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Destinations: France

New in France – Cycling the Languedoc

Cycling the Languedoc (Plus! French Catalonia) With a variety of landscapes bathed by the Mediterranean sun and connected with a vast network of small country roads that extend from the... Read More »


Piadina or Flatbread

Piadina* or Flatbread Ingredients: 5 cups (500 grams) of unbleached flour, soft flour if you can find it 2 teaspoons (10 grams) salt 5/8 cup (70 grams) of rendered lard... 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 »


Celebrate Italy’s 150th Birthday

As the ExperiencePlus! Italia 150 bicycling expedition begins May 7th in Marsala, Sicily we thought it would be the perfect time for all of us to acknowledge Italy’s unification. Unfortunately... Read More »

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Ramsons or Bear Garlic Soup

Philipp Alexander Schmitt, one of our Tour Leaders in Germany and Spain, recently shared his version of Bear Garlic Soup which some of our travelers will remember fondly from their... Read More »

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

Interview with Chef Erick Vedel

A local Provençal chef tells us about his passion for food and how it has pervaded other areas of his life. Each year he opens his home to us on... Read More »


Camargue Red Rice with Ginger and Chickpeas

This recipe comes to us from Chef Erick Vedel and was served on the ExperiencePlus! Bicycling through the Best of Provence tour October 2010. Clinical studies have proven that red... Read More »

Photo byExperiencePlus! Traveler John Clevenger

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

Per la Cena or What’s for Dinner?

An interview with Bea Tassinari who coordinates meals on ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours in Italy. Bea can you tell us a little about the process of deciding what’s for dinner on... Read More »


Soufflé of Parmesan Cheese

Sformato di Parmigiano or Soufflé of Parmesan Cheese We often receive requests from customers who have eaten something fabulous on tour and are hopeful that we can find or have... Read More »



Ragú Pasta Sauce

Ragú is comfort food Italian style for the Malpezzi Price family. Simple ingredients combine to form a delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. The meat sauce is a Bolognese style meat sauce,... Read More »


Beet and Feta Salad with Honey-Oregano Vinaigrette

Beet and Feta Salad with Honey-Oregano Vinaigrette This month Paola invites her colleague, Ellen Brinks, to share her beet recipe. “Beet and Feta Salad works well as a side dish,... Read More »


Potato Soup with a Mediterranean Twist

The common potato is a simple winter vegetable that makes an innovative, warm and creamy soup if paired with a tangy Mediterranean fruit like the olive. The best type of... Read More »


From Paola’s Kitchen: Cold Borscht Soup

When Rick and I were in Poland about to begin our Krakow to Budapest bike tour in 2009 I tasted a delicious borscht soup. This recipe reminds me of that... Read More »


Summer Couscous with Seafood

This recipe comes from the kitchen of Paola’s nephew, Claudio Malpezzi and the staff at the Titon Restaurant in Cesenatico, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Some of you may be interested in the... 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 »


French Béchamel Sauce

Ingredients: 3 tbsp butter or margarine 1/3 cup flour 2 cups milk 1/2 cup grated cheese or more salt and pepper to taste la technique Melt the butter or margarine... Read More »

Walnut Bread


Walnut Bread Recipe – Pane di Noci / Pain aux Noix /

Pane di Noci / Pain aux Noix / Walnut Bread You are sure to find this kind of bread wherever there is an abundance of walnuts, like in some parts... Read More »

Destinations: France

Provence: Ruins, History, Artists, Authors, Wine, Culinary...

Provence: Ruins, History, Artists, Authors, Wine, Culinary and Cycling Delights If you’ve dreamed of bicycling through Provence we have three opportunities for you this fall; our Cycling Provence, Cycling Provence... Read More »


Creamy French Pumpkin Soup

Creamy French Pumpkin Soup (A note from Rick Price of ExperiencePlus!) This recipe comes to us from Josette Smyrl, coordinator of our France hotels and restaurants from 1995 through October... 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 »


Greek Salad

There are as many variations of Greek salad as there are Greeks. We’ve selected our favorite, but feel free to experiment to find your perfect combination. We suggest that you... Read More »

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup


Classic Italian Minestrone Soup with Pesto

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup with Pesto Every family in Italy makes its own variation of minestrone, which means literally “big soup,” from the word “minestra.” One may insist on using... Read More »

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