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Eating Italy Food Tours: Daylight Trastevere Tour – Rome, Italy

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With its narrow cobblestone streets and laneways, Trastevere is the quintessential Roman neighborhood. While by night it is a happening destination for tourists and locals, during the day, Trastevere is like a small village with its timeless and artisan shops serving the same local families for generations.

On this 4-hour guided walking food tour we eat our way through the neighborhood enjoying 10 delicious food tastings. Visit the local, colorful outdoor food market and meet the wonderful families working hard to preserve Roman food traditions. This tour features some unique cultural and historical sites that few tourists get an opportunity to see. Join us for a day like no other.

  • Sample the fresh ingredients at one of Rome’s most historic outdoor food markets
  • Meet the Polica family who have been selling meats and cheeses at Antica Caciara, their famous delicatessen since 1900
  • Find out quickly why Romans love their suppli’ (mouthwatering fried risotto ball)
  • Homemade ravioli and two other daily pasta specials with wine and fresh bread at a local Osteria
  • Meet Signora Vera, the neighborhood resident pastry chef for 40 years, and taste what she created fresh that day
  • Get educated on real-deal gelato at Fatamorgana, the gelateria that introduced Romans to gourmet gelato
  • Enjoy award-winning homemade dessert at Spirito di Vino, the 35th ranked restaurant on TripAdvisor out of over 5000 in Rome.
  • Savor Italy’s famous moscato (dessert wine) in a wine cellar that’s older than the Colosseum

What’s Included

  • The price includes 10 food tastings, and an always entertaining and personable English speaking guide.
  • You’ll also receive our Food Lovers’ Guide to Rome: a printed guide full of insider’s tips about where to eat in the Italian capital, as well as details about each of our tour stops.

What’s Not Included

Transportation to and from the tour is not included, and we are unable to arrange this for you. Detailed information for how to arrive to the meeting point will be provided at time of booking. At the end of the tour, our guides are always more than happy to call a taxi for you or point you in the right direction.

The Schedule

Daily at 10:45am, 11:30am and 12:15pm (except Sundays, Italian national holidays and all of August). The tour takes place in the neighborhood of Trastevere which is well connected by public transport. Exact meeting address and detailed directions are provided with your booking confirmation. The tour ends not too far from the meeting point and we can point you towards public transport or call you a taxi.

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Eat Warsaw: Food Tour – Warsaw, Poland

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When you think about Polish cuisine, there is one thing that immediately pops up in your mind and that is definately “pierogi.” You come to Warsaw and (un)suprisingly you see that all English-speaking places offer them. Deep in your heart you know that there must be something more. If you want to discover real Polish cuisine, join Eat Warsaw tour.

The food tour gives you an opportunity to taste good Polish dishes and hear the stories behind them. You will learn why Poles complain about the quality of bread, why they somethimes long for food produced in the 70’s, why you can’t trust the invitation “for a cup of coffee.” You will visit 5 establishments, so be prepared for a full meal (and a dessert, of course). There will be also plenty of walking, so a pair of comfortable shoes would be a better option.

The tour is a friendly walk around the city with a Warsaw foodie, so think about is as discovering new city with a friend.

What’s Included

  • Multiple food tasting that definitely makes for a full meal. At all cost, avoid eating brunch before you join the tour!
  • Vodka tasting
  • A bilingual foodie guide
  • Written information about dishes we try
  • Tips on pleasant places to visit during your stay

A tour is intended for 2-6 guests. Couples, single travellers, groups are welcome, so be prepared to establish international friendships, as other guests might join.

Time: The Food Tour is daily. It starts at 1pm and finishes around 5pm. Please note that booking is required!

Price: 69 € per person

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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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Delicious Israel: Cooking workshop

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion.

This experience will be enjoyed with an accomplished Israeli chef who will teach a fun, hands-on lesson in his open professional kitchen studio. Depending on the time of day, this option may include a visit to the outdoor market to see what’s in season, then moving to the chef’s studio to cook a menu that includes modern Israeli cuisine (flexible).

Sample Menu:
● Fresh hummus
● Handmade, steaming hot pita
● Open fire grilled eggplant with green tehini
● Israeli garden vegetable salad with mint
● Grilled chicken/lamb kabobs with cumin and sumac
● Spicy Moroccan fish
● Freekeh with peas and pistachios
● Baklava
● Mint lemonade and black coffee with cardamom

Time: 3-5 hours (depending on group)

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Forktown Food Tours: Alphabet District Tour – Portland, OR

Explore the historic Alphabet District and NW 23rd Avenue, and taste culinary treasures. You’ll sample local craft beer, seasonal small plates, cocktails, tiny artisan cookies, micro-batch coffee, food cart goodness, and more, made with the seasonal ingredients that Oregon is famous for. You’ll get the stories behind the tastes through conversations with chefs, restaurant owners, and food crafters.

We will make 6-8 stops to taste while cruising through one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and exploring Portland’s exciting food culture. Capture the feel and personality of the area and get to know Portland.

On this tour, you might find some of the following tastes…

– seasonal fruit mimosas

– local greens salad with herbed goat cheese, wild mushrooms, and local hazelnuts

– Reuben sliders with hardwood smoked pastrami

– artisan craft spirits, ales and wine

– gourmet nut butter sandwiches grilled on challah bread

– seasonally inspired french macarons and salted chocolate chip cookies

* Please note that tastings are subject to seasonal changes and to the whim of the chef!

Please wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. We are Portlanders, so tours take place rain or shine! Let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions, in many cases we can make substitutions.

Time: Fridays at 2pm

Duration: 3 hours, about 1.5 miles of walking

Tour Cost: $65.00 (includes all food, beverage, and your expert tour guide)

Meeting Location: Near NW 23rd and NW Savier. Specific location, transportation and parking information provided at ticket purchase.

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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.

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Access Trips: Mexican Cooking Vacations

OVERVIEW

Imagine learning to cook delicious, healthy, gourmet Mexican cuisine with a top Mexican chef. And then picture yourself cooking in a kitchen nestled in the Mexican jungle overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Need more inspiration? There’s a margarita waiting for you at the end of your class, or just the freshest fruit juice you can imagine.

Cooking with Chef Hugo, one of the leading chefs in Mexico, and a recent inductee to the Academie Culinaire de France, you will learn the fundamentals of traditional Mexican cooking with a healthy seafood and vegetarian twist, using locally grown, organic ingredients. When you are not cooking, you’ll enjoy daily yoga, spa treatments, and excursions with Chef Hugo to local markets – or you might choose to do nothing at all!

You will stay in stunning, rustic cabanas nestled in the jungle and cooled by the ocean breeze. The luxurious cabanas feature comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings, and original and uniquely designed individual bathrooms. Some cabanas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon siestas, and all have either ocean or jungle views – or both. (But none have electricity, so be prepared to enjoy the simplicity and tranquility of an unwired world.)

INSTRUCTION

Mexican food is a blend of exotic pre-Hispanic indigenous ingredients and European influence from the longtime Spanish occupation. Corn and beans are staples, as are the added flavors of many kinds of peppers. Executive Chef Hugo Gutierrez, our instructor for the week, will focus on traditional Mexican recipes with a healthy seafood and vegetarian twist, using local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Arrive at our retreat. Relax and soak in the atmosphere before meeting up for a sunset welcome dinner.

DAY 2: Hike & Cooking Class
Start the morning with a healthy breakfast. Short hike to Sayulita to check out the village. Lunch at the retreat. Afternoon cooking class, followed by dinner
DAY 3: Yoga & Cooking Class
Morning yoga, followed by breakfast. Optional activity or enjoy a relaxing massage. Lunch at the resort. Afternoon cooking class, followed by dinner.

DAY 4: Yoga & Cooking Class
Morning yoga, followed by breakfast. Optional activity, beach time, or spa service. Lunch at the resort. Afternoon cooking class, followed by dinner.

DAY 5: Yoga & Market Visit
Morning yoga, followed by breakfast. Visit local market with our chef, followed by a late lunch overlooking a local beach. Dinner at the retreat.

DAY 6: Fish Market, Cooking Class & Beach BBQ
Morning yoga, followed by breakfast. Visit fish market with our chef, followed by lunch at the resort. Afternoon cooking class. Evening farewell BBQ and bonfire on the beach.

DAY 7: Depart – Mexico Cooking Vacation Ends
Our culinary and yoga retreat are over. Head to Puerto Vallarta airport in time for your flight home.

CLASSES & DISHES

– Introduction to the kitchen
– Guacamole
– Fish ceviche “Zihuatanejo style”
– Shrimp “al ajillo”
– Mexican rice
– Rice water “horchata”
– Coconut flan

Class 2:
– Salsa macha
– Raw sauces (green & red)
– Fava bean and nopal salad
– Green pozole
– Agua de Jamaica
– Pecan pie

Class 3:
– Mayan sauce
– Molcajeteadas salsa
– Pre-Hispanic corn soup
– Shrimp pancakes with mole
– White rice with fried bananas
– Lemon water with chia
– Sweet pumpkin desert

Class 4:
– Pico de gallo “tropical”
– Jicama, mango and papaya salad
– Red Snapper “a la talla” (marinated and spiced)
– Refried beans with hoja santa or aculyo and chipotle chile
– Cheese, mushroom, and squash blossom quesadillas
– Traditional Mexican sorbet

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