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Marrakesh, Morocco
While in Marrakech we took a four hour cooking class at a beautiful Riad just outside the old town center. The five of us spent the afternoon touring the spice markets, learning about traditional foods, and cooking a huge feast. My favorite part...
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73/5, Luang Prabang, Laos
The shamanic Tai-Lao people mastered the ikat tie-dye technique centuries ago, weaving a single, continuous silk thread into exquisitely patterned scarves. This three-day class gives the literal ins and outs of the process, from cocoon silk...
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571, Upper Meanjee Estate, Kannimariamman Kovil Street, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu 643101, India
India, land of color and contrast, can be a lot for a traveler to take in. The invigorating hustle and bustle of the cities can grow to be overwhelming, so every trip to India should have a mix of urban and country. After 10 trips to India...
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Wilson Road, Punta Gorda, Belize
Formerly Belcampo.

Each of the 16 rooms at Copal Tree Lodge is a spacious villa-style suite set on the edge of the jungle, which gives a sense of privacy and peacefulness. Guests shouldn't be surprised to see coatimundi, agouti, and other wildlife...
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Hotel Chocolat Estates Ltd., Soufriere, St Lucia
Alphonsus “Stan” Stanislas stretched a pole above our heads and slid it along a branch of a cacao tree. Using the blade at the end of the pole, he cut a squashlike pod from the tree, then scored it with a pocket knife to reveal a hive...
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Big Falls, Belize
While visiting Big Falls in Belize's Southern Toledo District, we visited a contemporary (English-speaking) Maya family. The family is currently working with a local lodge to create a sustainable tourism business model and welcome travelers into...
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25331 Trowbridge St, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
The Glass Academy is the instructive branch of the Furnace Design Studio, a glassblowing gallery and workshop in metro Detroit. Visitors can register for monthly classes and studio workshops that teach everything from beadmaking to beer mug design...
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Kishanpole, Jawahar Nagar, Khanjipeer, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
I travel to immerse myself in other cultures and, as I work in food, that often happens at the table. While in India, I was eating everything from street food to refined white tablecloth dining, but my favorite experience was the home-cooked food...
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Strada Comunale del Borghetto, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy
For two weeks, I volunteered as a WWOOFer at Podere Il Casale where after a day in the gardens, milking goats, or serving cheese tastings to tourists, we all gathered for a staff meal. We ate simple, delicious food like chestnut linguini with...
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7083 Purbach am Neusiedlersee, Austria
Are you passionate about wine? Love to be outdoors? Curious to learn what it takes to produce top-quality wine? Be a winemaker for a year! Rent your own grapevines and take care of them for a full year. A professional producer will help and guide...
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Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This former royal palace is one of the largest museums in the world, and its art collection is considered one of the most comprehensive. It contains around 400,000 works, although—mercifully, perhaps—not all are on display at any one...
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Zona Industrial, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
While in Cozumel Mexico this past November I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I had originally planned to visit Tulum Mayan ruins while our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel but INSTANTLY changed my mind when I found out we could participate in an...
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest and greatest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, it was reconstructed in 1867. Today, the palace grounds, filled with lotus ponds,...
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Calle Atravesada, Granada, Nicaragua
As a chocoholic, I rarely turn down an opportunity to eat chocolate, so I certainly couldn't turn down the opportunity to learn how to make chocolate. The Choco Museo in Granada is committed to making artisan chocolate where the cacao plant grows....
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Carretera 493 km 0.7 Bo. Carrizales, Hatillo, 00659, Puerto Rico
This woman-owned artisanal aged-cheese producer was on the front wave of what is an increasingly vibrant local food movement. Wanda Otero, a microbiologist, decided to start her business in part to offer Puerto Ricans an alternative to expensive...
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106 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Fran’s, Theo Chocolate, Dilettante, Chocolat Vitale…with the abundance of excellent Seattle chocolatiers, how can you hope to try them all in one visit? Chocolate Box simplifies your dilemma by bringing a variety of local chocolates and wines...
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Via S. Giuseppe, 5R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Tucked behind the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence is Scuola del Cuoio—the school of leather. To get into the school, one must go through the church's side door, walk under the church's tunnels, and climb up a nondescript set of stairs. There,...
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I did it. I cooked Udon noodles with my feet in Osaka. And it wasn't the least bit disgusting. It was, however, delicious. It was also one of three plates I made during a Japanese street food class that left me with five things: a full, happy...
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Jalan Hanoman, Desa Padang Tegal, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Anytime I visit a new place, I find my way to an open-air market in the morning. Ubud, Bali was no exception. I had only one day there (a decision I immensely regret), so I booked a cooking class that started out with a morning tour of the market...