Cooking

Cooking classes, in the kitchen with chefs & learning from home cooks

Chef Benz

Our private cookery class on Ko Kut Island, Thailand

The Star Legend sat at anchor on the horizon. The Windstar yacht seemed ever smaller beyond the wake of the motorboat taking Tom and...
Moroccan ingredients

Blissfully organic in the Ourika Valley, Morocco

Two chefs, from opposite sides of the globe, meet in a kitchen in New Zealand, her homeland. They marry their passion for organic cooking,...
weekend getaway

Weekend getaway to Minho, northern Portugal

The Minho River traces Portugal’s northern border with Spain and empties into the Atlantic at Caminha, one of Portugal’s most charming beach towns. Equidistant...
Rome Countryside

A long weekend in the Rome countryside

Rome is such a draw, such an over-achiever, that many travelers never see some of Italy’s finest historical treasures in the nearby rolling hills...
Cavaillon melon

A Michelin star shines in Cavaillon, France

A vine-ripened Cavaillon melon is fragrant, intensely flavored and juicy, its high sugar content adding sweetness to the fruit's floral aroma. From mid-summer to...
Luxury cruise

Luxury meets culinary aboard the Wind Surf

Move over Food Network, I'm now officially a cruising foodie! Tom and I recently enjoyed an eight-day culinary adventure with the boutique Windstar cruise...
Taste Porto cooking class

Cooking Portuguese in a townhouse kitchen

From the moment we knocked on the townhouse door, we knew we were in for something special. Welcomed into the reception area-cum-shop, we had...
Argan nuts, cultivated only in Morocco

Culinary argan oil from Morocco

My first taste of amlou, a classy nut butter, came at breakfast in the coastal city of Essaouira, Morocco. A vendor in the city's...
Seafood paella, a food traveler's delight from Andalucia

Lessons from a Catalan kitchen

"We are chefs, not magicians!" Chef Alvaro told as we toured Barcelona's Santa Caterina market, collecting ingredients for our cooking lesson. Basque-born and -trained,...
Alentejo bakery

In an Alentejo bakery, the way of family

Portugal food stories are all about traditions, and very often, family traditions, emanating from home kitchens. And those stories can be found in the...
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