We’re taking a break from our week-long exploration of all things tapas for “What’s Up Wednesday,” where we talk about… what we’re up to at The International Kitchen! And one thing we’re always up to in November is new program development.
Last year was a big year for us, seeing our expansion into Asia, a destination we had long wanted to add to our cooking vacation offerings. We were thrilled to add new itineraries in Southeast Asia as well as in India. We’re currently working on additional itineraries, one a super-deluxe option that will include Laos, and two more options in India.
But that’s not all. We have two itineraries right now that we are super excited about. One is in Tuscany at a wonderful B&B in the Chianti countryside We call it Living the Real Tuscan Dream because it really is like living an authentic experience of Tuscany!
Another new option is Culinary Secrets to a Longer Life with Diane Kochilas, famous chef, cookbook author, TV host, and one of the foremost authorities on Greek cuisine. A few weeks each year she and her husband open their home on the island of Ikaria to guests to show them the secrets of Greek cuisine and Greek island life. Ikaria is a fascinating place, one of the world’s few so-called “Blue Zones,” where scientists have discovered the inhabitants live measurably longer lives. We can’t promise a week with Diane will make you live longer… but you never know!
We’re also working on a new itinerary in Peru with one of our favorite partners, a new itinerary on Italy’s Lake Como, and even an island itinerary off the coast of Naples. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, we’re investigating options in Abruzzo, Sardinia, and the Amalfi Coast, and are working hard to find a first-rate cooking vacation in the Caribbean. What could be better than heading to the warm-weather islands known for the richness of their cuisine and the beauty of their landscapes and beaches?
What else is up here at The International Kitchen? Richard and I are well into our second month as co-owners, and so far it’s been a blast. We love working with clients on planning their dream culinary vacation. Give us a call and we’ll help you plan yours!
By Peg Kern
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Originally published November 18, 2015.