When Joy Bitonio, Director of Private Accounts at Six Taste invited us to join her on a walking food tour, we were intrigued and a bit uncertain. We’ve lived in LA our whole life and keep up with the food scene here, so what could we possibly uncover on a 4-hour tour? What we discovered is how to have a remarkable destination experience within 45 minutes of our home, spending 4 hours in a transformed state of travel, discovery and eating delight.
Six Taste has a variety of walking tours from Arcadia to Santa Monica and they can be reserved on their web site. Six Taste is expanding their tours in the LA area, and there is already a buzz about San Francisco, New York and a city near you. What an amazing way to celebrate your engagement, throw a bachelor / bachelorette party or treat your out of town guests to a unique experience! Six Taste is all about creating memorable moments and will happily customize a tour. Is it a bar hop or a gourmet meal, progressive dinner style – the culinary world is your oyster, with Six Taste as your expert guide.
For people who plan, design and produce memorable moments for our clients, it’s somewhat unnerving but also very exciting to be placed in the hands of others for our own entertainment. Our host, Brandon, set the right tone for the excursion from the get go. Very quickly we figured out that Brandon enjoys leading this tour as much as we enjoy being his guests. Entertaining, animated and knowledgeable, he led us on a sightseeing and eating adventure, taking care of every detail, and created a total pampered experience. Hmmm, would our clients, brides and grooms planning their wedding and dealing with myriads of details want to get away and experience this? Absolutely!
Our starting point was the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where Brandon treated us to Hollywood history and glory, right as the recording industry was getting ready for the Grammy Awards at the nearby LA Live. In the four hours that followed, we learned fascinating information about our downtown, visited the landmark Bradbury Building, watched the ascent of the funicular at Angel’s Flight and browsed the vibrant art district on Spring Street. But what about the food??
We started our tasting at The Grand Central Market. Much like it’s renowned cousin to the west, the Farmers Market at the Grove, this market has all the color and bustle, without the tourists.
We were off to a great start! Next stop was the only organic market in the downtown LA area – Two Bits Market. We learned about the time and care that goes into selecting just the right baguette for the delicious turkey sandwiches that the owner prepared for us. As we browsed through this little gem, it became apparent that there is a movement toward sustainable food in our city and Six Taste is doing a great job to support and expand this movement. Good tasting and good for the community! Does that mean that we would be forgiven the calories that we were about to consume?
Brandon pointed out so many of his favorite bars and eateries that we’ve already started making plans to come back soon. Babycakes is a vegan bakery tucked away in a tiny space. Chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, held together by tasty white cream filling, all vegan and amazing. Who knew that vegan could taste this great? Meanwhile, in between our tastes, we were treated to visual delights of interesting architecture and street art. So much fun to be on a destination adventure.
Brandon explained that in order to cover our full itinerary and visit the greatest spots that downtown had to offer, we needed to have dessert in the middle of our meal. We did not object, quite the opposite. We felt like kids again, getting away with something, a sweet treat before the meal.
Not exactly part of the tour, but we did a quick side-stop at Spring Street Mac, the only Mac repair shop in the area, proudly owned and operated by our nephew Jason. We are a bit jealous of Jason! He gets to live and work in the midst of this great revival and food extravaganza!
Right across the street, we dropped into Syrup. Freshly made strawberry-infused iced tea, hot waffles, sorbet and other amazing sweets, all while taking a nice rest watching life go by on Spring Street. The final stop – Soi 7, a beautiful Thai restaurant, where our whole group of 15 gathered around an enormous table in the back room for a sumptuous Thai feast.
On the walk back, Brandon explained why the company is called Six Taste. There are five known tastes and with each walking food tour, there is the hope that the guests will uncover something new, a sixth taste. We felt that we achieved that! We are already planning to taste dumplings in Arcadia next.
Go ahead, have Six Taste put together a great food event for your celebration, or, be like us, and use Six Taste to create a moment, a destination and a memory within your hectic life, where for four hours you will be transported on a journey of food, fun and discovery, feeling refreshed and energized. Well-fed, too! This Find is a “must do!”