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June News from Active Gourmet Holidays

Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Our June newsletter offers inspiring ideas for that culinary vacation you always wanted to take!


Our "Cook Like a Tuscan" cooking holiday features exceptional cooking instructors, delectable food, gorgeous views and fantastic accommodations. We invite you to treat yourself to this ever popular destination.  

Have you ever wanted to visit the incredible islands of Greece? How about considering our fabulous culinary escape "Cretan Delights"? Your host has a passion for Cretan cuisine and has a vast array of knowledge to make sure you experience authentic Greece.

And our "Gourmet Riojatour - Experience the unique gastronomy of Spain as well as fabulous wine tastings and education.

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Cook Like a Tuscan  
  June 2016 News Cook Like a Tuscan
Tuscany, Italy - 3, 5 or 6 nights
Available year round
Stay in a gorgeous 17th Century Relais & Chateaux property located in the quiet countryside of Tuscany, just over one mile from the beautiful walled Etruscan town of Cortona which has been written about in the very popular Frances Mayes books. Enjoy an unforgettable cooking vacation with hands-on cooking classes taught by the chef/owner or one of the restaurant chefs. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking panoramas of this famed area of Italy. This promises to be an incredible experience. Also, new for 2016 please inquire about our new and special cooking program featuring cooking classes in each of the restaurants at this gorgeous hotel. 

June 2016 Cretan DelightsCretan Delights 
Crete, Greece - 6 nights
Available year round   
Cretan cuisine is amongst the healthiest diet in the world. Through this six night cooking vacation you will hone your skills in the kitchen through hands on cooking lessons, learning seafood, casserole, meat, veggie dishes and more. Stay in a 150 year old lovingly restored Cretan stonehouse which is surrounded by breathtaking views, an unspoiled landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and vineyard valleys, located only 15 minutes from Heraklion City and 20 minutes from the airport.

June 2016 News Gourmet RiojaGourmet Rioja
Rioja/Basque, Spain- 5 nights  
Available year round

Here's your chance to get hands-on experience preparing the unique gastronomy of Rioja. Learn from an expert, make the food yourself and then sit down to enjoy the result. Three inspiring meals over five days with wine tasting, too, to find the best wine to crown your achievements. There will also be short tours of hilltop villages, the vine-laden hills and plains, bodegas and a visit to two legendary viticultural dynasties of Rioja. 

  Client Testimonial 
  "Every part of the trip was fantastic! Everyone was so gracious and friendly and prompt, so delightful. So many wonderful memories and recipes brought home to enjoy here, thanks again for organizing such a great trip."
Sandi and Daniel S., St. Augustine, Florida
(or "Kolokithokeftedes" in Greek)
(" Savoring Crete"  Program
This is a very popular and tasty appetizer starter or main dish in Crete and Greece, and they go perfectly with ouzo, beer or wine. Simple, easy to make it in minutes and you have a great meal. 

The perfect "Kolokithokeftedes" must be fried until extra crispy on the outside while still preserving their creamy and rich texture on the inside.

JUNE 2016 NEWS - Crete Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes 


1 large zucchini, grated 
1 onion, grated 
1 middle size potato grated 
1 middle size tomato cut in small cubes 
1 egg 
1 table spoon parsley, finely chopped 
1 table spoon mint, finely chopped 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 pinch ground black pepper 
½ cup all-purpose flour, or as needed 
Olive oil for frying 

Directions / Preparation: 

Grate the zucchini and squeeze with your hands to remove water. Put in a bowl the egg, the onion, the grated potato and tomato in small cubes and mix. Add the mint, the parsley, the pepper and the salt. Add the flour and mix again. Make small balls with the mixture and roll them in the flour. 

Heat the oil in a frying pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and fry the zucchini balls. Serve hot with tomatoes, yogurt, or a spread of your preference.  



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  


Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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