August News from Active Gourmet Holidays
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Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Summer is still here and in this month's issue we have featured a recipe from one of our chefs in Dordogne, France as well as offering savings in Spain, Portugal, France and Mexico! There is still time to plan that culinary getaway. Can't find anyone to go with? We can make sure to recommend a tour where you can join a group!  
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Slow Food LogoCulinary Delights of Andalusia
(Options: Options: Custom Tours and Four Night Program, Six Night Gourmet Program)
Lake Iznájar, Andalusia, Spain - 4 or 6 nights
Available year round
Iznájar is a small hilltop Moorish village overlooking a romantic turquoise-coloured lake which lies in Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbéticas in the southern part of Córdoba province.

Save 10% or 15% per person
Save 10% off "Culinary Delights of Andalusia" for travel the weeks of August 23-30 and September 13-20 OR 15% off  (for groups of 4 or more). For details on this tour see the description above.   
Offer Expires: August 15, 2009
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Lousada, Portugal - 6 nights

Available year round
Portugal is an amazing country with so much to offer: wonderful wines, including the famous Ports, a vast selection of cheeses, the very best in cuisine, ancient villages with cobblestone streets and best of all, the people. Portugal was by far one of my best European experiences. .
Save 10% or 15%
Save 10% or 15% off "Cooking with Port Wine" in Lousada, Portugal. For details on this tour see the description above.   
(10% for groups of 4; 15% for groups of 6)
Offer Expires: September 30, 2009
July 2009 Newsletter Chef Ana MexicoMexican Cooking with Chef Ana
Cuernavaca, Mexico  - 4 or 7 nights
Available year round
Chef Ana Garcia is your host and chief instructor throughout the week. Chef Garcia,  a native of Cuernavaca, learned the art of Mexican cuisine from traditional family methods passed down from generation to generation. With her traditional experience Chef Ana likes to expand upon that base by using traditional Mexican ingredients in new and interesting gourmet combinations. She is currently the head chef and owner of "La Mesa de Ana", a restaurant located on the grounds of La Villa Bonita which showcases Chef Garcia's incredible cuisine. Chef Ana is also starred in her first national television series in 2008.
Save $1000 per couple
Save $1000 per couple on "Mexican Cooking with Chef Ana" in Cuernavaca, Mexico for the week of August 16-23, 2009. For details on this tour see the description above. (available for 7 night double occupany only - not valid with other offers)  
Offer Expires: August 10, 2009
In This Issue
"Culinary Delights of Andalusia"
"Cooking with Port Wine"
"Mexico Cooking with Chef Ana"
Client Testimonial
"Cooking in the Dordogne"
Client Testimonial

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 "Hi Jo-Ann, 
We had a great time. Portugal has got to be the most underrated country in Europe. So many surprises: not just great scenery and very friendly people, but wonderful breads, cheeses, food and wine. Although Portugal is known for desserts, we found the rest of the food to be outstanding..." 
Regards, Andrew and Elena, A.,Carmel, California


Active Gourmet Holidays was recently featured in the spring issue of "Traveler Overseas" magazine. The article highlighted our "Cooking in Umbria" tour as well as our Moroccan tour with popular New Zealand chef/personality Peta Mathias.
July Newsletter DordogneCooking in the Dordogne 
Dordogne, France - 7 nights
Available April to October - Monday to Monday
 Join us in Southwest France for a week of total immersion in the French lifestyle. Pick-up a straw basket and each morning we will visit a different traditional market and learn how to select the best produce. In France gastronomy and life rhyme with markets which are a a vital event held on the main square of the town. 

Save 20% per person
Save 20% off "Cooking in the Dordogne" in Dordogne, France for the weeks September 28-October 5 and October 5-12. For details on this tour see the description above. (for groups of 4 or more)  
Offer Expires: October 1, 2009

Recipe of the Month

("Cooking in the Dordogne" Program)

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Small handful of verbena sprigs and some verbena leaves 
Your choice of summer fruits
August 2009 Newsletter - Sylvie Pragout
Start by making the syrup a few hours in advance :
Combine 2 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar into a saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer 1 minute, remove from heat and toss in a small handfull of verbena sprigs.(at least a dozen). Let it steep and when cooled down place in the fridge to chill.

Choose a selection of summer fruit to have a colourful array in the glass. In this recipe we used white peaches, yellow nectarines, cherries, apricots and raspberries. Stone the fruit and cut into fairly small pieces.

Place the fruit into a pretty glass so that they are evenly distributed. Pour over the cooled syrup (you have discarded the verbena used for the maceration). Add 2 or 3 fresh verbena leaves into each glass.

You can prepare the fruit a couple of hours in advance (2 or 3 hours max otherwise they will start bruising.)
Serve with some almond petit-fours and enjoy.
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Jo-Ann Gaidosz
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