Culinary Tours with TIK: Unexpected Coastal Culinary Journeys
It’s the end of January in Chicago, and we’re thinking about coastal experiences! Dreams of spending sunny days on the beach, frolicking in the water, and enjoying fresh, just-fished seafood are pretty much occupying our every waking thought. So here are a few of our top coastal experiences to populate your dreams as well!
1) A Culinary Adventure in Puglia
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Puglia is one of the best and most underrated (read: not full of tourists!) destinations in Italy. As a top producer of wine, grain, and olives, it is the perfect destination for a cooking vacation. Our top seller in Puglia features a stay at a “masseria,” a country estate that produces most of its own products for consumption, as well as great cooking courses, visits to Matera, Bari, Alberobello, and more!
2) A Mexican Expedition in the Yucatan
Cook with a famous, award-winning chef in the Yucatan, one of Mexico’s most fascinating and vibrant regions. The capital city Merida has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with a robust food and restaurant scene that makes it an ideal spot for exploring the many rich flavors of Mexican cuisine. Rounding out the food experiences are trips to local Mayan ruins and free time for relaxing in the sun.
3) Catalonian Tastes and Treasures
What could be better than Catalonia’s Costa Brava? You can explore Catalan cuisine, world-famous wines, and charming Spanish villages. I was on the Costa Brava years ago and remember the characteristic fishing villages, the amazing Priorat wines, the sunshine and complex, flavorful dishes.
4) Cuisine and Markets of Coastal Normandy
There are a number of charming things about this itinerary in coastal Normandy. First, the accommodations are at a unique artist’s home/B&B located near the beach. Second, you get to visit some of Normandy’s best markets for both seafood and produce exploration. And finally, you get to explore the stunning history and cultural of the region. What makes it even better? You’ve got a few days left to book in order to take advantage of our special promotion! Book in January and receive 15% off, for just $1275 per person for the 3-night itinerary!
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our coastal itineraries. Which one tempts you the most?
By Peg Kern
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