Category: food

Truffles In Tuscany

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White truffles from Tuscany, Italy. Photo credit: Camino Ways.

In Tuscany, Italy, every fall in San Miniato, there is a National White Truffle Fair called La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco.

During the last three weeks of November, the festival features San Miniato’s white truffles and other Tuscan products, attracting Italians and culinary travelers alike.

Grown in the hills of San Miniato, these white truffles are considered some of the finest quality white truffles in Europe.

As the Truffle Fair is located along the route of the Via Francigena, section 14, travel company CaminoWays.com offers a gastronomical and cultural Truffle Fair Holiday.

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A basket of white truffles. Photo credit: Camino Ways.

“Truffles are a form of fungi and often difficult to find as they are grown underground. This Italian mushroom delicacy, typically a pale orange in color, is considered to be the best in the world, even compared to the black French truffle,”says Camino Ways.

In the region, the neighboring Tuscan villages and towns also participate by organizing exhibitions within the festivals where locals and travelers can buy fresh truffles and savor truffle-based dishes.

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A Gastro Villa In Spain

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Private pool at Cortijo El Carligto in Andalucia, Spain. Photo credit: Cortijo El Carligto.

A private mountain hideaway can be a dreamy place.

Take the case of Cortijo El Carligto, a private Andalucian hideaway. Perched on a secluded hilltop at the junction of three mountain ranges, this luxury villa rental offers views over the Mediterranean to the Moroccan coast.

Cortijo El Carligto and its team of freelance professionals offer gastronomy, Flamenco performances, beauty therapy, personal training, guided city tours and trekking in the mountain nature reserve.

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Cortijo El Carligto is situated on 10 acres overlooking the sea. Photo credit: Cortijo El Carligto.

Says owner Alan Hazel:

“Guests can have everything at El Carligto that they would expect from a five-star hotel, but here we offer something they cannot: peaceful, luxurious privacy.”

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Poolside summer kitchen. Photo credit: Photo credit: Cortijo El Carligto.

Calling itself a “gastro-villa”, Cortijo El Carligto opened to the public in 2010, attracting A-listers including singer George Michael, the villa’s first guest.

Cortijo El Carligto chefs Juan Quintanilla and David Palacios create daily catering and gourmet tasting menus, cooking courses and private meals. On their guided culinary outings, the chefs have taken villa guests to Malaga’s food markets, tapas routes and local wineries.

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A Spanish feast. Photo credit: Photo credit: El Carligto.

El Carligto features special culinary packages – short culture and gastronomic breaks (example: four-day Spanish Cocina Nueva) and autumn/winter Harvest Holidays with hands-on experiences (harvesting grapes and olives).

Cortijo El Carligto

Loma de la Caceria

Apartado 8

29716 Canillas de Aceituno,

Malaga, Spain

Website: www.carligto.com

A Mallorca Cookbook

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A place in Mallorca: Cassellas de Baix is a two-bedroom country cottage with private pool in the village of Campanet, near Pollenca. Photo credit: Mallorca Farmhouses.

We’ve blogged about holidays in the island mountains of Mallorca with Mallorca Farmhouses.

This Mallorca self-catering accommodation specialist offers self-catering villas, fincas and country cottages near to or with views of the mountains.

Now the company has released A Cook’s Guide To Mallorca’s Culinary Delights – New Recipe Booklet.

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Paella. Photo credit: Mallorca Farmhouses.

Showing a love of authentic Mallorcan cuisine, Mallorca Farmhouses has compiled various recipes on how to cook Spanish dishes from simple tapas to traditional Mallorcan dishes using fresh local produce.

Among the recipes guests can cook up in the kitchens or BBQ terraces are pimientos de padron (tapas of fried green peppers); pescado a la mallorquina (Mallorcan style fish); lechona al horno (oven-baked suckling pig) and Spanish paella.

At each property, guests will also find details on Mallorca’s local markets – when they take place and at which village.

Guests can shop at Santanyi or Felanitx market in Mallorca’s southeast for cheese, meat, fish and locally made olive oil and salt. In the island’s north, Pollenca market is a popular food shopping destination for ham, vegetables and wine.

Each farmhouse has a garden which may provide some of the key cooking ingredients like lemons, oranges or figs. Some of the Mallorca Farmhouse properties, such as Es Castell, also produce their own olive oil and wine.

For more info on holidays on Mallorca, visit www.mallorca.co.uk.

The Denver Food Blog

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Denver, Colorado, an emerging foodie travel destination. Photo credit: VISIT DENVER, The Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Foodie and mountain traveler?  If you head to Denver, Colorado, the city has an exciting culinary scene with microbreweries, farm-to-table dining and new restaurants.

After booking your hotel and flights to Denver, research Denver dining at new blog EatDrinkDenver.com, launched by VISIT DENVER, the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The new blog is devoted to “all things food and drink” in and around the Mile High City. On this interactive website, readers can share their Denver food tasting adventures and discoveries.

Well-known Denver food expert Lori Midson is the editor of EatDrinkDenver.com.  She will collaborate with Denver food writers and bloggers who will provide content for the blog.

The site offers comments and information (not restaurant reviews) about Denver and Colorado food products; food, beer & wine festivals and food-related experiences.

Culinary tourism is on the rise because visitors want to eat and drink local – they want to shop at farmers’ markets, taste local cheeses and breads, or sip a local beer,” says Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER

“Visitors and locals alike want to know about the innovative local chefs and regional specialties…Denver has had a boom in the distillery and brewery scene, and many of the products can only be sampled in Colorado tasting rooms and bars. EatDrinkDenver tells you where to find these one-of-a-kind locales.”

Tours of farms where goat cheese is made or buffalo ranches where bison roam free are an interactive – and educational – way for visitors to immerse themselves in the region’s culture.”

The Denver food blog has five categories:

  • Farm Fresh / Specialty Food Stores: Highlights produce and dairy products in Colorado, including tips on where to get the best items;
  •  Beer / Wines / Spirits: Features the world of Colorado microbreweries, wineries and distilleries;
  •  Food Festivals / Events: Highlights Denver’s best food events from signature events like Denver Restaurant Week to cultural/culinary festivals like the Greek Festival;
  • Chefs: Profiles the chefs behind Denver’s best restaurants, including Q&A’s, recipes and
  • Street Food: Covers Denver’s lively street food scene, including local food truck events such as Civic Center EATS.

For more information, visit EatDrinkDenver.com.