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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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May 16, 2018

By Peg Kern

Three Things Not to Miss in Madrid

Post Categories:  Destination Feature, Travel Tips

Madrid is one of our favorite cities. As one of the largest cities in Europe and the capital of Spain, it offers plenty of cultural sites for our culinary travelers to explore. But that's nothing if there isn't also good food and drink to enjoy, and there is plenty of that in Madrid as well, which you can find out for yourself on our Capital Culinary Adventure in Madrid cooking… Read
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May 11, 2018

By tik3

Food and Wine Tours to France

Post Categories:  Wines & Spirits

Earlier this week we talked about some of our fabulous food and wine tours in Italy and Portugal. From the northern regions of Piedmont, Lombardy, and the Veneto, to the southern Puglia, Sicily, and Campania, Italy is a great food and wine tour destination. But France of course offers a plethora of other options for our travelers looking for a more wine-themed vacation. Bordeaux is an obvious place to start… Read
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May 9, 2018

By Peg Kern

Food and Wine Tours with TIK

Post Categories:  Wines & Spirits

Good food and good wine are the hallmarks of any great trip if you ask anyone at TIK! Whether you are traveling in the rolling hills of Tuscany, or the volcanic shadow of Mt. Etna or Mt. Vesuvius, whether in the esteemed vineyards of Bordeaux to the high-altitude region of Mendoza, Argentina, great food and wine tour destinations make great cooking vacation destinations. It's almost impossible to recap our favorite… Read
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May 2, 2018

By Peg Kern

Pre-Columbian Mexico

Post Categories:  Destination Feature

We love each of our culinary vacations in Mexico. Mexican cuisine is one of our favorites here at TIK, and living in Chicago means we have access to some really fabulous Mexican eateries, from authentic little mom-and-pop shops to high-end gourmet restaurants. But let's face it - if you're traveling to Mexico, chances are you want to see more than just the inside of a kitchen. We can talk about… Read
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April 30, 2018

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Mexican Chiltomate Sauce

Post Categories:  Food History, Recipe

Do you know where tomatoes come from? They first grew in the western part of South America, and were subsequently cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas over a thousand years ago before being introduced into Europe during the Sixteenth Century. Hailing from Mexico's Yucatan region, Chiltomate is considered one of the world's oldest tomato sauces. It is both easy to make and delicious, and is traditionally served with grilled meats.… Read
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