Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It's been a while....

Time goes by so quickly...sometimes so fast that you can't keep up! 

I'm super excited to be leaving to go to Italy in a few hours!!!!!!!!!  I'm going on a cooking vacation!

Here's my itinerary:


Transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to medieval

hilltop village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio and

check into La Locanda Sul Lago hotel

Welcome aperitif and lunch

Relaxing afternoon followed by presentation of staff

and introduction to the Cookery Course

Exquisite welcoming dinner


Morning cooking class to learn the secrets of fresh

pasta, gnocchi, lasagna, tomato sauces and truffle


Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon visit to the Navelli Plateau in Abruzzo’s

world renowned 'Saffron Valley'

Dinner at 'Osteria Il Borgo Dei Fumari' restaurant


Leisurely morning with visit to Rocca Calascio,

Castel del Monte for the cheese and lunch at the

mountain rifugio on Campo Imperatore

Afternoon cooking class for main courses (agnello –

lamb), wild boar and dessert class (tiramisu and

pizzelle). This will roll into dinner.


Check out of La Locanda Sul Lago

Visit the town of Bucchianico for an olive oil tasting

Wine tasting and lunch at Claudio’s award winning

wine cellar

Onwards to our second gastronomic hotel, Villa

Danilo for welcome drinks and a delicious dinner



This morning will be dedicated to the preparation of

fine, yet simple, fish dishes

Lunch will be a true feast as we enjoy the fruits of

our morning's labour

As the sun starts to set we visit a nearby Agriturismo

(farm restaurant) in the hilltop village of Roio Del

Sangro. Here our hosts will entertain us with a

vegetarian cooking class followed by dinner on the



After breakfast, we set off to a nearby farm to make

our own mozzarella!

Lunch at the hotel followed by a relaxing afternoon

Late afternoon 'Frui style' truffle hunt with the local

hunters, complete with a few glasses of Prosecco

while we sniff out those illusive white truffles...

Before dinner there’ll be a pizza making class

(Please note that the order of activities on this day is

subject to change)

After breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts at Villa

Danilo and head to

ward the town of Sulmona on
market day
Lunch in Sulmona

After lunch transfer to Rome airport, arriving at 6pm

Then I'm off to Athens, Greece for 3 days!!  Whoo hoo!  I can hardly wait ;)