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 Traveling Spoon is a San Francisco, California-based food tourism company that connects travelers with local hosts in 180 cities across 65 countries to share authentic food experiences, from homecooked meals to cooking classes and market visits (online cooking classes are also now offered) 


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Japanese Tea Ceremony and Home Cooked Meal in Nagoya with Optional Cooking Experience - Day Trip

Price: $70 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Meet Yukie Yukie learned her cooking from her mother as child and perfected her skills when she lived abroad for one year. Her passionate for Japanese cuisine and culture, led her to study cooking as a university student and she even learned the traditional Japanese tea ceremony from her mothe...

  • In-Home Meal
  • Cooking Experience + Meal (optional)
  • Lunch (11am-1pm; Cooking Experience 11am-2pm)

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Learn to Cook Local Vietnamese Dishes with an Expert - Day Trip

Price: $60 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Linh (pronounced Ling) learned to cook traditional Vietnamese recipes from her mother and grandmother. She also went to culinary school in Danang where she learned about Vietnamese cooking techniques. She has been running two restaurants and offering cooking classes since 2012. Linh is truly a ...

  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (10:30am-2:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 8am-1pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (4pm-8pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 3pm-8pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Transportation available (included)

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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An Authentic Vietnamese Meal in Tam's Apartment Kitchen - Day Trip

Price: $58 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Tam learned to cook mostly on her own, but also picked up a few key cooking skills from her mother at a very young age. She later studied baking at Sofitel and owned a bakery, giving her professional experience in the kitchen. Tam feels truly relaxed in the kitchen and finds herself most happy ...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Street Food Tour
  • Lunch (12pm-2pm Meal, 9:30am-12:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 9am-2pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal, 9am-1pm Street Food Tour) OR Dinner (7pm-9pm Meal, 5pm-8pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 4pm-9pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal,5pm-9pm Street Food Tour)
  • Vegetarian Options available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Authentic Vietnamese Meal in a Local Home in Ho Chi Minh City - Day Trip

Price: $38 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Chi is a delightful young Vietnamese woman living with her husband in a modest, clean apartment typical of the Vietnamese middle-class. They live on a quiet road in a residential neighborhood off the bustling main streets of Ho Chi Minh City. An English teacher, Chi is delighted to share her ho...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Street Food Tour
  • Lunch (12pm-2pm Meal, 10am-2pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Transportation available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Turkish Cuisine in a Local Home with a Delightful Mother-Daughter Duo - Day Trip

Price: $68 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Nuray and Ipek are a mother and daughter team who love to entertain. After getting married at age 18, Nuray learned to cook at from cookbooks and workshops. She is now an accomplished home-cook who enjoys combining traditional Turkish flavors with Western cuisine. Her daughter, Ipek, is an engi...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (1:30pm-3:30pm Meal, 11:30am-3:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 10:30am-3:30pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (7pm-9pm Meal, 5pm-9pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 3pm-8pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Turkish Home-Cooking with an International Twist in an Istanbul Apartment - Day Trip

Price: $62 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Gülsen grew up in Izmir where she studied to be a computer engineer. She later moved to the United States to work and stayed on there for 11 years. During her time in America, she missed the tastes of home and decided to teach herself to cook. Now that she's back home in Turkey, Gü...

  • Meal
  • Lunch (1-5pm Meal) or Dinner (7-11pm Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Fresh, Seasonal Turkish Cuisine in a Local Istanbul Home - Day Trip

Price: $62 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Selda inherited her love of the kitchen from her father, an excellent cook. Originally from the Black Sea region of Turkey, Selda's father fed the family plenty of fish and only the freshest vegetables. Selda remembers him cooking chestnuts on a wood stove in the family home, and omelets th...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Lunch (1pm-3pm Meal, 12pm-3pm Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (8pm-10pm Meal, 6:30pm-9:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Authentic Southern Thai Cuisine with a Culinary Expert in Her Cooking Studio - Day Trip

Price: $56 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Pat learned to cook from her family and has been teaching cooking classes from her home for a couple of decades now. She was born in Bangkok and lived in California for eight years, where she worked at a Thai restaurant. She then moved back to Thailand, to Phuket, where she married her husband ...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Dinner (6:30-8:30pm Meal, 4:30-7:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 4-6pm Market Tour, 3-6pm Market Tour and Meal, 3:30 -7:30pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Authentic Thai Market Tour and Cooking Lesson in a Countryside Home - Day Trip

Price: $78 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Lin lives in Hang Dong, a countryside town that is a scenic 20-minute drive away from the bustling Chiang Mai city center. Lin learned her way around the kitchen by helping her mother prepare Lanna (Northern Thai) cuisine and desserts that they sold in the local market. Lin still enjoys the old...

  • Market Tour
  • Lunch (9am-2pm) OR Dinner (3:30pm-8:30pm)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available
  • Transportation available (included)

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

Package Details

Authentic Homecooking with a Thai Family in Their Bangkok Apartment - Day Trip

Price: $44 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Every meal is a family affair in Penny's home, where Penny hosts together with her sister Tam. Talent runs in this family, as both sisters are excellent cooks with lovely personalities. In addition to Penny and Tam, Penny's husband, Jonathan, and their two children will also participate...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Lunch (12pm-2pm Meal, 10am-2pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Traditional Thai Cooking in a Garden Home in Samut Sakhorn - Day Trip

Price: $36 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Pink learned to cook Thai food while she was abroad studying in the UK. The food in Birmingham's “Thai” restaurants could not compare to her mother’s skillful cooking, and so after growing tired of a diet of faux Thai and instant noodles, Pink became determined to learn by...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Lunch (12pm-2pm Meal, 10am-2pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Alcohol available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Learn Traditional Taiwanese Cooking at a Local Home in Taipei - Day Trip

Price: $112 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Ivy grew up in the south of Taiwan where she studied international trade, but then found a love of cooking and teaching cooking and decided it was time for a career change. She has been teaching cooking from her home cooking studio since 1997. She is now known and loved by locals and travelers ...

  • Cooking Class
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (9:30am-1:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 9am-2pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (7pm-11pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 5pm-10pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine with a Grandmother in Her Home Cooking Studio - Day Trip

Price: $104 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Mohara is a Sri Lankan grandmother who is full of life, love and energy. Mohara started a bakery several years ago that provides breads and savory products to supermarkets in Colombo. She is incredibly passionate about Sri Lankan cuisine and teaches cooking classes at her home. In her own words...

  • Cooking Class 
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (10am-1pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 9am-1pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (4pm-7pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian options available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Lively Conversation and Spanish Homecooking in a Local Seville Home - Day Trip

Price: $50 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Annette is a warm host with a deep appreciation for different cultures. She attributes her love of cooking to her mom and love of eating to her dad. A native Canadian, Annette is multilingual, has lived in several continents and has had professional stints in commercial banking and in the scien...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Lunch (2pm-4pm Meal, 12am-4pm Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (7pm-9pm Meal, 5pm-9pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available 

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

Package Details

Mediterranean Cuisine with a Passionate Local Foodie in His Madrid Apartment - Day Trip

Price: $44 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Luis, a veterinary science PhD student in Madrid, grew up in a family that loves to eat, which drove his passion for cooking from an early age. He remembers watching food shows on TV and asking his mother to recreate the dishes, to which she told him he had to do it himself! Luis considers the ...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (1pm-3pm Meal, 11am-3pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 10am-3pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (8pm-10pm Meal, 6pm-10pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 1:30pm-6:30pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available (up to 2 glasses of wine included)

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

Package Details

Organic, Healthy, Spanish Cuisine in a Barcelona Apartment - Day Trip

Price: $40 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Carolina lives in a charming Catalan apartment conveniently located one block away from a major subway line in the trendy neighborhood of L’Eixample. She is a holistic dietician who helps people discover alternative foods that improve their health. She studied natural foods and their bene...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (1pm-3pm Meal, 11:30am-2:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 10:30am-2:30pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (8pm-10pm Meal, 6:30m-9:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 5:30m-9:30pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

Package Details

Authentic Paella Cooking Class and Optional Market Tour in Barcelona - Day Trip

Price: $140 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Josh grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to Spain in 2002 to improve his Spanish. He ended up moving there permanently because he fell in love with the country's language and culture. He translated and interpreted for a while before realizing his passion for food. Josh first started cooki...

  • Cooking Class
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (11am-2pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 10am-2pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (5pm-8pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 5pm-9pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • 1-2 glasses of sangria included

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Modern, Inventive Catalan Cuisine with Optional Tour of the Boqueria Market - Day Trip

Price: $78 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Yves, a native of Catalonia, embodies the word “host” to the fullest. He is warm, professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the cuisine of the Catalan region. A self-taught chef, Yves has a background in Internet marketing. He left the marketing field to pursue his passion of ...

  • Meal
  • Cooking Class (optional)
  • Market Tour (optional)
  • Lunch (12pm-2pm Meal, 11am-2pm Cooking Lesson and Meal, 10am-3pm Market Tour, Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner (7pm-9pm Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

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Traditional Korean Homecooking Class with a Local in Seoul - Day Trip

Price: $58 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Jessie’s friends always told her that her mom’s food was the best, so Jessie did what young professionals do: she started a food blog highlighting the traditional Korean dishes handed down from her mother. Join Jessie in her small but efficient kitchen in Seoul to learn to cook some...

  • Cooking Class
  • Lunch(11:30am-2:30pm Cooking Lesson and Meal) OR Dinner(6pm-9pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

Package Details

Authentic South African Braai in the Winelands - Day Trip

Price: $84 - # of Days: 0 days
Tour Jaatje and her husband, Willem are easy-going hosts that love sharing stories from their culture as well as South African staples from their kitchen. Jaatje (pronounced Yaatya) grew up on a farm in the Kalahari desert and moved to the Winelands where she has lived for several years now. Jaatje ...

  • Cooking Class
  • Dinner (6pm-9pm Cooking Lesson and Meal)
  • Vegetarian Options available
  • Alcohol available 

Last day to book: 12/31/2024

Package Details


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I recently sailed on the Scarlet Lady for the Fire & Sunset Soirees Sailing from Miami with Virgin Voyages. This was my first cruise ever, not just with Virgin Voyages but with any cruise line. ...

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