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rozanes_turkeyApril is once again Culinary Travel month at Sally's Place.  What could be more fun than planning a food and/or wine trip! Our roundup of trips can take you to Southeast Asia, Poland, Tuscany, Japan, Spain, Turkey and France as well as the wine regions of Georgia in Russia.  And as a bonus, some of these tours are offering discounts to Sally's Place readers. Be sure to check out our coupon at the bottom of this eNewsletter.  And if you missed our March eNewsletter, you can see other trip offers here.    



We have been quite busy at Sally's Place taking advantage of social media. We are now on Facebook, come like me, and you'll find fun contests, reports on foods trends, plus interesting tidbits on food, wine & travel. Let's keep connected!  


LinkedInI am a strong believer in LinkedIn as well.  It is a powerful networking site that can have wide-ranging effects for your business and career.  Join me on LinkedIn if you also work in the food, wine and travel industry.

All the best in food, wine, and travel.

Happy April!
Sally Bernstein

Culinary Travel


Toscana Mia Culinary Tours  

welcome_tuscanyEnjoy  Italian markets,  wineries, and Italian food shops in the "Herbs  and Vines" tours  guided by two Italians who love  their Italian food and wines. Simonetta & Paola, expert foodies, offer you these tours which are particularly unique as they are followed by a food tasting in a real Italian home. Have you ever been curious about how Italians live in town or in the country?  This is the time to find out. Toscana Mia offers tours, eating and real Italy. Whether you are joining for a half a day, a weekend or a week, Simonetta & Paola offer  you a real immersion in Italian cooking and lifestyle. Defined as a "Dream Trip" by Budget Travel March 2010. Visit us at Contact Simonetta & Paola de' Mary:  or Skype toscana.mia. Mention "Sally's Place" and receive a discount on selected programs.



Culinary Tours in Spain 

epicurean_ways_doorEpicurean Ways specializes in food and wine journeys in Spain. Their private guided tours are known for offering travelers the opportunity to spend time with chefs, winemakers, and artisan producers and immerse themselves in the Spanish lifestyle.
Epicurean Ways Trips to France & Spain
Mention Sally's Place and receive $300 off the Gourmet France and Spain trip
in June, 2011

Mention Sally's Place and receive $150 off the Gourmet Empordà trip in October, 2011

For information on their expert guided tours in Spain contact Epicurean Ways: website; email: or Tel: 434-738-2293.

Enjoy Georgian Wines with Parsa Travel 


georgiaDid you know that wine was originally invented in the Caucasus, in Georgia (in the Soviet Union)? Parsa Travel gives you the unique opportunity to discover the excellence of Georgian Wine. The wine tour is meant for all those who like wine and want to know everything about the way wine is made in Georgia. And what is an excellent wine without excellent dishes? While you are discovering the Georgian wine tradition you will also get acquainted with the Georgian traditional cuisine. You will learn the secret of the recipes and even try cooking for yourself, learn traditions of Georgian feast by a toast-master "Tamada" with warmth of hospitality and taste a variety of rich flavored wines. Contact Besarion Giorgobiani,
Executive Director at Telephone: +995 90 616 535 or + 995 91 676 535;  E-mail:;
Facebook: Parsa Georgia and Twitter: Parsa Georgia.  



Turkish Culinary Tour 

Egyptian_Spice_MarketJoin culinary authority and cookbook author, Aliza Green, for this unforgettable two week small group journey starting on Chios, Greece, just off Turkey's Aegean Coast, with its two-thousand year old artisanal production of amazing mastic. The trip will visit Mt. Ida, gathering wild herbs with chef/owner Erhan Seker at Zeytinbağı Restaurant. On beautiful Bozcaada Island, you will be honored guests at Corvus winery, plus enjoy two meals in a Turkish friend's homes, visit an olive oil museum and an organic farm. With four days in incredible Istanbul, you will be joined by renowned chef, Musa Dagdeviren at Ciya Restaurant for a cooking class and lunch, visit the Spice Market, and the Topkapi Palace kitchens. May 25-June 8th. Sally's Place readers get a 5% discount for $5,695 per person (based on two sharing). For itinerary and registration, visit (Only a few places left.)  



Chestnut Season in La Maremma, Tuscany and Beautiful Umbria 

Join Aliza Green, author of 10 books with a new artisan pasta cookbook in the works, in a 10-day exploration of autumn culinary delights. Terme Calidario Roman-style hot springs, chocolate workshop with renowned chocolatier Domenico d'Affronto of La Conca d'Oro, tour Italian-Jewish Pitigliano, wild mushroom hunt. Meet Davide Fedele, producer of superb heritage Cinta Senese salumeria (cured meats). In Umbria, dinner at Chef Valentina Santanicchio's  Al Saltapicchio, a day in the country at top winery, Falesco. Meet Chef Velia de Angelis (star of Italian television's Chef per un Giorno) at her La Champagneria. Learn to make artisan pasta at Compagnia dei Buongustai, October 19 through 29. Sally's Place readers get a 5% discount for $4085 per person (based on two sharing). *subject to itinerary adjustments and currency fluctuations. Contact Aliza Green at for details.



A Culinary Adventure in Tuscany


gourmet_on_tourThe glorious region of Tuscany, filled with ancient cities rich in art and architecture, all nestled amongst vineyards and olive groves, cypress and lemon trees, is a must when visiting Italy.

Our gourmet week includes delicious Tuscan food, cooking classes with a wonderful chef, wine tours with private wine tastings, market visits, guided sightseeing of hilltop villages, luxurious accommodation, teamed with lazy afternoons by the pool and exploring the country side. Our villa is situated in the heart of the picturesque Tuscan countryside and creates the perfect setting for an unforgettable culinary escape and "one of the best vacations we have ever had," as many of our recent clients tell us. Visit us on, email us on or phone us on +1 (646) 461 6088.

Mention "Sally's Place" and receive a 15 % discount on our May 2011 weeks.

Gourmet Week in Tuscany 

Our gourmet week in Florence is the perfect culinary escape, right in the cultural heart of picturesque Tuscany. This program can be tailored for food and wine lovers wanting to mix culinary adventures with culture. Our gourmet experience includes delicious Tuscan food, wine tours with exclusive wine tastings in Chianti and Montepulciano, market visits, cooking classes, guided sightseeing of hilltop villages. Plenty of time is free to experience the spectacular Renaissance sites of Florence, its extraordinary restaurants, and, of course, plenty of time to relax in the piazza. Accommodation is at a beautiful luxury boutique hotel, owned by Salvatore Ferragamo, overlooking Ponte Vecchio, beside the Arno River. If you prefer a country stay, we can arrange wonderful accommodation in 16th century villas or private estates in rural Tuscany. More info at; email:; phone +1 (646) 461-6088.
Sally's Place readers get a discount in the summer months, which is a saving of Euro 300 per couple or approximately US $400.

Harvest in Ribera del Duero 


Tour price ($3,950) includes the following:
  • Airfare Miami - Madrid - Miami on coach class
  • 2 nights in a Posada hotel in Ribera del Duero
  • 3 nights at central 4 stars hotel Salamanca
  • Daily breakfast and hotel taxes
  • Private guided tours in Segovia, Peafiel and Salamanca
  • Entrance fees to monuments and wineries
  • 5 visits and wine tastings to DO Ribera del Duero wineries
  • 1 gourmet dinner at Hotel Fuente de la Acea paired with selection of Ribera del Duero wines
  • 1 private visit of Abadia Retuerta winery with introductory wine tasting encounter & premium tasting
  • 2 lunches
  • Visit to local cooperage facility with local wine expert
  • Visit to DO Toro winery with harvesting activity or other wine related activity depending on harvest dates
  • 1 casual harvest lunch at Toro winery
  • Visit to private Spanish bull estate with jeep tour including Pata Negra ham tasting
  • Farewell gourmet dinner in Salamanca
  • Transportation in private bus with chauffeur

More Information at or (786) 246-0954




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Dave's Gourmet
organic, award-winning, all-natural pasta sauces taste as if they were made from freshly picked ingredients.   Your spring menu will burst with fresh flavors that will delight the entire family. Order online  here.





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New Articles





More on State Laws re: BYOB: "Kentucky Wine Lovers Beware" by Monty and Sara Preiser.




Purim: Jayne Cohen, author of Jewish Holiday Cooking, shares recipes for Deconstructed Kasha Varnishkes (Kasha and Orzo with Grilled Portobello Mushrooms); Moroccan Fish with Chickpeas and Saffron-Lime Aioli; and Poppyseed Hamantaschen with Raisin-Walnut Filling in this new article about Purim.




Stephanie Zonis examines the phenomenon of "raw" chocolate in The Truth about "Raw" Chocolate. From the points of view of many chocolatiers and chocolate makers, she looks into production methods, sweeteners, potential health benefits, and whether the "raw" chocolate you eat is truly raw.




Elaine Sosa Labalme shares New Orleans' holy trinity of art, music and food in her latest Traveling with Kids column: Top Ten Cities for You and Your Kids: New Orleans, Louisiana. With Jazz Fest at the end of April, it's a great time to plan a trip to the Big Easy. Once again, Elaine's recommendations are suitable for kids of all ages.


April Is

National Pecan Month; National Soy Foods Month, National Grilled Cheese Month; National Florida Tomato Month; Atlanta Food and Wine Month; Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage Month; Cranberries and Gooseberries Month; National Garlic Month; National Soft Pretzel Month; Tomatillo and Asian Pear Month and Fish Fry Week (April 18th- 24th).



April 1: April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day

April 2: National  Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 3: National Chocolate Mousse Day

April 4: National Cordon Bleu Day 

April 5: National Caramel Day; National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

April 6: New Beers Eve; Teflon Day; National Caramel Popcorn Day

April 7: National Beer Day; Coffee Cake Day
April 8: National Empanada Day

April 8-10: National Pie Day

April 9: Chinese Almond Cookie Day

April 12: Licorice Day; Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

April 13: National Peach Cobbler Day

April 14: National Pecan Day

April 15: National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

April 16: National Eggs Benedict Day

April 17: National Cheeseball Day; Healthy Kids Day

April 18: Animal Crackers Birthday

April 19:  Passover (19th-26th); National Garlic Day; National Amaretto Day

April 20: National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day; Lima Bean Respect Day

April 21: National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
April 22: Earth Day; Good Friday; National Jelly Bean Day

April 23: National Zucchini Bread Day; National Cherry Cheesecake Day; National Picnic Day

April 24:  Easter; National Pigs in a Blanket Day
April 25: National  Zucchini Bread Day

April 26: National Pretzel Day

April 27: National Prime Rib Day
April 28: Blueberry Pie Day

April 29: National  Shrimp Scampi Day

April 30: National Raisin Day



Save $150


   Trips to Italy    

pamela_shelton_johnsPamela Sheldon Johns' world-class workshops in Tuscany, Campania, Piemonte, Emilia-Romagna, Sicily and Cinque Terre

Mention "Sally's Place" and receive a US$150 discount per person off any trip & a complementary bottle of "Sassi di Giove," Pamela's organic Sangiovese wine.



phone: 805.963.7289

email: Pamela Sheldon Johns at: