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    Ferry Building and Plaza Food Tour

    Awaken your senses and tickle your taste buds on this culinary journey through San Francisco's famous Ferry Building! Sample San Francisco's bounty of local, seasonally grown food products including meats, cheeses, breads and chocolates, on this two-hour tour that will delight foodies of all ages. You will meet your personal epicurean concierge in front of the Ferry Building Marketplace, which houses some of the most well-known food purveyors in San Francisco. The Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market are staples for the city's most talked-about chefs, and you will be guided through the market place to experience San Francisco as a local! You'll taste organic cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, sample sourdough bread from ACME Bread Company, nibble on freshly made mortadella and enjoy the delicious house cured fennel salami produced by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino. Try fresh-baked fruit and vegetable tartlets from Frog Hollow Farm in nearby Brentwood, enjoy pickled vegetables from Happy Girl Kitchen; try the French macaroons from Miette Patisserie; and compare chocolates from Recchiuti Confections and Scharffen Berger. All tastings are included on this great-value tour, so be sure to work up an appetite! It's a mouthwatering excursion to culinary Utopia!
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    Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour from San Francisco

    Things to do in San Francisco
    Napa Valley and Sonoma County can be confusing: With so many wineries and so many great spots to eat, how does one know where to go? This guided 9-hour tour from San Francisco solves that problem for you, making stops at three boutique wineries to sample a variety of great wines. After getting picked up at your San Francisco hotel, you will be driven to the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and to stop for an incredible photo opportunity of the magnificent views of San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands. You will then make your way through the rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma. Stop at three wineries throughout the day to taste several different types of wine, and learn about the area and its wine production history. At each winery, sample some of the best wine of the region and learn about how it's made and what gives each wine its particular characteristics. Take a break for lunch at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa, where the food choices include everything from artisanal sandwiches and pizza to oysters and ice cream. If you like, indulge in more wine tasting at the market as well. At the end of the tour, with your appetites for food and wine sated, enjoy the trip back to San Francisco, with drop-off at your hotel. You must be at least 21 years to consume alcohol. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free lunch options are available at Oxbow Public Market. Lunch not included in the price of the ticket.
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    Original Tour

    San Francisco Native Tours
    Hungry for the real San Francisco? Get to know this eclectic city alongside a local guide and enjoy a bit of its famous cuisine while you're at it! You'll cover several of the city's most vital neighborhoods over the course of 2.5 hours, including the Financial District, North Beach, Chinatown, and Union Square. Laugh and learn with your guide as you hear historical facts, anecdotes, and a unique peek at the city's famously flavorful culture. Stop in at popular local eateries for tasty bites that might include artisanal cheeses and breads, pastries, cured meats, olives, dim sum, and fortune cookies! Some tours just taste better than others.
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    The Original Gourmet Chocolate Tour

    Things to do in San Francisco
    Need a little more sugar in your life? This 3-hour tasting tour will hit the spot as you visit some of the best chocolate makers in San Francisco! You'll learn all about the artisanal aspects behind gourmet chocolate and sample a wide variety of locally-made treats. This tour begins near the waterfront and proceeds to Union Square, with seven different stops along the way. You'll also receive a Chocolate Lover's Discount Card, offering VIP specials! Tours are led by a professional guides and kept small for a personal feel. Get ready for a sugar rush like no other!
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    Healdsburg Farm Fresh Tour

    Getaway Adventures
    Is the word "organic" music to your ears? Then this sustainable farm tour through Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley will surely be an orchestra of fun! Alongside a local guide, you'll bike scenic country roads edged by rolling hills and farmland. Visit some of the valley's famed growers, where you'll learn firstand about organic farming methods employed at each. Notable stops include Quivira Vineyards (one of the most innovative and environmentally conscious wineries in the valley that also features vegetable gardens and exotic chickens), Preston Winery (known for their artisanal bread and produce), and Dry Creek Olive Company (where you'll learn about olive oil production). Of course, you'll also have the chance to partake in wine tastings along the way. It is Wine Country, after all.
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    Hayes Valley Gourmet Food Tour

    Things to do in San Francisco
    San Francisco's Hayes Valley is so charming, you'll just want to eat it up. And during this tour, you'll come pretty close! Over the course of three hours, you'll explore its noted food culture with a local guide, visiting artisanal shops, classy restaurants, and a speakeasy! Seven different tastings will add up to a satisfying lunch and an enlightening experience that any foodie will enjoy! While destinations may vary, popular spots often included stops for seasonal ice cream made on the spot with liquid nitrogen, Greek and Vietnamese sandwiches, artisanal salumi and bread, gingerbread cupcakes, a cheese and wine pairing, and craft beer at a speakeasy lounge. Your tummy will thank you!
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    Three Cheeses in Three Hours

    FARMcurious
    Question: What's better than one cheese in one hour? Three cheeses in three hours, of course! Learn to make three distinct and delicious types of cheese -- mozzarella, chevre, burrata -- in this fast-paced, hands-on workshop while enjoying a fun sampling of economical red and white wine! This three-hour class walks you through the history of cheesemaking, important facts about milk quality, and differences, as well as the complex biology and chemistry behind turning milk into tasty curds and protein-rich whey. The experience will begin with a demonstration in time-delay fashion of how to craft a fresh, tangy goat cheese, along with tips to make your goat cheese appear like several different types of artisanal cheeses through various preparation techniques. Then, you'll finesse a gallon of milk over the course of the class into rich, stretchy mozzarella. Enjoy some of your finished mozzarella and turn the rest into creamy, dreamy burrata, the molten lava cake of the cheese world. Acquire the confidence and knowledge to reproduce the same results at home and leave with a new appreciation for the magic that is cheese.
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    Mission District Food Tour

    Taste your way through San Francisco's historic Latin neighborhood, the Mission District, a colorful, cultural, trendy area brimming with great local eats. Following your knowledgeable guide on this tour rated 5-stars on Yelp, enjoy artisanal food tastings at five restaurants while meeting chefs and restaurant owners. Get a behind-the-scenes experience in a commercial kitchen and witness fresh empanadas being made, voted one of the Top 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die by an esteemed local magazine. Be sure to bring your appetite! Following your knowledgeable local guide, you'll pass trendy shops, admire mural-covered Mission Dolores, and learn about the neighborhood's rich Latin history and culture. You'll indulge in artisanal treats at five different local eateries including a ham and oyster bar, a chic cheese café, an iconic grocery store and San Francisco's most acclaimed ice cream shop. Kick it up a notch with a behind-the-scenes look at a commercial kitchen, where you'll sample freshly prepared Argentine-style empanadas, featured on 7×7 Magazine's list of Top 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die. Your progressive meal ends near Dolores Park with a mouthwatering dessert from San Francisco's most acclaimed ice cream shop.
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    Exciting Tastes of North Beach Food Tour

    Things to do in San Francisco
    If you're looking to get a taste of what San Francisco is all about, starting in North Beach is a great appetizer! During this 3-hour guided tour, you'll do just that, visiting five or six of this delectable destination's top eateries. You'll enjoy enough samples to account for a hearty lunch, trying everything from mouthwatering Italian fare to gourmet sweets. While destinations vary from tour to tour, examples of past stops include XOX Truffles, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, The Italian Homemade Company, Caffe Greco, A Cavalli Cafe, and Mona Lisa. As you walk, you'll enjoy insights into North Beach's legendary food trends, in addition to commentary on the neighborhood's Italian culture and history. That's quite a bit to chew on, huh?
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    North Beach Walking Tour

    Explore San Francisco
    You haven't been fully introduced to San Francisco until you've been wooed in Italian. Or maybe they were just trying to sell some street-side cannoli. It all sounds romantic. Anyways, the Italian charm of North Beach will take your breath away. This guided tour will introduce you to its breezy, distinctly European vibe, bolstered by Old World architecture, and a plethora of Italian restaurants, cafes, and boutiques featuring handmade clothes and other artisanal goods. Along the way, you'll also learn about how the area served as a hub of the Beat Movement, and even check out City Lights, the still-popular bookstore that originally published Allen Ginsberg's "Howl." Other sites of interest include Washington Square, St. Peter's Church, Tosca, Vesuvio, the Beat Museum, and Telegraph Hill. Your guide will introduce to many of the area's more popular landmarks, while adding insights that you'd only get from a local. Magnifico!
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