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March News from Active Gourmet Holidays

 Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

What better time to make travel plans? Airfares are down so it's a great excuse to finally take that culinary trip! Take a look at our selections below. 

"Santorini's Treasures" is the trip for you if you are looking for heaven on earth. There is a reason why people say Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Or try our "Enchanting Apulia" tour offering cooking classes and discovery of this wonderful area on the Adriatic part of Italy. And if cycling is your thing, look into our "The Cycling Gourmettour in Tuscany.  

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March 2016 News - SantoriniSantorini's Treasures 
Santorini, Greece - 7 nights
Available May to July, September to October
There is a good reason why, when people speak of Santorini, they have a difficult time finding the words to describe its beauty. Active Gourmet Holidays is pleased to exclusively offer this incredible culinary journey to our clients. While on this spectacular island you will enjoy cooking classes to learn about the Greek cuisine and will also learn about the oldest vineyards in the world through wine education and tastings. You will stay in a beautiful superior hotel and will even have a sunset sailing tour to see the island from another vantage point. It doesn't get any better than this!

March 2016 News ApuliaEnchanting Apulia
Apulia, Italy - 5 nights
Available year round  
This enchanting region of southern Italy is a destination that you do not want to miss. It is located in the south eastern tip of the Italian peninsula and forms the "heel" of the boot of Italy. Apulia (or "Puglia" in Italian) is one of the richest archaelogical regions in Italy. During this five night stay, you will stay in two four star accommodations. One hotel is located in a small village and the other is a historic mansion in the Salento region, the southernmost area. You will be able to experience the area through guided visits to points of interest and of course you will be immersed in the area by indulging in the delicious cuisine this area offers through cooking classes and tastings of local products.

March 2016 News - Cycling GourmetThe Cycling Gourmet
Tuscany, Italy- 6 nights  
Available year round

Join us in Tuscany for a memorable cycling holiday with gourmet experiences. This  tour is run by specialists in private custom luxury cycle tours throughout Tuscany and beyond. Choose the tour below or if you prefer we can design a custom or different tour for you and your group.

 Client Testimonial 
Jo Ann at AGH helped us to select the kind of tour we were looking for. On arrival we found our location, near Fongrave, France to be all that we had hoped. The house was a redone/redecorated, complete with pool, farm house from 1850. Our hostess was absoluely wonderful, looking to make our experience one filled with memories to cherish. She succeeded and then some. We already miss her! We can't think of anything to have made this experience any better. It was superb!
Mike and Pam P., Blue Ridge, Virginia
March 2016 News - Dordogne Patio 

 "We had the best time ever. Beautiful home to stay in, very warm welcome from our hostess and all her friends that we did the cooking/wine tasting with. You cook up these amazing meals, then the best part is you sit around the table in these lovely homes eating drinking telling stories and laughing. I would and I have already recommended this holiday. Top 10!!!
Plus the countryside is to die for.........I will be going back for sure. Many thanks...xx
Lexi C., Norfolk, United Kingdom
March 2016 News - Client Remark - Recipe 

"The trip was absolutely fabulous I loved it! I have the best time ever!
Thank you so much again for organizing this trip for me. I really appreciate it!"

Regina M., Shanghai, China

(Stuffed Squid)
Serves 4
(For the squid)                                                  
2 squid, 275g each                                           
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil                                
1 small onion, finely chopped                          
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped                        
50g Serrano ham, finely diced                          
75g long grain rice                                           
2 tbsp raisons chopped                                    
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
½ small egg, beaten
Plain flour for dusting
250ml white wine
1 bay leaf
(For the tomato sauce)
200g chopped skinned tomatoes (or canned)
cayenne pepper and paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
March 2016 News - Calamares Rellenos 

1.     Make the sauce. Heat the oil in a casserole large enough to take the squid. Cook gently the onion and garlic over a low heat. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper.
2.     Prepare the squid. Use the tentacles to pull out the body. Cut off the tentacles, discarding the eyes and everything below. Reach inside the pouch and pull out the gill, the transparent cartilage and discard. Chop the fins and rinse the bodies.
3.     Heat half the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic together. Add the ham and squid tentacles and fry. Off the heat, stir in the rice, chopped raisons and parsley. Season well and add the egg to bind the ingredients
4.     Spoon the mixture into the squid bodies and close the opening with a cocktail stick. Dry the bodies with kitchen paper, then flour them lightly. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and fry the squid turning until coloured on all sides.
5.     Remove the squid from the pan and arrange them in the tomatoes sauce. Add the wine and the bay leaf. Cover the casserole tightly and simmer for about 30 minutes, turning the squid over half way through cooking it. The sauce does not cover the squid completely.
6.     Serve the squid sliced into rings on the sauce and garnish with parsley leaves.


Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.732.5125
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 


"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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