas (literally with or without them, the cherries, that is).

And for “soaking up” this strong liqueur, we enjoy some true and traditional Portuguese delicacies, including suckling pig, in a old “tasca”, now renovated.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, around three hours.

Price: 45 €

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Eat Drink Walk Lisbon: Belem Tour – Lisbon, Portugal

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Belém is one of the highlights of any visit to Lisbon. The magnificent Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, jewels of the Portuguese Manueline style from the early 16th century – both Unesco World Heritage sites – are located there. But Belém, besides the heritage, the museums and the gardens and parks, is also famous for being custard tart territory.

Home of the famous and unmissable café, Pastéis de Belém, the original place that started baking custard tarts (using a recipe from the nearby monastery) or as we say in Portuguese pastéis de nata, one of our most popular cakes and possibly our most famous food creation in the world.

It’s also a neighbourhood full of life and other delicious cakes, including other award-winning custard tarts that we will taste with a glass of moscatel.

In this tour we introduce you not only to the best pastéis de nata in Lisbon but also to some delicious savoury “petiscos”, including  a dish of  fish or meat, with a tasting of wine.

We’ll also take you to the iconic Tower of Belém gardens.

Duration: Three and a half hours

Price: 50 euros

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Buenos Aires Food Tours: La Recoleta Food Tour – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recoleta is the city’s posh barrio, with fashionable boutiques, cafes and unique restaurants crafting some of the most tastiest cuisine in the city. Learn your way through this neighborhood on our three hour walking culinary tour. We will stroll down tree-lined streets and stop for delicious bites – while witnessing the wonderfully artisan food as you learn about the history of the area.

Start your culinary journey at a world-known place called “El Sanjuanino” located within walking distance of the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza San Martin and Patio Bullrich Mall.  El Sanjuanino was founded in the 1950′s and it’s a favorite among locals who come here for their regional tamales, stews, and other traditional Argentine dishes. We will savor their juicy empanadas paired with a classic Argentine wine.

Continue walking to a cantina-style restaurant that has one of the largest selections of traditional dishes and is rated among the top must-try restaurants in the neighborhood by local foodies. We will taste a variety of dishes such as their classic milanesa, BBQ and homemade Spanish tortilla.

As we walk along famous landmarks in the neighborhood and learn about the area culture and history, we will end with a sweet note and stop to enjoy a special Dulce de Leche ice cream and a cafesito.

*food tastings and stops subject to change without notice

Price: U$S 85 per person (VAT, all food and drinks included in price)
When: Daily available upon request
Time: 
12:30 PM
Tour Duration: approx. 3 hours
Meeting point: Central point in Recoleta (exact location disclosed on confirmation email)
Weather & Dress: Tour takes place rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

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Riad Kaiss & Dar Les Cigognes: The Secrets of Moroccan Cuisine – Marrakech, Morocco

We offer daily cookery classes at both Riad Kaiss and Dar Les Cigognes. Working with one of our three dadas (traditional Moroccan women cooks) or with our head chef (formerly of the Café de la Poste), guests have the opportunity to enjoy the preparation of a dish, learning the techniques, how to use the ingredients. This is typically done ahead of dinner, but can also be designed to suit more specific requests, such as bread making, pastry making, how to make yoghurt, and so on.

We also offer guests the opportunity to join our head chef on his daily rounds of the markets to buy the day’s fresh foods in some of the most colourful markets in Marrakech. For those wishing a more profound introduction to Moroccan cookery, or wishing to learn to make something in particular, please do let us know ahead of time and we will endeavor to cater to your request.

Because we make everything we serve ourselves from scratch, guests are often happy to just watch, particularly when we make our pastries. Some even join in.

A number of professional chefs as well as the curious or passionate amateurs have enjoyed cooking with us over the years, and we hope you will too. If you would like to buy our cook book, you may find the paperback on Amazon.com, or the hardback on Amazon.co.uk.

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