Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Food Tours

Food Tours are a great way to get to know a city you are visiting.  I recommend you schedule your tour early in your trip so you can get to know the city from the locals point of view.  Plus, you will have a list of great places to eat during your stay.  They take about 2-3 hours depending on the tour.   Tours typically include tastes of local flavor and interesting facts about the city and the places you visit.  I use Trip Advisor when planning a trip and have found information about food tours there. You can also google "food tours" and the name of your destination city.
I have taken food tours in Seattle, Washington and most recently in Chicago.  The Seattle tour was through Savor Seattle Food Tours. We took the Pike Place Market Food & Cultural Tour.  It was fabulous!!  At the end of the tour we were given a 10% discount card to use at any of the places we visited for the remainder of our stay.

 This is cheese being made at Beecher's Handmade Cheese.  We got to eat some excellent macaroni & cheese on this stop. Mmmm.

If you've ever seen the video clip of the fish market where they throw the fish, this is it! -  Pike Place Fish. We witnessed the fish tossing and tasted smoked salmon.

A few weeks ago during a visit to Chicago I took a Chicago Food Planet Food Tour.  There are a few tours to choose between and we choose the Bucktown/WickerPark Tour.  This is in a section of town I had not visited before and it was a delicious experience.

We started a tour at George's Hot Dogs... #1 rated hot dog stand for a Chicago-style hot dog.

Hot Chocolate was next and this was my favorite stop on the tour.  We drank the absolute best hot chocolate I have ever had.  It was a creamy blend of 3 chocolates and was served with a homemade marshmallow. 

The i cream shop was fascinating as they use liquid nitrogen to make individual ice cream creations to order. You choose your base then flavors and mix ins.  You can even make it a favorite color.  All this is mixed before your eyes and ready to eat in minutes.  A fun and tasty stop.

These were just a few of my favorite places along the tour.  Needless to say, we were well fed after visiting all 6 locations and in addition were able to experience one of Chicago's historic neighborhoods.
Check out food tours next time your are traveling.

1 comment:

  1. Kelley, thanks for following my blog. I had to take a peak at yours and I love it. You are so talented with the food you are making and the photos are fabulous. Everything looks so delicious. I have to say that I have never heard of a "Food Tour" before. I will definitely look into this next vacation we take. Thanks for the advice.


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