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DECEMBER 2016 - Our customers spoke and we listened. We have added the culinary regions of Croatia and Slovenia, new and upcoming foodie destinations. We also feature our "Culinary Cannes" market visit and cooking class with our talented chef, and our "Biking and Cooking in Portugal" tour. Happy holidays!

 

NOVEMBER 2016 - November features 3 of our popular Italy cooking programs - Umbria, Tuscany and a tour that encompasses all of the "must sees" of Italy. Our recipe is a Pumpkin and Potato Gnocchi from Umbria.

 

OCTOBER 2016 - Our recipe this month is from enchanting Apulia, Vegetable au Gratin - delicioso! We feature our new Apulia culinary program, our Bon Appétit Brittany cooking holiday and our new Cooking and Walking in Medieval Umbria combination holiday. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 - Take cooking classes in Roma, Firenze and Paris. If you already have accommodations these are 3 great choices for a day or evening cooking class experience!

 

AUGUST 2016 - Showing our support for France, we featured all French culinary getaways this month. Vive le France!

 

JULY 2016 - For July we highlight Santorini, St. Remy and our new Portofino culinary tour. Our delicious recipe hails from Tuscany, Homemade Tagliatelle in a Summer Zucchini Sauce!

 

JUNE 2016 - We feature our "Cretan Delights", "Cook Like a Tuscan" and "Gourmet Rioja" tours this month. Plan that culinary vacation now!

 

MAY 2016 - Check out our Tuscany, Apulia and Southwest France culinary tours that are featured this month. And our Seared Salmon recipe from the Northern Loire of France

 

APRIL 2016 - Peru, Spain and Italy are showcased this month with a delicious recipe from Tuscany using the ever popular "pici" pasta!

 

MARCH 2016 - Visit the enchanting lands of Apulia, Tuscany and Santorini Greece with our three selected tours this month. All must sees in our lifetime!

 

FEBRUARY 2016 - This month we feature the amazing destinations of Peru, the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany with a delicious dessert recipe from Paris. 
 

JANUARY 2016 - We start off the New Year with trips to Spain, Italy and Greece and a delicious baked cod with mussels recipe from France. Bon appétit!

 

DECEMBER 2015 - In December we feature Marrakech, Provence and Andalusia - all fabulous culinary destinations. 

 

NOVEMBER 2015 - Give the gift of "foodie travel" to your loved one for the holidays. The recipe this month comes from our cookery school in the Northern Loire of France, Blinis with Smoked Salmon. 

 

OCTOBER 2015 - Take a look at our featured tours in Greece, France and Spain. Normandy sends us a delicious Cider Farm Chicken recipe. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015 - It's time to start thinking about holiday gifts - how about a trip to Brittany, France? Provence offers a wonderful recipe this month, Green Beans with Garlic and Parsley - simple and delicious!

 

AUGUST 2015 - Our August newsletter invites you to Abruzzo, Crete and Provence - all major foodie destinations. The recipe this month is Stuffed Artichokes from Abruzzo!

 

JULY 2015 - July highlights Spain, Italy and France - all incredible foodie destinations! Our recipe, Watercress Salad with Scallops, comes from our Normandy France program. 

 

JUNE 2015 - June's newsletter features the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Normandy in France and Andalusia in Spain. Three wonderful and tasty tours. Our recipe of the month is a delicious white gazpacho from Spain. 

 

MAY 2015 - Consider beautiful Apulia, breathtaking Santorini or northern Spain for your next getaway. Our recipe this month comes from Paris!

 

APRIL 2015 - Look at our wonderful "Savoring Crete" and "Authentic Marrakech" tour. Our recipe this month is a delicious Terrine of Rabbit with Hazlenuts from our talented chef in southwest France.

 

MARCH 2015 -  March highlights a cooking holiday in the Roman countryside, one in the beautiful region of Tuscany and an incredible experience in Portugal with our recipe of spinach and ricotta dumplings brought to you from one of our Tuscan chefs.  

 

FEBRUARY 2015 - Active Gourmet Holidays celebrates 13 years in business, sending our clients on fabulous culinary excursions. Take that dream trip this year!

 

JANUARY 2015 - Make 2015 the year you take that cooking or active vacation you have been planning for years! Choose from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Peru or Morocco!

 

DECEMBER 2014 - Why not buy the gift of culinary travel for the foodie in your life? What a great holiday gift!

 

NOVEMBER 2014 - The three tours featured in this month's newsletter are Bon Appétit Brittany, Bella Sicilia and Tuscan Cooking in Lucca. Learn to cook from professional chefs in beautiful settings. 

 

OCTOBER 2014 - In October we feature San Sebastian, Rioja and Apulia - incredible foodie destinations for all of the gourmands out there.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 - Florence, Capri and Tuscany - Italy is one of the most delicious gastronomic destinations in the world. Plan your culinary trip today!

 

AUGUST 2014 - Spain, Greece and breathtaking Positano, Italy are featured in August's newsletter. This month's recipe hails from a chef in Roma!

 

JULY 2014 - July highlights Florence, Italy, Portugal and the Amalfi Coast, whose tour features a *1 star Michelin chef. 

 

June 2014 - Get a taste of Morocco, Spain and France in this month's newsletter with a spring recipe sure to please from our chef in France.

 

MAY 2014 - Check out our new three night tour to Athens, Greece with the recipe of the month coming from the north of Sicily, provided to us by a talented chef in Cefalu.

 

APRIL 2014 -  This month we offer a luxury culinary vacation on the French Riviera, a fabulous foodie adventure on the Amalfi Coast and a breathtaking trip to Sicily. Our recipe this month comes from the amazing Amalfi Coast. Our recipe this month comes from the amazing Amalfi Coast, "Little Chocolate Cake".

 

MARCH 2014 - Visit Portugal for a wonderful cooking vacation or a five night stay in the Cinque Terre. The recipe of the month is compliments of a great chef in the heart of Rome.

 

FEBRUARY 2014 - February takes you to Italy for both active and foodie tours such as The Cycling Gourmet, Yoga and Cooking in Le Marche and Secrets of Italian Cooking on the Amalfi Coast. 

 

JANUARY 2014 - This month we bring you three exquisite culinary tours in Greeece and encourage you to add Greece to your bucket list!

 

DECEMBER 2013 - December we feature our Cook Like a Tuscan culinary program with the recipe of the month coming from this excellent chef.

 

NOVEMBER 2013 - We were in Sicily in September so this newsletter focuses on our Sicily culinary vacations. Our recipe also comes from this spectacular island - the island that is the biggest in the Mediterranean.  

 

OCTOBER 2013 - We highlight Spain, Portugal and Sicily this month with our Gastronomy in Costa del Sol tour, our Cooking with Port Wine tour in Portugal and our every popular Sicilian Flavours in Sicily. Our recipe comes from the well known Eleanora Consoli in Sicily who I had the pleasure of meeting during my recent trip to her home near Mt. Etna.

 

SEPTEMBER 2013 September's issue features one of our best tours called Savoring Crete (see below for a special promotion for this tour!) along with the ever popular Florentine Escape and The Wines of Sicily tours. Our recipe comes from a skilled chef from Cannes.

 

AUGUST 2013 -  This month we feature a great tour in Greece, Provence and the Barolo area of Italy.  Our recipe this month is a delicious Greek "Chicken and Sage" dish.


 

JULY 2013 - Active Gourmet Holidays brings you another great new cycling and cooking tour in Portugal called Biking and Cooking in Portugal along with a delicious recipe featuring summer vegetables in Provence. We also highlight our very popular Cooking Provencal Style. 

 

JUNE 2013 - We offer a great new cycling and cooking tour in Portugal called Alentejo Cycling and Cooking in Style along with a delicious recipe featuring codfish. We also highlight a new and improved Active Foodie in Provence tour featuring cooking lessons, foodie visits, hiking and much more. And how about the sought after truffle? Consider our Truffles, Wine & Cooking tour in Le Marche, Italy.

 

MAY 2013 -  Check our new tour out called The Essence of Greece on Poros Island, along with the featured eggplant recipe, PAPOUTSAKIA ("LITTLE SHOES"). We also offer you a combination tour Cooking and Biking/Walking in Bordeaux 

 

APRIL 2013 - Active Gourmet Holidays brings you a great new tour called Authentic Marrakech along with a delicious tajine recipe. We also highlight Culinary Sicily and The Legacy of Al Andalus.

 

MARCH 2013 - March's newsletter features our Cooking, Hiking and Yoga tour in Tuscany, in addition to Catalan Tastes on the France/Spain border and The Best of Barcelona for those who want to visit one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The recipe is a stuffed pepper recipe from French Catalonia.

 

FEBRUARY 2013 - In February Active Gourmet Holidays highlighted Spain and France. A new tour Gourmet Languedoc is sure to please those foodies looking for a culinary adventure with a delicious recipe CASSOULET. Spain invites you to the La Rioja Wine Festival 

 

JANUARY 2013 - One of our most popular tours, Cooking in the Dordogne, was featured, as well as a great new tour in Extremadura, Spain, Cortijo Cooking. the recipe was BEAN SOUP WITH FRESH HAND MADE PASTA 

 

DECEMBER 2012 - December's newsletter featured the Bordeaux Gourmand tour as well as a recipe called PUMPKIN VELOUTE

 

NOVEMBER 2012 - Cabo San Lucas Mexico for a culinary trip? Try our Beachfront Culinary Adventures in Cabo tour. Or how about a cooking vacation on the Amalfi Coast? Our featured recipe this month was compliments of our long time repeat clients and is a delicious and easy PUMPKIN SOUP.

 

OCTOBER 2012 - Truffles, Wine and Cooking in Le Marche, Culinary Cannes and Discover Florence are the three highlighted tours for October. A simple French recipe called PROVENCAL TOMATO SAUCE was our October Recipe of the Month.

 

SEPTEMBER 2012 - Try our Trekking the Pilgrim's Trail tour in Spain or if you are in the mood to visit Italy, there is The Florentine TableCIPOLLINE IN FORNO (BAKED ITALIAN PEARL ONIONS) is featured as the recipe of the month.

 

AUGUST 2012 - August's newsletter highlights two delicious programs: Delicious Sicily and French Cookery Classes along with an excellent summer recipe,SUMMER MELON GAZPACHO. 

 

JULY 2012 - This month we featured a great new tour called Positano Cooking along with Cooking with Port Wine and Authentic Tuscan Cooking.  The recipe of the month was STUFFED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS.

 

JUNE 2012 - Everyone loves Risotto and this month we highlight an unusual version, called RISOTTO WITH LEMON & MINT. We also feature a great new tour called  "Cinque Terre Cooking", a fabulous tour with cooking and exploring the Five Lands area of Italy.

 

MAY 2012 - This month we are happy to offer a delicious new tour called  Savoring Sicily along with a mouthwatering spring recipe from Sicily, TIMBALLI DI ANELLINI ALLA NORMA

 

APRIL 2012 - This month we are happy to offer a couple of wonderful new tours, one featuring truffles in Le Marche called Truffles, Wine & Cooking in Le Marche along with a simple and delicious spring recipe and another tour called Tastes of a Roman Holiday.  The recipe for the month is a Le Marche favorite called OLIVE ALL'ASCOLANA

 

MARCH 2012 - This month we celebrate spring with a new tour in Umbrai called "A Taste of Italy". The recipe featured is PAN FRIED ASPARAGUS, a perfect and simple spring recipe.

 

FEBRUARY 2012 - This month we are featuring two exciting new tours and are excited to be on Facebook! The recipe of the month comes from the Amalfi Coast in Italy and is CALAMARATA.

 

JANUARY 2012 - January is an exciting month as Active Gourmet Holidays celebrates 10 years in business and is offering 10% off over 20 tours if booked by February 15th. Inquire within for more details! 

 

DECEMBER 2011 - In December we featured a "Yoga and Cooking Holiday in Le Marche" in Italy which is being held October 13-20, 2012. Also, we highlighted our "Girlfriend Getaway to Burgundy" only being offered between April 22 and May 20, 2012. The recipe of the month SCHIACCIATE CON L'UVA from our Discover Florence program in Italy.
 

NOVEMBER 2011 - In November we feature two wonderful chefs -Chef Paolo in Tuscany  "Tuscan Cooking in Lucca" and Kathering in Burgundy, "Culinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy".  Our recipe features WINTER BEET CONFIT WITH FRESH GOAT CHEESES.

 

OCTOBER 2011 - October's newsletter features great trips in France, Spain and Italy. "The Active Foodie in Provence". The recipe of the month comes once again from France, this time from one of our favorite chefs, the lovely Sylvie, PANCETTA WRAPPED FIGS STUFFED WITH GOAT CHEESE.
 

SEPTEMBER 2011  - In this month's newsletter we bring you a wonderful new three night getaway in Southwest France, "A Taste of France" along with a delicious and simple autumn recipe to tease your tastebuds. We also highlight an active and gourmet tour in Peru and a cooking program in gorgeous Portugal, a small gem of a country.

 

AUGUST 2011  - In August we feature great tours from Italy, Morocco and France with a great recipe, MOROCCAN SPICED COLD TOMATO SOUP.

 

JULY 2011  - July's newsletter highlights our trip on the amazing Amalfi Coast in Italy. From our reliable driver Giuseppe to the beautiful accommodations and gracious hosts, the trip was unforgettable. The coast boasts stunning views, delicious cuisine, top rated restaurants and superb hotels.

 

JUNE 2011  - In June we highlight tours from Venice, Provence, and the region of Aragon in Spain. You may not have heard too much about Aragon yet but this gem of a spot is a well kept secret and an amazing destination.

 

MAY 2011 - In May we are featuring Catalonia, Spain and a wonderful program called "The Cuisine of Catalonia". Stay in a medieval hotel and take cooking classes from a talented local chef. Our recipe of the month is also from Catalonia and is EMPORDA RICE".  We also highlight some other wonderful Spain tours in the Rioja and Asturias regions of the country. 

 

APRIL 2011 - For April we feature a delicious spring dish from Epicurious, PEAS, ASPARAGUS AND BASIL. We also highlight some exellent  wine tours guided by a wonderful couple with a passion and knowledge of Italy that is unsurpassed.

 

MARCH 2011 - We invite you to Spain with two great tours, "The Legacy of Al Andalus" and "Culinary Delights of Andalusia". In France we recommend "Cooking in the Dordogne" and "Cooking and Biking/Walking in Bordeaux". For a great gazpacho, try our Cordovan style thick Gazpacho (PORRA).

 

FEBRUARY 2011 - February's newsletter highlighted two of our best selling tours called "The Flavours of Tuscany" and "Yoga and Cooking in Le Marche" as well as introducing a new tour in Mexico called "Beachfront Culinary Adventures in Cabo". Our recipe for this tour was POLLO SECCO.

 

JANUARY 2011 - In January we featured a wonderful new tour "Secret Spain" designed just for our clients! This is an amazing foodie journey into Catalonia, Spain. In the kitchen we highlighted a cooking experience in Bordeaux, "Active Gourmets in Bordeaux" with the recipe BLANQUETTE DE VEAU.

 

DECEMBER 2010 - In December Active Gourmet Holidays treats you to a wonderful recipe RAVIOLI WITH SAGE BUTTER SAUCE from "Sorrento's Kitchen". We also let our clients know about a wine tour in Sicily and one in lovely Burgundy with a very talented chef.

 

NOVEMBER 2010 - This month we feature some of our most popular tours including "Yoga and Cooking in Le Marche", "Cooking with Cristina in Umbria" and "Authentic Tuscan Cooking". Our featured recipe is PASTA CON BROCCOLI E FORMAGGIO AFFUMICATO  (Broccoli and Smoked Cheese Pasta)

 

OCTOBER 2010 This month Active Gourmet Holidays featured some great new tours including "Traditional Cuisine of the Amalfi Coast" and "Peruvian Cooking and Trekking Adventure". The recipe of the month is CAUSA CON PULPA DE CANGREJO (Potato based dish filled with Crab Meat from the Peruvian Trekking tour.

 

SEPTEMBER 2010-  In September we featured an incredible tour called "A Taste of Peru for Foodies" as well as some tours on the Amalfi Coast.  The recipe of the month was PENNE CON ZUCCHINE TRADIZIONALE, and was taken from the long awaited cookbook from Mamma Agata on the Amalfi Coast, "Simple and Genuine" ("The Flavours of the Amalfi Coast" Program).

 

AUGUST 2010- August featured a wonderful seven night escape called "Cooking and Spanish Lessons in Secret Murcia", developed exclusively for our clients. A perfect recipe for this time of year, TOMATOES A LA PROVENCALE, was given to us by our  the chef in Provence who teaches for the "Active Foodie in Provence" tour.

 

JULY 2010 - In July we highlighted a few new exciting tour including a "combination holiday" called "Cooking and Yoga in Mazatlan". Combination holidays are what Active Gourmet Holidays is known for and this great tour is no exception. The salsa recipes featured, SALSA ROJA and SALSA VERDE are just a taste of what you will learn on this tour.

 

JUNE 2010-  Our "Wine & Chocolate Lover's Tour" was presented in our June newsletter and has received some marvelous feedback. The Chocolate Truffle recipe was also a big hit with our clients. Also featured was our "Culinary Escapes in the South of France" tour hosted by the marvelous New Zealander, Peta Mathias.

 

MAY 2010 - In May we featured a wonderful new tour that enables our clients to take cooking classes in a beautiful oceanfront home as well as exploring the beautiful "pueblos blancos" in southern Spain, "Los Pueblos Blancos in Andalusia". The recipe STUFFED COURGETTES WITH FISH IN A TOMATO SAFFRON SAUCE was highlighted as a typical dish one might learn on this holiday.

 

APRIL 2010- This month's newsletter features our new "Cooking with Madeira Wine" tour, exclusively created for Active Gourmet Holidays' clients. We have had such success with our "Cooking with  Port Wine" tour that it only made sense to continue the theme in Portugal's lovely Island of Madeira. Our featured recipe this month is CAPRESE STYLE RAVIOLI  ("Sorrento's Kitchen" Program).

 

MARCH 2010 - We have added some wonderful new tours to Greece, Rome and the Basque area of Spain - but Provence is still a favorite so we are highlighting one of our best programs below, "Provence Cooking Classes". Try our recipe CASSEROLES GREENS PIE from Crete ("The Bounty of Greece" Program).

 

FEBRUARY 2010  -  Valentine's Day is the perfect time to surprise your foodie loved one with a culinary vacation. How about Tuscany or Provence? What is more romantic than a getaway to the European countryside? The feature recipe this month is a savory seafood stew called CACCIUCCO ("Tuscan Gourmand" Program).

 

JANUARY 2010-  We have had so many requests for Greek culinary vacations and as a result, we are now offering exciting new culinary adventures to Greece. We also featured a delicious recipe from one of the most popular chefs in Greece, STUFFED ROLLED LEG OF SPRING LAMB WITH ANTHOTIRO AND WILD CRETAN GREENS ("Cretan Cuisine" Program).  

 

DECEMBER 2009 - In this month's newsletter we featured tours in Lazio and Tuscany as well as a recipe for CREAMY PORCINI AND FARRO SOUP ("Tuscan Wine Roads" Program). It's the perfect hearty dish for this time of year.

 

NOVEMBER 2009- In November we are featuring a recipe from the lovely, funny and talented New Zealand chef, author and TV personality and broadcaster, Peta Mathias. Peta offers culinary escapes to France, Morocco and Rajashthan in India. Try our recipe of the month, ROASTED LEG OF LAMB WITH PRESERVED LEMONS ("Culinary Escapes to the South of France" Program)

 

OCTOBER 2009 - October's newsletter highlights Umbria, Italy. Autumn is a beautiful time in Europe. Why not consider a fall trip to Italy during OLIVE HARVEST SEASON where you can join the locals in picking olives? Recipe of the month features LASAGNA WITH MUSHROOMS AND SAUSAGES ("Umbrian Cooking with Tiziana and Zoila" Program)

 

SEPTEMBER 2009- In this month's newsletter we are featuring a recipe from Sorrento, Italy. Plan an autumn getaway to Italy for wine or olive harvest. You can choose from a day cooking class in Sorrento, to a short break in Tuscany in an Italian home, or a week long holiday in a gorgeous villa in Puglia where two sisters will teach you to cook and take you on "foodie" excursions. Our recipe this month: VEAL LEMON SCALLOPINI WITH NEAPOLITAN STYLE POTATOES ("Villa Cooking in Sorrento" Program)

 

AUGUST 2009 - In this month's issue we have featured a recipe from one of our chefs in Dordogne, France as well as offering savings in Spain, Portugal, France and Mexico! Try MINESTRONE OF SUMMER FRUIT IN LEMON-VERBENA SYRUP ("Cooking in the Dordogne" Program)

 

JULY 2009- Summer is here and in this month's issue we continue to feature big savings for culinary vacations in Spain, Portugal, France along with a huge savings in Mexico! Recipe of the month: CHEF ANA'S SIMPLE CEVICHE ("Mexican Cooking with Chef Ana"  Program)

 

JUNE 2009- Summer is upon us and in this month's issue we are featuring big savings for an unforgettable culinary or active vacation in Spain, Portugal and France! Roast Turkey With Port Wine ("Cooking with Port Wine" Tour)

 

MAY 2009 - In this month's issue we are featuring Italy: Sicily, Puglia and the Veneto and France: Burgundy. Life is short so why not take that trip you keep saying you are going to plan?? Try this recipe: RISOTTO WITH ORANGE OR LEMON ("The Sicilian Gourmet" Tour)

 

APRIL 2009 - This month's issue used our new format (we know you'll love it!). Look for our new tours ...one is sure to fit your travel plans. We've got tasty treats from Spain, France and Peru. Recipe of the month - WARM SALAD OF BABY BROAD BEANS, MNT AND CURED HAM ("Cooking with Piers and Miguel in Aragon" Tour).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Believe me we were impressed...very impressed...I don't know how we could possibly top this vacation...any suggestions? Active Gourmet did good. Everyone we came in contact with was superb. Friendly, professional, efficient, accommodating,fantastic. What a pleasure having them assist us with our vacation....it was the best vacation I ever had. Thank you." Fran and Daniel U., Torrance, California

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