Meet the founder of A Taste of Hanoi: Brian
I am originally from a small town on Long Island, NY, and I started this food walking company to showcase the amazing food I have discovered during this 4 years in Vietnam and show tourists the what Hanoi has to offer.
I have been working and traveling since the early 2000’s; working as a chef, waiter, bartender and a tour leader for a travel company. Working very hard and travelling even harder, it’s through my travels around the world to over 92 countries is where I find my passion for all things food and travel. I am ever curious of how a dish is made or where the origins come from.
Over the many countries I have been able to visit along the way, I have taken cooking classes in Morocco, Italy, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. I guess it’s been my curiosity to learn a bit more of the country through its food to get to know it just a bit more. I remember when I was Syria back in 2010 and was just on the outskirts of the main mosque in Aleppo. There was this young boy delivering what looked like these very tasty kebabs to all the shopkeepers for their lunch and chai tea. I tried to follow the boy and when I caught up with him to ask where did you get that. He had no idea what I was saying until one of the older man told him to take me to the place where he worked. It was to this top floor hole in the wall make shift kebab shop that just made and delivered to all the shops down below. I did not understand a word of what they said but that kebab was one of the best I have ever had, that day. Not to mention they made for me, for the second kebab, one made from Lamb’s heart. Yes Lambs heart and well it was very good with all those spice and very tender too.
I love the hidden gems of Hanoi and small little street food stalls that specialize in one dish that the locals come to love as this one dish has been made for 4 generations. There are all kinds of these stories like that while walking the streets of Hanoi in search of the next snack or great dish. The passion and love the locals have for making just that one dish nearly their whole life is just absolutely amazing. As so many things in the western world are being made in great numbers in a factory or store bought. You come to Vietnam for the food that is made with pure love and it shows with the passion these dishes have. Come let me me show you just a few tastes on our A taste of Hanoi food walking tour or any of our other great tours.
We have been growing and evolving over the last year. We founded A Taste of Hanoi Tours in Feb 2015. We are new but we rapidly receive much support and love from our customers, the authentic local food vendors we know, and our lovely talented guides. Our aim is to help you experience truly local food and show you a taste of the Hanoian life along the journey. We will help you get closer to the local life and learn about the eating customs, and traditions of Hanoi. It has truly been a pleasure for everyone here at A Taste of Hanoi Tours to show you why we are so in love with Hanoi, especially Vietnam foods. We hope to continue with what could possibly be described as the best “job” on the planet for many years to come.