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When you’re a fan of both food and travel, you could definitely say that life gets exciting. Both interests alone can lead you on a kind of life path that lets you actually live. With food, different cultures, cuisines, and flavors will always take you on an incredible journey. Some of your best experiences in life will be found through food. But at the same time, travel can be incredibly exciting too. You see breathtaking places, meet interesting people, and make more memories than you ever could being stuck at home. So you can only imagine what happens when you combine the two. And that’s exactly what we’re going to encourage you to do.
Eating all over the world is exactly what you think it will be – tasting the different cuisines the world has to offer in their home counties. By traveling and trying new food, you really do get the best experience of all. And it definitely makes for something different compared to your usual kind of vacation. The best part of all, if you’ve recently been full of wanderlust, when you take a foodie tour or two, you get to satisfy that too. Then, when you get home, you will have incredible takeaways to apply to your own cooking too. So, without further ado, let’s kick off the tour.
Kicking things off we’re going to touch on the glorious food and wine that you can find across our fair land. Because if you’re going to embark on the ultimate foodie quest, you have to start at home.
Classic American Cooking
First of all, you’re going to want to spend some time taking in some of the best our country has to offer. While, technically, many of our favorite dishes are going to be influenced by other cuisines, there are plenty of tours that show you the best of classic American cooking. Notable tours include the Food tour of Celebration in Florida, the Downtown food tour in Providence, RI, and of course you’re always going to enjoy the best on a foodie tour of Brooklyn, NY.
Then, you’re going to want to hit up the best spots for overseas influence. And you know we have all of that too. From Mexican to Italian, here’s where to hit up. First, there’s San Diego and the tequila and tortillas tour, then there’s downtown city tour of Jersey, and finally, the unforgettable Wicker Park food tour in Chicago.
Finally, you’re going to want to add a little visit to some of the nation’s best vineyards too. Of course, you can put Napa Valley and the biggest and best California has to offer on your list. But that’s not all. You’ll find award winning wine in Missouri and Virginia too. So be sure to team your foodie visits up with a stop where the best sommeliers will go.
Before you start to jet off to the other side of the world, we’re going to ease you in with travel that won’t take you too long, but food that will still be worth crossing a border for.
First up on your Canadian tour has to be Vancouver, and when you’re in town, you certainly have a lot to choose from. Not only can you tour Gastown, the infamous foodie favorite of all neighborhoods, but you can also tour the city’s food trucks and explore the Granville Island Market with foodie eyes only.
In Toronto, you can pretty much take your pick based on the kind of cuisine you want to experience. There are lots of food tours you could choose to book with, but in general, you’ll get a complete mix. From Chinatown to the Kensington Market, you’ll get incredible dim sum bites and Mexican morsels that will leave you forever in love with Toronto.
Then, as the last bit of temptation for you, we’re going to finish off with Quebec. And, just as you might expect, you’re going to experience a huge range of culinary delights in this diverse region. In Quebec City, over the course of a couple of hours, you’ll tour the Old Town and St-Roch neighborhoods. From traditional French delights to more modern and exciting experiences, you’ll get to see the best of both kinds of cuisine the city has to offer by taking both tours.
We went north, and now it’s time to take your food finds south. Because what could be better than the culture, the flavor, and the excitement of South American cuisine? The tours themselves, of course.
When it comes to Mexico, it’s safe to say that you’re going to chow down on a lot of delicious food. But there are a few tours to take note of. The first is the Mexico City, with Club Tengo Hambre while they take you through some of the street side’s best eats. Then, for something a bit more special, there’s also the Fiesta Fare found in Oaxaca, founded by the Chef Susana Trilling.
Next up on your foodie tour of South America has to be Chile. Because the Chilean cuisine is always mind-blowing. Yes, you could choose to work your way through some of the best restaurants in Chile on your own accord, but we’re going to suggest something else. Because you’ll find a tour that’s inspired by the TV show Masterchef. From the Central Market in Santiago to wine tasting in Colchagua Valley, it’s an exquisite experience for your food and travel memory bank.
Then, it’s time to end your South American adventure with some Cuban cuisine. In Cuba, you’ll find everything from seafood specials to private stops in Havana – all with a fine show of salsa dancing thrown on for good measure too. What more could you ask for? Well, maybe just a small tipple of rum or two.
When you think of Europe (and we’re talking about from a gastronomical perspective, of course), you’ll always start to salivate. Here you’ll find some of the most incredible cuisines of all, and yes, tours too.
First of your hit list has to be Italy. Because you know all of that pizza and pasta is calling your name. But they’re not all that’s on offer. In Venice, be tempted by the incredible fish market and a prosecco or two, while Puglia will pull you in with it’s fluffy focaccia bread and dainty little orecchiette pasta. For a lesson in the art of Italian cooking to take home with you, Sisley and the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school is where you should head.
When you think of French food, you’re probably imagining escargot and frogs legs. While you can definitely indulge in your fair share of foodie fine dining if that’s what your heart wants, there’s also more on offer. In Burgandy, you’ll get rich beef, wine and cheese to boot, while in Finistere, you’ll be served up some of Brittany’s best seafood dishes.
And, of course, there’s always London, England to indulge in too. Because there are a wealth of foodie tours found in this fair city. From the typical bangers and mash or fish and chips kind of combos, you can fill your boots with burgers, Chinese food, and some incredible authentic tasting pizzas while in town too. But of course, we’ll leave you to decide what you really want to get out of your British foodie experience.
Finally, we land you in Asia. Because any kind of world food tour is not really a world food tour if you’re not taking in some of the most unique and interesting Asian cooking around.
The first stop on your Asian experience should always be Vietnam. Because you may not be all that familiar with Vietnamese dishes right now, but after your experience, you’ll be dying to make them back home. On the back of a motorcycle with XO Tours, you’ll nip round a range of districts taking in some of the best street food (and sights) around. And yes, it is just as exciting as it sounds.
From here, you should definitely think about heading to Japan. Because Tokyo has so much to offer you. And we’re not just talking sushi and sashimi, but there is a wealth of that to explore and experience too. Because the city’s most incredible Japanese Culinary Exploration tour takes you from sake to ramen prep, so that you can not only eat some of the city’s best, but that you can learn to cook it at home too.
Finally, there’s also India to consider. And yes, there’s street food and fine dining on offer, but there’s also some culinary tours that you won’t want to miss out on. From seeking out the best spices in Goa to the local flavors of the Taj Mahal, you’re spoilt for choice. But with something such as the Real Food Adventure, you get the best of the best. You could also look to cook up a classic curry while you’re there too.