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I am beside myself with excitement about our new cycling tour that goes from Copenhagen to Berlin! One reason is a food item you will undoubtedly encounter along the way...Read More »



Melon with Black Pepper and Mint

Melone Ghiacciato con Menta  or Melon with Black Pepper and Mint This refreshing dish comes to us from Bea Tassinari, our Country Coordinator in Italy, who also helps coordinate lunches...Read More »

Cycling in Ireland with ExperiencePlus!


Chocolate Guinness, Bailey’s, and Whiskey Cupcakes

Looking for an inspired Valentine’s Day gift for the love of your life? We have the perfect idea – A bicycling tour of Ireland presented with this decadent and delicious...Read More »

Tarte Tatin


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 »

Panna Cotta


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 »




Some would argue that Sachertorte is THE dessert one thinks of when you think of Vienna and we agree it is hard to go wrong when you combine butter, chocolate,...Read More »



Apple Spice Cake: Modern Pain d’Epices

History of Pain d’Epices (Spiced Bread) According to the World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting by Eva Crane, spiced bread originates from honey cakes from Ancient Egypt.  The middle...Read More »



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 »



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 »

Sarlat street market


Crème Brûlée

When you travel to France, chances are you’ve got some culinary must-tastes on your list. While crepes and the delicately-crafted pastries in the corner patisseries are delightful, one dessert you...Read More »


News, Recipes

Dordogne Hazelnut Cake

I, like most of you, find myself excited by local specialties while I’m traveling and I often come home with flavored oils, spices or syrups that then sit in my...Read More »



Panpepato or Pepper Bread

Though the origins of Panpepato aren’t certain one theory is that Sister Berta adapted a Panforte recipe when Siena was under siege and instead of using fresh fruit, she used...Read More »

Josette's Cherry Clafoutis


Josette’s Cherry Clafoutis

Josette’s Cherry  Clafoutis Preheat oven to 400F Ingredients: 1/2  pounds pitted Cherries 3/4  cup flour 2/3 cup  sugar 3 eggs 1 cup milk or light cream 1/3 cup melted butter...Read More »

Strawberries are in season. Time for Strawberry Lasagna with Cream


Strawberry Lasagna with Cream

Serves Four Sponge Cake: 3 egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar pinch of salt 3 egg whites 3/4 cup flour Zest from half an orange The Filling: 1 cup of fresh...Read More »


Panforte with Hazelnut & Almonds

“Panforte” means “tough bread” in Italian. It is somewhat similar to a Christmas fruit cake, American-style. Panforte and Panettone are the ultimate Christmas or holiday Italian dessert. Panforte is originally...Read More »


Baked Lemon Almond Tart

The past several years, Rick and I have discovered the joys and benefits of almonds. We eat them as a snack, put them in our oatmeal or granola, and add...Read More »


Salame al Cioccolato

(literally translated as Chocolate Salami) ExperiencePlus! is proud to share this recipe from the Agriturismo il Rigo located in Val d’Orcia near San Quirico d’Orcia. ExperiencePlus! stopped there for dinner...Read More »


Bavarian Apple Torte

Bavarian Apple Torte ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours has a tradition of celebrating birthdays with a dessert from an area that one of our bicycle tours travels through. This month we sampled...Read More »


Panettone, Italian Christmas Bread

Panettone, Italian Christmas Bread My father would bring home at least two or three brightly colored boxes -the color blue dominated – inside a delicious, rounded mound of a cake-like,...Read More »