Eating my way around the world
Travelling bite by bite through the world. It is the best way to explain what my travels look like. When I started the Cambridge Food Tour in 2012, I had never been on a food tour, but it is the way how I explore places I visit. Food is always on top of the agenda, spiced with art, culture and mingling with locals. It is the best way to understand a culture. Through food and the people.
Why join a food tour?
The new way of travelling is taking part in experiences. On top of the list are food tours. Not a surprise for me as everybody loves food and there is no better way to explore a city or an area with like-minded people. Even better when there are good food and drink involved and your guide is taking you to places you wouldn’t have discovered yourself. The keywords for food tours are: local people and areas topped up with a good dose of delicious food and drink.
My top 4 food tours
It is probably a bit unfair to highlight only 4 as all food tours I have done are great, but these 4 were rather unique for different reasons and definitely my favourite food tours.
One of the first food tours I joined was Eating Rome, created by Kenny Dunn. Food Tours started around 2005 in the USA and came to this side of the pond sometime later. Kenny hails from America, and he started Eating Rome in 2011. He inspired me to start the Cambridge Food Tour. I finally joined Eating Rome in 2014, and it was one of the best food tours I have done. Website
Vespa Food Tour in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Have you ever been to Vietnam? If you have, you know how hectic the traffic is in the cities. Having travelled for approximately 1.5 weeks through Vietnam by the time we arrived in Hoi Chi Minh city, it was time to meet our Vespa chauffeur. Pick up time was 6 pm, so the roads were packed. My other half wasn’t impressed and threatened to abandon me. He declared me as entirely insane to go on the back of a Vespa at one of the busiest time of the day. I managed to sweet-talk him into it, promising the most wonderful Vietnamese food. The first stop was the cafe owned by the tour company. We were given a bottle of beer and after having consumed this rather large bottle of Dutch courage, ‘our whole world’ changed. Needless to say that we had a fantastic time. Certainly, a must-do when you are in Hoi Chi Min city. Website
Foraging on the sea bed Terschelling
The most unusual food tour was on one of the islands in Friesland, Terschelling. Actually, it wasn’t on the island, but on the sea bed! The water here is tidal, and you even can walk from Terschelling to the mainland of Friesland over the sea bed with a guide. It is not something which ever has appealed to me, but if you like adventures, then I certainly would recommend doing this. Website
Explore NYC with Famous Fat Dave
In a nutshell; a crazy tour, including typical food from one of my favourite cities in the world, New York. Expect to go off the beaten track, stretch your legs on the beach, chat with locals (real characters). The best thing is that Dave is touring you around in an old New York taxi. It is so special that fellow drivers roll down their window and want to know where (the hell) he got it! You haven’t ‘tasted’ the Big Apple if you haven’t been in his back seat. Website
Other Food Tours I have done
( you haven’t seen Saigon if you haven’t explored the city on the back of a Vespa)
- The Big Foody – What better than to explore Auckland with a Cambridge girl!
- Private Wine and Cellar tour of the Jordan Vineyards – Must do. Check out these tours
- Food Walking Tour in Split – Eat, drink and fun and shop and create your own lunch!
- Off-Road Island Safari & Peka lunch and wine tasting. Must do if you want to see the real Hvar!
My Food Tour bucket list
Lots to look forward too! Off to Malaysia soon so I have booked myself in for some great food experiences. Watch this space!
- Brighton Food Tour
- Norwich Food Tour
- Sole Food Safari Bournemouth
- Edinburgh Food Safari
- Made in Malton Food Tour
- Savouring Bath
The list will be endless. So many places still to visit so many excuses to take part in a food tour!
Cookery classes, I have done
- Keralan cuisine with Nimmy Paul
- Keralan cuisine with Philip Kutty
- Keralan cuisine with Brunton Boatyard
- South Indian cuisine in Coorg
Cookery classes bucket list
Happy eating and exploring!