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Aug 30, 2008 11:31 PM

Culinary vacation for single woman

I'm 31, female, newly single and want to spend a week or so during Christmas on a culinary adventure. good idea? any suggestions on where to go to, in the US or otherwise? or should i postpone this vacation until after the holidays?

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  1. (if europe)
    What about Spain ? You can get a good amount of great food in and around Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona and San Sebastian, and since there's a lot of good Tapas places, it's fun for a single person.

    (if north america, preaching for my own city)
    What about Montreal ? Never mind the weather, it's a fun time to be around! tons of smaller restaurants, bistros, and a few top notch restaurants. you could also spend one day (night) in Quebec City

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    1. re: Maximilien

      I looked into Spain for Christmastime last year and was turned off by the long commute times between cities. I ended up choosing Italy instead because it was much easier to get from one place to another. The great thing about going to Italy at this time is that it is not busy at all and you'll have plenty of time to sightsee and eat all the yummy food you want. The only issue to be concerned with if you go to Rome is that there are some seedy areas that I did not feel comfortable walking through at night alone. That can be avoided by carefully picking your hotel. Everywhere else I visited was fine to walk around alone at night.

    2. Blackberry Farm? I'm a single girl and I think this would be a nice trip. It is on my list of things to do. But some may find the mountains of East Tennessee boring.

      1. Were it not for the time of year I'd suggest one region only: Tuscany, Tuscany, Tuscany. It has what you need and expect such as wine tours, terrific restaurants, and beautiful vistas. There are also many cooking schools for vacationers. Wait for post-holiday warmth.

        1. New Orleans was the first place that came to mind. Some of the best food I've ever had.

          1. If it's wintertime, how about Santa Fe, NM?

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I have to second NM! I went about two years ago (as a single woman who likes to travel) to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. Had a great time! Lots of great sites, a memorable farmer's market, and a wonderful little winery. Would definitely recommend this in the fall/winter.

              To the Montreal poster - please post more! I've been wanting to go to Montreal but have been a bit put off because I just don't see the city as single-woman friendly for some odd reason. Please change my mind! :)

              1. re: luvsseattle

                Where did you end up in Santa Fe? I really enjoyed Compound (great sweet pea soup) and Pasqual's (the Tamal Dulce was amazing).

                1. re: luvsseattle

                  luvs who's the Montreal poster?

                  I did a long weekend in Montreal last fall to visit my neice, however she worked and such while I was there, so I made my way around quite easily on my own ! I ate out, did the markets, and the museum of art etc....and felt perfectly safe, even once when I got lost ! Plus, if you're anything like me.....the shopping alone will sell you !! There are SO many fantastic shops there.

                  1. re: luvsseattle

                    Luvsseattle, I can help Maximilien out on the Montreal thing. I am also in Montreal, and I can tell you that this is one of the safer big cities in the world. It is very easy to get around by public transportation (except during a snow storm, then it is an adventure), and I feel very safe wandering around on my own, even at night. Cabs are easy to get, there are a lot of people around, it is easy to stay in well-lit populated places, there is little violent crime (mostly non-violent crime like bike and car thefts.)

                    Re: Food in Montreal over Christmas and New Year - this is the big retail time for stores, so with the exception of Christmas evening and New year's day, lots of places remain open, some of the restos even offer lunch as a special seasonal thing, the food scene is bustling. There will be special breads, products, meats, cheeses on offer because at Christmas people go out a lot for special meals, and cook special meals and ingredients. If you are staying for longer than 3-4 days, you may want to consider staying at a place with a kitchenette so you can take advantage of some of the wonderful special Christmas products like fois gras that starts popping up for sale, usually prepared in house by the store, or the fresh glazed candied chestnuts, the special occasion lait cru cheeses. Anyhow, it is nice to have a place where you can have an occasional break from all the rich meals being served in restos.

                    1. re: luvsseattle

                      Santa Fe Culinary School offers demos, hands-on classes, and eating tours around town. The specialize in Southwestern and Mexican foods. We are planning to go next month.