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“One of the best tours we've ever had”

Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours
Ranked #10 of 49 Food & Drink in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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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 29 September 2013

We didn't just learn about the North End and Little Italy. We learned about food in general. Did you know that the cinnamon they sell in the stores is made from cassia bark and not real cinnamon bark? We were able to see and smell the difference. It was those kinds of touches that made the tour amazing. All the food sampling was great. We enjoyed our guide immensely. We went back the next day and bought all sorts of things to take home! Highly recommend.

Thank katwave1
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"pastry shop"
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"italian food"
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"the north end"
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"shop owners"
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"bubble tea"
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"dim sum lunch"
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"highly recommend this tour"
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"three hours"
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"great tour"
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"hidden gems"
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"great afternoon"
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

We joined North End Market Tour and it was like we are traveling in Italy. it was very tasty and educational tour with charming guide that teach us so much about the north end food and culture. we went to little jams like small bakeries, cheese shop, pasta shop, vegetable shop, winery and much more. we also received recipes and a list of great restaurants in the area.
very recommended for food fans!

Thank bartravelIsrael
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Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

I signed up for the Chinatown tour because it seemed like a good way to do something that would have been intimidating on our own. Our guide, Jim, was fantastic! He was 100% focused on making sure everyone in the group was comfortable and having a good time. I've never learned so much on a food tour.

Thank Kdec_austin
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We read all the positive reviews and signed on. Now I'm not a negative reviewer but I have to say this fell short of expectations. Maybe we missed the fine print or had high expectations but the tour was long on talk and short on food tasting. Our tour guide Al was very informative and knowledgeable but the tour itself was very limited. We tried some pastries, drops of olive oil and balsamic, dry goods, fennel and lemoncillo. No sit down pasta tastes, no pizza, not feeling North End at all.

3  Thank SeaLaVie_63
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Our tour guide was very enthusiatic about everything and provided great knowledge about the 6 stops along the tour. However, a lot of our samples were very small. [The person who recommended this tour to us told us we'd eat so much we wouldn't want lunch.] So don't go on an empty stomach. Even though the guide didn't push it, I did buy the North End Cookbook and it looks great!

1  Thank CityGirl53156
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