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May 9, 2011 11:30 AM

foodie vacation...would love your suggestions!


i am planning to take a few weeks off in a row by myself at the end of may/beginning of june, and would love to hear your ideas for what types of foodie trips you would take.

i was thinking of signing up for a 3-5 day cooking class somewhere in california...or perhaps staying on a farm somewhere and eating super fresh foods and learning more about farming.

what trips have you taken in the past that you've loved? what trips would you love to take? thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. Charleston, SC might be a good spot for you. So many good seasonally and regionally sourced restaurants. A company called Bulldog Tours offers both culinary tours and kitchen tours.

    I didn't realize that Charleston was such a food destination until we got there. It was a nice surprise.

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    1. Won't work for you this time but if you want to try a similar experience in November sometime, this is an annual event:

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      1. re: ferret

        thanks for the link, next vaca :)

      2. Eat your way around Southeast Asia. So much amazing food in that part of the world.

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        1. re: boogiebaby

          Agree with boogiebaby - one could spend three weeks in Malaysia and just scratch the surface. Three weeks in Singapore would cover most places for most folks. It is very user-friendly, and single traveler-friendly. Malaysia requires a lot of driving.

          1. re: bulavinaka

            +1 for Singapore. Hands down the most food-tastic destination I have ever visited! And I didn't even know about hawker stands when I went!! Needless to say, I have to return!

            1. re: sarahe1

              Yeah, I get to Singapore once a year or so on business. I'm heading back next month and my taste buds can't wait. I've never done it for a vacation, but that has pluses and minuses. The minus is that I don't get to bring my wife, but the plus is, all my meals are on expense account!

        2. Last time DH and I went to Montreal we really loved the markets. So next trip we are renting an efficiency with a kitchen so we can enjoy some of the delicious meats and sausages we can't bring back over the US border. Having lunch out, shopping and then whipping up a local specialty for dinner is sometning I'm looking forward to. And I'm bringing my cast iron skillet and a few key spices with me.

          1. Mexico offers great cooking classes in San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara, Puebla, Oaxaca, other places. I have retired twice (?) in Mexico, to a large degree for the food, and I will again.

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            1. re: Veggo

              is it safe to go there? i know that there is a travel advisory for parts of mexico...

              1. re: melitoto

                Fair point. I am disheartened that violence has moved into such beautiful and heretofore tranquil areas as Michoacan. FWIW, the Yucatan with all its good eats has mercifully been spared, and today has a crime rate as low as that in Canada.

                1. re: melitoto

                  Depends on where you go, but by and large, for a tourist in areas away from the northern border, Mexico is safe. Veggo is right that the Yucatan has the lowest rate of narco related violence.

                  There are a couple of other Mexican options...Mexico City and Oaxaca. Between all the markets and great restaurants you could spend weeks eating your way around that town. Check out Nick Gilman's book and blog Good Food in Mexico City - . Mexico City is truly one of the great food cities of the world.

                  Oaxaca is another fantastic food oriented destination. Do Spanish immersion for a week and live with a Mexican family and see what and how they eat. Take classes with Susana Trilling at Season's of My Heart cooking school - or take classes with Pilar Cabrera at La Olla - . There is a different market worth visiting every day of the week. The Friday market in Ocotlan is a sprawling affair both inside and out. The Wednesday market in Etla a smaller more casual set-up. The Sunday market at Tlacolula a sea of Zapotec faces and goods. Learn how mezcal is made and how to drink it. Eat crickets and worms, or simply sit at one of the tables underneath the portales facing out onto the zocalo and watch the world go by.