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August 6, 2009, 12:55 am
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Melting Pot Food Tours Expands Its World Cuisine Walking

Tasting Tours to Pasadena, California

Tour Illuminates the Culinary Treasures of Pasadena

mpft_logo-largePasadena, Ca – Melting Pot Food Tour announces the launch of Pasadena’s first and only walking taste tour featuring a diverse array of culinary treasures.  Running every Saturday and Sunday, the new summer three hour walking tour illuminates the ethnic eateries of Old Pasadena aspiring to place the City of Roses on the map as a noteworthy culinary destination in its own right.  Lisa and Diane Scalia, co-founders of Melting Pot Food Tours entertain with historic and colorful stories of Pasadena’s intriguing past while guests visit spectacular ethnic eateries where they will indulge in multiple tastings of world cuisines.

“The new Melting Pot Food Tour of Old Pasadena is so much more than expected! Lisa and Diane’s skillful story telling bring the region’s history to life while guests enjoy some of our best kept culinary secrets! It’s a great way to discover Pasadena’s hidden charms while sampling some great food,” comments Nan Marchand Beauvois, Executive Director, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB).

The tour explores the streets of Green, Union, Holly, DeLacey, the avenues of Fair Oaks and Raymond, and Colorado Boulevard in historic Old Pasadena. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways are revealed as guests visit award-winning yumbreadsethnic eateries and sweets havens for tastings. Guests will indulge in multiple tastings of world cuisine including Tortas Mexico, Bar Celona (Spanish), Aux Delices Bakery and Café (French), Equator (Asian Fusion), Bird Pick Tea & Herb, Tutti Gelati (authentic gelato), Mezbaan Indian Cuisine, Tibet Nepal House (Himalayan), and Mignon Chocolate (exquisite chocolatier). Additionally, guests enjoy the pleasure of a sensory experience at a handmade soap kitchen.

“The Melting Pot Food Tours tradition is to acquaint guests with extraordinarily delicious treasures that both locals and visitors may not typically find or taste on their own. The Old Pasadena tasting tour is destined to become a true signature of this and promises a myriad of flavors that are both unforgettable and habit-worthy. The fascinating stories behind the foods and this historic district that was once only a sunny land of orange groves are guaranteed to entertain and delight,” says Diane Scalia, Tour Maestra.

The new tour lasts approximately three hours and runs from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. The tour runs every Saturday and Sunday. Price is $49 per person, including all tastings. The tour begins and ends at the same location. Tours are limited to 15 people and advance reservations are required. Groups can be accommodated with multiple tours running concurrently.  For tickets and info, please visit . Main website is  Yelp Reviews:


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Our tour was fantastic!!! We took it in February –with another couple and had a blast! Our male ( Mike? from Long Beach? ) tour guide was absolutely fantastic!!! The Soap Kitchen has become my favorite place to get gifts — and we went back to Father Nature, Bird Pick Tea, and Equator within two weeks…. before we ran out of time and going back to Jersey….but and my husband and I look forward to revising the rest…. and seeing the Tour on the streets of Old Pasadena on weekends!!

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