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"I have been on several of Joan's tours and highly recommend them. I love learning about the country I'm visiting through it's cuisine and have met wonderful people along the way, from local guides to the people along on the tour, it's a top-notch experience!!"—Leanne, Eat Smart Tours to Morocco, Sicily, Turkey and India
"Once again, you have exceeded my expectations as a tour guide and food guru. I had a wonderful trip. Thank you for all the hard work and time you put in to create such a fantastic tour. It was "unbelievable!" I will miss you, until our next trip."--Heather, Eat Smart in Norway Culinary Tour, 2013
Join us in getting to the heart of Portuguese culture through an exploration of its tantalizing cuisine. Sample the infinite variety of regional Portuguese specialties in their natural setting. Delve into the secrets of Portuguese dishes by participating in a cooking class. Also included will be talks on culinary topics and visits to bustling markets to learn about the herbs, spices and condiments that are prevalent in Portuguese cookery. We will also see major tourist sights, yet still have time to shop and relax along the way. You’ll come away with a knowledge of the culinary traditions of Portugal and a deep appreciation of the magnitude of history and culture that this ancient land possesses.
Rich with seafood, citrus, olives, and almond sweets, the cuisine of the sun-drenched island of Sicily reflects the influence of Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians, and Italians, among others.
Let us take you to the heart of Sicilian culture through an exploration of its cuisine. Sample the most authentic regional cuisine in homes, neighborhood eateries, and elegant gourmet restaurants. Enjoy informative culinary demonstrations with renowned chefs and home cooks as they prepare delectable, traditional Sicilian dishes. Visit wineries and the vibrant, bustling markets for spices and a cornucopia of other foodstuffs.
This tour is more than just about eating, however, We visit classic historical sites on route to help you digest…. and stop here and there to shop and relax.
Come with us on a culinary odyssey through ancient, Ottoman, and modern Turkey, and get to the heart of the culture through an exploration of its scrumptious cuisine and wine. Sample the infinite variety of regional Turkish specialties in their natural setting. Delve into the secrets of Turkish dishes by participating in a cooking class. Visit bustling markets to learn about the herbs, spices and condiments prevalent in Turkish cookery. You’ll come away with a knowledge of the culinary traditions of Turkey and a deep appreciation of the magnitude of history and culture that this ancient land possesses.
But it’s not all about food and wine. We’ll see the major tourist sights in Istanbul, in the Mediterranean, and in magical Cappadocia, where we can take a sunrise balloon ride and gently soar above its surreal lunar landscape before landing for a champagne toast. And, we’ll still have time to shop and relax along the way.
Eat Smart Culinary
Tour to Morocco
Moroccan Cuisine is the culinary star of North Africa. Imperial and trade influence has been filtered and blended into Morocco’s culture. Being at the crossroads of many civilizations, the cuisine of Morocco is a melange of Arab, Berber, Moorish, French, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean African, Iberian, and Jewish influences. Moroccan cooking is enhanced with fruits, dried and fresh. Lemons preserved in a salt-lemon juice mixture bring a unique face to many Moroccan chicken and pigeon dishes. Moroccan sweets are rich and dense confections of cinnamon, almond, and fruit perfumes that are rolled in filo dough, soaked in honey, and stirred into puddings. The cooks in the royal kitchens of Fes, Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat, and Tetouan refined Moroccan cuisine over the centuries and created the basis for what is known as Moroccan cuisine today. Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food.
Also included will be talks on culinary topics and visits to bustling markets to learn about the herbs, spices and condiments that are prevalent in Moroccan cookery. We will also see the major tourist sights, yet still have time to shop and relax along the way.
Highlights From Previous Tours
2015 Culinary Tour to Turkey
2014 Culinary Tour to Turkey
Culinary Highlights from the 2013 Culinary Tour. Created by tour participant Barbara Jensen.