Foodie Adventure V: CORTONA

If you have followed Lulu’s Musings for a while, you’ll know that one of our favorite travels is Chef Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventures. The hubby and I have joined him and his wife in France, Spain and three different locations in Italy to enjoy touring and cooking.

Always one of the treats of the adventure is where we stay. This trip our base is a lovely villa near Cortona in Tuscany where the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed. Right outside outside my window are glimpses that remind me of the film.

What happens on a Foodie Adventure is that we see the sites during the day, and if you’ve ever been to Italy you know there’s no shortage of fascinating places to visit.

After a full day, the group, usually 16 to 20, returns to join Chef Michael in the kitchen to prepare the evening meal. Believe me, it takes all of us to prepare the four courses, and somehow Chef Michael keeps an eye on all and gives helpful hints so that we get everything just right.

Presentation is ever so important to Chef, and by the end of the week all of us improve our plating skills.

In addition to everything else, ladies find some time for shopping. Every little town has something tempting to drain the wallet of euros to the chagrin of hubbys.

No place is more costly than The Mall, a famous outlet for designer clothes. Even at discount prices Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, etc. are priced higher than I am comfortable paying.

While the shopping is going on, you can be sure the men find a good place for gelato!

As the week goes on I’ll share with you some of my favorite parts of the Foodie Adventure and maybe even a recipe or two from Chef Michael’s kitchen. I hope you will join me.

I so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

13 thoughts on “Foodie Adventure V: CORTONA

  1. We meet up in Milan, then head to Parma (where I’ve never been), followed by Florence (which I love, Love, LOVE!), and I think Sienna. Really… is there a bad place for food in Italy?

    1. Enjoy. Sounds like you are eating rather than cooking.😉

  2. Looks like a delicious holiday. We, too are heading to Italy for a gastronomic tour. We are travelling with Canadian chefs Anna and Michael Olson. Hope our trip is half as much as yours looks like it was!

    1. You are sure to have a wonderful experience. Where will you be?

  3. Looks wonderful! Enjoy every minute and thanks for sharing with us!

  4. Teresa S. Fowler April 20, 2018 — 8:15 pm

    What an adventure!

  5. Linda, what a fabulous trip! Cooking in Tuscany would be wonderful! Enjoy~

  6. One more amazing adventure, Linda! The photos already have me thinking about a trip back to Italy.

  7. It all looks incredibly fabulous! How amazing to be staying in that dreamy spot!!’

  8. Fabulous and delicious photos, Linda. What hit the shopping bag while shopping? What a fun, fun adventure.

  9. If you buy that white blouse get one for me too in XL! It is stunning!

    Sent from my iPad


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