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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 »

Rostinniana photo by Raul Bernardo

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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 Planning: Food and Meals,  Destinations: Italy

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 »

Travel Planning: Food and Meals,  Destinations: France,  Destinations: Italy

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 »

Destinations: Italy

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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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

With summer often comes an abundance of zucchini from the garden – and the ongoing challenge to find new ways to prepare them. Co-workers begin to avoid you and your... 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 »

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Spring Salad

This recipe comes to us from our friends at Cooking Vacations Italy and takes advantage of the spring harvest including fava beans, lemon balm, mint, chives, radishes, spinach, lettuce and... Read More »

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Via Emilia – road to Italian culinary history

By Jeff Greenwald. Writer Jeff Greenwald joined ExperiencePlus! on a combined and modified version of our Bicycling Venice to Florence and Cycling Italy’s Culinary Delights: Emilia Romagna Plus! Bologna itineraries... Read More »

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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 »

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Neeps and Tatties

A delicious twist on a traditional Scottish recipe which should technically be accompanied by Cock a Leekie soup, Cranachan,  and haggis all washed down with whisky, but we’ll leave it... Read More »

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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 »

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Vlaamse Stoverij or Belgian Beef Stew

Tour leaders Michele Boglioni and Enrico Dal Monte were recently doing some reconnaissance for our Bicycling Belgium’s Best Brewery tours and stopped in for some authentic Belgian Beef Stew. They... Read More »

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Cotechino Sausage with Lentils

Cotechino Sausage with Lentils Though our recipe is a little late for your New Year’s celebration, we thought we’d go ahead and share this traditional New Year’s dish that combines... Read More »

Carcassonne

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Daube Provençale or Beef Stew with Wine

Daube Provençale or Beef Stew with Wine This month’s recipe comes to us from Josette Smyrl who coordinated hotels and meals for ExperiencePlus! for years. Now retired and living near... Read More »

Risotto with pears, gorgonzola and walnuts

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Risotto with Pear, Gorgonzola, & Walnuts

This month’s recipe comes to us from tour leader Enrico Dal Monte who you may have met on tour in Belgium, Italy, France or Spain.  Pears are in season so... Read More »

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