Culinary Gems of North Beach Tour

San Francisco, CA , United States

About Your Host

Joseph Amster is a tour guide, journalist, historian, California native, and resident of San Francisco. As a journalist, he served as editor various magazines. With the rise of the Internet, Joseph found journalism jobs few and far between. In 2011, he and partner Rick Shelton founded Time Machine Tours. Because of their backgrounds in the performing arts, they decided to offer historical walking tours as characters from San Francisco history. Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine launched in July, 2011. Joseph combined his love of history with his culinary background to also offer San Francisco Food Safari, a shopping tour of the North Beach and Mission Districts. He is available for charter tours, lectures, weddings, and special events.

What we'll do

Culinary Gems of North Beach takes place every Friday at 11 a.m., departing from Washington Square. Not your typical food tour, Chef Joseph offers his knowledge and insights as guests scout out the best of each neighborhood's food scene. Pick up culinary treasures along the way to enjoy afterwards. Chef Joseph began his culinary career at San Francisco's legendary Salmagundi. He was the food critic at the Orange County and Long Beach Blade and IN Los Angeles magazines, has written food articles for Oakbook and J Weekly magazines, worked as a caterer, taught cooking classes, and is working on a book titled Created in California: The Golden State's Gifts to Gastronomy. Please note: these are not tasting tours, they're shopping tours: guests may purchase what they like along the way. This is done to keep the cost low - tasting tours typically cost $80-$100, San Francisco Food Safari is only $20. Make sure to bring a shopping bag to load up with goodies and cash, as many of the establishments do not take credit cards! Culinary Gems of North Beach Every Friday at 11 a.m. San Francisco’s North Beach is well known for its legendary Italian cuisine, but there’s more to this historic neighborhood than restaurants. Embark on a two and a half hour journey, scouting out North Beach’s best delis, coffee houses, bakeries and meat markets. Learn about North Beach’s history, and pick up sandwiches and snacks along the way for afterwards utilizing the tour's voluminous printed guide. Stops include: Mara’s Italian Pastries-famous for their cannolis. Little City Market-purveyors of the San Francisco's best Sicilian sausage. Victoria Pastry Co.-A San Francisco favorite since 1914. Molinari Deli-A real old-fashioned Italian deli, one of the few left in San Francisco. Find out why their sandwiches are legendary. Café Trieste-San Francisco’s most famous coffee house and home to the Beat Generation. Tony’s-A slice of New York in San Francisco, one of the only places you can get pizza cooked in coal-fired ovens. Liguira Bakery-find out why people line up early for their legendary focaccia. And much more! Parking note: street parking is limited. Parking garages are available for around $10 on Filbert, west of Columbus, Powell between Union and Green and a municipal lot is on Vallejo Street.



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