There’s no better way to explore the food streetscape of a country than by walking along with a local who knows the underbelly of the city inside out and can introduce you to the authentic food culture of the city.
Do you travel for food? In that case, here’s a list of five fab food tours around the world that can help you acclimatize and progress to embrace new emerging food trends and sights as it grows.
Truffle tasting in Paris.
Luxury gourmet in Paris
Several companies offer guided gastronomic walking tours as well as chocolate and market tours with Parisians or chefs and visits to master bakers or cake and pastry makers etc … a great way to make the acquaintance of gourmet Paris is with La Route des Gourmets. The luxury sampling comprise of Macaroons at La duree, French mustard at Malle, a stop at Fauchon for pastry, Prunier for Caviar and salmon, and Maison de la truffe for truffle to name just a few!
Underground epicurean in Newcastle
Newcastle is Australia’s best kept secret especially if you journey with Neroli from Underground Epicurean. The meeting point is breakfast at Three Bean Espresso that has an awe-inspiring standing for consistently good coffee and fresh food. Owner Ben Armstrong makes nearly everything from scratch including smoking the salmon and cooking the baked beans.
Next you go to a bee-keeper’s place, who takes you through the whole process of bee keeping and extracting honey providing access to produce that is truly local. Lunch break is at Papa’s Bagel Bar where on offer is a regular assortment of fresh bagels ranging from plain to sea salt, to caramelised onion and blueberry.
Londonderry comfort food.
Londonderry Food walk
A vital part of your trip in this part of Northern Ireland, which would include a walk around the city, taking in panoramic views as you take in the food scene, a bit small but rather interesting. You could either opt for a chocolate tour taking in some sweet treats or an entertaining tour through Boston’s South End. On the tour you get to palate local comfort foods from mac ‘n’ cheese to truly delicious club sandwiches, cookies, fried clams and cheese. And if you happen to be there when the Legenderry food fest is happening…go for it!
Seattle cheese shop at pike place market.
Pike place in Seattle
To get an insider’s view of the food world in and around the world famous Pike place market go for a historical four hour moveable feast that also illuminates on culinary trends and producers. The culinary sojourn begins from the fond Bronze giant-sized Rachel the piggy bank. Walking through the buildings and outdoor stands, you will come across beautiful seasonal flowers, fresh cut meat and seafood from local butchers and fishermen.
The many fish stalls, that throw fish around are hugely famous and have featured in the movie free Willy too. Another shop you will love is the Beecher’s homemade cheese, best ever Macaroni and cheese out here! And yes a stop at the original Starbucks Coffee store just across the market calls it a day!
Local oysters in Dublin.
Dublin tasting trail
A spectacular overview to Irish gastronomy by Fabulous Food Trails, with an imaginative slant to the Emerald Isle’s culinary scene is. You get to visit ‘Dolce Sicily’ for the best cannoli, Tom Gleeson’s Bunsen Burger for simply outstanding burgers, The Swan Bar one of the swankiest Victorian bars, Sheridan’s cheesemongers the only in Dublin that rubs shoulders with the top ones in the world, the best scones and breads, relishes and jams by Marian kilcoyne at The pepper pot, a tiny little vegan place called Blazing salads running for over 15 years, and lots more. The best part is meeting the people whose families have dealt in the area for peers and still create brilliant food, as well as those conveying new global tastes and food concepts to the Irish table.