With a world of dining options at your feet, why settle for another theme restaurant more vested in selling souvenir mugs and tee shirts? Thanks to the influence of The Food Network, Anthony Bourdain and Public Television’s Globe Trekker, food tour companies around the world are leading the way, ushering the hungry to as many edible landmarks as possible.
In addition to providing access to the best morsels in a city or region, food tours are great investments that provide several benefits. Itineraries can help cut vacation planning time as they factor in historical landmarks and fun facts. Guides, often natives or long-time residents of the area, are only too happy to steer visitors away from tourist traps. While some food tours are undisputedly designed for grown-up palates, the following provide satisfying tastes of a place you and your kids will savor for years to come.
TASTE OF TESTACCIO
Given the universal popularity of Italian food, Eating Italy’s Tasting Testaccio jaunt is the perfect first food tour for younger foodies while parents and older kids will find favorite bites as well. The four-hour walking tour enables explorers to experience Rome like a local in Testaccio, an actual neighborhood said to be the birthplace of cucina romana where residents live, eat and shop. As a result, families will sample the best gelato, pasta, cheeses and Roman street foods without crowds or long waits, as well as meet local food heroes along the way.
JORDAAN FOOD TOUR
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Experience one of Europe’s most storybook-like cities with Eating Amsterdam’s Jordaan Food Tour. The journey of 12 stops includes hearty samples of fried halibut, fresh herring, savory cheeses, smoked sausage, mini pancakes, meatballs and Café Papeneiland’s internationally famous Dutch apple pie. Instead of jostling with tourists, see how locals live by crossing through small parks, hidden courtyards, narrow streets and paths near the canals. Historic highlights include a glimpse of the Anne Frank House and several architecturally significant churches and public buildings.
HANDS-ON DUMPLING DELIGHTS & STREET EATS BREAKFAST
While the former French Concession is home to several of Shanghai’s most fashionable restaurants, there are plenty of hidden treasures on side streets and narrow lanes during the daytime. Through Untour’s Street Eats Breakfast, enjoy a uniquely Shanghai-breakfast experience consisting of freshly made soymilk and fried dough, succulent noodle dishes and piping-hot baskets of the city’s best soup dumplings. Dumpling connoisseurs can take the experience a step further with Hands-On Dumpling Delights, tasting the city’s best dumplings before heading to a local cooking class to make their own. Both tours incorporate a wet market visit, bilingual guide and a post-tour Shanghai welcome pack with helpful restaurant recommendations.
MILE END MONTREAL FOOD TOUR
Sometimes, the best way to find a city’s culinary heart is to get out of the city center and head out to a neighborhood a little bit off the tourist’s radar. That said, Montreal’s ethnically diverse Mile End has been on the map for years because of St.Viateur’s perfectly rendered bagels. And through the Mile End Montreal Food Tour, you can taste what’s keeping the neighborhood buzzing, from an artisanal butcher to falafel in a vegan restaurant to homemade gnocchi topped with Montreal’s top-ranked tomato sauce.
FARMER’S MARKET FOOD & HISTORY TOUR
Los Angeles is one of America’s most ethnically diverse cities, and Melting Pot Food Tours delivers a delicious crash course in the city’s mosaic of global delights at Hollywood’s historic Original Farmers Market. The 180-minute tour artfully blends colorful local history through the market’s long-time merchants and tastemakers and generous samples of LA’s highest rated doughnuts, pizza from LA’s first pizzeria, Brazilian barbecue, Middle Eastern street food, handcrafted ice cream and more.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …