One of the things that makes Chicago Food Planet food tasting and cultural walking tours unique is the fantastic personalities that lead our groups every day. Let’s take a look at who’s next on our list…
Name: Alicia Kwok
Alicia weaving some yarn on the streets of Chinatown
Chicago Food Planet: What’s your favorite tour memory?
Alicia: I’ve only been doing these tours since April, but once, a group of five girls requested their Lao Sze Chuan tofu dish to be atomic-level spicy — just enough so that their eyes burned. They were all on fire and relished every second of it.
CFP: What’s your first strong memory of food?
Alicia: Having beef-flavored ramen at my grandparents’ house when I was 3. It was probably awful for me, but I lived for the MSG.
CFP: What are you doing when you’re not leading a Chicago Food Planet tour?
Alicia: I’m learning to be an urban farmer. Farmer talent is quickly diminishing, and the world population will increase by another billion in a couple of decades. Some families need an accountant, but every family needs a farmer. (That’s how I explain it to my accountant mother, anyway.)
CFP: What’s your favorite part about living in Chicago?
Alicia: I once made an ill-fated attempt at a no-carb diet. I’m freakin’ Chinese — how did I think I could ever go a day without rice?
CFP: Do you have any pets?
Alicia: I adopted a mutt named Berklee Bear when I was living in Southern California. (You can even find her on Facebook!) She’s so cute that we can’t walk her without multiple people stopping to ooh and ahh.