Sunday, July 30, 2006
Viator has hundreds of interesting and unique dining activities in countries around the world. But to celebrate the actual "art of cooking," Viator has a distinctive selection of cooking classes and specialized gastronomic tours, both in the US and around the world, allowing the traveler to become the gastronomy expert, and, experience destinations through the local cuisines and products.
Southern Specialties Enjoy fun, food and folklore at The New Orleans School of Cooking as you learn the secrets of Louisiana fare including Gumbo and Jambalaya preparation in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. Experts in Cajun and Creole cuisine share their recipes and their stories.
An Italian Renaissance in Your Kitchen Depart Pisa for the town of Casciana Terme and tour the narrow central streets of this well-known spa center. Visit a nearby wine cellar to have a lunch prepared with the region's harvest, then travel to a traditional Tuscan farm house to start cooking. Local preparations are featured including antipasti, pasta and soup dishes, with variations based on season. The meal is then yours to enjoy with complementing wines.
Taste the Aromas of Bali Discover the beautiful rice paddies and enjoy Gulingan Village in the tranquil setting of tropical vegetation and ponds as you explore the Balinese countryside. Relax in a traditional pavilion and try your hand at fishing, or stroll downhill through coconut palms, coffee, vanilla and clove plantations. Then, learn the art of Balinese cooking in a traditional kitchen as you work with an abundance of local herbs and spices to create the unique texture and flavor of Balinese dishes.
Thai Cooking for Beginners Rather than a souvenir, bring the skill of Thai cooking back home with you. During your tour of Bangkok, enjoy lessons on the origin of Thai cooking at the Baipai Thai Cooking School. Receive hands-on instruction in a home-style environment as you prepare four authentic Thai dishes.
Verdi?Toscanini?cheese! Well-known for its architecture, including a Romanesque Cathedral with frescoes painted by Correggio, Parma ? located half-way between Italy's Milan and Bologna ? is also know for it's affect on the palate. Prosciutto di Parma is known as the sweetest cured meat made in Italy, and Parmesan Cheese, made at more than 1600 cheese factories in the region, is a world-wide favorite.
Paris in the spring, and in the Pantry There are many ways to enjoy the sites of Paris, but feeding the gourmet in you will create a trip to remember. The Essential Gourmet Tour is guided by a "foodie" (journalist, event specialist, chef, etc) and includes a visit to a pastry shop, a caterer, a chocolate shop and a wine shop. The Pastry and Chocolate Tour includes visits to four pastry shops, a bakery and two chocolate shops. The guide will present how local specialties are produced, how to choose them, and will eventually share some recipes. Paris Prestige Gastronomy includes visits to a fine pastry shop, a caterer, a regional products shop, a chocolate shop and a wine shop. Itineraries may vary based on tour participants' questions and desires, and interaction is the rule.
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