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Mid-March, 2010 eNewsletter

by Sally Bernstein

Culinary Travel & Sally's Place Specials

March is Culinary Travel Month at Sally's Place. As food is a way to communicate and connect with local people, culinary travel has become quite popular in the last few years. One of the most fun ways to get a true feel for a local culture is to immerse yourself into the food of that country. We've gathered global companies offering unique, exciting, and creative Culinary Travel programs — several offering a discount to Sally's Place visitors.

Culinary Travel in Spain with Epicurean Ways
Epicurean Ways specializes in food and wine tours in Spain, including the famed wine regions of Priorat, Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Jerez.  We offer authentic and stimulating culinary travel experiences. With our expert guides, our travelers explore the genius of Spanish cuisine– from traditional to avant garde. You visit markets, share meals with winemakers, cook with Spanish chefs, taste amazing artisan cheese, Iberian ham and tapas, and discover the splendors of historic cities. Enjoy a cooking class with a member of the Spanish Academy of Gastronomy and afterwards explore the lively tapas bars near Madrid’s Plaza Mayor or Barcelona’s Barri Gotic. Our expert guides include local food and wine specialists sharing the flavors and culinary traditions of their region with you. We also offer Epicurean Roads trips and custom trips. Whether you travel with a group or on your own, Epicurean Ways will arrange a memorable Spanish food and wine trip. Member of  Bon Appétit Magazine Travel Board and featured in Food Arts. Travel agents welcome. Epicurean Ways is offering Sally’s Place readers $200 off per person on  Epicurean Roads: Valencia or Wine Roads: Rioja and Ribera del Duero in 2010. Must book by May 15.
Visit us: http://www.epicureanways.com  Email: info@epicureanways.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/epicureanways?ref=ts
Call: 1-866-642-2917

Toscana Mia Culinary Programs
Experience real home style Italian cooking in an ancient home in the heart of the rolling hills of Chianti. Sisters Simonetta and Paola are passionate cooks and teachers, Italians who are fluent in English and happy to share their love of Italian food and lifestyle with their guests. It's nice to cook an entire meal together and then enjoy it at the same table, accompanied by delicious local wine and an Italian family. Daily, weekend or five-day cooking classes offer you a way to be immersed in wonderful Italian food. Toscana Mia is offering Sally's Place visitors a 10% reduction.
Ph. ++ 39 334 2476098

French Wine Explorers
Mention "Sally's Place" and benefit from a US$150 discount per person off French Wine Explorer's Bordeaux Harvest Tour September 27-October 3, 2010!*
September is an exciting time to be in Bordeaux. Experience the harvest first hand, the blending process and a well-deserved traditional harvest lunch. Enjoy luxurious accommodations in a wine-producing estate, hotel and vinotherapy spa, exclusive private wine tasting meals and some of the best tours and tastings of the region. French Wine Explorers is a boutique wine tour company specializing in luxury wine vacations in France and has become America's leading French wine tour company, featured extensively in Food & Wine magazine, Travel + Leisure, and Smart Money. Now's the time to reserve your space for your wine tour to France and benefit from savings at the same time. To view this tour and our selection of wine tours to France, please visit www.wine-tours-france.com. Contact us for more details at info@wine-tours-france.com or 1-877-261-1500. * Offer expires March 24, 2010. Subject to availability.

Poland Culinary Vacations
When you travel with us, you'll know that your Polish experience will be culturally rich, casually elegant, and truly unique. We travel to specially selected regions of Poland to learn about the roots of regional fare and explore how modern chefs are transitioning traditional dishes to contemporary cuisine. Our world-class vacations let you indulge your foodie side with hands-on and demonstration-style cooking lessons and trips to local markets, farms and festivals. Along the way we also visit with Polish bakers, farmers, shop owners and chefs to learn the secrets — and collect the recipes — of this outstanding culinary culture. To relax and rejuvenate each evening, you'll stay in comfortable, chic accommodations ranging from charming hotels to genuine castles and palaces. Each trip is personally designed and escorted by Malgorzata "Sarna" Rose, a native of Poland and founder of Poland Culinary Vacations. For 2010 Poland cooking tour dates and day-by-day itineraries please visit our website: www.PolandCulinaryVacations.com or call us toll free 888-703-8130 or 406-579-6435. Get 15% off on all 2010 tours and additional 10% off if you decide to pay in full when booking your Poland Culinary Vacation! Hurry! Space is limited to 12 people per week.

Cooking Courses. Wine tours. Culinary Adventures in Italy, France, Morocco, Asia, United States.
Discover the joys of cooking, using the finest local ingredients and learning the secrets of local dishes. Through hands-on instruction, trips, tours and tastings, we provide you with the skills and knowledge to cook creatively when you return home. Whether you are joining us for a half a day, a weekend or a week, we can arrange unique encounters most travelers couldn't have on their own — from private cooking classes to access of exclusive wine cellars. Our goal is to create one-of-a-kind experiences for foodies who want to see the world a little differently. Visit us on http://www.gourmetontour.com or email us on info@gourmetontour.com. Mention "Sally's Place" and receive discounts on selected tours.

Croatia Gastro Tours
Croatian gastronomy is very interesting as it consists of many influences from countries that were ruling the territory in the past. For that reason in traditional gastronomy you can find recipes of Roman, French, Hungarian, Italian, Turkish and many other famous world gastronomies. Enjoying the culinary specialties, smells and tastes of Croatian kitchens, fresh ingredients and wine tasting, which will enrich the visit of all who know how to truly enjoy food and wine. To become a part of our groups please contact us: mail@terratours.hr

Sullivan's Custom Tours
Sullivan's Custom Tours L.L.C. is a boutique tour operator specializing in custom designed travel packages for groups with a special interest. We also design exciting educational tours for college students studying culinary arts, fashion and interior design. The tours are customized by Donna Sullivan, who considers visits, workshops and cultural experiences that will interest the group. As an associate of Costa Rica Tours Ltd. (www.costaricatoursltd.com), we travel to the only cooking school in Costa Rica offering multi-day hands on classes combined with culinary excursions. As an associate of CulTOURinaria (www.cultourinaria.com) in Germany, we offer a variety of culinary, cultural historical and art and music tours.

Upcoming tours include:

  • Porcelain Painters Tour to Germany, June 3-17, 2010. Includes Berlin, Dresden and the Thuringian countryside, hands-on painting classes, museums, castles, wine tasting and river cruises. $3499
  • Tropical Cooking School and Tour in Costa Rica, June 6-11, 2010. Hands-on cooking classes, cultural tours, hacienda tour, coffee plantation, rainforest tour. Earn 12 CEUs from the American Culinary Federation. $1795
  • Culinary Getaway to Sicily, September 23 to October 1, 2010. Cooking classes, sea salt, Eolie Island caper tour, Palermo city tour. $3495

Contact Donna Sullivan at

Food N' Wine Vacations
Food N' Wine Vacations invites you to connect with a culture. Summer 2010 offers a special week of Cooking in the French Riviera. For foodies, try their Culinary Tour in the heart of Chianti. To add spice, Morocco is one hot destination. And for those who want to stay close, they recommend Mexico Culinary Expedition. If you are looking for a one of a kind experience — you have just found it! Contact: info@foodnwinevacations.com

Mediterranean Cruise
Donna Nordin and Kathleen Prisant Leonard invite you on a ten day Mediterranean Cruise with wonderful cooking demonstrations and private shore excursions for foodies. Seven ports include two days in Barcelona and day trips to Mallorca, Tunis, Sicily and Naples. Reserve quickly as there are limited spaces. August 29 - September 8, 2010. Prices begin at $1899 per person. For more information go to www.teamodyssey.com and search Cruises Vacations for Mediterranean, Holland America Cruises, departure date August 29, 2010. Mediterranean Enchantment.

Food in NapaDestination360
Napa may be famous for its wine tastings and tours, but it's more than just a destination for oenophiles. Many of the best things to do in Napa revolve around food, such as dining at the world-renowned French restaurants and attending cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Institute of America. Visit Destination360's guide to Napa, and plan the perfect foodie vacation to California's wine country.

Culinary Travel

Sally's Place has a new Culinary Travel section. We will be adding more articles shortly. Keep checking back for the latest and greatest “deals” on upcoming culinary travel.


Passover begins March 29th. For new recipes, read Jayne Cohen and Louise Fiszer’s Passover articles...

Jayne feels Passover is for food lovers who tell their stories in recipes. Here is an invitation to improvise, to reinterpret and riff so that the ritual does not become rote. You will find recipes for Chicken Soup with Asparagus and Shiitakes, Served with Roasted Fennel Matzoh Balls; Lemon Fried Chicken with Tart Salad Topping; and Braised Brisket with Thirty-Six Cloves of Garlic.

Louise’s Passover article offers Crispy Matzoh Pancake, Mushroom Matzoh Lasagna and Apple Walnut Matzoh Kugel as bread is forbidden during this holiday as is any other preparation made with yeast.


Easter is Sunday, April 4th. Enjoy Lou Pappas' An Easter Family Feast that includes recipes for Crudities with Goat Cheese with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Cold Cucumber Soup with Dill, Roast Lamb with Garlic Nuggets, Carrot and Potato Puree, Filo-Wrapped Spinach Roulade, Toasted Hazelnut and Endive Salad, and Strawberry Marzipan Tart.

Here are some Great Products and Special Offers from our Partners for these two holidays...

Gustiamo: Dried White Figs by Santomiele are a rare and unique delicacy from the Cilento area of Campania, Italy. Stuffed with almonds, soaked in rum and fig molasses with citrus peel and raisins, they are elegantly gift wrapped in fig leaves.

Legal Sea Foods: If you are searching for meatless Friday dinner ideas (with Lent around the corner), Legal Sea Foods is offering amazing savings on their delicious Lobster and seafood dinner packages, which include appetizers and rich desserts, all perfect for meatless Fridays.

Jelly Belly: Easter is on its way! Get your Jelly Belly gift baskets now for those egg hunts! The Jelly Belly Candy Company makes more than 100 mouthwatering candies, including such delights as chocolates, gummies, sour candies, and, of course, the world’s #1 gourmet jelly bean. Free Shipping on orders $50 or more.

Numi Organic Tea: Consider Afternoon Tea Time on Easter Sunday: Numi products including a large assortment of traditional tea flavors such as Aged Earl Grey, Lemon Chamomile, Jasmine Green, White Orange Spice and Black teas, as well as more exotic flavors that exemplify Numi’s innovative approach to the craft of tea like Magnolia Puerh, Rooibos, Honeybush and Golden Chai.  Unique gift sets are available.

illy caffe: illy caffe offers the world's finest Italian coffee, machines, and accessories. Their coffee is a single perfect blend of premium Arabica beans, handpicked from nine different coffee-growing regions around the world, that undergoes 114 quality control steps before any can of illy is ever packaged, opened or served.

Lobster Gram: Dreaming of lobster from the New England coast? Want to surprise your friends and family with an outstanding Easter dinner? “Lobster Gram is the most trusted name in Live Lobster Delivery in America since 1987!”

Hale Groves: Hale Indian River Groves is located in Indian River County, a relatively small but premier citrus producing area in Florida. Their oranges and grapefruit are juicy and tasty. Gift baskets available.

Macy's: macys.com is America's largest department store—online. Look for Easter specials...need we say more?

Pittman & Davis: Pittman & Davis is a leading online fruit gift company. Enjoy their Easter gifts and spring selections. Make your loved one's Easter celebration extra special. Choose from the selection of seasonal fruits and other unique gift ideas, including citrus gifts and gourmet baked gift ideas! You’ll receive FREE standard shipping on all products.

Romanicos Chocolate: Make Passover or Easter special for your host or guests by selecting a Mezzo Box, a selection of fifteen pieces from Romanicos Chocolate Art Collection. This medium size box of carefully selected chocolates, painted in delightful colors and designs includes 15 chocolates with up to five flavors of your choice.

Adopt A Truffle Tree: Adopt a Truffle Oak and gain not only the exciting possibility of your own truffles but also a piece of tranquil French woodland and an entrée to the cuisine, countryside and heritage of Le Gers. Send an Easter gift or a Passover treat to your hostess. Use code “Sally” to get a $30 discount.

La Tienda: Jamón or Spanish Ham is the trademark of Spanish cuisine, featuring prominently in virtually every restaurant and family kitchen. La Tienda provides you the best in the two distinctive types of Spanish ham: Jamón Serrano and Jamón Ibérico. What could be better on your Easter table?

Gourmet Sardinia: Think Gift Baskets filled with Sardinian Italian products. Think olive oil, pasta, flat bread, honey, wines, sauces, and Italian holiday cakes that are all imported from the island of Sardinia. All Gourmet Sardinia gifts come with recipe cards & an enclosure card that can be personalized.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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