Category: Food History

Making tortellini pasta during cooking classes in Italy
Feb 13, 2020

The History of Tortellini: Emilia Romagna Cooking Vacations

Pastas abound in Italy, but none quite have the legend that tortellini does. The navel-shaped pasta has a story all its own, and while tellings of the legend vary, the basics remain the same: when an innkeeper saw the naked navel of Venus, the goddess of love, he created a tribute to…

A basket of croissants on a culinary vacation in France.
Jan 30, 2020

A History of Croissants – Plus a Recipe!

Happy National Croissant Day! We all know what a croissant is, right? It’s a flaky, butter, crescent-shaped pastry (“croissant” means crescent) from France. But a croissant is so much more. It is perhaps one of the most quintessentially recognizable French foods, a symbol of the nation itself as surely as is the baguette. Learn to […]

A delicious cheese plate with wine on your cooking vacation with TIK.
Jan 20, 2020

Cheese and Why We Love It

It’s national cheese lovers’ day! Cheese is one of our favorite things. What can beat the creamy richness of our favorite type of dairy? Cheese comes in vast array of flavors and textures, from spicy and pungent to smooth and mild, from hard, to chalky, to almost liquid. Many of our top selling destinations, including […]

Spaghetti, one of Italy's most famous pastas.
Jan 03, 2020

In Honor of Spaghetti

Tomorrow, January 4th, is National Spaghetti Day. Hurray! To most people spaghetti is just that thin, long Italian noodle you put under meatballs and marinara sauce, but did you know that in Italy, spaghetti is rarely (if ever) served with a meatball, and that some say it’s not even Italian at all? For those of […]

Making authentic espresso on a food tour in Italy.
Dec 18, 2019

How to Order Coffee in Italy and Other Useful Coffee Tips

Most people know that ordering coffee is not like ordering coffee in the US. Even in the age of Starbucks and other coffee houses, even with terms like “Americano,” “Macchiato,” and “Grande” tossed around, there is still a bit to learn when it comes to ordering coffee in Italy. Coffee is a true cultural superstar […]

Delicious Spanish tomato bread on our culinary vacations in Spain.
Oct 23, 2019

What is Spanish Tomato Bread?

If you travel in Spain on a Spain culinary tour or cooking vacation you’re sure to see bread served with a side of tomato and a clove of garlic. If you don’t know about the fabulous “tomato bread” you might be at a loss how to proceed! What is Spanish Tomato Bread? Pan con tomate […]

Soupe au pistou as made on a Provence food tour and Provence culinary vacation
Sep 10, 2019

Pistou or Pesto?

What is pistou, how is it made, and is it different than pesto? Pistou is derived from the more known Ligurian pesto, but it is made without nuts. A cold condiment made of crushed or chopped basil and garlic mixed with olive oil, often with a hard cheese such as parmesan, pistou is a popular […]

Enjoying baguettes on a French culinary vacation.
Aug 29, 2019

What Is a Baguette?

Bread is a staple of many destinations we offer for our food tours and cooking vacations, and perhaps the best examples of this are France and Italy, where bread making is a true art. In France, the classic and famous baguette is perhaps one of the most instantly identifiable culinary products in the world. So […]

Eating gelato on our Italy food tours.
Aug 19, 2019

Eating Gelato in Italy

Gelato is one of our favorite subjects, and we get questions about it frequently on our Italy food tours, such as, is gelato the same thing as ice cream? Where can you find the best gelato in Italy? And what are the most important flavors to try? Because, let’s face it, most of us won’t […]

A plate of traditional carbonara on a Rome food tour.
Aug 13, 2019

What to Eat in Rome

If you’re exploring Italy on a Rome food tour, chances are you love Italian food. Traditional Roman cuisine has some of the most quintessential of Italian dishes, and they are there to enjoy on our best food tours in Rome or during our hands-on cooking classes in Rome. After decades of traveling to Rome (not […]