Our latest blog series titled, Tour Guide Highlight, features a Q & A with our awesome tour guides in all 7 neighborhoods! Since we think they’re pretty darn awesome and interesting we’d love for you to get to know them a little more too.
We recently caught up with our Encinitas restaurant tour guide, Mimi, and asked her a few questions about life, being a tour guide, and what’s it’s like living in America’s Finest City.
BITE: So Mimi, where did you grow up if not here in San Diego?
Mimi: I grew up in Brussels, Belgium and lived there until I was 20 years old. From there I made my way to London where I went to college and studied Business & Tourism. I called London home for another 20 years while I worked for the airlines and got to travel the world!
BITE: What eventually brought you to San Diego?
Mimi: I met my husband, who is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and whom has lived in San Diego now for the last 30 years. It didn’t take too much convincing on his part to get me to move to this beautiful city!
BITE: What do you do when you aren’t leading the Encinitas walking food tour?
Mimi: I am a substitute preschool teacher for 2 great private schools. One is Montessori based, and the other is inspired by Reggio Emilia education principles. On occasion I am also a Field Staffer for one San Diego’s largest events company. Each of my jobs is very different from one another and allows me to work with people of all ages from 18 months and older.
BITE: What is your favorite part about being a tour guide for Bite San Diego?
Mimi: Meeting a wide range of people, sharing my love of Encinitas and all it has to offer, and developing great relationships with our amazing restaurant partners.
BITE: What do you think is the best part about taking guests through different neighborhoods in San Diego and specifically Encinitas?
Mimi: To awake a sense of curiosity and interest in these places that most of us locals are so fascinated by. To see them (our guests) mingling with new acquaintances who may become friends, and to have a great experience on so many levels: gastronomical, social, educational. As I like to call it, “The art of seizing the day!”
BITE: When you aren’t showcasing local restaurants on your tours do you like to cook in the comfort of your home?
Mimi: I absolutely cook at home! I like the creativity that cooking affords and the fact that it involves all senses. Blending colors, textures, tastes…and coming up with new recipes. Salads are my best creations even though many dispute that putting a salad together is not cooking. Each to their own I say!
BITE: We know you can’t always cook at home, and we’re sure that taking guests to restaurants is somewhat of a tease. What is your favorite spot to grab a “Bite?”
Mimi: I recently became a vegetarian. Before that, sushi was my all time favorite food and Cafe Japengo near La Jolla was my favorite restaurant. Nowadays, I have fun experimenting with new vegetarian dishes at different restaurants. If I had to name my current top 3 favorites they’d be Mozy Cafe in Leucadia, Lotus Cafe in Encinitas, or Naked Cafe in Solana Beach. All have great vegetarian menu options!
BITE: We know how awesome San Diego and how much you enjoy living here, BUT if you could choose to be a tour guide anywhere else in the world where would it be and why?
Mimi: India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. I am a certified meditation teacher and enjoy teaching family and friends. I would love to be near the source of where Raja Yoga started, and of course to deepen my knowledge.
BITE: Now for the fun questions! If you had to choose 2 things to eat for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Mimi: Now that’s a tough one! The chocoholic in me (not Belgian for no reason!) places dark chocolate at number one but the health conscious me chooses fruits and dairies. I can’t get enough of the stuff!
BITE: Alright, Mimi, last question for you. If you could have any food super power, what would it be?
Mimi: Simple! Dark Chocolate! Pure magic and bliss!
Well that wraps up our latest tour guide highlight with Mimi. For a more intimate experience be sure to book your Bite San Diego Encinitas tour with Mimi every Saturday at 2pm.
Thanks for reading and Happy Chomping, Fellow Foodie!