Holiday guests coming to LA? Look no further than a Melting Pot Tour to keep them coming back for more

Whoooeeee.  Did I have a blast a couple of weeks ago, joining a group of LA tourists on a walking tour of the famous Farmers’ Market and 3rd street.  Walking?  In LA?  Yup.  Dynamic sister duo of Lisa and Diane Scalia started their food/walking tour outfit, Melting Pot Tours, because they saw a need for strongly themes guided walking tours in Los Angeles.  They focused on two fantastic areas — Old Town Pasadena, and Farmers’ Market, both areas with some great food, deep history, and architecture and shops for the visual palate, too.  They keep group sizes small so that you enjoy a truly intimate experience.  Our group was about 10 people and much larger than that would have been a bit unwieldy. Diane made sure to take the time to walk with different tourists along the way to get to know us all a bit better and pointed out tidbits of info that pinpointed each of our interests.

I don’t want to give away their “set list”, but I will tell you that they started us off with history of the market itself, followed by coffee and donuts at the Farmers Market and kept us going through to chicken salad at Joan’s (including meeting and chatting with chef/owner Joan McNamara) and ending up with sushi on 3rd street!  All the shop owners, chefs, and owners were truly pleased to see us, they knew our tour guide  (Diane Scalia) very well, and she went out of her way to share the colorful history of each of the businesses in the market and along our walk. 

Because of the number of places that we stopped to taste at along our tour, portions were fairly small, but I’m telling you that I was stuffed half way through the tour (and I NEVER have trouble eating!)  But the best part of the feast was learning history behind each restaurant, feeling like VIPs at each stop, and enjoying a really good stroll with an amiable tour guide.

Whenever I travel abroad, I make walking tours part of the visits because the history of the city, from the vantage point of the street, brings you right into the culture.  Los Angeles, which truly is a driving city, generally has some pretty limited walking tour offerings.  Melting Pot Tours saw the promise of offering walking tours in LA, and in a sense, has brought some of European style travel culture to LA.  Enjoy the photo album below and if you have guests heading to LA for the holidays, or just want to do something really fun and really different in this car-centric city, get yourself booked into a tour.  Don’t wait for the last minute, especially if you have a set time you prefer.  Tours sell out, particularly in heavy tourist seasons. 

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ve given you another 29,000 words, and likely 3,000 calories, to savor in the pics I took along our tour (kind of a virtual walking tour for you!)  Just click on the pic or on the album title (Melting Pot Tours) and you’ll feel a little like you had a slice of doughnut, chicken salad, sushi, and brazillian meat right along with us!

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A walking tour of the Farmers' Market

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