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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food language.www.foodlit.com.au
Published June 1st 2011
Melbourne food tours just got more exciting with the addition of Masala Meanders Melbourne City, exciting Indian food tours exploring the tastes, intoxicating spices and secret recipes of the cuisine capitals of India - right in the heart of Melbourne.

The Indian food tour, along with a host of other tours and travel experiences in
Australia, India and other countries, is offered by Beacon Holidays, a boutique tour operator with a long, successful history and plenty of passion driving their travels and adventures.

The 3-ish hour tour I had the pleasure of enjoying recently was hosted by Himanshi, an inspiring, fun and friendly walking encyclopedia on all things flavourful and fascinating when it comes to India's food and culinary history. She also added plenty of quirky little personal anecdotes to add even a little more spice.

The journey included: a taste of Southern India at an Indian cafe for morning tea; a visit to Melbourne's oldest Indian spice shop and grocery, Curry Corner, for an introduction to the aromatic world of Indian spices, and a three-course lunch reflecting the robust curries of Northern India (and a glass of wine or beer).

The food was exquisite, the company convivial, and the education a feast to my endless culinary curiosity. It's a must-do sensory experience and, at just $70, a very reasonably priced one at that.

Beacon Holidays also offers Indian food tours of Dandenong. The Masala Meanders Dandenong tour traverses the heart of 'Little India, a bustling neighbourhood made even more colouful with its bright fashion shops and lively eateries offering anything from Indian street food to the delectable desserts the area has become known for.

The tours might just whet the appetite for one of Beacon Holidays' Masala Trails through the dazzling cuisine capitals of India, whether it be North India or East and South India, but that's another food story.
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Why? For the best Indian Food Tour, for sure
When: Various Saturdays from 11.15 am to 2pm, often longer; other days can be arranged
Where: Meet outside the Information booth at Federation Square
Cost: $70
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