Experiencing the food of a new destination is often one of the best ways to get to the heart of its culture. For clients looking for foodie-focused adventures abroad, these tours are dishing out delectable experiences.
4. Eat Like A Local Mexico City
Born and raised in Mexico’s capital, Rocio Vazquez Landeta founded Eat Like a Local Mexico City to give visitor’s an insider’s look on Mexico City’s foodie scene, while also supporting her local community. Landeta’s tours take travelers through the streets to taste, explore and connect with Mexico City’s food scene, markets, restaurants and people. From cutting-edge restaurants to secret food stalls and street food that offer the most authentic Mexican cuisine, tours with Eat Like a Local Mexico City leave no gastronomic stone unturned.
Recently, the company announced three new food tours and experiences for 2019. The Mexico City Foodie Immersion tour covers all aspects of Mexican food in a 4.5-hour experience featuring everything from coffee to fish tacos. The Mexican Wine and Pulque Journey will be led by a local sociologist who will teach guests about Pulque, the pre-Hispanic drink made from the agave plant, and also help guests discover the hidden history behind some of the city’s wineries. For adventurous eaters, the Street Food at Night and Hidden Neighborhoods tour gives them the opportunity to try eyeball and brain tacos, but more conservative eaters are welcomed, too, with al pastor or brisket tacos, chiles rellenos, churros and more. This tour also explores three hidden neighborhoods—San Rafael, Guerrero, and Santa María la Ribera—before ending in the historic center.
For more information, visit eatlikealocal.com.mx.
3. Eating Europe Tours
Paris is always a good idea, and now, guests looking to experience the cuisine of the City of Lights can turn to Eating Europe Tours, which launched its Parisian operations this summer. The early afternoon experience called Hip Eats & Backstreets offers a mix of tasting staple foods of French cuisine like the Croque Monsieur, rare cheeses, and pastries, along with local trends from neo-bistros to refined pastries. Guests will visit unique venues including a hidden Moroccan food stand and a 17th-century cellar for an immersive wine and cheese pairing session. Travelers will also dive into the local culture and history with anecdotes from the guides as they visit seven off-the-beaten-path foodie stops.
For more information, visit eatingeurope.com.
2. Pho Journey
Guests staying at luxury beach resort The Anam, located on Vietnam’s Northern Cam Ranh Peninsula, can opt for a culinary experience that delves into the origins of pho and teaches them how to create this beef noodle soup themselves in a traditional and authentic fashion. The Pho Discovery journey kicks off with Vietnamese coffee at a local bakery, during which a local chef talks guests through pho’s history from humble street stall beginnings to worldwide gastronomic phenomenon. As part of the full-day experience, this chef will take travelers through local farms, markets and a noodle-making house as they gather fresh ingredients to prepare the beef noodle soup. Once all the ingredients are gathered, guests will head to the chef’s home in the neighboring countryside for a cooking lesson.
In addition to learning how to make pho bo (beef noodle soup) authentically without toning down spice or flavor, just as the Vietnamese would when cooking it for themselves, guests will also taste pho ga (chicken noodle soup) and different regional specialities including pho tai lan (Hanoi-style flash-fried steak and garlic). Seafood and vegan options are also available.
For more information, visit theanam.com.
1. CIE’s Irish Foodie Tours
Pairing edible delights with visits to important cultural landmarks, the new Irish Foodie Tours by CIE Tours International will debut in 2019. The 7-night guided vacation will be available June through September with highlights including a tea tour through Dublin followed by a visit to The Dublin Liberties Distillery for whiskey education and tastings; a cooking class and friendly “cook off” competition at Dublin’s premier cooking school; a visit to a family-run farm in Cork to sample cheese and yogurt made by its flock of 400 goats; a stop at the English Market of Cork; a visit to Blarney Castle; a chocolate-making class; seaweed foraging; a trip to the iconic Cliffs of Moher; and more.
Guests will stay in top hotels throughout Ireland during their voyage, including the Clayton Hotel Charlemont in Dublin, The Bayview at Ballycotton, the Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa in Tralee and the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick.
Prices start at $1,998 pp dbl. For more information, visit cietours.com.