Art Historian, Master in Cultural Tourism and co-founder of the first food tour company in Mexico, I moved eight years ago to Paris to explore, eat and share my experiences with French food culture.
Today, due to my constant desire for learning and having a deeper understanding of the French culinary history, I have settled in Bordeaux where I continue this adventure, this time including the vast and fascinating universe of French wine.
Matthew's Street Food Tour of London was super fun. I had been to London several times before, visiting friends, but never quite understood where I was. This time, after visiting four different neighborhoods in the East End everything became more clear to me. As for food, every single thing that Matthew introduced us to was delicious. He really is a Street Food connoisseur, he has traveled so much and has such a passion for food, that it reflects in his excellent selection of world foods. We tried ten different foods from ten different countries! We visited two food markets, tried all levels of street food, talked to the vendors, it was great! I definitely recommend taking this tour, just be prepared for a lot of walking. Our tour extended to almost five hours, but we really didn't care because we were there for that.
Our tour with Jesica was fantastic! We were lucky that we were the only ones on the tour that day. Her knowledge of the neighborhoods and shots I impressive and we learned quite a lot about chocolate and pastries. Jesica is a nice and sweet. It was like spending a few hours with a friend. I would highly recommend this tour or any other type that she does. Can't wait to be back in Paris!
I love this tour so much that I've taken it twice! First with my boyfriend 4 years ago and just recently with two girlfriends. Jesica is absolutely fantastic- she gets you off of the beaten path of touristy Paris and into the heart of a neighborhood that offers delicious cheeses, wines and meats. My two friends are vegetarians and Jesica had no problem adapting the tour to their needs. Highly recommended!!
Great tour, we felt like we genuinely experienced a part of Parisian life. Incredible range of produce from top quality fruit through to award winning cheeses and charcuterie, without forgetting how to judge the finest baguette in Paris! The local insight made all the difference in this. Jesica was knowledgeable, passionate and engaging, and made the whole experience fun and personal. Many thanks Jesica!
We had a lovely time with Jesica! Learned more than I would ever have thought. I liked that we switched off between chocolate and pastry. But be prepared to have more desserts than you can handle. An added bonus - we went on a Belgien chocolate tour a few days later in Brussels and the tour guide was impressed about how much I knew. Of course this was all because of the Jesica and the knowledge she passed on.
Informative and enjoyable. This was our second tour with Jessica in the last few years, the first time as a couple and this time with our two boys (9 and 13). She did a very nice job of adjusting the tour this time to make it more accessible for the kids. Good meeting location, tasty treats along the way, beautiful market, and great bits of information as well. Jessica is knowledgeable and personable, with an interesting and unique perspective on Parisian culture and food given her international background. Well worth the time and expense.
Superb!!! We HIGHLY recommend this food tour. We loved the personalized and intimate feel of the tour. Jesica did an amazing job at answering our questions and providing much more than just a tasting. We actually learned about how to survive in the food world of Paris, which was incredibly important to us since we are staying for several months. Not only did we have a delicious and very fun (we spent a ton of time laughing) tour but it was incredibly informative and actually provided useful tips and help for all of our future food adventures in Paris. This is definitely not something I found in any other food tour. I have recommended this tour to several friends now. It's a must do!!
We can't say enough about how much we loved this experience. Jesica was flexible with our start time, as our 7 month old had a rough night adjusting to Paris time. She started a little late and extended the tour for us. She had a Paris cheat sheet, with key phrases, how to order, and a glossary of different types of meats/breads/etc. We used that piece of paper all the time. We had amazing croissants and coffee, then went to a patisserie and learned to order bread, walked thru a local farmers market, had a cheese tasting at a fromagerie and my absolute favorite wine and oysters at a wine bar. The wine bar was a place that I would have found too intimidating to go into, but loved that she was there to help us order and get settled. If we had extra time in Paris, I would have had a second tour with Jesica to have her help us explore another neighborhood. This is a must and I can't recommend her highly enough.
This tour was exactly what we neededas first timers in Paris. Not only we get to savour what locals eat (instead of going to over priced touristy cafes) but we also get lots of educational information. I didn't know there are such word as cheese mongers before this tour. And with Jessica, it feels like you're being showed around Paris with an old friend, she makes the whole experience so much fun. Her passion for food and produce is so infectious. Highly recommended especially in the beginning of your Paris stay.
My husband and I are traveling with my parents, who had never been to France. Only having traveled here once before, I was not sure if I could teach them anything, so we had Jessica teach us how to eat like a Parisian. She was wonderful- she was easy going, found us great food, was very knowledgable about the area and French culture, and adjusted to what we needed. We are enjoying our trip that much more because of her help.
We wanted a tour that enabled us to see and learn Parisian day to day living and Jessica was perfect for the task. It was great to observe her interactions with shop keepers, cheese mongers and charcuterie specialists. Jessica explained customary French greetings and correct ways to order each product. She introduced us to a local area of Paris which we would never have visited otherwise. We finished with a perfect picnic in the park, tasting all the products we had bought along the way. (These were included in the tour fee). Superb! A 5 star experience. We highly recommend Jessica's tour!
We did this tour in June and had a great time. Jesica was personable, knowledgable and thorough. My husband and I learned so much and ate even more. We started our two week vacation in France with this tour and now feel ready to conquer edible France like a true Parisians. Thanks, Jesica. We highly recommend this tour!
Jesica was absolutely amazing on this tour. My sister and I traveled to Europe for the first time together and I really wanted to show her as much as I could about the culture in each of the cities we visited. Jesica's tour was a perfect way to accomplish that goal. She was warm and welcoming and felt like a friend in Paris. I would recommend this tour to all as it is not your typical tour experience and feels completely unique. Jesica - THANK YOU for an amazing time!
jesica's pastry tour is amazing. basically there's three things going on here: - you're eating amazing pastry and chocolate the entire tour, non-stop, with no lag-time or low-spots - jesica is an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable resource, allowing you to feel comfortable with all those inane touristy questions we all have - you end up learning about two thousand years of culinary history without realizing it i think there is just a perfect correspondence between the curated nature of the experience and the hidden nature of paris. there's just _so much_ in paris, and it's easy to get lost. jesica has hand-picked some of the most incredible bakeries in paris through what seems like years of painstaking research! she not only tells you what each place specializes in and how they make everything so good, but how they developed these techniques over the centuries. by the end of the tour, the whole meme of "man, how did the french develop such an amazing culinary culture?!" gets demystified a little bit -- jesica shows you the stages of how (and why) it happened. and, of course, the whole time, you are reaping the sweet rewards of the process. anyhow: highly recommended. insider information i never could have got on my own, and it took my appreciation of intricate pastries and chocolates to unimagined heights. thank you jesica!
Such a wonderful morning in a refreshingly non touristy part of Paris with the generous and knowledgable host Jesica. I now feel confident to buy that beautiful produce at the market and the boulangerie that before I only looked at. I highly recommend this tour.
This was an amazing tour - I can't recommend it enough! We started with breakfast and certainly didn't need lunch after the tour. It was great for my teenage children. Jessica was well prepared but also flexible in asking for our own preferences . It was great to learn about French culture (and a bit of history) through food. It was a bonus that we took home leftovers! We have been practising being polite at cafés by greeting the owners on arriving and leaving and also applied the "five rules of baguette choosing" at the bakery today. Many thanks to Jessica.
It was really nice being able to take Jesica on one of my tours. I wish I could have had more time to chat to her, but I'll definitely book her tour when I'm next in Paris - it sounds really fantastic.
This was a really fun tour. Jesica does treat you like a friend, and we loved the whole experience. I saw a part of Paris I had never seen, and now want to go back. Despite a somewhat challenging weather day, we hit all the highlights, and ate a lot of food. My favorite was standing at the fromagerie counter, out of the rain, trying the different cheeses. And the rye bread with raisins. And the pastries. And the... ok, there was nothing I didn't like. I highly recommend this tour for the food, but also for Jesica's way of introducing you to the French way to eat. Thanks, Jesica!!
Great company. Jesica was very knowledgeable and easy to be around. Merci!
We had our tour with Jessica last week, on our second day in Paris. She was so personable, knowledgable and generous with everything! She definately made our stay more enjoyable - and we left with such an appreciation of the culture, food and lifestyle of the Parisians. Highly recommended!