Travel is all about exploring, discovery and culture - and, of course, gastronomy! From local eateries to grand restaurants, it's always a delight to try out some of the best dishes from around the world. When your holiday comes to an end, why not recreate your culinary experiences at home? Spicy dishes from Asia, sumptuous French desserts or exotic flavours from South America: learn how to make them all yourself!
When thinking about Italian cooking, pasta's always a main player. Spaghetti, tagliatelle, orecchiette, penne, lasagne: there are as many varieties as there are recipes! As part of your stay in beautiful Florence, visit the city's market where you can take part in a class at MaMa Cooking School. You'll soon be a pasta expert. Afterwards, you head back to the Mercure Firenze Centro. From the panoramic balcony of your luxury room, dazzled by Florence's rooftops, and with plenty of foodie ideas, you are guaranteed the sweetest dreams.
In Seminyak, one of the most beautiful beach destinations on the island of Bali. From on-trend restaurants to authentic street food, you'll find the best that Indonesian cuisine has to offer, from the famous nasi goreng to delicious mie ayam. You leave your room at the splendid Royal Beach Seminyak hotel and take a leisurely stroll to the "Nia cooking class" locale. Over the next three hours, you'll learn all about satay, the traditional condiment of Southeast Asia, which goes perfectly with a grilled fish dish. With your appetite primed, you know exactly what to order tonight at the hotel's seafront restaurant!
A deliciously squidgy treat made with almonds, the macaron has been a firm favourite with the French since the Middle Ages. But don't be fooled by its simple appearance - it involves a particularly complicated culinary technique! While staying at the Mercure Hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, book a class at La Cuisine Paris to learn all about these delicious bites. When you get home, you can surprise and delight your friends with your new-found talents!
Vatapa, moqueca, brigadeiro: Brazil's gastronomic specialities are almost endless - and utterly delicious. While in Rio, take the chance to learn all about the famous feijoada. Described as a "Brazilian stew", this dish with black beans and pork has a surprising combination of flavours. Find out all there is to know at a cooking class at Cook in Rio, before digesting it all in the incredible comfort of the Mama Shelter Rio hotel.
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