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Melting Pot Food Tours
Ranked #3 of 44 Food & Drink in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Melting Pot Food Tours is the original food tour company in southern California. If you are looking for new and different things to do in Los Angeles, a food tasting walking tour is sure to please. Choose from amongst Melting Pot Food Tours' flagship Original Farmers Market Food & History Tour, its highly rated Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, or its off-the-beaten-path East LA Latin Flavors Food & Culture Tour Private tours available with advance reservation.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Andrew was our guide and gave an exceptional tour with great knowledge. This was a very fun and interesting way to see the farmer's market. I would highly recommend Melting Pot and requesting Andrew if available.

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MeltingPotFoodTours, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

We love that your tour with Andrew and the Market was such a positive one, and thank you for your recommendation! We hope you'll tour with us again soon.

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Diane Scalia head of MPFT and Alejandro of La Espanola Meats were consummate guides. Alejandro took us through the factory portion of the tour letting us in on the various processing & curing rooms for their signature Chorizo & Salsicha. Every aspect about making Spanish sausages was demonstrated or discussed by Alejandro. Diane was our hostess for the Paella lunch clueing us in on what the various foods were on the table as well as serving us generously the Paella in a huge metal pan.

The tour took about an hour, and then we retreated to their small covered patio where we indulged in a colorful, beautifully presented land & seafood paella that included shrimp, mussels, chicken, rough ground pork sausage, peas, slivers of green bell peppers, white beans. Red piquillo peppers & orange-yellow saffron tinged rice made of colors that reflect the Spanish national flag.

Nice bottles of white wine Albarino & a red Tempranillo were served as well as bottled water for those who abstained.

Previous to the main dish, a plate of thinly sliced dry cured Spanish sausages & salami, Manchego cheese along with cured Castelvetrano olives & whole garlic in a vinegary brine in which you can dip Spanish bread into were the appetizer.

The sweet end to the meal was Tortas, a thin,crispy, sweet flour "tortilla" flavoured w/ anise, and Rosco de Vino Mata, a dry cookie flavoured w/ wine & cinnamon.

Lastly we perused the small market that is chock full of Spanish comestibles. A whole leg of Jamon Iberico de Bellota can be bought for $1,000.00, but slices of it are also on sale so no need to panic. I find that the Spanish Jamon is overall superior to Italian Prosciutto di Parma, German Schwarzwald Schinkin, & French Jambon. Interestingly, all these cured "ham" locations were under the rule of the Roman Empire over 1,600 years ago.

I discovered the most amazingly addictive Turron de Alicante by Pablo Garrigos Ibanez. Basically it's a Nougat based in a sweet, chewy, slightly gooey egg white infused w/ Rosemary flower honey that adds a smokey, oily herbal undertone that accentuates the toasty crunchy Marcona almonds. Truly a confectionery Manna.

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MeltingPotFoodTours, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you for this complimentary and comprehensive review of our La Espanola event! We love that you enjoyed the experience and have such a deep appreciation of this treasure in our own backyard! Alex and his family will love your comments, we hope you'll visit them again soon.

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Reviewed September 29, 2017

I did the East LA tour and it was great. A real slice of authentic Mexican food and history. Our guide Nick was personable and very informative. We visited many places and tried many foods giving me a real feel for this type of cuisine. Highlights were tamales for breakfast and a tortilla factory. If you want to experience the Hispanic side of Los Angeles then this is definitely your tour.

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MeltingPotFoodTours, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

We love that you enjoyed and appreciated our Latin Flavors tour so much, and we really appreciate your very kind review and recommendation! Thank you for being our guests and for including us in your travel plans.

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Reviewed September 25, 2017

The tour was very informative and the Paella lunch at the end of the tour was amazing. We learned about some wonderful Spanish sausages and the lengthy process that goes in to making a quality product. The tour host was very informative. We can't wait to go again and take some family and friends.

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MeltingPotFoodTours, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you for enjoying our delicious La Espanola event and for your very kind compliments in this review. We hope you will visit Alex and his family over and again, they will love welcoming you back!

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Reviewed September 20, 2017

I took a tour with Melting Pot Food Tours of the LA downtown Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax. Diane and her assistant, Liam, were entertaining and engaging guides. They knew the market from one end to another. Many of the merchants knew Diane and Liam also, and greeted them by name. Liam used to work at the market, so he is particularly well-known.
The history of the market was super interesting. However, the highlight is definitely the food! We began with coffee and donuts, and ended with ice cream. In between, there was toffee, tacos, meats, cheeses, fruit and so much variety!
I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a pleasant gastronomic and historical delight!
Note: allow an hour and a half to get to this location- I came from Santa Monica and the traffic was very heavy in the AM!

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MeltingPotFoodTours, Owner at Melting Pot Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you for enjoying our tour with Liam and Diane, and for taking time to post this very kind review and recommendation! We agree that the Market is one of LA's most special landmarks and we love that you enjoyed it so much!

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