How To Take The Tabasco Factory Tour

How To Take The Tabasco Factory Tour

After a week in New Orleans, we took the long way to Lafayette so that we could make one very important, and very tasty stop along the way. It’s no secret we like it hot, so a stop for the Tabasco Factory Tour seemed like a perfect stop while in Louisiana. The Self Guided Tabasco Factory Tour We arrived on Avery Island, the home of Tabasco. Avery Island is also home to the McIlhenny Company that has been producing Tabasco since just after the Civil War. The Tabasco Factory Tour starts in the Tabasco Museum, in the building that houses the ticket office. The museum focused on the history of Tabasco and the McIlhenny family. The tour continues through nine more phases, focusing predominantly on how Tabasco is made. The tour starts with a walk through a greenhouse that explains what kind of peppers are used to make the special sauce. Then, we learned about the barrels that are used in the aging process. This, to me, was very interesting. I didn’t know that they aged the pepper mash, or that the aging takes place in retired bourbon barrels. The blending floor includes dozens and dozens of vats where the peppers are mashed. The best thing? There is a little button to press that releases the smells from the blending floor. The smell alone was intoxicating. I could have stood there all day pressing that button. Then, we walked along the bottling floor, and through a separate section dedicated to advertising and marketing of Tabasco around the world. Although a relatively short tour, we learned a lot. Being that they offer a...
Episode S0202: A Little Taste of Prague

Episode S0202: A Little Taste of Prague

During our recent tour of the Czech Republic, where we spent about a week exploring Czech food and Czech wine, we took a morning Prague food tour. During our tour (yes during it) we sat down and shared some beers with Jans, of Taste of Prague food tours. Over the course of our tour, we learned an amazing amount about the history of Czech food, a lot of which we had never heard before, even on prior trips to Prague. Jans also talked about the trends in Czech cuisine. This food travel podcast episode takes place in an actual Czech pub. Yes, there’s some clinking and bar noise in the back ground. But, isn’t that part of traveling in the Czech Republic? Also, check out our Taste of Prague video on YouTube: The Taste of Prague food tour lasts approximately 4 hours and costs EUR 96 per person. The food tours are purposely kept small, but they can handle groups up to “8 hungry people.” Mentions in this week’s Food Travel Podcast Taste of Prague Lokal Prague Deviled Eggs at Nikki Beach Koh Samui Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re now available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Episode of the Food Travel Podcast http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/2_Ep_02_Taste_of_Prague.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...
Mumbai Street Food Tour – Eating in India

Mumbai Street Food Tour – Eating in India

As much as I wanted to explore India in comfort, I did, honestly, plan on exploring more of the local food scene. I wanted to land in India and be ready to explore the Mumbai street food scene, and attempt to eat like a local. I did not want to eat all of our meals in the hotel, in a contained environment. I wanted to be the person who could claim to have explored the street food in India, or having ate with the locals, when traveling in India. Once we arrived in Mumbai, though, I became a lot more skeptical of this notion. Mumbai is like a smack upside the head, after a good shaking, while sleep deprived. I’ve seen movies and TV shows about India, but nothing prepared me for Mumbai. The traffic, the noise, the makeshift homes, the trash, the poverty. It was truly like nothing I’d seen before. I know people eat street food in India. And I am a proponent of eating street food all over the world. But, there was something different about India. Even the people we met in India talked about how they get sick too. I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to slow down our travel over our 10 days in India, by being laid up in the hotel sick. I had too much to see and do in a short amount of time. I wanted to explore Mumbai street food, but I had no idea where to start. I felt uncomfortable walking down the street, with my head turning from side to side, trying to take it all in....
Discover Ferrari – Exploring and Tasting Modena

Discover Ferrari – Exploring and Tasting Modena

When we stayed in Modena last year, we instantly fell in love, both with the city and the surrounding areas. We rented a car for that trip and were able to explore all of the famous Modena food products, by stopping at wineries and cheese makers along the way. During this trip to Modena, I didn’t want to rent a car. We were staying in an apartment in a restricted part of town, where we couldn’t park. And frankly, I didn’t want the hassle of a rental car. But, my good friend from the US, Mollis, was visiting us. I wanted Mollis to taste all of the famous Modena foods, and have a similar experience to what we had when we visited in 2014. I figured, if nothing else, we could rent a car for a day and go exploring because that is the one thing about Modena: everything great is outside of the town. Of course there is an amazing Modena food market, and tons of great restaurants in town. We ate very, very well in Modena. There are also some shops where you can taste traditional balsamic vinegar, and even Parmigiano Reggiano. But, it is more difficult to learn the details of how these foods are produced if you are limited to exploring the region solely from inside Modena. As part of the 2015 EXPO in Milan, the Modena tourism board realized this was a problem and decided to try out something new. They offered something akin to a hop-on, hop-off bus to explore the land of fast cars and slow food. Because that’s what Modena is...
Irish Food Tourism and Ireland’s Food Trails

Irish Food Tourism and Ireland’s Food Trails

As I’ve mentioned about a dozen times, we are not newbies to Ireland. We’ve been traveling to Limerick, and around the west, for about 15 years. During our first trip to Ireland, our aunt and uncle drove us around to see the main sites. Since that time, our trips involve hanging in Limerick, or on the coast in Kilkee, often with a Guinness in hand. Our trips focus on meals with family. Thus, unlike most of our travels, which focus heavily on food travel, we’ve yet to delve into the concept of Irish food tourism. In fact, I did not really know that Irish food tourism even existed. Many people come to Ireland on heritage tours, to learn where their family comes from. Or, they come to drive through the verdant countryside, looking for fuzzy sheep along the way. They probably dream of the Cliffs of Moher, and the rest of the stunningly beautiful Wild Atlantic Way coast line. But, coming to Ireland for food? That’s another story. Grow Local, Buy Local All across Europe, about a decade ago, the trend was focused on shopping for convenience. As younger generations began to avoid the beautiful historic food markets in favor of big box shops and chain stores, it seemed almost as though the original charm of Europe was destined for obsolescence. It was more likely you would find a young mom shopping at Lidl than you would at a traditional market. The pendulum, though, is swinging back to grow local, buy local in much of Europe. Farmer’s markets are picking up, traditional city markets like Santa Catarina in Barcelona...
Lisbon Culinary Tour – Lunch With a Professional Chef

Lisbon Culinary Tour – Lunch With a Professional Chef

We are becoming experts in food tours around the world, from Hanoi to Bangkok to Barcelona. It’s something I enjoy doing in order to better understand the local food scene, even in a city that I have traveled to before.  When we returned to Lisbon, though, I wanted something a little more, well, unique. Lazy Flavors was able to customize a Lisbon culinary tour that was exactly what we had in mind, even though we didn’t know it. We approached Lazy Flavors, essentially asking them for a food tour.  Although we had been to Lisbon before, our diet consisted mostly of shrimp with garlic, and pork sandwiches, called bifanans. All good, but we wanted some variety. This Lisbon culinary tour took our knowledge of traditional Portuguese cuisine to a whole new level. The owner of Lazy Flavors, Mariana, wanted to wow us.  Sure, she knew we would be writing about the experience.  She figured, though, it would be a perfect opportunity to test out their new customized Lisbon culinary tour, on a willing crowd – a couple of hungry guinea pigs, with big stomachs and open minds. We met Mariana and Veronica, our tour guide, in the Graça neighborhood of Lisbon, set  on one of the seemingly highest hills of the city.  After a walk around the neighborhood, learning about its history, we got to work.  Food work. We met professional chef, Chef Patrícia, at her favorite fishmonger in Graca.  She explained that she had prepared most of the ingredients ahead of time for our Lisbon culinary tour, but wanted to show us her fishmonger.  The historic fish shop still...
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