Many people travel the world in order to enjoy the richness of great food traditions. Whether you are exploring the richness of food from old Europe or diving into a traditional dish with the indigenous peoples of Brazil´s Amazon Rainforest, food is one of the main perks of travelling the world.
But why settle for just enjoying the delicious diversity of our world´s food heritage only while you´re on vacation? After all, a vacation only lasts a couple of weeks at best. Combining your vacation with culinary classes is one of the best ways to take your vacation home with you in order to continue to enjoy the spices and flavors from the places you visit.
I´m Dr. Foodle, and today we´re going to look at the advantages of taking a few days out of your vacation to participate in a culinary school. Spending two whole weeks on the beach can become tedious and repetitive, and taking time to learn traditional recipes and cooking techniques from well-known local chefs is a great way to add spice to your vacation and bring those same spices back with you into your own kitchen.
Though some people may think that vacation isn´t compatible with the idea of taking classes, others have found that learning while on vacation allows the opportunity to take your vacation home with you. Learning how to cook authentic Italian pasta from a chef in Chicago isn´t the same as taking classes with local chef from a small restaurant tucked into the corner of a street in Tuscany.
Consider booking a few days of culinary classes during each vacation you take, and your home recipe book will suddenly become quite a bit larger. You´ll also find your family and guests marveling over your new culinary talents.
Almost every major city and tourist destination offers their own version of culinary workshops and classes. Most of these classes combine lessons with a well-known regional chef as well as visits to a local market and/or local producers. Of course, another option is to simply wander into the kitchen of the bed and breakfast you´re staying at and offer to help your host with breakfast, but culinary classes offer a depth of information that will turn you into an expert.
If Mexican food is your favorite, consider signing up for a culinary class at Sazón in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. Chef Paco, who is the owner of Petit Four Pâtisserie and Confiserie, will take you on a tour of a local market and teach you the secrets of salsa verde, guacamole, and chilaquiles.
If you´d like to learn traditional Spanish cuisine, Catacurian in Catalonia, Spain, offers various workshops on charcoaled-grilled meats and paella. You can even learn how to use wine to make some delicious dishes. In Italy, the Toscana Saporita in Massarosa, Tuscany teaches students how to capture the brilliance of basil and other traditional Italian herbs.
From France to the French quarter of New Orleans, from Johannesburg to Calcutta, every destination you could possibly dream of visiting will offer you a unique opportunity to learn from local experts how to bring the secrets of local cuisine into your own kitchen.