Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Truffle Hunting Weekend

March 19, 2010

Puglia white truffles and black truffles from Corigliano d’Otranto (Lecce, Apulia) are among the best ones in Italy and available for almost every day of the year (from january until august).

The hunter arranges this exciting truffle hunt, with his loyal dogs, customized for truffle lovers from abroad. Choose our Truffle Tour and we will give you memories to last a lifetime…

The expert hunter will give you a taste of Italy and take you step by step on the entire truffle-hunting journey, from digging up and processing to use it in recipes. Concluding this experience with brake bread at his table for a delicious meal prepared with the precious truffle.


Apr 16, 30 – May 14, 28 – Jun 11, 25

Please note that other tour dates could be available upon demand, for private groups of minimum 8 people.

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Flavors of Puglia

March 19, 2010

Flavors of Puglia,  a fantastic opportunity to visit the unspoiled Puglia region with its amazing flavors, tasting its delicious food and wines…in other words experiencing the quality of the regional cuisine!

Great food&wine, astonishing landscapes, deep culture&traditions, charming accommodations…always feeling the warmth of locals!!!

Born as “cuisine of poverty”, the cuisine of Puglia is as tasty as anywhere in Italy and celebrated as one of the best examples of the healthy Mediterranean Diet (three things are essential to the Apulian kitchen: wheat, vegetables, and olive oil). In this culture of sparsity, nothing is wasted: stale bread is crumbled and toasted in oil to make a garnish for vegetable dishes, vegetables themselves are dried at the height of their season, etc.

The food of Puglia is in essence a home-based cuisine, not marked by the influence of great chefs or restaurants, based on women cooking at home rather than male chefs in professional kitchens: thus a recipe becomes a manner of speaking rather than a rule.

All tastings included in the tour will start with an introduction to the production cycle hold by the owner or his delegate.

OTHER TOUR DATES: May 29 – Jun 19 – Sep 25 – Nov 06

Group size: The trip is based of minimum 8 travelers.

Trip Report From Vines and Villas

March 11, 2009
Crostini toscani served at an osteria in Florence.
Image via Wikipedia

Here is a quote from Bill at Vines and Villas on a recent tour in Tuscany…

“October is the loveliest time to be in Tuscany, I’m salivating already!

I’m not usually drawn to tours but this tour has a soul to it. This is not your run of the mill greatest hits of Tuscany line up:

I lived in Florence for years before discovering little gems like Castellina in Tuscany. I promise you that you will never approach food the same way again after actually taking a cooking class in Italy.

Bring home a wheel of pecorino and some packets of dried porcini mushrooms. Buon appetito!”


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Italian Food and WineTV

August 26, 2008

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