Unite Your Passions – World Travel and Food!
Foodie vacations used to be the exclusive territory of those with advanced culinary skills or piles of money; thrifty travelers and non-cooking families would be left behind. Todays culinary experiences include eating tours and local cooking classes that are much more accessible, and even novices can enjoy learning about specialty dishes abroad. From street food tours, to children’s classes, to intimate lessons in local homes, we’ve found the most delicious destination travel!
Below you can find ” Top Culinary Experiences from Around the World!”
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
In Ho Chi Minh City, traveler favorite Saigon Street Eats offers a relaxed, family-friendly walking tour that starts off with the best pho and Vietnamese coffee in town, explores local restaurants and wet markets, and helps the newcomer figure out what to try and how to order it while in Vietnam. More adventurous explorers will love their motorbike taxi Seafood Trail tour later in the day, with its introduction to Vietnamese toasting rituals and hotpot cooking- you will hunt down fresh local ingredients and make your own perfect hotpot dish with some of the friendliest hosts in town! Want to perfect some dishes to cook back home? The Vietnam Cookery Center offers short, intensive hands-on gastronomy lessons that include visiting a traditional market with your chef! You will shop for what you need and then learn to make perfect fresh spring rolls, caramel pork, Vietnamese pancakes, or even cassava cake. They also offer a date-night dinner cooking class, perfect for couples!
Why oh why do I love Paris? Because of the food that is here, of course! You may have heard that Parisians are hostile to those without precise French language skills, but don’t fear – these sites are known for being welcoming to all! At La Cuisine Paris, the secrets of the French pastry are waiting for you. From the technical precision work of flour and yeast to the wonders of rich pastry crème, gain the knowledge to make the buttery, flaky, celebrations of French breakfast. These small classes are great for English speakers but not for the sluggish – trust us, the kneading, rolling, and shaping will give your arms quite a workout! They also offer intensive, multi-course meal classes that include chef-led shopping at local markets for ingredients, step-by-step instruction, and of course, dining on the fruits of your labor! Travelling with the family? Cook’n with Class has a French Desserts for Kids class offering English speaking younger chefs ages 7 – 12 the chance to learn simple French classic desserts, such as French Jam Short-Breads and Crunchy Chocolate Creams! The desserts are scrumptious, yet simple enough to be recreated at home. Parents may not participate, but may observe, take photos, and taste! Time to take a break from cooking to eat your way around the city? Culinary Tours of Paris offers several mouthwatering ways to explore the city through food, history, and architecture, including its famous tour of the unique Montmartre quarter. “The Montmartre Movable Feast” tour includes exquisite meats, cheeses, and a main course all paired with the perfect wine or cider.
The Tuscookany cooking vacation combines a relaxing stay in a charming villa with an immersive Tuscan cooking experience. They have organic vegetable gardens on site and take daily excursions to learn about local cheeses, wines, and olive oils. Non-cooking travelling companions will be charmed by the region’s exquisite countryside, art, and monasteries, and each evening all will dine on your creations such as authentic Tagliatelle with Meat Sauce, Saltimbocca Alla Romana, and Tiramisu. Learn about food presentation and wine choice in your three-day or week-long stay. Only have one day to spare? Walkabout Florence offers a morning ingredient tour in Florence followed by a small-group cooking class at a rustic farmhouse in Tuscany! The day begins when you meet local butchers, farmers, and bakers in Florence to shop for your ingredients. Then it’s off to a private farmhouse kitchen in Tuscany featuring exquisite views and cooking instruction in English from a talented local chef; you’ll prepare and enjoy a four-course meal including bruschetta, pasta, pizza, Tuscan roast pork, and desserts while savoring delicious Chianti and other local varietals.
Cooking Alaturka has been a draw for travelers with taste for over 10 years! They are known for passionate teaching of Turkish cooking, led by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Eveline Zoutendijk and native Turkish chef Feyzi Yildirim. Every Monday through Sunday, they offer morning cooking classes with dishes such as hot yogurt soup with dried mint, cumin, and lemon, or Anatolian flatbread filled with spinach! Learn five authentic Turkish dishes in a modern, chef designed kitchen, then adjourn to lunch to feast on your creations and local wines with the chef and your new friends! Looking for a more intimate experience? In addition to its gourmet walking tours of the famous Spice Bazaar featured in traveling guide books, Turkish Flavors offers a cooking tour that explores both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, followed by a cooking class in the private Istanbul home of Chef Selin. Visitors receive a rare glimpse into not only the food but the culture and life of Istanbul. Children up to 9 years old can join the tour (and join in the cooking!) free of charge. A culinary experience of a lifetime.
Prince Albert, South Africa
African Relish offers half and full-day courses featuring food of the Karoo region of South Africa: classic Karoo cuisine and Karoo tapas courses, as well as vegetarian South African cuisine. Richard Bosman’s charcuterie class is an indulgent hit with the enthusiastic carnivore cookers in your group, and you won’t want to miss the wine pairings from local Prince Albert vineyards. For those whose passion extends from food to cycling, Escape Cycle Tours joins in to offer a 7-day Gourmet Cycle Karoo tour, a culinary delight which includes a ghost walk, tour of a fig farm, delicious food and wine tasting, cooking lessons, and relaxing evening accommodations.