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Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours
Ranked #10 of 49 Food & Drink in Boston
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Owner description: Join us as we celebrate our 20th year providing culinary walking tours of Boston's "Little Italy" North End and Chinatown. Boston Food Tours embraces Michele Topor's passion for all things culinary. Trained as a professional chef, Michele has taught cooking, catered, and consulted since 1979. Michele's cooking classes, market tours and culinary trips to Italy have been featured on the Travel Channel, TV Food Network, HGTV and CNN, as well as on the radio, and in various national and international publications. Close your eyes and imagine strolling down quaint and narrow streets while enjoying colorful sights, tantalizing aromas, and chaotic sounds as we wind our way through neighborhoods alive with colorful immigrant history and undiscovered "hidden gems". Both walking tours are like cooking classes on foot. You will learn how Mediterranean and Asian cultures prepare and enjoy their food, and how their dishes have been adapted to American kitchens. The secret of a cuisine is the high quality of ingredients, a sense of regional tradition and an understanding of the culture. In order to help you choose the best products, we visit the local merchants who stock the highest quality and most authentic ingredients, while learning how to avoid fraudulent imitations. On our tours, each stop provides a sample tasting of specific food ingredients and delicacies, often a benchmark flavor of that cuisine. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides offer cooking tips for incorporating these essential foods into your own recipes. As you become immersed in a world of ethnic flavors, you will learn the secrets of the world's healthiest cuisines. Our tours give you an insider's view of the vibrant, thriving ethnic enclaves. You will gain confidence in how to select the essential products that are both delicious and healthy. Your world and dinner will never be the same. Join us on Boston's oldest and most original culinary walking tour of "Little Italy" (North End) and Chinatown, and learn everything you must know to enjoy traditional Italian and Chinese foods in order to nourish your body in the way that nature intended.
Reviewed 13 March 2012

The tour took us through several shops in the North End. At each shop we learned a bit about the different foods that were sold at the shop and the shops gave us several items to sample. The tour was wonderful, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have a problem with small spaces as many of the shops were very small and our group of 10 was crammed in as tightly as we could get.

1  Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

A wonderful way to spend the afternoon - lots of great tips about food in general and food made and sold in the North End. A great way to better understand Italian food. One learns a lot about Italian pastries, olive oil, cheeses, wines, and spices! And you get a great list of suggested restaurants as well.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We lucked out and got a private tour. They were all booked up and added an extra tour which didn't get filled. So even if you get on her wait list, you may still get in. We learned a lot about the North End in Boston and got to go into the smallest meat & cheese shops. Large groups sometimes aren't able to fit inside. Maria's pastry shop was a treat. They had the Italian Easter baskets hung up all over and made the shop so festive! The Easter Bunny shops there too!

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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Our tour guide Jim was just unique. He blended History with tastes and flavors and smells. It was an easy and very pleasant way to learn about the Italian foods and cuisine and to also enjoy some Italian goodies offered to us at the interesting food stores he brought us to.

The History that he covered the tour with was more than necessary and made us understand the History of Boston better. We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Boston.

1  Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

Loved this tour of the Italian community in North End. Went back my last morning in Boston to shop for dried chestnuts from Italy (nice for Thanksgiving prep) at Polcari's and pistachio amaretti cookies from Maria's Bakery...and just to enjoy the essence of the neighborhood one last time.

Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, with lots of ideas as to how to use the ingredients we were encountering.

Thank Sherylan
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