Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with today's Groupon: for $79, you get your choice of either the Taste of Downtown or Taste of Mission Hills walking food tours for two from A Taste of San Diego (a $150 value). Both tours commence at 3 p.m. The downtown tour lights off from the corner of 6th Avenue and J Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the Mission Hills tour takes off from the corner of Washington and Falcon Streets on Sundays.
A Taste of San Diego's informed guides shepherd epicurean explorers through the city's most delectable undiscovered nosheries during walking and driving food tours. Navigate 16–18 blocks and five restaurants on the three-hour Taste of Downtown tour, during which you'll nibble artisanal breads and cheeses, along with a variety of local cuisine from the Mediterranean, Asia, and Mexico. The tour focuses on charming neighborhood diners and encourages people to wander off the wax-paper-wrapped path of the downtown draw. Those seeking architectural opulence on their gastronomical voyage can opt for the Taste of Mission Hills tour. The journey winds through a handful of restaurants in 2.5 hours, as well as stunning structures from the early 20th century, an idyllic era when all homes were fashioned from baguettes and olive oil.
Dishes from both tours can be accompanied by additions of either beer and wine (Taste of Downtown; $20/person not included in the Groupon value) or a wine-tasting pairing (Taste of Mission Hills; $25/person not included in the Groupon value). Guests should neglect any at-home noshing prior to the tour, ensuring empty bellies ready to be cosseted by the tour's innumerable tastes, complimentary water, and dessert.
A Taste of San Diego
If you can't decide where to eat amid San Diego's wealth of top-tier restaurants, it might be time to go ahead and try them all at once. A Taste of San Diego leads culinary tours through the city's most interesting and respected foodie favorites, from the seafood of Seaport to the desserts of Eclipse Chocolate to the candy-paved sidewalk that connects the two. Other tour highlights might include gourmet olive oil from Olivetti Oil and Vinegar, the swank charm of Jsix, or Venissimo Cheese's world-renowned shrine to dairy. Tours dip into different neighborhoods depending on the theme, and the guides are always scoping out the scene to uncover hidden gems to add into the mix.