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June 16, 2021

By Peg Kern

How to Make Homemade Ricotta & Making Cheese on a Cooking Vacation in Italy

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Italy

One of our culinary travelers' favorite activities when they participate in our Italy cooking vacations is making cheese. This is not part of every itinerary: it depends on the region and the specific cooking vacation. But many of our culinary tours in Italy include cheese making, or at least a visit to see how cheese is produced. But did you know you can easily replicate the thrill of cheesemaking in… Read
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June 9, 2021

By Peg Kern

5 Best Things about Our New Flavors of Puerto Rico Culinary Vacation

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, Wines & Spirits, USA

We always love expanding our culinary tours into new destinations, and we could not be more thrilled with our newest culinary tours in Puerto Rico! What could be better than a top culinary destination with a European feel, a ton of history and culture, miles of coastline, and part of the US? US travelers don't even need a passport, and it's a quick plane ride away. Yes, you do currently… Read
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June 16, 2021

By Peg Kern

Tlacoyos Recipe

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Mexico

When trying to describe tlacoyos to my kids, I said they were a cross between a tamale and an empanada. They have the thick, corn-masa breading on the outside, like a tamale. But unlike a tamale, they aren't steamed in corn husks, they are cooked on a hot griddle (with our without oil) or, sometimes, deep fried. Their shape is also unique, like a football that has been flattened by… Read
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June 10, 2021

By Peg Kern

Culinary Vacations in Spain with The International Kitchen: Status Update

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, Spain

Updated June 10, 2021. We have breaking news! Spain is once again open for travel to U.S. tourists! What does this mean for our culinary travelers who have been wondering, "When can I travel to Spain again?" It means that now is the time to start planning! See all our culinary tours in Spain. Who Can Travel to Spain? U.S. travelers to Spain will have to show proof of vaccination… Read
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May 26, 2021

By Peg Kern

Introducing Two New Culinary Vacations in Mexico

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, Mexico

Mexico is one of the most fascinating destinations for our culinary vacations. The cuisine is incredible mix of fresh, indigenous ingredients and methods going back thousands of years, and new ingredients and methods brought from Europe, Africa, and Asia during Mexico's centuries of colonization. Add to that the culinary identity that has been informed by the two hundred and some years since Mexico gained independence, and you have one of… Read
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June 10, 2021

By Peg Kern

Traveling to France on Our French Culinary Vacations: Status Update

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, France

Updated June 10, 2021. French President Emmanuel Macron announced in May the reopening plans for France, and June 9th was pinpointed as the date international travel to France would officially resume. We are happy to say that the plan held, and France is officially open again to U.S. travelers! What does this mean for travelers who have been asking, "When can I travel to France?"  It means that now is… Read
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June 10, 2021

By Peg Kern

Update on Travel to Greece on Our Greek Culinary Vacations

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Travel Videos, What's Up at TIK, Greece

Updated June 10, 2021. Greece announced on April 19th that it would start allowing travelers from the US and a select few other countries into Greece for leisure travel effective immediately. This moved up the previously announced timeline of May 14 as the date when Greece would reopen. So what does this mean to US travelers? Is Greece open? Can you take a culinary vacation in Greece? What will it… Read
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June 10, 2021

By Peg Kern

Italy Culinary Vacations: When Can I Travel to Italy?

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, Italy

Updated June 10, 2021. When will you be able to travel to Italy? We hear this question frequently, and the answer is: now! Italy is once again open to U.S. tourists. What is the current status of travel to Italy? Read on for details. Status of Travel to Italy The status of travel to Italy was updated in May with a roadmap for reopening Italy to tourism. Travel to Italy… Read
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April 23, 2021

By Peg Kern

Discover Normandy on a Culinary Vacation in France

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Travel Videos, France

Its coastline is famous, with thousands of years of history. Its white, chalky cliffs, turbulent seas, and sandy beaches have been the site of battles and voyages. And its food is some of the most quintessentially "French." Normandy is one of the most recognizable names of French regions. It is also one of the most popular destinations for our cooking vacations and cultural tours in France. But many do not… Read
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April 14, 2021

By Peg Kern

An Iftar Recipe for Ramadan: Lamb Kebabi with Watermelon, Cucumber, and Herb Salad

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Special Occasions, Travel Tips, Turkey

Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims around the world, a time of fasting, prayer, and charity. The dates of Ramadan change each year (moving forward by 15 days), because it follows a nine-month, lunar calendar, but the month-long rituals remain the same and are meant to commemorate the month in which the Quran was revealed to Muhammad. Each year you can find the approximate dates of Ramadan, but its… Read
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