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February 4, 2019

By Peg Kern

Recipe for English Crumpets

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In honor of our new cooking vacation in the United Kingdom, Quintessential Cotswolds Culinary tour in England, we're sharing a favorite recipe for crumpets, that delicious English pastry that is something of a cross between an English muffin and a pancake. Crumpets are made with a yeast dough and made on a hot griddle, much like what we refer to as English muffins in the US, but the dough is… Read
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January 31, 2019

By Peg Kern

Exploring the Cotswolds on a Luxury Culinary Tour

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The Cotswolds are a rural area in the south of England known for its rolling green hills, thatched medieval villages, quaint churches, and limestone manors. Its distinctive aesthetic has made it a top destination for international travelers, as well as a popular site for filming movies and TV shows. The unusual "Cotswold stone" (yellow limestone) and historic towns make it one of our favorite parts of the United Kingdom, and… Read
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January 24, 2019

By The International Kitchen

Three Things to See in Andalusia on a Culinary Tour of Spain

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What things are there to see in Andalusia? Lots of things! Andalusia is one of our favorite parts of Spain - and why not? It's got amazing cultural sites, great, sunny weather, and fabulous gastronomy. There are so many reasons to visit this fabulous southern region, but we're focussing on just three. Favorite Sites on a Tour of Spain with TIK The Alhambra Palace Granada's crown jewel, and one of… 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: Best European Destinations 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… Read
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