Active Gourmet Holidays
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July 2012

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!


What a perfect time to plan to travel to Europe! This month we feature a great new tour called "Positano Cooking". Check out the details below along with a delicious and popular recipe from the area. 


Inquire about our July discounts on selected tours such as Cooking with Port Wine and Authentic Tuscan Cooking. Limited space available.


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A Taste of Italy
Umbria, Italy - 6 nights
Available year round

If you want to experiences the tastes of Italy then this is the culinary holiday for you! Sample traditional Italian food and great wines, learn to prepare typical dishes through hands-on cooking classes with an Umbrian chef, tour a wine museum, travel to delightful Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns, and enjoy "la dolce vita"- the sweet life. In this seven day travel adventure you will experience firsthand the delicious cuisine of Umbria and be treated to breathtaking vistas and charming medieval hill towns. You will stay in a charming hotel with wonderful owners that will treat you like family.

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July 2012 News Positano CookingNEW! - Positano Cooking
Positano, Italy - 5 nights 
Available April to October - Monday to Saturday


Anyone who has ever traveled to the Amalfi coast raves about its beautiful coastline, wonderful people and its tranquility. During this holiday, you will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with a sea view, take hands on cooking lessons with a talented and popular chef, visit a working farm and have lunch with the owners and enjoy all that the area has to offer, including a guided visit to the wondrous Pompeii. Indulge in delectable cuisine, world famous wines and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life.

 Read more: Positano Cooking 



July 2012 News Gastronomy in RondaGastronomy in Ronda
Ronda, Spain - 3 or 6 nights

Available year round 


Join us for an extraordinary gastronomic experience based in the beautiful Costa del Sol, Andalucía, Spain. You will be surrounded by a professional staff with one goal in mind: to create the most memorable gastronomic holiday for you that will exceed your expectations and ensure at all times that your are completey satisfied. Choose from a three or six night program but we also offer tapas tours, team building corporate days, wine and sherry tours and artisan visits. Looking for a private chef to cook a fabulous meal for you and your guests in the comfort of your own home or villa? We have that covered too!

Read more: Gastronomy in Ronda 



 Client Testimonial




July 2012 News Portugal Client Remark


 "Jo-Ann  - Kudos: I cannot say enough nice words to describe our time here and all the areas we have visited.We very much appreciate your help in making this a great vacation. Having a host who is so thoughtful, enjoyable, and knowledgable definitely makes this a very special vacation. I would recommend this vacation to anyone wanting to learn about Portugal and Portuguese cooking as well as to have great fun.  


 Cheryl V., Eastover, North Carolina


Recipe of the Month


("Positano Cooking" Tour)

(2 servings)   .

Zucchini flowers, 8 medium to large flowers


For the stuffing:

Fresh ricotta, 10 ounces

Fresh mozzarella, 6 ounces

Salt, ½ teaspoon

Salami (optional), 3 slices

White pepper, as needed to taste

Fresh basil, 5 leaves

Parmiggiano reggiano, as needed

July 2012 Recipe Photo 

For the tempura:

Parmiggiano reggiano, 1 tablespoon

Flour, 2 cups

Potato starch (can susbstitute corn starch), 1 cup

Baking powder, 1 teaspoon

Salt, ½ teaspoon

White pepper, ½ teaspoon

San Pellegrino, 1 cold bottle

Ice, 3 cubes


For the stuffing, simply mix all of the ingredients and lightly stuff the zucchini flowers so they won't break apart. Then dredge each zucchini flower in the tempura and gently fry them in olive oil and serve warm. Couldn't be any easier!   



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 




"Believe me we were impressed...very impressed...I don't know how we could possibly top this vacation...any suggestions? Active Gourmet did good. Everyone we came in contact with was superb. Friendly, professional, efficient, accommodating,fantastic. What a pleasure having them assist us with our was the best vacation I ever had. Thank you." Fran and Daniel U., Torrance, California

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