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Tomato, Chickpea, Feta

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Tomato, Chickpea, and Feta Salad with Za’atar

Joeann Gutowski, of our Fort Collins office shares an easy and delicious salad recipe that gets our taste buds yearning for the Mediterranean. This is the time of year when...Read More »

Sweet Crepes

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Breton Crêpes

John Giebler (our Director of Tours, and occasional tour leader in France and Italy) shares his favorite crêpe recipe in honor of the new ExperiencePlus! tour in Brittany and Normandy....Read More »

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No Knead Flatbread/Pizza Dough

About 2 years ago I decided I wanted try my hand at making some quick pizza or flatbread style dough. As I was looking for recipes I ran across a...Read More »

Starr and another rider enjoy the views in Patagonia's Lakes District with ExperiencePlus!

Travel Stories

Bicycle Patagonia: It Doesn’t Get Better Than This

By ExperiencePlus! travelers Starr and Phil Teague The Patagonia Lakes District Plus! the Island of Chiloé bicycle trip was one of our best vacation experiences ever. The biking was challenging...Read More »

Tarte Tatin

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Tarte Tatin

Two sisters, Carolina (1847-1911) and Stéphine Tatin (1838-1917), from Lamotte-Beuvron, a small village in the Loire Valley of France, are considered the creators of this wonderful tart. The sisters owned and...Read More »

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Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise

April marks the beginning of asparagus season in Germany and in France and is cause for celebration because it also means that spring has finally arrived. In Germany asparagus fever...Read More »

Roasted Kale Chips

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Roasted Kale Chips

In recent years kale has come into its own and this is a delightful, crispy side dish has little in common with the boiled, tasteless recipes of the past.  It’s...Read More »

Cauliflower Calabria

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Cauliflower Calabria

Cauliflower: a white, seemingly boring vegetable that unfortunately suffers from neglect in the grocery store and sometimes in the fridge has just received a facelift. And, no, it’s not cheddar...Read More »

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Rambler E-Newsletters

January 2014 Rambler Newsletter

Welcome to the January 2014 Rambler In This Issue… A Note from Monica and Maria Elena Tika’s Secret about Argentina 2013’s Greatest Hits from the ExperiencePlus! Facebook Page Confessions of a...Read More »

Rostinniana photo by Raul Bernardo

Recipes

Rosticciana with Fruit Sauce

Rosticciana has become a favorite for our travelers on the Bike Across Italy: Venice to Pisa trips. In fact the serving plate always ends up empty which is rare given...Read More »

Certified experts in gelato!

Travel Stories

Culinary Delights Tour Hits the Gelato Lab

The 8 and 11 day ExperiencePlus! Whole Journey’s Culinary Delights tours feature a visit to the lab at the Carpigiani Gelato Museum and University, a fabulous opportunity to study an...Read More »

Belgian Endive and Pear Salad

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Belgian Endive and Pear Salad

Endive was discovered in Belgium in 1830 and by the mid-nineteenth century it was being cultivated and sold as “witloof” or white leaf. Endive is now grown in a variety...Read More »

Panna Cotta

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Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta Travelers on the recent Bicycling Sardinia – Alghero to Cagliari trip devoured a wonderful Panna Cotta which inspired Italian tour leader Lisa Merighi to share her grandmother’s recipe...Read More »

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Travel Stories

A Taste of Aphrodisiac Diamonds on Tour

By ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader Pia de Richemont What did Marilyn Monroe, Mussolini and President Truman have in common? Fame? Certainly. Insomnia? Quite likely. But the three of them also shared...Read More »

Chard Quiche

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Chard Quiche – From the Field to Your Plate

Many of you may remember Josette Smyrl who coordinated our hotels and meals in France for years. Josette has retired and lives in Provence with her husband and gardener extraordinaire...Read More »

Fisherman's Risotto

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Fisherman’s Risotto

“My wife’s a better cook than yours” was the common refrain on fishing boats plying the Adriatic Sea. These rugged men would leave home for three or four days at...Read More »

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Travel Stories

Cyclist Seeks Puglian Cheese and Curious Cows

Selecting a bonus “theme” to take with me on my ExperiencePlus! cycling trips has always enhanced my excitement and sense of discovery about an area. When I found out I...Read More »

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Travel Stories

Active Foodie Trips: Whole Journeys by Whole Foods Market

Join ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours and Whole Journeys – a division of Whole Foods Market® – on two new “Active Foodie” cycling adventures that explore local landscapes through activities like visiting...Read More »

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Tortillas from Catalonia

Spanish omelets or tortillas are one of the most common dishes in Spain and though most are made with potatoes the French influenced Catalan version uses chick peas instead. You...Read More »

Irish Soda Bread and The Boys and Girl From County Claire

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(Irish) Snacks and a Movie

Looking for an opportunity to get some Irish culture, to savor the flavor and sound of traditional food and music of the Emerald Isle? Go ahead and rent a movie...Read More »

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Scottish Cranachan

Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert and we are fortunate that our Scottish coordinators are willing to share their favorite recipe with us. Nowadays, Cranachan is typically made from a...Read More »

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Zucchini Salad with Mint and Provençal Rosemary Almonds

Spring comes and you innocently plant not one but two zucchini plants in the garden – after all, one could die. Well, the time of reckoning has arrived! You now...Read More »

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Greek Kale Salad

Kale packs a punch, many believe it to be a perfect food, packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and K, high in lutein and beta carotene. But, many folks just don’t...Read More »

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Provençal Melon with Beaumes de Venise Muscat

The ExperiencePlus! Bicycling through the Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix-en-Provence tour now goes through Beaumes de Venise. A lot of France’s melons grow nearby around Cavaillon, and...Read More »