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July News from Active Gourmet Holidays

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Active Gourmet Holidays continues to offer our clients fine culinary programs around the globe. 

This month we bring you a great new tour on the Amalfi Coast 
"Cooking Italian Style" as well as a tasty tour in Madeira Island "Cooking with Madeira Wine". And how about Florence, Italy? Check out our "Buon Appetito Florence" there night program. 


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July 2014 News Cooking Italian StyleNEW! Cooking Italian Style
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 2 or 7 nights

Available October to March

Experience Italian food through the eyes of talented chefs who have an incredible passion to share their knowledge with you about the authentic dishes in this magical area on the Amalfi Coast. This seven night course features cooking lessons with experienced chefs, exciting excursions to points of interest including the amazing Pompeii, as well as visits to a cheese factory, a fish market, a pasta mill and an ice cream factory. Day cooking courses and two night courses are also offered and are availble year round.  


July 2014 News Buon Appetito FlorenceBuon Appetito Florence 
Florence, Italy - 3 nights  
Available year round 
Enjoy practical hands-on cooking lessons from an Italian woman who learned how to cook at a very young age. You will stay in a lovely bed and breakfast which is located in the heart of historical Florence - a perfect spot for you to explore Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside.


Cooking with Madeira Wine 
Madeira, Portugal - 6 nights
Available year round

Discover how Madeira's unique climate and soil contribute to the unrivalled distinctiveness of Madeira Wine. You will be pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the hand-grown vines, planted in small plots of land on terraces supported by stone walls along the slopes of the mountains. Spend six nights on a beautiful island learning how to cook with this precious wine, take guided walks and excursions and immerse yourself in this magical place.

Read more: Cooking with Madeira Wine


 Client Testimonial 


Secret Spain - Angelique and Mark 

 "Once again, Jo-Ann, you've outdone yourself. We had a fabulous time - from the spacious Barcelona hotel in the gothic quarter and tour with our fun and knowledgeable guide, to the quaint masias with welcoming hosts; we had an incredible time! I won't even get started on El Cellar de Can Roca. Diners usually have to wait a year to get a reservation, yet you got us in! Fantastic meal "of a lifetime". I travel frequently and feel very comfortable making my own arrangements; that being said, there is no way that I could have arranged a specialized trip to this degree on my own. I certainly don't have the pull to have gotten myself into El Cellar with only 4 months notice! Yelp and Trip advisor only get you so far...Active Gourmet Holidays is the only way to go...."


Angelique O., Greenfield Center, New York  



("Savoring Crete" Program
Gemista (stuffed vegetables) is part of the pure and healthy Cretan and Greek traditional cuisine taking full advantage of the ingredients that mother earth had to offer and consists of baked stuffed vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchinis' or other vegetables hollowed out and baked with rice grated fresh tomatoes, onion, olive oil and herb filling.

Basic ingredients are: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchinis or other vegetables hollowed out and baked with rice grated fresh tomatoes, olive oil and herb filling.

5 large ripe tomatoes
5 peppers
5 medium zucchini
5 medium eggplants
1 potato
1 large onion, grated
3/4 cup of fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 ½ cups (500 grams) of long-grain or Carolina type rice
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 ½ cup of olive oil

July AGH 2014 News - Savoring Crete Recipe


Using an apple corer or a sharp spoon, remove the insides of the tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, peppers and potatoes, reserving only the insides of the tomatoes. Remove seeds from peppers. Grate the insides of the tomatoes and turn them to tomato juice. Cut finely the onion, parsley, dill, mint.

Prepare the stuffing: In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Grated tomato, finely cut onion, parsley, dill, mint, rice, olive oil, big pinch of salt, big pinch of pepper, the 2 teaspoons of tomato paste and the juice of a half fresh lemon. Mix until combined. 

Fill the veggies with rice mixture.

Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes. Uncover and bake until mixture is completely cooked and the veggies are tender, about 25 - 30 minutes longer  




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 


"Thank you so much for organising what turned out to be the holiday of a lifetime. Everything was first class from the luxury accommodation and transportation to our fantastic tour guides and spectacular excursions. While we went without a true understanding of Peruvian cuisine, we were blown away by the variety and quality of the produce and techniques used in the restaurants selected for us. We are already looking on the website for our next destination!" - Brenda A. and Lynne A., Glasgow, Scotland

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