Meet Spicy Jan
Hi, I’m Spicy Jan, Janice, Jan or Bland Jan!
I have over 15 years experience working in the gourmet food space in sales & marketing, building business in food tourism, I’m a food writer and have traveled the world embracing cultural food experiences through food tourism. On every food tour I fell in love with the people preparing food behind the scenes, I love that glimpse into fine dining tastings, street food delights, market stalls with trade, and those delicious side of the road bbq’s that are so locally inspired. Every tour brings you the best of the best in small towns with BIG tastes! I love sipping a smooth white, savoury snacks & good belly laughs with friends.
It’s time to bring Tasty Road Trips Tours to small towns everywhere!
Where It All Began
Growing up I only knew a bland diet and thought flavours came from cheese sauce, gravy, salt, pepper and butter. I thought bread came from a bag, and jam came from a jar. I just didn’t know!
Fast forward 20 years. Love took me into a world of #gardentotable, canning, cultural flavours, cooking from scratch and aromas simmering on the stove of garlic, peppers, onions and pimento sauce. This was the start of a food curiosity inside me.
Now, fast forward another 20 years and here I am discovering my niche in food tourism. In building small towns, with big tastes. Being a voice for local business, inspiring behind the scenes experiences and bringing guests through their doors on a variety of experiential food & cultural tours.
Join in the food tour phenomenon supporting our small towns with big tastes. We are locally inspired and building community through food.
Come tour with us, one bite a time! Cheers, Jan
In the Spotlight
Tasty Road Trips Food Tours was awarded Community Influencer of the Year 2019, from the Brant Salute to Business Awards. It was an honour to be nominated in the categories of #GoodTimesinBrant and Community Influencer. Tasty Road Trips is changing the landscape of celebrating local in rural Ontario.
Food Articles Written
Local & Global Guests
Small Towns with BIG Tastes! Here’s what they are saying.
Spicy Jan not only provided a thoroughly detailed itinerary for our walking tour, which was great physically, while we enjoyed some retail therapy. Jan added to our experience in Paris, by suggesting and setting up other things for us to do. When the tour was winding down we settled in at a fine dining establishment, Juniper Dining Co. The food, presentation and service were exquisite, completed with the table side attention of Chef Andrea. Thanks Jan.
Laura & Marion, Oct. 2020
“All we needed to do, was show up!”
“We did a self-guided tour for my birthday and had an incredible time! Everything was organized and planned out for us, all we needed to do was show up at each of the businesses. Lots of time to explore and check out the shops and town of Paris. I am new to the area so it was perfect to see a tone of places at once. Not to mention, the food, drinks, and people were all amazing!
Anne M. Aug 2020
“The local business owners were so kind”
“Jan is AWESOME! We had such a great afternoon on this self-guided tour. All the food was great, Paris Ontario is GORGEOUS and the local business owners were so kind and welcoming. Can’t wait to go back.“
Cathy M. Sept.2020
“Food was always tasty & fresh”
“It’s surprising that Paris is so close, yet we have overlooked it as a destination for an afternoon out. The staff in all the stores were very friendly and accommodating, and the food provided was always tasty and fresh. Thank you so much for the excellent tour and “extra” sweet treat at the end. We had a wonderful afternoon out.
Krystyna & Norman October 2020