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Thank you for your continued interest in Active Gourmet Holidays! We are excited to serve up our new (and improved!) newsletter!
In this month's issue you'll hear about a few of our new tours... one is sure to fit your travel plans. Look for tasty treats from Spain, France and Peru!
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Cooking with Piers and Miguel in Aragon
(Options: Longer Stays, Additional Activities)
Spain - 3 nights
Available March to October

La Torre del Visco is considered throughout Spain and internationally as one of the most singular, beautiful and romantic small hotels in the whole of Europe. 17 rooms, lovely sitting rooms, an extensive library, grand piano and fresh flowers everywhere, all this in a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere where you will be pampered by Jemma, Piers and their team of charming local staff. Your hosts are British but have lived in Spain "forever", are completely bi-lingual and have a profound knowledge and passion for Spanish history, culture, gastronomy and wine which they love to discuss.
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Slow Food Logo The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon
(Option: Day Cooking Classes)
Provence, France - 4 or 7 nights

Available March to June, September to December - Saturday to Saturday

Patrick will greet you in his beautifully restored and furnished ancient farmhouse, offering incomparable comfort with a swimming pool, garden.
Well sheltered in the heart of the Luberon, Roussillon offers picturesque scenery, tradition and history. 

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Save $400 per person
Save $400 off of "The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon" in Provence, France for travel the week of May 9-16 or May 23-30, 2009. For details on this tour see the description above.   
Offer Expires: May 2, 2009
PeruA Taste of Peru for Foodies
Lima and Cusco, Peru - 7 nights
Available year round

Peru has become a new and popular culinary destination as featured in Newsweek, NY Times, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast, etc.  This tour mixes a taste of native, "criolla" and traditional food with the trendy fusion through hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and tasting menus. All of this is wrapped up within a framework of history and culture that explains every part of the tour and helps our guests understand the origin of all these great tastes. Taste of Peru for foodies has the best balance for someone with some experience or just the love for food.

Cycling Medieval Catalonia
(Options: Custom Itineraries, Walking Tours)
Catalonia, Spain - 6 nights

Available year round

This 7 day / 6 night Medieval Villages Cycling tour is a perfect way to explore the quieter and less travelled areas of this fascinating region of Catalonia.
The tour starts in Girona city and winds its way gently through the undulating and ever changing scenery of the Baix Emporda. All of the cycling takes place on quiet country roads that are part of the Baix Emporda Cycle Network. The network has been developed to allow cyclists to fully enjoy the splendours of this area. 

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In This Issue
"Cooking with Piers and Miguel in Aragon"
"The Perfumes, Colours and Flavours of the Luberon"
"A Taste of Peru for Foodies"
Feature Headline
Client Testimonial
Opal - Side Comment
"This was the experience of a lifetime.  It was more than a culinary excursion, it was an unforgettable life experience from learning new cuisine to finding serenity in olive country.  Clive and Maki introduced me to a wonderful world of Spanish cuisine and the down-to-earth lifestyle that defines Iznajar.  I cannot wait to go back!" - Opal H., Northport, Alabama
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Check out our website for some of our featured tours:
Cooking and Italian Lessons in Sorrento
Hiking and Cooking in Italy
Gourmet Rioja
Magical Morocco
The Active Gourmet in Green Spain
Walking Coastal Spain

Recipe of the Month

("Cooking with Piers and Miguel in Aragon") 

This is a simple but delicious salad. We start serving it in our restaurant in March when we have the first baby broad beans from our organic vegetable garden. We use our own organic olive oil for the vinaigrette and the excellent local Teruel cured ham.
Ingredients for 4 people

500 gr. baby broad beans, podded
1 lettuce (heart only)
150gr. Cured ham
Small bunch of mint
150ml extra virgen olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijón mustard
2 desert spoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
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  Prepare the vinaigrette with the oil, mustard, vinegar and chopped up mint and mix well.
  Cut the lettuce heart into a chiffonade and the cured ham into a julienne. (Teruel cured ham is best but Parma, Bayonne or any other air-dried ham can be used as a substitute).
  Tip the baby broad beans into the salted boiling water and cook until nearly tender (not more than 5 minutes). Drain and semi-cool in cold water.
  Mix the broad beans, lettuce, ham and vinaigrette in a large bowl and serve immediately.
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Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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