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Your tour guide, Shirley Lum.



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Toronto emerges as one of North America's greatest cities
Here's a quick rundown of where Toronto especially shines: Good for the belly. This town has more than its share of the trendy and nouvelle, but its glory is the eateries in neighbourhoods... One great way to nibble your way through is with A Taste of the World...
- David Appell, Boston Herald, September 12, 2002

Toronto 's Downtown-style Cruising
One of the most interesting ways to get about the city while learning about it is by foot. Shirley Lum operates a terrific company, A Taste of the World, offering walking and bicycle tours. These are highly enjoyable and Shirley imparts more information in one tour than a host of guidebooks.
- Bruce Kemp, Boats & Places, Vol. 7, no. 5, Summer, 2002

The Hot List: Best of Canada! Out and About Walking Tours
Celebrate the best of Canada's diversity - from a former European settlement on the East Coast to gothic gargoyles on the Prairies - on foot in the summer sunshine. Here, several walking tours throughout the country...

A Taste Of The World walking tours
Tour: Old & New Chinatowns. Experience an abundance of Asian sights and smells in Toronto's Chinatown. This tour takes you through Chinatown's old and new quarters, and on into today's frenzied markets. Stop for pastry and tea at a bakery and then head on to a herb shop to learn about the benefits of Chinese herbs. The tour ends with dim sum and a Chinese horoscope book reading.
- Heather Buchan, Homemaker's Magazine, Summer, 2002

Follow the Leader
For such a large metropolis, Toronto is pretty walkable. Not only is it easy to get around, but the city is also safe... For a quirkier and tastier excursion, join Shirley Lum or one of her knowledgeable guides on A Taste of the World walking tour. These tours are designed with culinary, literary and ghostly themes in Toronto's various multicultural neighbourhoods, and all include foods from quirky eateries located along the tour routes. You can follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens and hear some of his wife's long-lost diary entries, try some tasty treats from around the world during a Kensington or St. Lawrence Market tour (bison burger, anyone?), or learn how to shop for ingredients and order dim sum in Chinatown. Ghost walks of Yorkville and other neighbourhoods offer an eerier experience, and are suitable for children as well... The culinary-themed walks feature many treats for foodies. You will be advised to eat before embarking on your taste tour.
- The Great Toronto Getaway, June, 2002

Wok this way for success with stir-fries
The diminutive, energetic Lum grew up in downtown Toronto not far from where she now lives. When asked about her heritage, she grins: "I'm a true CBC - Canadian-born Chinese." This background - along with a prodigious gift of the gab and adventurous spirit - are excellent qualifications for her current job as owner/operator of A Taste of the World, the business she founded in 1993...
- Marion Kane, The Toronto Star, Sunday, February 10, 2002


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For Foodies…

17th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year in Toronto's 2nd Chinatown Tours

Jan. 24, 25, 26, Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 2014 NEW Fridays!

7th Annual Chinese New Year’s Day 11-Course Banquet
Fri. Jan. 31st, 2014

2nd Annual Chinese New Year's Lantern Festival 9-Course Banquet
Fri. Feb. 14th 2014

Multi-Ethnic Spring Bounty in Kensington Market
March to June TBA

Qing Ming Festival in Toronto’s 2nd Chinatown
Sunday April 6, 2014

Dragon Boat Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown
May 25, June 1, 2014

Multi-Ethnic Summer Bounty: Kensington Market
July – Sept. TBA

Lotus Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown
July 2014

Harvest Moon Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown + Broadview Gateway
Aug. 24– Sept. 7

Multi-Ethnic Harvest Season: Toronto’s Kensington Market & Chinatown
Nov. 17, 24, 2014

Celebrate All The Winter Holidays in Kensington Market
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2014

For Literary Detectives…

79th Anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s last home!
Sat. March 9, 2014

Charles Dickens' Toronto 1842 Visit
Sat. May 3, 2014

Happy early 140th Birthday, Lucy Maud Montgomery!
Sun. Nov. 30, 2014

For Ghost Hunters…

Ghostly March Break Walks
Fri. March 14 – 21, 2014

May Equinox Ghost Festival
April 29 – May 2, 2014

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival
Aug. tba, 2014

Halloween Week Special
Oct. 21 – Oct. 29, 2014

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