Cooking Classes & Food Tours

Cooking classes and food tours around the world

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi is a jolt to the senses. It welcomes you in with its intoxicating smells, exotic and strange sights. At the same time warning signals go off, cautioning you to hold the place at a distance. There are the dense traffic with an endless sea of motorbikes seeming to follow absolutely no observable rules and […]
on November 6, 2015
Silom Cooking School Bangkok

Bangkok’s Best Flavors Brought Home

Some cooking classes that I’ve attended are memorable because of the food. Others linger in my mind because of the giant personality of the chef. This particular class at the Silom Cooking School in Bangkok, Thailand stands out because it had a large, delicious serving of both. Our chef for today’s class was Jay. From the […]
on October 27, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Istanbul Street Food

Istanbul is a food city. Thousands of restaurants serve delicious Turkish specialties, from a huge array of mezzes (appetizers) to delicacies like stews cooked in clay pots or salt-baked fish. However, some of the best food can be found on the street, hawked by vendors calling you over as you walk in their general direction. We’ve gathered […]
Istanbul Food and Market Tour

Grit, Spice and Delights in Istanbul

Our arrival to Istanbul was less than ideal. Just after stepping out of the airport after about 30 hours of travel and getting into the queue for a taxi almost everyone started to pull out their cigarettes. Ugh. And then there was the hair -raising cab ride to our Airbnb apartment. (Sean leaned over and […]
on September 21, 2015
Cook in Rio Cooking Class

Crazy Fun Cooking Class In Rio

I read the email twice. It said “You will have a great time with Chef Simone, she is crazy fun.” That’s a lot to live up to (or down to, depending on how you define crazy). Our Chef, we learned, specializes in cooking with alcohol, flambé style. Whether she also cooks with alcohol IN her is […]
Prague River Bar

The Wine Drinker’s Survival Guide to Prague

Prague is a beer city. The Czech Republic is the largest consumer of beer in Europe, and the beer is good, cheap, and plentiful. Pilsner beer is named after the city of Pilsen, just over 50 miles from Prague. But, what do you do when you’re surrounded by beer, but craving a glass of wine? Fear […]
Danube River, Budapest, Hungary

Getting A Taste For Budapest

Have you ever eaten chocolate spiked with tarragon? Or gone to a restaurant where you get a canister of carbonated water that you are supposed to use to mix with your wine? Or eaten cottage cheese covered with chocolate? Then you haven’t been to Budapest. And until recently, neither had I. A Walking Food Tour of Budapest […]
Chef Parade Budapest

Hungry in Hungary? Traditional Cooking in Budapest

Before heading to Budapest for the first time, I decided to track down a cooking class. This wasn’t unusual in itself. It’s always a good way to learn about the culture and the food in a new place (and get great restaurant recommendations from the chef – they always know where to eat). But in […]

Getting the Best Tastes of Prague in a Day

In my opinion, there are a few elements that are necessary to have a fantastic day in a new place. The first includes being able to get out on foot, and take in the sights and sounds to get a feel of the place. Next, I like to find some of the foods that the […]
Cheese and stuffed peppers

Join the Party – Dining with Locals in Prague

One of the things about traveling for an extended period of time is that you miss out on the things “normal” people do. Getting together with friends, making dinner and having a few drinks, that sort of thing. What if there was a way to get invited to a dinner party, with great people and delicious […]