Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours® was created to help travelers and locals discover the hidden culinary and cultural treasures in the off-the-beaten-path areas of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Our Story

We at Flavors of San Juan were inspired to create Puerto Rico’s *original* and finest culinary tasting and cultural tour in 2009 by the very spirit of the city, its people and cuisine. The Flavors team is proud to share our wealth of experience and discoveries with you. If we can tease your taste buds and share with you our passion with this city and island with the sights, flavors and way of life in Puerto Rico then we have accomplished our goal.

We’re passionate about connecting people with local food makers, creating bonds through breaking bread and making the fun nooks and crannies of San Juan your neighborhood, too. Come with us where we take pride in eating locally.

Eat Well, Be Inspired® is our motto, which we think everyone who loves to travel, explore and eat well can share and identify with.

¡Buen Provecho!

Our Team

LeslieFounder and CEO
Leslie exchanged grits for mofongo when she moved in 2008 from Atlanta, GA to Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of Georgia, Leslie began her career as a journalist and has written/edited for Lonely Planet, CNN, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Que Pasa Magazine, etc.

In 2009 she founded the first food tour in the Caribbean: Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours, highlighting Puerto Rico’s unique cuisine, culture and history. Flavors has since expanded into Sint Maarten, St Thomas USVI and is growing unique, curated experiences across the globe.

Fun fact: When she’s not butchering the Spanish language and having fun being a “Sorta Rican” she spends time with her hubby, 2 kids and puppy, Max

YaribellDirector of Finance
Prior to joining the Flavors management team, Yaribell worked for a decade as the Compliance and Operations Officer at San Juan Asset Management. Before joining SJAM she worked as the CFO for a public corporation of the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Yaribell earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from The University of Puerto Rico. She is fluent in English, Spanish and salsa dancing.
A big fan of mofongo, homemade rice and beans and crème brulee, she’s found her perfect home here at Flavors. Her favorite travel experiences include visiting the Colosseum in Rome, Sunset Helicopter drive to the Grand Canyon in Colorado, a Gondolas tour in Venice, swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman and swimming with dolphins in Xcaret, Mexico

Fun fact: when she’s not salsa dancing or crunching numbers she’s taking care of her TWINS!

CristinaSenior Operations and Marketing Specialist
Cristina’s originally from San Juan, where she earned a degree in Labor Relations and and MA in Media Editing by the tender age of 26. She moved to NYC in 2012, returning 5 years later to her homeland.

Cristina’s always been inspired by people’s behavior and psychology, which led her to create Spiral of Bliss in 2012: a personal blog and forum that inspires readers to live more fulfilled lives.

In her spare time she enjoys the company of loved ones, food, music, writing, traveling and, if the beat is right…dancing (sometimes all night!)

Fun Fact: In 2016 she traveled across 9 countries in 6 months. Favorite places: India and Japan.

Nyrmah Operations Associate
When Nyrmah is not reading classic books, traveling to New York (which she calls a gateway to other cultures) or being daring and dipping oreos into orange juice for kicks she’s making sure your food tour experience runs 100% smoothly…and taste-ily (is that a word?)
A native of Dorado, Puerto Rico she has her BBA concentration in Accounting and a Certification in Theatrical Arts. She’s currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing.

Fun Fact: We call her the “Flavors whisperer” because she can melt the heart of even the angriest vendor, guest or frustrated tour guide with her excellent people skills

GabrielaOperations Assistant
A self described trailblazer, Gabriela enjoys her free time in nature hiking and being in landscapes that are “completely overwhelming.”

When not helping our Flavors foodies she’s busy earning her BA in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico.

Weirdest thing she’s eaten: fermented tofu, which is probably the farthest thing away from a nice steak.

Fun fact: Gabriela is a fast learner and an organizational whiz

VanessaOperations Assistant
Vanessa was born in Costa Rica (Rich Coast), which is close enough for us in Puerto Rico (Rich Port). She has a BA In sociology with a minor in cultural studies.
When she’s not working in operations/logistics at Flavors she’s busy earning her Master’s Degree in Cultural Agency and Administration.

Fun Fact: If you find her out and about ask her about her struggle with keeping her cat on a diet. Hey, cats can be foodies, too right?

CarmenSenior Epicurean Host
A native of Ponce, Puerto Rico – nicknamed the pearl of the south – Carmen left this Caribbean island to pursue studies in Massachusetts, returning to her island to be closer to family, friends and warmer weather.

While on tour you’ll find Carmen’s kind, sweet personality is contagious and we challenge you not to smile! When she’s not charming our foodie guests, you’re sure to find her around town on her bicycle cycling somewhere. An avid cyclist, Carmen is also passionate about yoga, hiking, comedy improve, history and speaks multiple languages.

Fun Fact: Carmen is the most zen person – just try to ruffle her feathers. You cannot!

ShannonSenior Epicurean Host
Shannon began traveling at the age of 16 as a high school exchange student and has bounced around France, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, extensively through the United States and now calls Puerto Rico home.

From $2 late night pinchos and cans of Medallas or a mallorca paired with a real cup of coffee to upscale churrasco mofongo with creamy salsa al ajillo, this girl knows the Flavors of San Juan!

Favorite joke: Why don’t you ever see hippos hiding in trees?
answer: Because they are so good at it!

PamelaEpicurean Host
Pam studied physical therapy and is passionate about helping others.

In her spare time she helps deaf people learn sign language, enjoys hiking, dancing and reading. Her favorite dish is shrimp – prepared any way possible.

Her favorite joke: Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon?
answer: Because she’ll let it go.

RickyEpicurean Host
You won’t be lost in translation with Ricardo! He’s earning his masters in translation at the University of Puerto Rico. He’s excited to share with you his passion for language, people, food and exploring their interconnectedness. Also as a vegetarian for more than a decade he’s got your back if you are also of the “green camp.”

His favorite joke?
What do you call a vegan post-punk band?
answer: Soy Division

Paola Epicurean Host
Paola’s natural habitat is Old San Juan, a place she’s been visiting with her family since she was a child. Armed with a BA in Political Science and a minor in history, Paola will be prepared for any question you throw at her.

Most memorable trip: When she celebrated her Quincinera (15th birthday) and her father’s 50th birthday on a trip to Vancouver capped off with an Alaskan cruise.

Fun fact: She listens to Disney music while baking cookies

Horacio Epicurean Host
Horacio is a master of yoga, karate, massage and ethnobotany- which means he can name every plant in Old San Juan while bending over backwards and doing a hi-ya kick followed by a back massage.

Drink of choice: plenty of fermented probiotic drinks, much to the chagrin of his housemates apparently.

Fun Fact: He’s walked through burning coal and fasted in nature for four days

EvyEpicurean Host
AngelEpicurean Host
AndreaEpicurean Host
CarlosEpicurean Host
NadiaEpicurean Host
Now Hiring
Now HiringPart-Times Food Tour Guides
Do you know San Juan? Do you enjoy eating, talking about and exploring the wonderful world of food? Can you entertain a crowd, make them laugh and have them literally eating out of the palm of your hand?
If so, get paid for it with us! We are always on the lookout for energetic, passionate and empathetic people to work as a part-time or freelance tour guide. Email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you’d be the perfect Old San Juan food tour guide to foodies(at)globalflavorspr.com

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