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August 2010

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Traveling with Kids
Elaine Sosa Labalme shares her experiences as she travels with eight-year-old Steven. Think Top Cities for You and Your Kids, Kid-Friendly Zones, Special Events, Weekending with the Kids and The Great Outdoors...40 articles in all.
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We have had so many positive comments about our Culinary Travel promotion in July. We've spent the past few weeks gathering additional providers and offers for you - and what a glorious time of year to be planning a culinary trip. Think Spain, France, Italy, and Mexico, as well as Vermont and the Napa Valley.

All the best in food, wine, and travel.

Happy August!
Sally Bernstein
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Enjoy More Fun Trips!

Spain with Epicurean Ways

jane_gregg"Explore the foods and wines of Spain with Epicurean Ways. Join our expert-led small group trips in Fall 2010.
·     Tradition Meets Avant-Garde: The Basque Country and La Rioja
·     Private Castle & Cooking in Catalonia
·     Food City Girona
·     Epicure's Catalonia
·     Terrific Tables in Barcelona
·     Spanish Cuisines of Madrid
Offering you cooking classes, winery tours, wine tasting with winemakers, olive oil mills, fish markets, and tapas tours. Experience the amazing architecture, remarkable restaurants, outstanding artisan foods, historic cities and memorable Spanish landscapes."  Contact them at See for more information.
logo_responsibletravelCheck here for late availability holidays, and some amazing special offers. Holiday match service...not sure which holiday operator is best for you?  Call their team at (UK) 01273 600030 or e-mail your requirements to and they will find the right operator for you! Click here for more information.

Globe Trotting Gourmet
globetrottinggourmetJoin Robert and Morrison for their Food Tours September 20th -- October 8th, 2010: "Join us in central Vietnam and Laos for an epicurean exploration through two unique Southeast Asian regions. Feast on truly royal cuisine, hosted personally by cookbook author Robert Carmack and textile authority Morrison Polkinghorne. Vietnam's imperial capital Hue reigned far from the colonial French administrative hubs of Hanoi and Saigon. Likewise, the seat of Laos' royal throne was in distant Luang Prabang, not Vientiane. Both are now registered Unesco heritage centers, boasting stunning ancient relics and architecture. Click here for more information on this and other tours or email:

These three exciting trips in Tuscany include: Cooking in Villa: The Finest Culinary & Wine Experience in Tuscany; WANNA BE ITALIANO Cflorencetownooking Class; and VERONICA'S Cooking Class. These trips are available year round. Contact: Urbano Brini at, or Tel: (+39) 055 0123.99.4

Harvest in Spain
spain_harvestThis October 2-10, 2010 trip includes airfare departing from Miami or New York; hotel accommodations in 4 star hotels; 1 night in Bilbao; 3 nights in Rioja; 1 night in Burgos; 1 night in Ribera del Duero; 1 night in Madrid; English speaking guide; transportation for 7 days including airport taxes;  winery visits with wine tasting; all breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners and hotel taxes.  $4490 plus taxes per person. Trip offered by Fine Wine & GourmeTravel; Juanita Carvajal;;; or Tel: 786.246.0954

alarconCuisineXplorers plans a fall trip to Mexico City to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexico's Independence and Centennial of the Revolution. History, gastronomy and fun will be at the center of this 7-day guided tour with Mexico City native food writer Claudia Alarcon. Visit historic markets, taste and learn recipes from home cooks that are seldom found in cookbooks, float along the canals of Xochimilco and eat fresh produce from the fields that have been cultivated since Aztec times, sample premier Mexican wines, tequila and mezcal.  Visitors will stay at a comfortable and modern bed and breakfast. Accommodations, ground transportation, meals, and activities are all included. Please visit for more information, dates, prices, and itineraries.

poggio_pasta_classCook in Italy with cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns at her organic farm in Tuscany. Her one-day workshops are available year round.  Think One-Day Workshops, Family Workshop weeks and Olive Harvest weeks. Contact:  info@Poggio; or Tel: (39) 0578 798 370

Culinary Getaways
Mention Sally's Place to receive a 10% discount on some tours.

"Join Culinary Getaways as we explore the culinary-rich regions of Napa Valley, Paris, Provence and Tuscany!  During our Getaway, we will cook together using the finest in fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.   We will cook with local chefs, dine in amazing private settings and in favorite local restaurants.  We will learn about sea salts and taste regional wines, olive oils and cheeses.  We will shop the local markets and explore the history and culture of each region.  We keep our groups very small to ensure unique and personalized experiences."   For more information on our distinctive Culinary Getaways, visit our website at: or contact us at: 415-518-7107.  Mention Sally's Place to receive a 10% discount on our upcoming 2010 Getaways to Napa Valley or to Provence, provided space is available.

Vermont Culinary Vacations
Italy on a Plate
Receive a $100 discount if you mention "Sally's Place."
deborah krasnerCook with Deborah Krasner, the James Beard Award-winning author of THE FLAVORS OF OLIVE OIL (and the forthcoming GOOD MEAT) for six days in Vermont this coming September and October: Southern Italian Cooking, Italian Harvest Classics and Italian Winter Food. Each of these all-inclusive vacations cost $2650 per person, no upcharge for singles, no extra costs. Deborah is also offering OLIVE OIL HARVEST IN TUSCANY vacation in November, exact dates yet to be determined. Anyone interested should contact Deborah  at For guest testimonials, sample programs, dates, accommodation details, and reservations, go to or

Wine Grand Tour in Tuscany
smadarThis package includes: six nights accommodation in a classic room with daily buffet breakfast;  welcome dinner matched with Super Tuscans;  fun hands-on cooking lesson with our Chef Richard Titi; a fun evening with a local farmer where we learn how he prepares pecorino cheese; all mentioned meals and  wine tasting; visits and tasting and an English speaking guide. Rate per person, based on double occupancy in classic room: $4125.00; Special prices in October: $3600.00. For information:;;  Tel: 877.457.3177

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Dave's Gourmet
daves_logoDave's Gourmet has done it again!  For the second year in a row they have won the award for best pasta sauce in the specialty food industry.  This year it is for their new pasta sauce, Masala Marinara.  Dave's Masala Marinara pairs the wonderful flavors of a classic marinara with the spices, lime, and coconut flavors of the South Asian World. Click here to order.

Celine Dion
celine_dionCeline Dion is heading back to Las Vegas! Starting in 2011, she'll be performing at the Caesars Palace Colosseum, and her new concert series will have some of the best visual effects to date, plus plenty of her greatest hits. Find out about Celine Dion show packages and where to buy Celine Dion tickets on

The Best 10 Minutes of a Holiday in Europe
hovercraftHovertravel, the only scheduled Hovercraft operator in Europe, is the quickest way for travelers visiting the UK to reach the Isle of Wight, where you will find some of the best beaches in Britain as well as historic Victorian architecture all alongside some of quaintest English villages. It is the perfect place for a day out. Hovertravel's service is a speedy 10 minute flight across The Solent to the Isle of Wight, which means from London to the Island is a journey of just 1 hour and 45 minutes. As the world's longest running hovercraft operator, the Hovertravel experience is also one the kids will not forget. For information, click here.

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New Articles...
New Sally's Place Contributor: Chef Eric Cayton of Derry Church Artisan Chocolates in Pennsylvania joins us with a monthly column, Artisan Chocolate Truffles, And The Spices That Love Them. Cinnamon is Eric's first article.
Wine by Jon Rusciano
Spring "Release" --Chapter 3. Jon and his gang visit Robert Keenan Winery, Vineyard Seven and Eight, Orin Swift Cellar, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and O'Shaughnessy Winery.
Spring "Release"-- Chapter 4. Jon and company visit Chappellet Winery, Darioush Winery, Kuleto Estate Winery, Steltzner Vineyards, and Acme Fine Wines.
Los Angeles Here We Come (to Eat & Sleep). Sally visits 7 restaurants and 2 hotels in 4 days from San Diego, California to Redondo Beach, California to Los Angeles, California and back.
Traveling with Kidsby Elaine Sosa Labalme

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.  Elaine covers rules (expect to get wet, do not wear long pants & stand in awe of Mother Nature), where to stay and where to eat while visiting the falls and much more.
Cruising The Caribbean Aboard The Carnival Dream. Elaine tells of a ship whose 4,400 passengers and 1,600 crew make it more of a small town, albeit one where the neighbors' change weekly and everything runs like a charm.

August Is...
National Catfish Month; National Water Quality Month; Peach Month; and National Picnic Month.
August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3: National Watermelon Day
August 4: National Chocolate Chip Day
August 5: National Waffle Day; International Beer Day
August 8: Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night
August 9: National Rice Pudding Day
August 10: National S'mores Day; National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
August 13: National Filet Mignon Day; Kool-Aid Day
August 14: National Creamsicle Day
August 19: Potato Day; "Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day
August 21: National Spumoni Day
August 23: National Sponge Cake Day
August 24: National Peach Pie Day; National Waffle Day (Waffle Iron patented In 1869, invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York); Knife Day
August 25: National Banana Split Day
August 26: National Cherry Popsicle Day
August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day
August 29: More Herbs, Less Salt Day
August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31: National Trail Mix Day
Vermont Culinary Vacations & Italy on a Plate

Receive a $100 discount if you mention "Sally's Place."

Cook with Deborah Krasner, the James Beard Award-winning author of THE FLAVORS OF OLIVE OIL (and the forthcoming GOOD MEAT) for six days in Vermont this coming September and October: Southern Italian Cooking, Italian Harvest Classics and Italian Winter Food.

Email: for more information.