Active Gourmet Holidays
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August News from Active Gourmet Holidays

August 2011

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!



In August we feature great tours from Italy, Morocco and France. It's not too early to start planning that late summer or autumn trip so take a look at the selections below and please give us a call to help you choose that perfect culinary getaway.


We are also offering a 15% discount on "Culinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy " for August 28-September 3, 2011. There are only 4 spaces left and there will be a special masterclass with award-winning chef Laurent Peugeot at Michelin-starred Le Charlemagne in Burgundy. Call now to reserve!


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August 2011 News Trekking for Wine in Tuscany Trekking for Wine in Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy -  6 nights
Available May, June, October



A wine and walking tour in Montalcino and San Gimignano. Morning hikes and afternoon wine tastings offer an active tour for foodies and wine aficionados. Plus, there's pecorino cheese in Pienza, art in Siena, and Gregorian chants in Montalcino.


Read more: Trekking for Wine in Tuscany


August 2011 News Magical Morocco Magical Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco- 6 nights 
Available February, March to October



Our Moroccan cooking school is located just outside the ancient imperial city of Marrakech, a walled garden city of tall graceful palms set beneath the snow-capped Atlas Mountain range. About ten minutes from the medina, you will find the Palmeraie, a grove of over 150,000 towering palm trees. It is here you will find the luxury villa, aptly named the 'house of green mint.


Read more: Magical Morocco


August 2011 News Cycling and Gastronomy in Burgundy Cycling and Gastronomy in Burgundy

Burgundy, France - 6 nights

Available year round  





This self-guided cycling tour is the perfect combination of Burgundy's most important treasured assets: wine and cuisine - or more artfully referred to as gastronomy! Starting in Dijon, a beautiful city with sites, history, and the gateway to the wine country, you will make your way across the most famous vineyards.



Read more: Cycling and Gastronomy in Burgundy 






 Client Testimonial




August 2011 - Cooking Walking Bordeaux - Client Remark 


  "Jo-Ann, we had such a lovely time with Carol and her entourage. The entire trip was delightful and she was very flexible and willing to do whatever we were up for. Great balance of activities and the different people that we spent time with. It was truly a life experience, not just a holiday. We have many pictures and once we get settled in, we will send you a cd.  Thank you!"


Sandi S., St. Augustine, Florida

Recipe of the Month






North African spices combine with a touch of honey and lemon in a refreshing summer soup.


Yield: Makes 4 servings or about 5 cups



August 2011 News Recipe Photo


1 small onion, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Scant 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (14- to 16-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained and juices reserved

1 3/4 cups chicken broth (14 fluid ounces)

2 teaspoons honey

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste

Garnish: lemon slices 



Cook onion in oil with spices in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Coarsely chop tomatoes and add to onion mixture with reserved juices, broth, honey, 1 tablespoon parsley, and 1 tablespoon cilantro, then bring to a boil. Transfer soup to a metal bowl set in a larger bowl of ice and cold water. Cool soup, stirring occasionally, until cold, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, then stir in remaining parsley and cilantro.


Gourmet June 2003 (photo by: Romulo Yanes)




Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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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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