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June 11, 2018

By Peg Kern

Why Naples?

Post Categories:  Destination Feature

Naples lies in the ever-present shadow of Vesuvius, the famed volcano that buried two cities and left countless dead in A.D. 79. In fact the city spreads to the very foot of the great mountain and even up its sides. Perhaps it is this constant reminder of mortality, the constant presence of risk, that makes Naples so unlike other Italian cities. Or it could be the 4000 years of history,… Read
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June 4, 2018

By Peg Kern

Packing Tips from TIK

Post Categories:  Travel Tips

Whether you're heading to Italy for Tuscan cooking classes, to Mexico for a gourmet culinary vacation, to Southeast Asia for a luxury foodie tour, or to Paris for a pastry class, packing is something you just have to do. It's no one's favorite part of travel - and yet, the anticipation it builds makes me giddy! I just yesterday wrote out a list for my travels this week, and let… Read
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May 31, 2018

By Peg Kern

Super Spring Roundup

Post Categories:  Destination Feature, What's Up at TIK

We had a really wonderful Spring travel season at TIK and we thought we'd give a spring recap to celebrate it! We had more April and May travelers doing our cooking vacations than ever before, and why not? Spring is a great time for culinary travel, with fresh produce arriving at the markets and growing on the farms for our farm to table experiences. We have a couple of our… Read
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May 25, 2018

By Peg Kern

La Maremma Toscana

Post Categories:  Destination Feature

... Ma di lontano pace dicono al cuor le tue colline con le nebbie sfumanti e il verde piano ridente ne le pioggie mattutine. - Giosuè Carducci Tuscany is one of our best-selling destinations, which should be no surprise to anyone who knows anything at all about Italy. But to many people, Tuscany means Florence and the Chianti area, while they ignore the rest of the region. Some people do… Read
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May 22, 2018

By Adrian Hall

A Gastro Windmill in Spain

Post Categories:  Destination Feature, Food History

"What giants?" said Sancho Panza. "Those thou seest there," answered his master, "with the long arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long." "Look, your worship," said Sancho; "what we see there are not giants but windmills, and what seem to be their arms are the sails that turned by the wind make the millstone go." "It is easy to see," replied Don Quixote, "that thou art not used… Read
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May 18, 2018

By Darlene Pereda

Spanish Souvenirs (Recuerdos de España)

Post Categories:  Destination Feature, Travel Tips

Who doesn’t love bringing back travel souvenirs? Do you often find yourself tossing away old “I Heart Italy” keychains or “Greetings from Mexico” T-shirts? Well, just say “no” to more cheap souvenirs. Here are a few mementos sure to spark conversation during your Spanish-themed dinner parties. 1) Ceramicas de la Talavera are a traditional pottery style found in Toledo. I suggest that you do some research on shops that carry… Read
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