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Oh, Canada Oct 08

Enjoy a Video Preview of the Canadian Rockies by Rail

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Jacintha Perera, “Chief Escape Artist”
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(916) 897-9597

 

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Gourmet Getaways Jun 24

Gourmet Getaway: Germany
Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle
This is a food & wine cruise tour beginning with a few nights in Paris, followed by a 7-night cruise on the Rhine & Moselle Rivers in Germany, finally ending in Amsterdam. photo of castle along the Rhine courtesy of AmaWaterways

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Gourmet Getaway: Italy
There is a brand-new culinary cruise tour starting in Venice with a 7 night cruise on the Po River followed by a 5 night land tour to Florence & Rome with guided sightseeing & hotel stays.

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Gourmet Getaway: Portugal & Spain
A 7 night cruise on the Douro River through Portugal can be combined with pre or post stays in Lisbon, Portugal & Madrid, Spain.
photo of Porto, Portugal courtesy of AmaWaterways

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Not Created Equal
The river cruise experience is fairly similar but the 5 river cruise lines that sail in Europe are NOT. As travelers you have many choices. It’s important that you be matched with the one(s) that best meet your needs. Contact me to discuss different options.

Contact: Jacintha Perera, MCC
Master Cruise Counsellor
travel expert & escape artist
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
(916) 897-9597

A Movable Feast Jun 20
Serve It Up A member of one team carefully portions out the soup as others do the same with their items.
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A Movable Feast
Food & wine were all carried next door to the adjacent bistro,  owned & operated by our culinary host, Chef Julien. A cute little place to have lunch. What do you think?
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We enjoyed a private happy hour – with more wine  -before strolling back through town to our ship at our leisure.

For more delicious details, contact:
Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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Let’s Get Cooking Jun 19

Mis en Place
We are at Le Studio de Cabestan, a cooking school, in Avignon. Everything stands ready for our small group visit this afternoon.

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Let’s Get Cooking
Chef Julien Cabestan quickly assigned tasks to participants in this hands on experience, beginning with some basic prep work for our menu of Provencal appetizers.

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Collaboration
Here, he discusses the ingredients while demonstrating technique for a smooth brondade. Would YOU rather participate or spectate?
Notice that glasses of local rose has been offered to everyone during the cooking process What’s in your kitchen?

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Cuisinart
Chef Julien checks the ingredients & the equipment for our fresh gazpacho before he rotates through the culinary teams again to discuss plating & finishing touches.

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Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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Vin et Chocolat Jun 17

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Vin et Chocolat
An onboard tasting event. Luxurious French Valrhona chocolates with different wines. Consider the following pairings.
1) Sauvignon Blanc w/ milk chocolate. A surprise to us all. Yum!
2) Merlot w/ Caraibe dark chocolate 60% cacao
3) Cab/Cab Franc/Merlot blend w/ Guanaja 70% cacao
4) Chateau Vignot / St Emilion Grand Cru w/ Guanaja 70% cacao

Which do you think you would like?

For more delicious details, contact:
Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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Market Fresh Jun 14

Market Fresh
On the walk into the village, we discovered it was market day.

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Pecheur
I was surprised to see a fresh fish vendor at the farmers market. She had a specialized vehicle for transporting & displaying her perishable goods. Note the pop up side panel on her truck transforms into an awning.

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Local Flavors
Question: Does anyone know/recognize what these edible slabs are?
Hint: it is a regional specialty available in different flavors.

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Cash & Carry
Answer: Nougat
Made in the area & sold by the gram. Yes, measured in metric & very popular. I noticed this young man was doing a brisk business.

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For more delicious details, contact:
Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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Going to the Dogs Jun 12

Going to the Dogs
Let me introduce Ariel & Belle, a couple of specially trained, hard-working canines. Let’s see what they do so well . . .

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Truffle Hunters
These beauties work with their handler, at the Ayme Truffle Farm in Grignan, to detect the prized black & white truffles, hidden just below the surface.

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Buried Treasure
VIDEO: Truffle hunters, Ariel & Belle on the job, in their orchards in Provence, actively searching for the valuable nuggets. They are French so they naturally respond to commands en francais :)

Gourmet Gold
The fruit of their labor: a fresh seasonal black truffle, which we are about to sample, after the live demonstration, inside the farmhouse.

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Taste Treat
Thinly shaved black truffle drizzled with white truffle oil & extra virgin olive oil on toast points. The hors d’oeuvres literally flew off the plates. Served with glasses of local wine, of course.

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For more delicious details, contact:
Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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Steel, Oak & Glass Jun 11

Steel, Oak & Glass
Viticulturist Alberic Mazoyer spoke to us about their production using modern stainless steel tanks & old-fashioned oak barrels. You can see pallets of bottled wine behind him, wrapped & ready to ship locally.

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Wine Cellar
Monsieur Mazoyer escorted us through the private reserve room on the way to the tasting room to sample their regional wines.

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Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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Cotes du Rhone Jun 10

Cotes du Rhone
Continuing to sail south, a drive through the country & we are now in the village of Cornas, home to small wineries such as this one owned by Alain Voge. It’s tucked away down a narrow side street so you would need directions or  a guide to show you the way there.

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Walk in the Vines
We were led around the back in to the vineyards where the village of Cornas, with its prominent church steeple, served as a beautiful backdrop for our discussion.

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New Crop
We were seeing spring’s first green growth on the bottom of these antique vines that have grown here for generations.

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Young Buds
The promise of things to come. By summer, there would be full lush foliage & finally a harvest of fruit in the fall. All of this before the wine making process can even begin.

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For more delicious details, contact:
Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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Terroir Jun 04

We are literally in the vineyards at Domaine de la Logere winery in Beaujolais country between the Burgundy & Rhone wine regions.
Our host, viticulturist, Pascal Gayot, discusses the specific terrior of his winery – all the environmental factors impacting the growth &  production of wine. He spoke to us in French, while our guide, Marion (to his right), translated into English through her audio unit.

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Sips & Nibbles
Monsieur Gayot escorted us inside the winery for tastings & more informal discussion. While this region is famous for Beaujolais Nouveau, it also produces Chadonnay Beaujolais Blanc, sparkling Blanc de Blancs & even rose.
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a Votre Sante
We sampled a red, a white & also a rose wine. With local sausages, cheese & bread, of course. All this & it’s only 10 o’clock in the morning. Bottles were available for sale, conveniently boxed & ready to go!

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For more delicious details, contact:
Jacintha Perera, culinary escape artist
Gourmet Getaways, a division of
www.IslandGetawaysTravel.com
916.897.9597

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