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February 19, 2019

By Peg Kern

Easter Vacation Packages to Italy and Greece

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Why celebrate Easter with an Easter vacation package to Europe? You can explore fabulous cultural traditions as well as special culinary traditions on an Easter vacation, and we're highlighting two of our favorites, one a special Easter vacation package on Italy's Amalfi Coast, the other a Greek Orthodox Easter vacation on the Greek island of Zakynthos. Easter Week on the Amalfi Coast Pasqua, the Italian name for Easter, is one… Read
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February 15, 2019

By Peg Kern

Carnaroli Risotto with Shrimp Bisque and Tartare

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We headed to Umbria for Valentine's Day... Well, in our dreams we headed to Umbria for Valentine's Day, as San Valentino was a native of Terni, Umbria. In honor of all things Umbrian, we bring this amazing recipe from Chef Eros of the Tempio del Gusto of our culinary vacation in Spoleto. Carnaroli Risotto, with Shellfish Bisque and Red Shrimp Tartare "in Its Net" Ingredients for 4 people. Ingredients for… Read
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January 16, 2019

By Peg Kern

Sicilian Recipe for Couscous alla Trapanese

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If you head to Sicily on our Best of the West culinary tour, you are sure to run into couscous. Yes, couscous! Many people don't realize that there are North African influences in Sicilian cuisine, particularly on the western coast near Trapani. You don't have to wait for a cooking vacation in Sicily, though. You can try an authentic Italian recipe for Couscous alla trapanese easily enough at home! Couscous… Read
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January 10, 2019

By Peg Kern

Best of the West - Culinary Tour in Sicily

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Sicily is one of my favorite destinations. It has everything: seaside and mountains, ancient ruins and awe-inspiring churches, amazing food and wine. And on top of all that it has a certain character to it that is hard to describe as other than its innate "Sicilianism." It is just as Sicilian as you ever pictured it could be - not like you see in the movies, but with utter authenticity.… Read
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January 4, 2019

By Peg Kern

Best Destinations in Europe for 2019

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What are the best destinations in Europe for 2019? That's a hard question to answer, but when we look at travel trends, "hot" destinations, and our own culinary tours, we believe 2019 will be amazing years to visit these amazing European cities: Dubrovnik Barcelona Lisbon Bordeaux Taormina Bellagio Dubrovnik Croatia has been a hot destination for several years, and it's had to pinpoint a single "best" city to visit there.… Read
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December 13, 2018

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Santa Lucia Buns

Filed Under  Recipe, Special Occasions

Santa Lucia Day is celebrated December 13. Her legend says that she carried food to persecuted Christians hiding in the catacombs, and that she was guided by a candle-lit-wreath she wore on her head. For this reason Saint Lucy Day celebrations frequently feature a child sporting such a wreath and walking through the dark winter - a wonderful sign of December in many parts of the world, but particularly in… Read
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