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The Reykjavik Food Walk – Reykjavik, Iceland

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On this tasty tour, you will enjoy 13 of our most delicious traditional cuisines and explore the highlights of Reykjavik:

  • The free roaming Icelandic Lamb
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Seasonal Cheese tasting
  • The famous Icelandic Hot dog
  • Amazing seafood cuisine and so much more!
  • Explore Reykjavik like a local
  • See the most important landmarks in downtown Reykjavik, the old harbor, beautiful streets and lots of street art!
  • Visit 6 authentic restaurants and shops where the locals go

Amazing food doesn’t just happen. Behind it are hard working families, fascinating stories, ambitious restaurants and age-old traditions. We are a small group of proud local food lovers who are passionate about sharing Iceland’s incredible cuisines with fun, hungry and curious travelers!

If you are any of the above, you have found the perfect way to explore our beautiful Reykjavik!

In the tastiest sight seeing tour in Iceland, we explore down town Reykjavik through delicious local cuisines that you would never come across in your typical “to-do in Iceland” itinerary! For approx. 4 hours you will stroll around the city and visit 6 unique restaurants with a fun & knowledgeable local guide by your side.

You will visit everything from well-known ‘must visit restaurants’ to small family run businesses and secret local hangouts. While everything we will have on the tour is traditional Icelandic in some way we decided to leave the fermented shark, rams testicles and sheep head off the menu. Instead we explore why we Icelanders are indeed proud of our local food, by focusing on the absolute most delicious traditional cuisines – that we still enjoy today!

In our tours you will have the chance to try the best local cuisines of Iceland in each season, like the delicious Icelandic lamb that every Icelander grew up loving, homemade Icelandic ice cream from a secret family recipe, a local cheese, the rooted tradition Skyr, a hot dog from the famous Icelandic hot dog stand, an amazing seafood cuisine and much more unlike anything you have ever had before.

If you like to experience unique cuisines, local restaurants and make new friends you should definitely join our Reykjavik Food Walk tour. Just make sure you show up hungry!

Meeting location: Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík (Harpa Music Hall.) We will send you a personal email with all the details for our tour when we receive your booking!

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Turkish Flavours: Urla Cooking Class and Farmer’s Market Visit – Urla, Turkey

We will pick you up from Izmir/Çeşme/Alaçatı or environs and accompany you to the quaint seaside town of Urla where an old fashioned slow and relaxed lifestyle still exists.

Taking a stroll through the town we will stop at a local bakery where everything is still made by hand with the best quality ingredients. Here we will get to know each other while tasting local delicacies such as homemade pastries, cookies and walnut baklava accompanied by Turkish coffee.

With a short and leisurely walking tour through the Arts Street featuring ceramic, mosaic, woodworking and painting studios, we will enjoy the artwork along with 150 year old stone buildings and the narrow streets of central Urla.

We will then arrive at the fruit and vegetable market where all produce is freshly picked in the early morning.

Here we will choose our seasonal produce and fresh cheeses and arrive at the cooking workshop. We will learn how to prepare Aegean style foods featuring the strong influence of the regional culinary heritage using the freshest ingredients and dishes cooked in local extra virgin olive oil.

After cooking a delicious meal together, we will sit down and enjoy a family style late lunch with the food we prepared, accompanied by a selection of award winning local wines while enjoying the wonderful views of the region.

Sample seasonal menu: Aegean style wild green and fresh cheese appetizers, lamb slow cooked with herbs and lemon peel, handmade savory pastry, rice with pine nuts and currants, slow cooked artichokes in olive oil, semolina cake with lavender ice cream, Turkish coffee and chocolates.

We will drive you back After the Urla culinary experience.

Urla is 35 km from İzmir in the Aegean Coast near Ephesus.

A farmers market tour and Aegean Turkish cooking class -6,5 hours

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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Turkish Flavours: In the Kitchen with Selin

Home cooking in a real Turkish home by a native home chef!

We say “Make yourselves at home” and we mean it! Today Turkey’s culinary legacy is a tapestry of tastes and pleasure, seasoned with Ottoman indulgence and refreshed by Anatolian inspiration. Learn the secrets of a cuisine relished within all corners of Turkey but rarely experienced by outsiders. Join Selin to teach you how to make a traditional home-cooked Turkish meal.

After we meet we will walk through the reknown Spice Market for tastings and stop for a private turkish spices tasting session in a shop that has been there since five generations. Then we will take a short scenic ferry ride over the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul. We will join Selin in her new home on the Asian side of Istanbul and cook a traditional home-cooked Turkish meal together.

For lunch, you will savor what you have cooked! A six course menu you have prepared, accompanied with boutique Turkish wines.

Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Turkish experience . As a member of Slow Food, Selin’s focus is on healthy locally sourced, fresh, artisan, and sustainable food. Dishes are approachable and easy to replicate in your home country.

Vegetarian and gluten free Turkish food is not a challenging option for us – it’s easy being green and creating exciting Turkish vegetarian and gluten free recipes at Turkish Flavours.

Upon request Turkish – Sephardic dishes can also be included to the menu from Selin’s family recipes.

The best part is the conclusion: Tasting your creations!

Classes are organized in Selin’s Home Kitchen. Instruction is in English or French. Recipes are geared to the home cook. Detailed recipe booklets are offered to take away and try recipes once back at home. Selin shops daily for her groceries so the ingredients are seasonal and fresh.

A sample menu might include:

  • Crispy cheese and herb filled pastry rolls or flaky Turkish borek with feta and herb filling or zucchini flan with feta cheese and herbs
  • Bulgur wheat salad- Kısır or Carrots with a garlic infused in yogurt and tahini dressing or Cacik
  • Leeks, green beans or artichokes in olive oil
  • Purslane salad with mint and yoghurt or Green Olive Salad with sumac and pomegranate molasses
  • Spicy bulgur pilaf or Tomato rice pilaf or pilaf with Orzo
  • Split Belly Eggplant stuffed with meat – Karniyarik or Aromatic Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers with Olive Oil or Zucchini stuffed with meat, rice and herbs in a tomato sauce or Baked Sea Bass with shrimp and vegetables or Eggplant in Earthenware casserole with lamb or Swiss Chard rolls
  • Apricots stuffed with Kaymak (clotted cream) or Roasted Figs infused in honey with bay leaves or Revani – Turkish Semolina sponge cake

COST : USD 125.- per person

Please do not have a big breakfast prior your cooking class!

9:30 am -15:30 pm- Spice tasting session, ferry ride to the Asian side of Istanbul, cooking class with a 6 to 7 course lunch & Turkish wine in a private home.

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Jeff Koehler: Marrakech Gourmet Walking Tour & Tasting Lunch – Marrakech, Morocco

Within the ancient walls of Marrakech resides the city’s culinary soul: the medina and souqs, the communal bread ovens and workshops, mounds of olives, aromatic herbs, cubbyholes offering spice concoctions with dozens of components…. It is here, among these raw materials, that the magic of this remarkable cuisine begins.

In conjunction with the legendary restaurant, riad-hotel, and cooking school La Maison Arabe, Moroccan cookbook author Jeff Koehler will begin leading a series of private and exclusive gourmet walking tours followed by a traditional, multi-course tasting menu. The first series will take place in October 2012, and happen about three or so times a year.

Join Jeff on a winding stroll through Marrakech’s narrow lanes to learn how ingredients come to create, even define, one of the world’s great cuisines. While hearing about food’s deeply-rooted role in Moroccan culture, you will sample different date varieties from the Sahara and small, pointed almonds from the High Atlas, get a ras al hanout spice blend designed exclusively for your tastes ground in front of you, maybe even pick up some hand-carved wooden spoons or an unglazed tagine. Then sit down with some ornate pastries in a café at the edge of the frenetic Djemma el Fna to witness one of the world’s most exhilarating sights over sweet mint tea.

Return to La Maison Arabe for lunch, an unhurried, multi-course tasting menu specifically created for the tour. Beginning with stuffed savory pastries and a wide selection of fresh and “cooked” salads, you will savor Moroccan flavors at their finest while learning from Jeff how these dishes are prepared and their role at the family table. Sample four different tagines—including a sublime one with lamb, candied orange peel, and saffron threads from the book—as well as two types of couscous, a Friday staple in every Moroccan home. Finish with traditional desserts, pastries, and, of course, mint tea, poured high from above the table. The courses are paired with top Moroccan wines, whose industry dates back some 2,500 yeas and is experiencing a breathtaking revival.

Along with a signed copy of Jeff’s book, you will take away an understanding of the tightly-linked relationship between food and culture in Morocco. It is, simply, the best way to get into, discovery, and appreciate this complex, fascinating place.

Jeff has travelled for many years in the region since moving to Spain in 1996. His most recent cookbook is Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-Scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora. His writing, recipes, and photographs have appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Afar, Men’s Journal, Virtuoso Life, the Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, and have been selected for Best Food Writing 2010. He is also the author and photographer of La Paella, which has become the standard work on Spain’s iconic dish, and Rice, Pasta, Couscous. In Barcelona, he leads popular private gourmet walking tours and tastings.

Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and finish after lunch. Price for 4 people including transportation in Marrakech, guides, snacks, lunch with wines, and two copies of Jeff’s book is $1200.

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Access Trips: Moroccan Cooking Vacations – Morocco

OVERVIEW

This unique trip consistently gets overall trip ratings of 10 out of 10 and has been described as “the trip of a lifetime.” Join us and see why.

Journey to Morocco to experience a culture and cuisine that is at the crossroads of civilization, blending the most delectable Arabic, Berber, French and Spanish influences. On our Moroccan cooking tours you’ll head from vibrant Casablanca to the charming fishing town of Essaouira, relax in a tiny Berber village in the High Atlas mountains, and finally, explore extraordinary Marrakech, the most African of Morocco’s cities. Along the way you’ll learn to cook the local cuisine, bargain at souk (the fresh food market), tour the highlights of each area, and stay in stunning Moroccan riads.

INSTRUCTION

Thanks to the spectacular influences of the indigenous Berbers, Arabs, Spaniards and French, Moroccan cuisine is a feast for the senses. On our Moroccan culinary vacation you’ll learn about the tools of a Moroccan kitchen, most notably the Berber tajine, where ingredients are layered one upon the other to create a scrumptious stew, and about the exotic array of spices that contribute to the rich flavors. Our instructors will show us how to prepare and combine the ingredients, and then we’ll enjoy the end result as we sit down to enjoy our meal.

Our Moroccan culinary vacation includes cooking workshops to prepare the following meals:

– Mediterranean salad and fish tajine, using the fresh catch of the day
– Berber BBQ, using the produce you select at the local souk
– Berber salads, beef or lamb tajine, chicken tajine and fruit desert
– Scrumptious Berber crepes
– Moroccan soup and traditional Moroccan couscous.
– Lemon chicken, beef with prunes and almonds, and Moroccan desert

Note: These menu items are subject to change

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Pick up from Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport airport and transfer to our hotel.

DAY 2: Moroccan Cooking Vacation Begins
Morning tour of Casablanca, including the massive Hassan II mosque. Afternoon 4-5 hour drive to charming Essaouira. Stay in exquisite riad overlooking the ocean.

DAY 3: Essaouira Tour & Cooking Class
Explore Essaouira and enjoy lunch on the beach. Late afternoon cooking class. Stay in exquisite riad overlooking the ocean.

DAY 4: Explore Essaouira & Drive to High Atlas
Relaxing morning in Essaouira followed by a 3-4 hour drive to a Berber village in the High Atlas mountains. Enjoy tea with a local family. Stay in charming mountain riad.

DAY 5: Visit the Souk & Cooking Classes
We’ll take our donkey to the souk to buy cooking supplies. Two cooking workshops for lunch & dinner. Stay in charming mountain riad.

DAY 6: Explore the High Atlas & Cooking Classes
Morning cooking class, followed by a tour of local villages. Afternoon cooking class. Stay in charming mountain riad.

DAY 7: Discover Exotic Marrakech & Cooking Class
Morning drive to Marrakech and full-day tour of Marrakech. Late afternoon cooking class. Stay in stylish riad in the medina.

DAY 8: Explore Marrakech
Full day to explore the Marrakech medina and souks, and the fascinating main square, Djemaa el-Fna. Stay in stylish riad in the medina.

DAY 9: Depart – Morocco Cooking Tour Ends
Drop off at Marrakech airport, transfer by private car to Casablanca airport, or stay on for Marrakech or Fez extensions.

Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during our trip but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored to weather conditions and the interests of the group.

Book this trip more than 4 months in advance and save 5%!

Prices from $2790

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Artisans of Leisure: Wine Tour of New Zealand

 (10 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Waipara Valley, Central Otago

Our New Zealand experts have a passion for the country’s outstanding wines and cuisine. They regularly travel throughout New Zealand, discovering the country’s most interesting people, places and enogastronomic experiences.

On this private luxury tour, your expert guides will introduce you to New Zealand’s top wineries, and take you behind the scenes to meet local winemakers and sample delectable farm products. Stay in exclusive luxury lodges, all of which are set in stunning locations and feature gourmet cuisine pairing the best local wines and food.

Begin in Hawke’s Bay, the Tuscany of New Zealand, a region of wine, farms, sun and beaches, and home to some of the country’s oldest and most acclaimed wineries. Stay two nights at a historic 19th-century hilltop villa. During private touring with your expert local guide, visit local vineyards with spectacular settings and sample fine Merlot and other varietals from the Gimblett Gravels, the region’s premier terroir. Visit small local food shops and fruit stands to taste locally produced cheeses, preserves, honey and fruit. Perhaps also visit Napier, a town filled with Art Deco architecture.

Next, fly to Blenheim, a town surrounded by the vineyards and hills of Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region and producer of some of the world’s most renowned Sauvignon Blanc wines. Spend two nights at a lodge, surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped English gardens. During private touring, visit important wineries and sample Sauvignon Blanc and other varietals from world-renowned winemakers.

Transfer with your private driver through the seaside town of Kaikoura and the olive trees, lavender fields and vineyards of Canterbury to a country estate for two nights. En route, stop to sample Pinot Noir, Riesling and other specialties of the Waipara Valley wine region. Spend a day exploring Claremont’s vast ranchlands, see unusual geological formations, and end the day with a gourmet meal of locally produced lamb, venison and other treats.

Next, fly to Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful towns, set on shimmering Lake Wakatipu. With your private guide, visit Central Otago’s leading wineries to taste excellent Pinot Noir and other varietals. Also, visit Arrowtown, a charming historic village filled with Victorian cottages and excellent restaurants. Transfer along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to a magnificent luxury lodge in a stunning lakefront setting with views of mountains and glacial-fed rivers. Meals at Blanket Bay are also a highlight, with excellent, fresh local products transformed into gourmet creations by leading chefs. Enjoy local touring including a flight excursion to Milford Sound for an unforgettable experience of one of New Zealand’s most iconic landscapes.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Hawke’s Bay
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Hawke’s Bay
Full-day private food and wine tour
Day 3 Hawke’s Bay – Blenheim
Private transfer to airport for flight to Blenheim. Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 4 Blenheim & Marlborough
Full-day food and wine touring of Marlborough
Day 5 Blenheim – Canterbury
Private tour of Kaikoura and Waipara wineries en route to country estate for 2 nights
Day 6 Canterbury
Morning private farm tour
Day 7 Canterbury – Queenstown – Glenorchy
Private tansfer to airport for flight. Private wine and culture tour upon arrival. Transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 8 Glenorchy
Private morning helicopter excursion to Milford Sound
Day 9 Glenorchy
Morning Dart River safari
Day 10 Depart Queenstown
Private airport transfer
Hotels and Lodges
Hawke’s Bay: Greenhill the Lodge
Blenheim: Timara Lodge
Canterbury: Claremont Estate
Glenorchy: Blanket Bay
Cost
$14,110 Per person (double occupancy)

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Travel with Taste: Cowichan Valley Cuisine & Wine Day-Tour, BC

Depart at 9:00am from your Victoria area hotel. Drive 45 minutes north to the Cowichan Valley enjoying spectacular scenery. Visit local wineries and taste outstanding wines made from the plentiful vineyards of the island chatting with wine makers, strolling through vineyards, and tasting the abundance of flavors our Vancouver Island wines have to offer.

Begin with a private guided tour through a vineyard along with a private structured tasting at our first stop. Next, meet an artisan cheesemaker and sample his delicious offerings on our way to a gourmet three course lunch paired with Island wines. Try wild BC salmon, Cowichan Bay Farm chicken, or Salt Spring Island lamb.  Return to Victoria about 4:30pm.

Cowichan tours generally run Wednesday through Saturday and are a huge hit! Guests never seem to want to leave each stop as we sip our way through the valley.

All tastings, a three course lunch, wine and transportation including pick up and drop off is included $349 CAD + GST/HST per person for 4-6 persons. A private tour for two persons is $499 CAD + GST/HST per person.

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