About

Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours® knows the island is so much more than its beaches and invites visitors to progressively dine with us in a safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

We are professionally certified by Food Tour Pros, The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and are members of and advisors to the Global Food Tours Association. Trust you are with the pros.

Our Story

As the official food tour company of San Juan, Puerto Rico our challenge is to get you to see past those quesadillas and steaks on the restaurant menu and dive into the local cuisine of Puerto Rico. We want to be there when you first taste the crunch of “tostones” and see you smile after a single origin Puerto Rican “cafe con leche” from beans grown in the mountains of Yauco. So many surprises await!

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.

Flavors brand food tours, which are women-led, have created a cult following in St. Martin, St. Thomas USVI and Atlanta, GA. We’re excited for you to join us here in San Juan and see what all the buzz is about! (we’ve been featured on CNN, the BBC, USA Today, and many others!)

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 Chief Epicurean Officer
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 Ops/Logistics Associate 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 Ops/Logistics Associate, Tour Guide and Partner Relations Liaison
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

VanessaOperations Assistant
Vanessa was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and is bilingual in Spanish, English and all things in between.
She earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in cultural studies, Aesthetics from Chile and her MA in Cultural Agency and Administration in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A true foodie at heart, she enjoys cooking with new recipes and trying new restaurants.

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!

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

EvyEpicurean Host
When Evy is not leading culinary tour through the Puerto Rican capital, she’s getting her creative groove on. A certified artisan in tie-dye and batik as well as jewelry design, Evy is often featured at trade shows and artisan shows around the island.

A native of San Juan and Caguas, Evy studied business administration and has worked at the largest bank in the Caribbean.

In her free time she enjoys watching movies, munching on Sushi, which she used to be skeptical about but now she loves.

Fun Fact: While visiting Costa Rica she pushed her boundaries and ziplined and kayaked, thing she’s normally hesitant to do

AngelEpicurean Host
Angel grew up in a small neighborhood in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico and has since traveled through 12 different countries.

“I’ve been traveling since I can remember,” he said. His most memorable being his trip through Rome, Italy. “The amount of historic settings and art found in Rome is overwhelming and for a history enthusiast like me is a paradise.”

Angel studied history in the University of Puerto Rico but shifted to computer programming recently. When he’s not leading culinary tours, he enjoys attending live music shows or any events featuring music.

Fun Fact: While in Peru he tried the famous roasted “Cuy” or “guinea pig,” which was pushing the boundaries of acceptable edible foods in Puerto Rico.

AndreaEpicurean Host
Formerly a food and drinks writer for some of the major publications in Puerto Rico, Andrea loves introducing both visitors and locals to the island’s vibrant culinary scene.

Raised in Guaynabo (right next door to San Juan), she studied film and television production at NYU before coming back home to become a journalist. It was precisely the delicious (and abundant) foods of Puerto Rico that led her to discover her other passion: running ultramarathons. Currently she’s studying to be a personal trainer and pursuing a master’s degree in psychology at Carlos Albizu University in Old San Juan.

Fun Fact: An avid traveler as well, she’s visited many countries, islands, and cities, but her favorite place in the world is Scotland. Yes, because of the scotch, but also the amazing food, incredible landscapes, and rich history.

CarlosEpicurean Host
Carlos has a a dual bachelor´s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus and is currently studying Pre-medicine at the University of Sacred Heart. He speaks three languages (English, Spanish and German) and spent 15 months traveling across Europe only to return to his pie in the sky, Puerto Rico.

When he’s not touring, he’s reading, cooking, training kung fu and yoga, playing piano and spending time with his dog, Fiona Margarita Sofia Petra.

Weirdest thing he’s ever eatn? “probably a tie between an alligator (caimán) empanadilla and the eyes out of a fried fish.”

Fun Fact: “Having studied loads Philosophy and Ancient greek in College, I spent 8 extremely surreal and overwhelming days in Athens in the summer of 2017. A part of me still regards those days as a sort of fever dream and doubts that they ever happened.”

NadiaEpicurean Host
Nadia was raised in Palmas del Mar in the southeastern Puerto Rican city of Humacao before leaving her idyllic island to study film/TV production and fashion design.

She loves local rice and beans but the weirdest thing she’s ever eaten was horsemeat in France!

Fun fact: she can make clothes and fabric art

OdalysEpicurean Host
Surrounded by nature, animals and family Odalys was raised in the countryside Puerto Rican town of Moca.

When she’s not writing her blog, on pinterest looking for her next DIY project she’s pursuing her master’s degree in Cultural Agency and Administration at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras … and helping visitors to Puerto Rico why mofongo is so amazing.

Her favorite travel has been to Costa Rica with friends and a family road trip through New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Fun Fact: She loves karaoke and frogs (not the real ones but everything of frogs -such as plush friends, stationary, figures, etc).

StephanieEpicurean Host
Although with her blonde hair and light skin she blends in with other visitors to the island, Stephanie is “Boricua” (native). After completing her studies at Villanova (she’s earned 2 degrees in Biology and English) she returned to the motherland to study physical therapy and help you eat your way through Old San Juan.

She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends and remembering that ‘ole plate of beef liver she accidentally ate in Spain when she was on vacation. No one bothered to tell her what it was until she was half way through…

Fun Fact: she loves Denmark due to its progressive lifestyle and Italy due to its delicious food and amazing art and history

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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