Taste the Best, See the Best

Taking a lunch break with co-workers is a thing of the past; stopping what you’re doing at work to sit down at a table and eat with colleagues has almost become a luxury. Some companies don’t even have a spot within their building to eat on site meals together.

Let’s start off with all the reasons coworkers might NOT want to eat together. One might say, “eating with my peers is a waste of time”, or “it’s too costly to go out with work contacts when I’m on a budget and would prefer to prioritize other relationships”, or “less time spent at my desk during the day, requires more time spent after hours,” or even “taking time to eat with my co-workers leaves me distracted and negatively effects my productivity rate.” Sure, those points are heard; however, with a change in mindset, one will soon realize that the benefits outweigh the aforementioned concerns.

Diving into the benefits, there are many reasons coworkers should WANT to eat together. Shared meals with coworkers help to foster an intimate connection. An intimate connection leads to a deeper relationship. A deeper relationship is based upon a bond. That bond can be incredibly powerful and motivating, and leads to a more cohesive unit. Frankly, these kinds of relationships are required for long term professional success. Additionally, a defined break is proven to recharge one’s mind and body, actually boosting productivity. Such a “work break” among coworkers opens up communication; it can lend to a friendly tone in casual exchanges and respectful dialogue during stressful projects. Through connecting at mealtimes, one can also stay involved in workplace happenings, and establish a network per se.

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Family relationships take effort, and so do professional relationships. If you do not feed them each the right nutrients, they cannot grow.

A few suggestions to be successful in efforts to eat with co-workers:

  • Avoid spots with crowded loud, lines
  • Select a sit-down location where you can hear one another
  • Be aware of food allergies
  • Be willing to join your co-worker for a mid-day coffee or accompany them on a walk to pick up a meal
  • Plan co-worker food and drink outings in advance to accommodate different busy schedules

That being said, Sidewalk Food Tours checks the above five boxes, and makes for a great team building exercise in the cold or warm times!

Team building activities can be fun, but are they really effective? Are they worth the investment?


You’ll do whatever it takes to create a better, more efficient work environment, but is there solid evidence of increased teamwork and communication as a result of team building activities? Here are 5 things Team Building Activities can do for you:


1) Boost Morale

Variety is the spice of life. Getting out of the office to share a new experience can breathe life into a team and revitalize communication. If you’re always in the same routine chances are you’re facing the same challenges day in and day out. Switching things up and spending time together in a new environment can give you a new perspective. When you come back to the routine you just might have inspired a spark of creative thinking that will give your company the boost it needs. And why not enjoy a delicious meal while you’re at it?


2) Encourage Better Communication

Getting out of the usual circles of communication can encourage people to get to know coworkers they might not work with all of the time. The team can benefit from building natural, long lasting relationships, starting somewhere without the pressures of the work environment. When these relationships develop organically in a relaxed context, they are much more likely to promote bonding.


3) Build Familiarity and Trust

Sometimes it’s easy to stay in your shell at work. And while not everyone is a social butterfly, team building activities can promote better engagement from each team member and open people up to a new level of comfort. You can become more familiar with everyone as you see a new side of them emerge. As a result, trust can be built that will lead to stronger bonds and increased productivity. Better team engagement means better teamwork.


4) Make Memories and Create an Office Culture

Days spent with team building activities leave a long lasting impact. Your team not only bonds during, but even afterwards as you look back on a foundational moment. Set the tone for your office and it will have an exponential impact as it makes the workplace comfortable and encouraging.


5) Have Tons of Fun!

What better way to bond than to share a delicious variety of food with someone? Our tours are enjoyable for all and we promise you’ll leave a happy (and very full) team!


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Eating Together, Working Together

December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Food tours are a great way to build camaraderie among your team. Here, a group enjoys pizza from Pizzeria Delfina in the Mission District of San Francisco. At center is Pizzeria Delfina proprietor Craig Stoll, a James Beard Award winner.

Food tours are a great way to build camaraderie among your team. Here, a group enjoys pizza from Pizzeria Delfina in the Mission District of San Francisco. At center is Pizzeria Delfina proprietor Craig Stoll, a James Beard Award winner.

If the old saying “families who eat together stay together” is true, how about applying that philosophy to your workplace? When you’re thinking about your next team-building activity, consider the power of an excursion with Sidewalk Food Tours to connect colleagues.

Everyone loves a good meal, and it’s even better when you can share the food with others. At the workplace, this could be as easy as going out for lunch or sitting in the breakroom together over sandwiches. But those gatherings usually involve only two people, maybe three or four. How about the whole enchilada, as it were?

The popular blog TeamBonding believes an off-site meal is a great way to encourage camaraderie among co-workers: “Sharing food and having fellowship with the people you work with will greatly enhance creativity and communication skills.”

Research also supports the notion that teams sharing food will share a stronger bond in the workplace. For instance, a group from Cornell University published a study in 2015 in which they analyzed station meals among firefighters. They found that firefighters who ate together in turn worked better together because they felt a stronger connection to each other — “ideal work groups or platoons functioned like ideal families.”

Another great reason to do a team-building food tour is to foster friendships or at least social bonds in the workplace. When peers share a connection beyond working at the same place, it improves their mood and outlook on their jobs.

Thus, taking your team on a food tour is the perfect opportunity to create meaningful connections. People might find they share a love, or distaste, of a certain food. They might even share a familial connection with a particular dish or cooking style. They might not realize they were in such close proximity to restaurants they really enjoy. And with Sidewalk Food Tours, we go beyond the plates and offer guests an insider’s tour of a particular neighborhood, giving them new insights into the places they call home.

Sidewalk Food Tours operates in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris, France. We have many options to suit your team’s needs, including flexibility on the days and times when tours run. Visit www.sidewalkfoodtours.com to learn more.

If you picked October as the month to visit San Francisco, consider yourself savvy. Things are really starting to heat up here — yes, we’re talking about the weather. As the rest of the country begins the slow crawl into winter, the Bay Area is humming along in its usual warm autumnal temps that the locals refer to as the real summer.

Famous as much for it’s chilly Julys and Augusts as for its sourdough and Dungeness crab, the pleasant weather of September and October means it’s the perfect time to hit the pavement and explore the city (without a jacket in the afternoon). San Francisco is popular for its scenery and cuisine, but both are in such abundance that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, the city’s nearly 3,500 restaurants make it the most densely packed food town per capita in America. And with views, landmarks, and fun factoids stretching the entirety of these 47 square miles, where does one begin?

There’s no better way to see San Francisco and experience it’s unmatched food and culture than by taking a trip with Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco. Our highly knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides are like a combo waiter-historian on foot. We feature tours that showcase the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of 3 distinct and fascinating neighborhoods: Chinatown, North Beach, and the Mission. Come along on a public tour Friday-Monday, or gather a group of friends or colleagues and book your very own private excursion.

One of the best things about October in San Francisco is the summer produce that’s still available here while autumn harvests are taking over markets in other parts of the country. Here are just a few of the delicacies awaiting your discerning palate:




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We’re getting hungry just reading the list! So what are you waiting for? Check out our tours and book one today.

5 Things to Expect on a Food Tour

September 27th, 2017 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Do you ever get tired of bringing your day of exploring to a halt, just to search yelp reviews and argue about where to eat? You’re not alone (and there’s a better way!)

Whether you’re visiting for the weekend, or you’ve lived in the city you’re whole life, Food Tours are the way to go.

It’s simple: Eat, learn, walk, repeat. On your walking tour you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide who will not only give you insider secrets about the neighborhood and best bites to eat, they’ll get to know you as well. But there’s so much more!

Here are 5 things you can expect on a Sidewalk Food Tour:

1- The Best Eats

We’re not messing around here. Just because you get to try all kinds of foods, don’t think we’re going to give you anything less than the best!

We’ve hand picked our favorite local foods to create a tasting lineup that is nothing short of delicious. It’s enough for a full meal!

Fewer things taste better than an authentic family recipe. Many of our tastings include restaurants that have been in the family for generations- some more than 100 Years! And don’t worry, we’ll throw in some of the hot new spots as well.

2- Secret Spots

There is so much to see in San Francisco! Chances are while you’ve been running around you’ve missed some of the best parts of this incredible city. As locals and experts, we’ll give you insights that reveal whole new worlds within little known streets and whole-in-the-wall restaurants.

3- Century old Stories

Whether your a history buff or you could care less- our tours take you back in time to experience the grandest stories on the actual streets that they took place! You’ll walk along the same sidewalks as celebrities, gangsters, artists, politicians, immigrants, film-makers and icons. Our talented guide will bring the streets to life in ways you would never experience with a travel guide. Just give them your ears and imaginations and they’ll give you an experience to remember.

4- Variety (The Spice of Life)

Old and new, savory and sweet, hot and cold, spicy and mild, there is something for everyone on our tours! Many people tell us that they never would’ve tried something without coming on our food tour, and now it’s made it to their all time favorite food list.

Your guide will take you on a journey through the rich history, culture, and cuisine of the city. You’ll taste all sorts of flavors, stopping periodically at local restaraunts or food trucks, bizarre sights, and exciting landmarks. Around each corner is something different, and as my mother always says- “Variety is the Spice of Life!”

5- The Freedom to Take it All In

Forget google maps, Uber, getting lost, or tourist traps. On our food tours you can relax and let us take care of everything for you. Just follow the leader through beautiful neighborhoods and every once in a while food will appear! The Magic of it is- you get all the best selections with none of the work. You’re free to take photos, listen to stories, be present, take it all in, and live your life!

How about putting a new spin on your next team-building activity? Skip the company picnic or bar-hopping and let Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco guide you on a feast of the senses!

In a city with as dense a culinary landscape as San Francisco, it’s easy to get lost in the options. That’s why we pair your team with a highly informed and entertaining guide who will lead you on a walking tour of the best foods San Francisco has to offer, many of which we’re sure you’ll want to revisit. On top of that, your guide will enlighten your team on the history, culture, and culinary scene of the neighborhood you choose, leaving everyone with a full belly and satisfied mind.

Our tours are comprehensive, educational, and above all else loads of fun. We offer flexible scheduling to fit your needs, and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate food allergies and restrictions. The tours are designed to leave plenty of room for your team to build camaraderie, bounce ideas off each other, and have a few good laughs.

Here’s what we offer:

Tour locations: Mission, North Beach, Chinatown (we can also combine elements of North Beach and Chinatown into one tour)

Days and times: 7 days a week, start time anywhere from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Length: 3 hours

Restaurants: 5 to 6, with savory and sweet stops

Alcohol: Yes (you can prepay for drinks at certain stops or pay as you go)

Questions about pricing or just need more info? We’re here to help! Contact us today.


Join us on a delicious and fun private food tour of San Francisco. We offer team bonding food tours in North Beach, The Mission District and Chinatown. On your three hour food touring adventure, your team will bond over delectable foods served from 6 uniquely different locations. In addition to all the mouthwatering foods your team will be eating, your guide will discuss the history, culture and food scene of the neighborhood. So what are you waiting for? Book a private food tour today! Your team will Thank you later.


A Very Chinatown Christmas

December 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

While many will be enjoying a traditional Christmas celebration full of festive cheer and stockings hung by the chimney with care, others favor a different form of Holiday festivities. Whether it’s observing the Jewish tradition of Chinese and a movie on Christmas or creating your own version of Festivus, each of us celebrates in a special way. And many of us struggle with the conundrum of finding delicious restaurant options that are open on Christmas. Luckily for all of us, San Francisco’s Chinatown is very much open on Christmas Day, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots for you to enjoy.

Of the more well-known yet still delicious options, you can’t go wrong with the delightfully spicy Szechuan cuisine at Z&Y Restaurant (after all, President Obama has eaten here).  Another of the heavy hitters is Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food; the kitschy decorations and bold twists on classic Chinese menu items are sure to put you in a festive mood.  Great Eastern offers an expansive array of dim sum. If you’re celebrating with a group, indulge in one of the Chef’s Selection to get a sampling of their delicious seafood dishes.

Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper at Z&Y

Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper at Z&Y

Danny Bowien at Mission Chinese

Danny Bowien at Mission Chinese

For something a little more intimate, head to the House of Nanking. Ask to order from the Chinese menu for super authentic dishes (ask for recommendations, as well as for the vegetable dishes not listed on the menu). Hunan Home’s is another tucked away spot offering a menu of solid old-school Chinese favorites.

If you’re looking to venture outside of Chinatown, the dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung in the Sunset District are sure to hit the spot.

Dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung

Dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung

If you have any room for dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with some flaky, custardy egg tarts from Golden Gate Bakery.

Egg Tarts at Golden Gate Bakery

Egg Tarts at Golden Gate Bakery

Whatever your traditions, here’s wishing you the Happiest of Holidays, and Happy Eating!

Introducing Chinatown Food Tour!

December 12th, 2014 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

IMG_1111We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Chinatown Food Tour in San Francisco!  We now have the opportunity to share not only tastes of our favorite dim sum and Peking duck, but also the fascinating history and architecture of the oldest Chinatown in the US.

Did you know that the San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinese community outside of Asia? The San Francisco Planning Department declared it “the most densely populated urban area west of Manhattan.” This means endless opportunities to discover new and delicious things down the winding alleys and in the shops scattered throughout the streets.

Fortune Cookie Factory

Fortune Cookie Factory

We hope you have an opportunity to check out this awesome addition to the Sidewalk Tours family.

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