We had the good fortune of connecting with Albert Chan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Albert, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to do something else, other than the typical nine to five, that combined my passions for food, culture, and adventure.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started my food tour business as a way to pursue my passions of food, culture, and adventure. I wanted to do something fun to get away from the typical nine to five, at least for a bit. I’m especially proud of being able to operate all aspects of my business as a one-man team. My business started out as a hobby where one thing led to another. To turn my passion into a business was not necessarily easy. My love for food and bringing people together over food, ultimately pushed me to where I needed to be. Some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way are that hard work counts for a lot, moving forward is better than standing still, and that it’s okay to be flawed and imperfect. I’d like the world to know that my goal is to bring people together over food and a bit of adventure.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love taking walks and exploring the city. For visitors to San Diego, I’d first take them to Jasmine for some amazing dim sum from push-carts, then I’d take them to La Jolla Cove for a nice walk by the ocean. On day two, we’d go hiking at Torrey Pines then grab a quick lunch a popular Mexican eatery there. Afterwards, I’d take them to Harrah’s Rincon for some gambling or rest and relaxation at their spa. The next day we’d go to Fashion Valley mall for a few hours of shopping, perhaps catching a movie at the AMC theater, and then have dinner at the popular Cheesecake Factory. The next day we’d spend an entire day at the world famous San Diego Zoo followed by a nighttime walk of nearby downtown San Diego, perhaps ending the night at Cafe Sevilla with some sangria and salsa dancing. I’d save the weekend for a quick escape to Mexico where I’d take them on a street food tour for some of the best Mexican food around. At night, we’d end up back on the tourist street of Revolution and have dinner at Caesar’s for their legendary Caesar salad prepared tableside along with other dishes. Afterwards, we’d check out an artisan’s alley to view some art and do some quick shopping, then finish the night with some margaritas or a visit to a nearby microbrewery.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My food tours were inspired by foodies like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. I also grew up working at my parents’ Chinese restaurant. I’d like to thank them for instilling in me a hard work ethic and discipline, and for turning me into the foodie I’ve become.