We will "travel" through four countries via food: Nepal, Tibet, Colombia and India. Tastings will be enough for both parents and children to have lunch. There is some walking in between stops, but it's pretty minimal, and we will be able to sit down (and use a bathroom) at two or three of the stops. Aside from the tastings, the kids receive an activity packet with information: I'll teach them a little bit about each country, we'll consult a map and learn some words in the native language, and we'll play a "scavenger hunt" (with a prize for completion!) along the way. (Picky eater? There is an incentive given for kids to at least taste everything!)
I'm a food-travel writer, co-founder of the Eat Your World global food website and a mom of 2. I love showing people around the incredibly multicultural neighborhood of Jackson Heights, where I've lived for a decade and have led food tours for 8 years. Growing up here, my young kids have developed adventurous palates and a curiosity about the world. Now I am sharing that with other parents wishing to expose their children to new cultures and foods from around the world, in a fascinating off-the-beaten-path NYC neighborhood. *For larger groups (9+) or wkends, contact email@example.com. (Please note I have another popular Experience in Jackson Heights, Eat Your Way Through Diverse Queens, which is kid-friendly but not explicitly designed for children to enjoy with their caretakers.)
Six foods from four different eateries.
An activity/informational handout with country background, a word game, and a scavenger hunt checklist, plus small prizes.
We'll visit the basement dining room of a favorite Nepali restaurant, get momos (dumplings) from a Tibetan food truck, pop into a Colombian bakery for another snack, and try sweets from an Indian restaurant.
A World Food Tour for Families in Queens