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The best beach vacation you’ve never heard of…

As the days get longer and the sun slowly starts to appear, visions of summer start dancing in our heads. Beaches. Cookouts. Drinks!

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Many summer vacation daydreams conjure up images of Hawaii or some other tropical beach locale. And that’s great. But what about… Puglia?

This hidden Italian gem is actually the ideal place for a beach vacation and, when you travel with Edible Destinations, you find yourself on the culinary vacation of a lifetime, surrounded by the Southern Italian sun, sand and sea. Read on to see what we’re talking about.

The Beach

A beach is a strict requirement for a proper beach vacation and boy does Puglia deliver. Framed by the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the west, Puglia is located at the southern heel of the boot. The water here is known as some of the bluest and clearest in the world, a sight for the sorest eyes. To take full advantage of this beach bounty, enjoy unlimited access to an exclusive beach club as part of your Edible Destinations culinary trip.

Ancient Caves

Some people need a little more than just lying in the sun, and active exploration is an exciting way to enhance a beach vacation. In Puglia, you have unique opportunity to explore wondrous caves, many of which are thousands of years old, on both the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Take guided boat tours to these natural marvels and elevate your experience with a cave swim!

Cuisine

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Beach vacation or no, this is Italy. Here, food is an expression of love there is great flavor to be found all through the country. Cucina Pugliese, the Puglia region’s cuisine, is defined by simple enhancements to the fresh ingredients found in the fertile land and bountiful sea. You’ll learn all about Cucina Pugliese through hands-on cooking classes and authentic meals enjoyed with a glass of wine and new friends.

There is certainly much more to discover, appreciate and enjoy about a summertime Puglia culinary vacation by the beach. We could go on forever about the people, the gorgeously restored accommodations and the exciting cultural offerings like the traditional Pizzica dance or the beautiful Basilica di Santa Croce. But, rather than take our word for it, we suggest you make your summer daydreams a reality and book this trip of a lifetime…

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Five amazing things you’ll experience on a Costa Rican culinary vacation

When planning a culinary vacation, Costa Rica may not be the first place that comes to mind. However, this lush, tropical gem is a feast for all the senses, offering culinary travelers a wide variety of tastes and adventures. Read on to learn about some of the exciting, tasty and beautiful things you’ll experience on a vacation with Edible Destinations.

5. A whimsical–and active–volcano

One stop on your Costa Rican culinary adventure vacation is Volcán Irazú, an active volcano near San Jose. Its slopes are home to potato, onion, cabbage and dairy farms and its camera-ready summit will delight your eyes with dazzling, rain-fed mineral pools.

4. A coffee farm that is so much more

 

Visit Finca Cristina, a small, organic coffee farm dedicated not only to delicious, shade grown coffee, but also conservation and sustainability. Unlike traditional coffee farms, Finca Cristina plants and grows coffee in harmony with the natural ecosystem, providing a home for myriad species of birds, butterflies, amphibians, orchids and other flora and fauna. The result is great coffee with a clean conscience; taste with abandon!

3. A Caribbean cooking class

One of the best ways to understand a culture is through its food and, really, a culinary vacation wouldn’t be complete without a regional cooking class. Expand your epicurean horizons with a hands-on Caribbean cooking class, led by a local expert. Pay attention in class, though, as this meal serves as your dinner!

2. Chocolate, glorious chocolate

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Get an in-depth look at chocolate through the lens of the Bribri, an indigenous people of Costa Rica. This immersive experience will show you how Cacao is planted, harvested and turned into the tempting treat we all know and love. Purchase a bar of chocolate or another handmade craft to bring home and share your experience.

1. Adventure!

Along with all the culinary fare, enjoy a Costa Rican adrenaline rush in the form of zip lining, river rafting, waterfall hiking and more! The country’s landscape is rife with opportunities for you to get out and get moving, and we were sure to include these in your culinary vacation, ensuring a well-rounded, complete Costa Rican experience.

What are you waiting for? Get out there!

Epitourean’s Friday Five: Yucatán Peninsula

Epitourean’s weekly Friday Five turns its attention on all things Yucatán, a vibrant culinary region on Mexico’s beautiful Caribbean coast. Our first pick is the Hacienda Petec, a stunning Spanish colonial compound where we are thrilled to bring our travelers. The Hacienda, which is close to the the Yucatán capital of Mérida, is engulfed in lush, tropical trees and flowers, and offers amazing cooking classes and spa treatments.

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Mérida

Mérida‘s immense historical center is a veritable melting pot of Spanish, Mexican and regional Caribbean influences. This is evident in its varied architectural styles, and of course, its fabulous cuisine. The main produce market in the city is the place to discover the large variety of Yucatecan cuisine, also influenced by Middle Eastern, European and Caribbean culinary cultures to names a few.

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Rio Secreto

Epitourean loves the Rio Secreto for its amazing natural beauty, and because its an easy and fun day adventure to do with groups or solo. One of the world’s environmental wonders, you could spend the entire day here plashing around in the warm, blue water and taking in the cave’s awesome stalactites and stalagmites.

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Costamaya Beach

Xcalak is considered one of the last sections of beachfront Yucatán that is unspoiled by aggressive development. The white sand beaches are quiet, and the seas are as clear and blue and clean as anywhere in the Caribbean. Xcalak is also a popular spot for adventure sports, like snorkelling , scuba diving and fly fishing.

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Chichén Itzá

Over 1.2 million travellers from all over the world come to Mexico to visit the magnificent Mayan pyramids and ruins of Chichén Itzá. It’s one of the Yucatán region’s treasures, and best seen in the early morning or closer to closing time at sunset when the heat and sunshine are more bearable.

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Intrigued? Experience these wonders with someone you love using our TWO for ONE Yucatán promotion.

 

Yucatán Essentials

One of the greatest pleasures of travel is discovering new and delicious things to eat. Epitourean loves Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula for this simple reason, and we’ve drummed up a list of some of the essential dishes and drinks to try while here.

Pollo Pibil is a Yucatán staple of marinated chicken wrapped in a banana leaves and baked. The tangy marinade called achiote isn’t spicy, and is typically prepared with sour orange juice, cumin, garlic, peppercorns and salt. There is a pork version of this recipe too called conchinita pibil, which is equally delicious.

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Panuchos and Salbutes

Panuchos and Salbutes are essentially cooked tortillas topped with shredded chicken, onions and lettuce. The only difference between the two are that Panuchos are made with tortillas filled with refried beans. These are the best bar snacks and appetizers.

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Lime Soup

Aside from being inherently delicious, Lime Soup is said by locals to be the ultimate cure for hangovers and colds. This simple dish is prepared with very few ingredients: shredded chicken, broth, strips of fried tortillas, and lots and lots of lime juice.

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Papadzules

Papadzules are simply tortillas stuffed with chopped hard boiled eggs and then smothered in a pumpkin seed sauce. It’s not the lightest dish you can order in the Yucatán, but it is possibly one of the most comforting.

Frijol con Puerco is a typical Monday lunch of big chunks of pork cooked slowly with black beans and served with rice. Sometimes you see this dish garnished with thin radish slices, cilantro, or avocado, but this varies depending on the restaurant.

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Michelada

A michelada is a classic Yucatán drink, and widely consumed across most of Mexico. It’s really just a dressed up beer, seasoned with lime, salt, pepper, Maggi seasoning, Tabasco sauce, and Worchestershire sauce. It’s a great drink for those who like salt, and another fail proof cure for hangovers in Mexico.

To celebrate Mexico’s rich and beautiful Yucatán, Epitourean is offering a week long promotion on some of the amazing culinary experiences the we offer throughout the region.

Epitourean’s Friday Five: New York City

Introducing Epitourean’s Friday Five where we pick our favorite spots in any city on our radar. Today we wrap up our week of celebrating the great American metropolis of New York City. Here are some of the places we love to visit.

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New York’s new High Line Park on the disused tracks of the city’s old West Side Line is one of Manhattan’s most important urban regeneration projects in the last 20 years. We love it for several reasons: it’s free! and offers visitors a heightened perspective of the city between downtown Gansevoort Street and 34th street by the Javits Convention Center. The nearly 1.5 mile elevated promenade is covered in beautiful gardens and trees, and wide spaces where people can lounge in the sun, listen to live music and grab a bite to eat.

Open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Union Square Farmer’s Market is a joy to visit. Farmers from all over New York state bring their seasonal, organic produce and stack them in big beautiful heaps. It’s here where many New York chefs come to do their restaurant shopping, and the market also hosts producers of products like baked goods, ciders and cheeses.

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The Strand is a totem to New York’s few surviving old school book stores. Its claim to fame is that it holds over 18-miles of books packed into the three floors. Epitourean travellers will find everything from rare and collectable reads to a fabulous range of cookbooks and food writing.

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We suggest The Kimberly Hotel because we love the rooms, the location and it’s part of our Big Apple Package. We love that it is conveniently nearby trains that quickly bring travellers uptown to museums or downtown to restaurants. The hotel’s rooftop lounge is one of our favorite spots to chill out after a long day and relax with a view.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art recently opened near Chelsea Markets, the High Line Park and all of the downtown bars, restaurants and shopping that we encourage travellers to explore. Designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano, the museum holds one of the largest US collections of American Art, and offers great views of the Hudson River and Manhattan.

Our Big Apple Package is an excellent introduction to this and more of the NYC’s endless delights.

Discovering Historic Chelsea Market

Travellers to New York City typically carve out time to check out one of the world’s greatest food halls, Chelsea Market. Over six million visitors throng the market each year to shop for fresh produce and seafood, or nosh on everything from soups and BBQ to Thai noodles and sushi. The place is always teaming with people fuelling up on coffee and bagels in the mornings, and hoards of local office workers stream in throughout the day to pick up lunches and dinners. Chelsea Market is also home to broadcasting companies like the Food Network and Oxygen Network, who film from their studios here.

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What most people love about Chelsea Market is that it is now part of New York’s architectural heritage. Once the headquarters of NABISCO, the building is said to be the birth place of Oreo cookies, among other iconic American baked goods. The old brick industrial building that Chelsea Market occupies is part of the Gansevoort Market Historic District, once an important district for heavy industry and manufacturing in the city. Many of the industrial buildings in the neighborhood are gone or repurposed into high end shopping boutiques , bars and restaurants. Chelsea Market enjoys prime Manhattan real estate, sharing the neighbourhood with the High Line Park and cultural attractions like the new Whitney Museum of American Art. 

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Epitourean.com loves to celebrate New York City’s food culture and checkered history. As part of our latest promotion, A Big Bite of the Big Apple, we are thrilled to offer a Chelsea Market and Meatpacking District Foodie Tour showcasing some of New York’s best sights, shopping and tastes.

 

Postcard from Istria

Notes from Istria from an Epitourean traveller and what he and his travel companion found along their journey. We had so many extraordinary experiences during our trip to Istria.  Our favourite was biking on the Parenzana Trail. The former train tracks are now a great hiking and biking trail that snake through Istria’s interior woodlands. We had a birds eye view of the region’s hill towns and countryside. We chose a downhill path that led us to local honey producer’s, Medea. The owners treated us to a 45-minute honey tasting before we crossed the street to have one of the best truffle-themed meals of our lives at Zigante.

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For us the point of this trip was to learn about and taste as many local specialities as we could. Out of these, our wine tasting at Kzlovic Wine Estate was phenomenal, and in such a beautiful location. We also learned a lot about local olive oils when we visited Vodnjan Chiavalon Olive Oil Estate. Epitourean brought us to see about a dozen other outstanding Istrian food, wine and beer producers. I think we caught the best of what Istria has to offer.

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Of course we wanted to see some of the region’s stunning villages, coastal towns and port cities. We stopped into Porec for the day, where the urban landscape is a wonderful mash up of Roman, Baroque, modern and and contemporary architecture. Rovinj was nothing less than dreamy and walkable, and a gorgeous seafront town. The hill top enclave of Groznjan, with its art galleries and incredible vistas of surrounding green hills, was one of the most charming places we’ve every visited. We will be back for certain.

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Has this postcard piqued your Istrian interest? Click here to book your journey to the Truffle Epicenter.

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On the Truffle Hunt in Istria

Discovering Istria’s Bounty of Truffles

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Istria’s Motovun Mountains are one of the world’s largest sources of coveted black and white truffles. Only here, where Epitourean offers a range of fabulous culinary and outdoor excursions, are these delicious and pricey tubers available to harvest nearly twelve months a year. Compare that with countries like France and Italy, places that many truffle lovers associate with the pungent fungus, but that have shorter and more defined harvest seasons. This is one tasty reason that Istria clocks on our culinary radar. Here, chefs grate black truffles on pasta in the middle of June and shave white truffles over eggs and risotto in late December and January. Even during the earliest spring days of March, Périgord truffles are found here, and some cooks prefer to slice them paper thin and slide them beneath the skins of chickens before they hit the roaster.

While there are many established, family run companies and independent hunters of this regional Istrian delicacy, one in particular has caught our attention. Epitourean built a strong partnership with Zigante, a family of expert truffle hunters that procure every variety of truffle known in the area and produce over 50 different truffle products, from truffle oils and spreads to truffle salami and cheeses. Their shop and restaurant are together the epicenter of truffle culture here in Istria. It is a lovely stopover where Epitourean brings clients to shop for and taste local truffle specialties once they’ve finished a gentle downhill bike ride on the bosky Parenzana Trail.

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Looking to get in on the hunt? Take advantage of our limited-time offer to visit Istria during white truffle season at a special, discounted rate.

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