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LatinAmerica Latin American Escapes offers a tour of Costa Rica that includes a stay at Monte Azul mountain resort. caption Accent on Food Carla Hunt Culinary tourism seems to be about the most popular ingredient in the travel demand for new and involving experiences. Certainly up-close and personal touring is on the menu when browsing in outdoor markets, learning to prepare native dishes in hands-on cooking classes, ingesting the mix of local cuisine and culture when out on a street-food tasting or sitting down to a home-cooked meal. Among dozens of foodie-friendly travel products now available, consider some of these clientpleasing possibilities. programs, this 9-day tour includes choices of excellent hotels-from Casa Andina Private Collection and Sol y Luna to Hotel B and Sumaq Machu Picchu-most meals and guided sightseeing; priced from $3,745 pp dbl. Argentina We think of Argentina as a country all about beef, prepared asado-style by roasting over a smoldering wood fire. But, of course, there's more to love and taste, as Ladatco Tours shows in its Culinary Argentina tour, highlighting cooking tours, hands-on classes and other culinary experiences. Peru During a 4-night stay in Buenos Aires Most of us Peru fans have always credited at the Alvear Palace Hotel, the gourmet the Land of the Incas with the best food highlight is a cooking workshop, whose in South America, and nowadays we all chef teaches the techniques of preparing know that Peruvian restaurants and their empanadas (meat-filled turnovers) and innovative chefs sit high on the best-inpastelitos (pastries), as well as an afternoon the-world lists. Food-focused experiences at Lo de Joaquin Alberdi, a boutique wine are liberally sprinkled through Latour's Flavors of Peru tour exploring Lima, Cusco, shop, to learn about and taste Argentina's famous varieties. Food and wine next blend the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. In together during a 3-night stay at Cavas Lima, guests, fitted out with a shopping Wine Lodge outside Mendoza. Activities list, head for the local markets, known for include winery visits; lunch is included their variety of fish, fruit and vegetables, daily either at the lodge, at a winery or on then take notes as a local restaurant chef demonstrates the preparation of ceviche and a vineyard picnic, while dinner choices lomo saltado. In Cusco, learning how to cook include a meal at Francis Mallman's 1824 restaurant. Highlights of a 3-night stay in three typical dishes the "Andean way" is a highlight of a home visit with a local family, San Carlos de Bariloche at the Hotel Llao Llao include a culinary outing to the Los while participating in a pachamanca feast Juncos Lake House where clients join the is the ultimate Inca experience. Staying chef in preparing a full meal. in the Sacred Valley is the time to make The 13-day luxury tour, with deluxe an offering to Mother Earth and enjoy a hotels, private cars and guides, and most traditional lunch made by the community meals, is priced from $9,900 pp dbl. women. Offered as both Silver and Gold 24 april 2016 Costa Rica As a complement to Costa Rica's known superlatives in nature and adventure travel, Latin American Escapes whips up an extravaganza of the country's most famous food products-coffee, chocolate and cheese-into a new Costa Rica Culinary Adventure. This 7-day food-lovers vacation features specialty lodgings, cooking workshops, market-gardens-farm touring, mouth-watering dining, and farm-to-table tours. During a 3-night stay at luxury Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort guests not only enjoy the pool and spa, but also take a guided tour of the organic coffee farm and roasting house, followed by a coffee cupping. They also visit the town of Heredia's central market, learning about its exotic fruit, vegetables, spices and herbs, and partake in a full-day Sibu Chocolate workshop. Dining experiences include a welcome dinner with a farm-to-table menu, the chef's traditional Costa Rican tasting menu, and a coffee connoisseurs dinner. The next three nights are spent in the cloud forest highlands near Cerro Chirripo Volcano at the boutique Monte Azul mountain resort, with accommodations in one of four luxury casitas and truly exquisite farm-to-table dining by chef Esteban Acuña. Complementing good food is a visit to a sustainable home dairy where one learns to milk a cow before getting involved in cheese-making. Other activities include lessons in soap-making and tamalemaking, a yoga session or in-room spa treatment, as well as forest hikes along the trails of the resort's 125-acre preserve. The tour is priced at $1,725 pp for a party of four; $2,445 pp for two. Contact Information Ladatco Tours: Latin American Escapes: Latour:

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend April 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Hotels for Foodies
Tour Talk: Take to the Road With Enterprise
Cruise Lines Whip Up Culinary Treats
Viking Celebrates Agents
5 Adults-Only All-Inclusives Where Dinner Is an Art
Saint Lucia Loves Chocoholics
Accent on Food
Hotel Culinary Options in the U.S.
Culinary Travel: A Buffet of Options
Vegas Bites
Dining Through the Holy Land
Spotlight on Gastronomy
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Lovely Valencia
Thuringia: Germany’s Best-Kept Secret...Revealed
Devouring Asia

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