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Omar Silingardi’s post entitled “In Search of Marco Polo” on Princess Cruises Travel Bucket List of Essential Experiences caused me to reflect on how Marco Polo’s travels had a great influence on the culinary world as we know it.  Omar tells us how annual trips to his ancestral town of Modena, Italy involve visiting with family and enjoying traditional Italian home cooking.  I don’t think life gets any better than great cooking enjoyed in picturesque settings like Modena.

If you like the sound of that, you might enjoy a culinary adventure of your own in Tuscany!  Check out our sample itinerary….At Celebrations International Travel, we customize all culinary tours to suit your needs, preferences, budget, and timeframe.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll even consider combining a Princess cruise with a custom culinary tourContact us for more information.

Voterra in Tuscany, Italy

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Following our string of Italian-themed tweets this morning, I thought this would be a good day to write about Christmas food traditions in Italy, one of our culinary tour destinations.  On Thanksgiving, my family and friends enjoyed a Marsala-infused gravy with our turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.  Our friends are still talking about it!  That was our “Italian-inspired” twist for that meal.

My fellow tweep and travel writer Barry Frangipane has great ideas on Christmas in Italy and Italian food and wine.  One of his tweets from this morning reads:

How do they celebrate Christmas in Venice? I found out: http://bit.ly/NOELvc

Also, I really like this video clip from Food Network’s “The Best Of” celebrating Christmas Eve at Aldo’s in Baltimore’s Little Italy.

Another fellow tweep and foodie, @foodiephotos, who runs the Web site Refrigerator Soup has some great photos and recipes on her site.  Check out this beautiful panettone, a traditional Italian holiday cake.  Refrigerator Soup posts photos of food submitted by food bloggers.  A great “foodie” and culinary resource!

Here’s to a joyous (and tasty!) holiday season.  Contact Celebrations International Travel to start planning your custom culinary tour today!

This tweet just caught my attention:

@FoodieDownUnder “Tomato&oregano make it Italian,wine&tarragon make it French.Sour cream makes it Russian.Soy sauce makes it Chinese;garlic makes it good.”

These words got me thinking:   So true it is that certain foods and culinary traditions are automatically associated with certain countries and cultures.  On the other hand, is it fair to say that sometimes these associations can be somewhat stereotypical, or simply the result of pop culture’s influence?

Example:  Many people commonly associate soy sauce with Chinese food because it’s what we get with Chinese take-out.  But how many of us would automatically think of Japanese food when it comes to soy sauce?  I think we sushi lovers would be in a fine mess without it!

For the record, yes, I agree, garlic makes it good!  Almost dinnertime at my house!

I just saw the following tweet:

msnbc_travel: Steves: Tuning in to tasty Italy http://bit.ly/T8gh3

“Tuning in to a tasty Italy”.  I couldn’t agree more with that heading.  In my opinion, tuning in to the food, wine, culinary traditions and heritage of a destination is one of the best ways to get to know a place, its people, and their culture.   When a native tells you about his or her country, you’re more apt to hear “My grandma used to make this dish.” or “My family went there every summer and every holiday,” as opposed to something that sounds like they’re reading out of a textbook.

These are the types of experiences that we as travelers collect, remember, and cherish.   To inspire more thoughts on food and travel to Italy, see our Tuscany Culinary Tour sample itinerary.

Let us know what you think, what your idea of an ideal trip to Italy is, and what your favorite Italian dishes are!


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