I know...right? 48 hours ago, a trip to Italy wasn't even on my radar, and now...BOOM! I'm headed to Italy in April for a culinary extravaganza in the Abruzzo region. Thanks to the good folks at Epitourean and the even discountier folks at Groupon, I'll be drinking wine, making pasta, truffle hunting, and drinking wine (ooops, did I already mention that?) in just a few short months. Guess I better get moving on that passport thing...
Lately, I've been feeling a wee bit stagnant. Work is good, home is good, Munchie the Wonder Puggle is good, but I've felt the need to get my creative juices flowing. And nothing has been cutting the mustard around here.
Lo and behold, this trip falls into my lap (or more so my email) thanks to a most excellent friend, a willing and way more than capable savvy traveler decides to join me and I'm off! A huge thank you to John for not saying "How are you paying for this?" or "Who will take care of the kids?" Nope. He said, "You should totally do this. It's a great idea! Just what you need." Thanks honey. :)
Want a taste of what I'm doing? Check this out:
Cooking classes: During a pasta-making class, you’ll
learn to craft your own gnocchi, cavatelli, and chitarra. Later on, the
Palazzo's sommelier will conduct a lesson on the art of pairing food
and wine. Chefs will also demonstrate preparations for classic Italian
sauces, and during a dessert-making class, you’ll enjoy sweet bites
alongside regional liquors. Last but not least, you will also make
authentic Abruzzo-style pizza and appetizers. In the peasant food and biscotti
class students learn old-world recipes. In addition to a vegetarian dish
you'll create an almond biscotti.
Truffle hunting and salami-plant tour: The group will learn how salami is made on a tour of the plant. Truffle-sniffing dogs assist in a morning truffle hunt.
Excursion to Vasto:
On a day trip to Vasto, an ancient settlement on the Adriatic coast, the
tour swings through the historical center of Vasto, stops at Piazza
Rossetti for shopping, visits a unique Trabocco fishing house, and is
topped off with a “Taste of the Adriatic” seafood lunch.
During an afternoon excursion to the inland town of Agnone, you’ll
observe the artisanal techniques used to make mozzarella, ricotta, and
For a novice traveler, this looks to be the perfect way to dip my toe in the water of European travel, and man oh man, I cannot wait! This is not my usual M.O. I'm careful and thoughtful about where I go and what I do, but this, I don't think it's even real yet.
Want me to bring you back a treat?