One of my favourite things about travelling is learning about local cuisine, its history and how different cultures influence the foods of the cities I visit.
While attending 2014 Food Blogger Connect in Battersea I met Michelle Francis – a vibrant and bubbly ex-chef from Melbourne who now calls London home. Michelle lives and breathes food – she blogs about it at London from Scratch, hosts supper club meals in her home and takes food lovers on fascinating food tours of Soho and Chinatown.
Michelle invited me to join her for a walk around the streets and laneways of London to discover some of the wonderful off the beaten track food spots.
An appetite is needed as the three-hour tour features ten different tastings in a variety of cuisines all the while learning about the local food trends from Michelle.
Without giving away too many of Michelle’s favourite eats, my tour included Beirut street food, Indian cuisine, Vietnamese and Chinese eats and of course, a few sweets and desserts.
The foods we snacked on included a fabulous baba ganoush with pomegranate at Yalla Yalla, light and crisp Indian puffs at Imli Street and crunchy veg spring rolls at Cây Tre made with lattice rice paper that reminded me of the spring rolls I enjoyed at a homestay on the Mekong River in Vietnam.
For me Michelle’s tour was ideal to do at the start of my visit to London as it gave me an idea of what was around and plenty of inspiration for eats to check out during the remainder of my stay.
To find out more about Michelle and what inspires her, check out my chat with her for Inspirational Interview – Fab 5 with London from Scratch.
vegeTARAian was invited to attend the Soho food tour with no obligation.
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