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Melting Pot Food Tours
8484 Wilshire Blvd., Ste.515
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(424) 247-9666
How to Get Anthony Bourdain Treatment in L.A.'s Thai Town

Written by Valentina Silva May 4, 2014

Ever wish you could go on a No Reservations-style food tour of a new city? In Hollywood’s Thai Town, it’s possible. Jet Tila—celebrity chef, battler on Iron Chef America, restaurateur, radio show host, and the guy who led Anthony Bourdain on an enviable Thai culinary odyssey—now leads locals and visitors on his “Flavors of Thai Town Food Tour.” The seven-stop, nearly three-hour food and culture trek follows the exact itinerary Tila formerly reserved for visiting chefs and journalists.

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Sacramento Bee - The New Old Pasadena May Just Bowl You Over

Written by By Sam McManis April 27th, 2014

Pasadena - Once, not really all that long ago, the thought of staging a high-end food tour of hip restaurants in Old Pasadena would have amounted to little more than an exercise in fast food.

As in, get your food fast and get the heck out, if you were brave enough to come at all.

Old Pasadena, a prewar civic hub and architectural marvel, had by the early 1980s long since gone from a leafy center of commerce to a garden of earthly blight, its bleak, crumbling buildings oozing decay, its businesses shifted to the Lake District, its families down to the Arroyo, if they could afford it, or off to other San Gabriel Valley cities. Wrecking balls were poised, and developers with blueprints for skyscrapers lurked, awaiting a clean slate.

But by the time, six years ago, that the city’s convention and visitors bureau approached Lisa Scalia, a valley native who runs the Melting Pot Food Tours in Los Angeles, to include Old Pasadena as one of her destinations for touristic foodies, the neighborhood had been transformed, utterly, from seedy to scintillating. And they did it through preservation rather than demolition – proving, perhaps, that gentrification need not necessarily be a pernicious enterprise.

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New York Times - Follow Them to the Food

Written by Jeff Gordinier July 30th, 2013

You know it’s there. You’ve seen it on TV. You’ve devoured a few blog posts about it.

Maybe it’s that spot in Rome where clandestine tables are set up in an alley and a neighborhood feast comes together beneath the honeyed glow of street lamps. Maybe it’s that tiny shop in a parking lot in Penang that sells the sublime coconut tarts, or the unglamorous strip mall in Los Angeles where Anthony Bourdain once sweated over a bowl of spicy Thai boat noodles.

If there’s one thing you’ve learned from watching all those shows with Mr. Bourdain, the voracious world traveler, it’s that these out-of-the-way treasures do exist. You, too, can eat there.

The only catch? You may need a little help.

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L.A. Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds persuades four Pasadena locals to give their stories and tips for visitors to the San Gabriel Valley.
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LA Magazine - Be a Tourist in Your Own Town PDF Print E-mail
Sometimes the best way to enjoy a city is with the fresh eyes of a visitor. In the stories that follow, we tell you which tours and attractions are worth your time, take you on the ultimate drive, make stargazing easy, get foodie tips from Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari, and much more.


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Food-focused walking tours in L.A. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Gelt Los Angeles Times November 11,2009
Sisters Diane and Lisa Scalia lead Melting Pot Food Tours. At the Original Farmers Market and in Old Pasadena, they tell stories and stop for samples. They join similar operators.
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