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June News from Active Gourmet Holidays

 Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Active Gourmet Holidays brings you some sweet and savory new tours this month. Take a look at our selections below. 

"Andalusian Retreat" provides an incredible culinary escape at a beautiful location, providing peace and tranquility. And if walking is your thing, how about our new "Amalfi Coast Walking & Cooking" tour marrying activity with cooking classes and gourmet food. Lastly, we feature our Normandy escape with beautiful accommodations, gracious hosts and a myriad of things to do in this special region of France. "Journey into Normandy". 

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June 2015 AGH News - Andalusian RetreatAndalusian Retreat 
Andalusia, Spain - 6 nights

Available May to December  (excluding August and November)

Active Gourmet Holidays brings you a tremendous gastronomic holiday in a unique part of Andalusia, Spain. This region is the only area in Spain to be recognized as a desert and is the place where many of the Clint Eastwood "spaghetti Westerns" were filmed. It offers stunning views, breathtaking scenery, lying within the heart of a natural park. This exceptional location of tranquility and peace is the perfect setting to enjoy the creative cooking classes in which you will partake.


June 2015 AGH News - Amalfi Coast Walking CookingAmalfi Coast Walking and Cooking

Amalfi Coast, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to November  
We have designed the perfect combination of walking and cooking lessons for this six night experience on the Amalfi Coast. Spend one night in a beautiful three star superior hotel in a small village on the Amalfi Coast and five nights in a four star hotel in the popular village of Positano. You will have guided walking tours so as to work off all of the delicious food and wine you will consume on this fabulous getaway!

June AGH news 2015 Journey into NormandyJourney into Normandy

Normandy, France- 6 nights  
Available May to September - Friday to Thursday

Visit Normandy, an untamed land with warm-hearted people. You will enjoy a unique experience as you get to know the French way of life, cuisine, and the breathtaking gardens in this region of incredible beauty. The house where you will stay is at the heart of your visit and has been photographed for various international interior design magazines. Each room has its unique personality and tells a different story, with diverse objects from all around the world. In itself, the house is an invitation to go on a journey, located in the center of the village, and you will have all the time you need to make the most of it during your holiday.

  Read more: Journey into Normandy


 Client Testimonial 



June 2015 AGH News - Client remark   

 "I found AGH very easy to work with. They respond quickly and effortlessly to any questions. For my trip, I found the Alentejo beautiful, Évora enchanting, the cooking classes incredible and my host exceptional. Each day was perfectly balanced with cooking, visiting historical and cultural sites, free time, and of course, eating. Every moment was everything that I could have wished for and more."

Cristine T., Halifax, Canada



("Andalusian RetreatProgram
This is a typical recipe from the arid eastern side of Andalucía, the driest and sunniest part of Europe. It's main constituent is almond, a tree introduced by the Moors in around the 7th century, that are well suited to this dry climate. The display of early spring almond blossom is a spectacular sight to behold here in the mountains and in autumn a culinary treat for the chef.


8 oz. whole blanched Spanish almonds
3.2 cups of iced water
2.7 oz. stale white bread
3 cloves of garlic 
3 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
7 oz. grapes
sea salt and black pepper

June 2015 AGH News - Ajo Blanco Recipe

Using a food processor grind the almonds to the finest consistency you can manage. Once this is done and while the processor is running, start adding the chilled water but only until the almonds start forming a paste. Take your stale bread and break it into small pieces which you then soak for a few minutes in fresh water. Once this is done squeeze out the excess water and add to the almonds. Chop your garlic into small pieces and put inside a mortar and pestle. Add a pinch of coarse sea salt and grind into a paste. Add this to the almond mixture and blend together. Next, add a good quality olive oil. You should now have a creamy mixture. Add the remaining chilled water and vinegar. Taste. You are looking for a balance of flavors between the almonds the garlic and the vinegar.

Chill the soup for at least an hour. The next part of this dish is one of our favorites. With a ladle serve the 'ajo blanco' into individual bowls, ones which preferably have a broad rim. Take your grapes, wash and halve, top to bottom and arrange around the side of the dish. To finish, with a teaspoon, decorate the top of the 'ajo blanco' with delicate drops of olive oil. It looks beautiful and tastes amazing.


Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.732.5125
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 



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