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February News from Active Gourmet Holidays
Delicious Destinations for 2014! February 2014

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

February's newsletter invites you to Italy for both active and culinary holidays. Take a look at our "Cycling Gourmet" tour or our ever popular "Yoga and Cooking in Le Marche" tour. For a tasty program, escape to the Amalfi Coast for "Secrets of Italian Cooking". Buon Appetito!


If you are able to travel the week of May 18-24, 2014 please look at our "Savoring Crete" tour for a HUGE savings! 


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NEW! - Secrets of Italian Cooking
Sant'Agata, Italy - 6 nights

Available year round 

Uncover the secrets of Italian cooking by spending a week in a beautiful village on the Amalfi Coast while taking hands on cooking classes from an Italian woman whose passion for her native cuisine will shine through in an instant. This cooking holiday is for both amateur and experienced cooks who have a desire to learn about the local gastronomy and culture of this spectacular region of Italy. You will visit the beautiful villages of Positano and Sorrento, as well as a lemon tree farm and a mozzarella cheese farm to learn about the process of cheese making.



Read more: Secrets of Italian Cooking


The Cycling Gourmet 
Tuscny, Italy - 6 nights  
Available year round 
Join us in Tuscany for a memorable cycling holiday with gourmet experiences. This  tour is run by specialists in private custom luxury cycle tours throughout Tuscany and beyond. Choose the tour below or if you prefer we can design a custom or different tour for you and your group.

Yoga and Cooking in Le Marche 

Le Marche, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round - Saturday to Saturday

Join us for a week of hands-on cooking classes and yoga in the hidden region of Le Marche, Italy. Le Marche is a province in east-central Italy with rolling vineyards surrounded by walled cities, castles, history and breathtaking scenery. Your accommodations will be in a totally renovated traditional country home, with five en-suite double rooms and three self catering apartments. The atmosphere is peaceful, tranquil and ideal for yoga. The property also boasts a wellness corner with jacuzzi and the opportunity for massages so you can totally relax during your holiday! You may also inquire about bringing your own yoga instructor from home and discussing alternate programs for your own group of friends!

Read more: Yoga and Cooking in Le Marche



 Client Testimonial 




 "Everything was perfect.

We are so glad that we took two different courses in two different regions of Sicily. We were amazed at the different recipes and the different teaching styles, but all were great!" 


Paula K., Dallas, Texas 

Paella is a fantastic culinary work of art, according to the sun and Mediterranean tastes and its overwhelming colours. Originally a food of the farmers, it was added with seafood in coastal areas. Instead of the fish, paella can also be prepared with chicken and beans which is the variant of Valencia.
Ingredients for 4 people:

350g (about 12.5 ounces) of bomba rice ( arborio risotto works as a substitute)
8 large prawns or norway lobster
8 mussels
16 clams
200g (7 ounces) squid
2 onions (medium size)
200g (7 ounces) mashed tomatoes
1 Bell pepper and one green pepper
2 garlic cloves
100 gr (3.5 ounces) boiled peas
A little saffron


Step 1: Place clams for half an hour in salt water so as to bring the sand out.
Cook the clams in very limited water. Then add the mussels, so they open. Mussels, which are not open, throw away. Stir fry the squid in little pieces in a pan with a little bit of olive oil.

Step 2: Fry the squid in a paella pan made of metal with a little olive oil until it turns golden brown. Then, brown garlic, onion and bell pepper until they're softened, add the smashed tomatoes before the mixture is finished. Stir a few times and add the rice.

Step 3: Add the fish stock, season and cook at medium heat, moving as little as possible so that the rice grains are loose. Adding broth as necessary to keep the rice fully covered. Decorate with the squid clams, mussels, peas, and prawns on top. When it begins to boil, leave to cook for about 18 minutes.



Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 



"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 was the best vacation I ever had. Thank you." Fran and Daniel U., Torrance, California

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