January News from Active Gourmet Holidays

January 2012

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!



January is an exciting month as it marks Active Gourmet Holidays' 10th year in business! We would like to thank all of our clients for their support, many of whom are "several time" repeat clients - you know who you are!


In celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we are offering a 10% discount on over 20 selected tours if booked by February 15th. Please inquire as to which tours are eligible.


Our goal is to continue to offer the finest in culinary and active travel. We are also proud to announce our consistent Better Business Bureau A+ rating.


With the New Year upon us, we want your opinion on how we are doing. Please share with us what types of culinary holidays you would like to see that are not currently being offered. Please contact us at the email address below to share your thoughts. Perhaps you would like to see some vacations that are shorter in length, in different locations, more or less cooking classes, more varied types of itineraries? We are here to listen!


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Beachfront Culinary Adventures in Cabo
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - 7 nights
Available February, April and December


Attention all cooking enthusiasts! This is a culinary vacation like no other! You will learn delicious dishes from the most talented chefs of Cabo and Todos Santos. Enjoy hands on cooking classes in the resort's professionally equipped kitchen or in the outdoor kitchen under the palapa. Or if you prefer, sip a cerveza or have a a glass of wine during class! In either case, you will be treated to some of the most amazing meals you will ever have. You are here to relax and enjoy beautiful accommodations with each room providing a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean on a private beach.


Read More: Beachfront Culinary Adventures in Cabo


The Wines of Sicily
Sicily, Italy - 5 nights
Available May and October - Monday to Saturday



Come see why the ancient land of Sicily is now Italy's hottest new wine zone. On this 6-day gourmet wine tour, you'll visit the new top wineries, see Greek temples and Byzantine cathedrals, lunch at an olive oil producer, take a boat ride on the Mediterranean, and feast on Sicily's multicultural cuisine. 


Read more: The Wines of Sicily 


Bordeaux Gourmand


Available April to November  


We equate "wine" with "Bordeaux" with good reason. This UNESCO and World Heritage site is renowned not only for its incredible wine production but for its two thousand year old history, beautiful architecture and breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy a three night stay indulging in fine cuisine, Bordeaux wines and the French "Art de vivre". Stay in gorgeous accommodations, explore the area, learn about the finest in food and wine and participate in hands-on cooking classes and wine tastings. 




Read more: Bordeaux Gourmand  











Bordeaux, France - 3 nights


 Client Testimonial




Beachfront Culinary Adv in Cabo


 "My wife and I, and three other guests spent an absolutely delightful week at this property. The extraordinarily thoughtful and accommodating host had arranged for a local chef to come each evening and instruct us in how to prepare a typical Baja Sur dinner. The instruction was frequently interrupted by the passage of whales outside the kitchen window! The elegant accommodations, remarkable service, and excursions made this a memorable trip."


  Andrew and Elena A., Carmel, California



Recipe of the Month


("Bordeaux Gourmand" Tour)



Ingredients for 4 servings :



500 grs (about 1 lb.) of peeled broad beans

250 grs (about 1/2 lb.) of sliced bacon

1 cup of crème fraîche (100 grs)

2 teaspoons of mustard (with grains)

1 bouillon cube

2 bay leaves

1 clove of garlic



Prepare a bouillon of 20 cl with the cube, the garlic and the bay leaves.

Put the bacon in a pan with some oil and brown it a little bit. Remove the fat and reserve the bacon. Mix in a bowl the crème fraîche and the mustard. Then put the cream in a pan with the bacon and warm it.


When the bouillon is hot, add the beans and cook them for about 2 minutes. Do not cover! Check if the beans are tender but still "al dente" and drain them off.


Mix the beans with the cream and the bacon. Voila!


Serve with a light Bordeaux red wine or a rosé.







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