Top 5 Tours … to Sample Food of The World

15th June 2017
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With the Cheltenham Food Festival last weekend, a glass of wine in one hand and an exotic dish in the other, it got us thinking … ‘what is the best part of a trip away?’

… is it the sights, learning some of the local language, walking in the steps of ancients … or could it be getting hands on with the local culture and sampling some of the traditional food and delicacies?

So why not indulge all your senses as we’ve put together a list of our top tours for the best exotic cuisines out there.

A speciality Andante Travels is known for is not only expanding your mind, but waistlines too!

 

1. Tanzania & Zanzibar

 

Tanzania & Zanzibar

 

As we follow in the footsteps of the East African explorers, Burton and Livingstone, we look out for vast herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo on our game drive… and boy does that work up an appetite!

It’s a good thing the locals have the traditional meal of ugali. It comes highly recommended by our team, ‘so filling, yet so simple!’ The hands-on ugali doubles up as a scoop as you use it to dip into stews or wrap around pieces of meat… and if you have any left it can be eaten with tea the next morning.

And would it be possible to travel to Africa without trying the ultimate bush delicacy? That is smoked zebra strips, served with a side of salad no less. Here is a little something to whet your appetite, the ‘sweeter than beef” meat with a “subtle game flavour’ is even a healthy option too, being just one tenth of the fat found in beef!

 

2. Israel and Palestine

 

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

 

This ancient land has felt the tread of conquerors and settlers: Canaanites, Israelites, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans and Imperial Britons, all of whom have left their signature…. dish.

In the ‘Land of Milk and Honey’ not only do you delight over dinners joined by leading local archaeologists, but the mezza style dishes let you sample many of the local tastes and flavours at the same time!

The most efficient way to sample those traditional delicacies… why have one, when you can have many?

 

3. Northern Tuscany- Food off the Beaten Track 

 

Tuscany Sunset

There are some traditional Italian dishes that are known all across the world, but have you ever tried making them where they originated?

Have a go at your very own Italian cookery class in the heart of the Mediterranean. At Montagna Verde Agriturismo (Green Mountain Farmhouse to you and me), find yourself 660 meters above sea level, a picturesque place to make a traditional pie, just in time for lunch.

A private guided tour takes you through the marble quarries of Carrara before a wander through olive groves in the afternoon, with a tasting as an appetiser for dinner.

 

4.Turin Festive Food

 

Surrounded on three sides by the towering Alps and Apennine mountains, enjoy a picturesque Christmas. Before we get too merry, we explore the wine cellars of Canelli and descend beneath Alba to the remains of the Roman and medieval city below.

And what other Christmas surprises do we have in store? Only the pièce de résistance of Christmas, as we watch chocolate being made and afterwards walk it off exploring the Porta Palatine.

You can’t have too much of a good thing, so from sweet to savoury, have a go at making your own ‘panissa’, the local rice dish, which we enjoy for lunch.

Just make sure you leave plenty of room as Christmas Eve we’re joined by a wine expert who will lead us in a tasting of the region’s best local food and wine. After a suitably leisurely start to Christmas Day, you’ll be met by a glass of Bicerin – a delicious chocolate drink - before a walk to Mole Antonelliana tower for a panoramic view over the city before our Christmas lunch.

 

5. Festive Food in Bologna

 

Discover the home of tagliatelle, tortellini, mortadella, ragù and 'La Grassa’ - the Fat City of Italy, with its towering medieval edifices and the best of Italian cuisine.

While exploring the archaeological remains and gastronomic history of Bologna we hunt for truffles along the way. We enjoy a private rendezvous with a local tartufaio who will introduce you to the secrets of truffle hunting.

To satisfy even the most voracious of appetites for food and history, you’ll see and taste the region’s most famous cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, produced at an artisan factory. Can you have cheese without wine? We think not. Afterwards, we visit a vineyard where sparkling red and white wines are produced, to put the final cherry, or grape, on top.

 

 

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