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Philly Nosh 'n Shop ~ Saturday Sept. 12

Price: $80.00

Date: September 12, 2015

Let's spend a wonderful early fall day shopping and noshing in Philadelphia!We'll visit three different markets:

Reading Terminal Market: An enclosed market in Center City featuring over 100 vendors selling fish, meat, baked goods, produce, kitchenware, simply delicious prepared foods, ice cream, and everything else you can think of... there's nowhere else like it!

Rittenhouse Square Farmer's Market: Every Saturday Rittenhouse Square Park turns into one of the city's most beloved Farmer's Markets. Look forward to farm fresh produce, handmade chocolates, freshly baked breads and everything else you love about farmer's markets in Philadelphia's most iconic square.

On this stop, we'll also enjoy a cheese tasting at DiBruno Brothers, Philadelphia culinary pioneers since 1939, at their marvelous Chestnut Street location. Featuring a 300-square foot cheese cave, extensive charcuterie selection and gourmet groceries from around the world, this store is heaven on earth for all food lovers.

The Italian Market: South 9th St. is a legendary Philadelphia street boasting fantastic butchers, spice shops, Italian specialty stores, some of the best sandwiches in the city (if you're hungry be sure to stop in at Paesano's!), homemade pasta shops and more. Also be sure to check out the charming kitchenware shop, Fante's.

The neighborhood surrounding The Italian Market,  America's oldest continuously running outdoor market, was once full of Italian immigrants - today their descendants still live in the area but they've been joined by a hearty Mexican and Asian population. This has added more even more fantastic flavors to a neighborhood that already knew how to cook. Let's enjoy the famous tomato pie at Sarcone's, bakers of Philly's most beloved Italian bread as well as delicious butter cookies. Have a taco from Taqueria Veracruzana - though there are dozens of Mexican restaurants in this part of the city, Philadelphia residents almost always go here when they want a good taco. We'll also pick up a fresh summer roll at Nam Phuong, considered by some in the Vietnamese community to be the best representation of their cuisine in the whole tri-state area.

From the Italian Market we'll continue to the heart of South Philly where we'll swing by Cosmi's Deli – we think they have the best cheesesteaks in the city and what's a food tour of Philly without a cheesesteak? - on our way to Termini Bakery where the delightful Vincent Termini Sr. will regale us with a tour of his family's 92 year old bakery, followed by an afternoon coffee and of course some sweet treats. 

Lastly, we'll stop in Old City to visit Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionary, two unique sweet spots that are sure to put a smile on your face. Franklin Fountain is an early 1900's-style ice cream saloon and soda fountain, serving handmade ice cream, shakes, splits and fountain sodas. Just next door is Shane Confectionary - the oldest candy store in America, recently purchased by the same brothers behind Franklin Fountain and just as deeply steeped in historical tradition and reverence for doing things "old school."

All food mentioned in the itinerary is included in the trip price.

Muffin & juice served on the way and wine and a snack on the return.

Departs from Quakertown and Plymouth Meeting.

You'll receive an email a week before the trip with full departure information & everything else you need to know for a great day in Philadelphia!

Don't forget your cooler!

Available Spaces: 50

Basque for Bon Vivants ~ September 27 - October 5

Price: $3475.00

Date: September 26, 2015

This trip is full. Please stay tuned for more exciting travel opportunities with The Cooking Cottage & Onward Travel or visit to see what's up next....

Peggi Clauhs of The Cooking Cottage invites you to join her along with Onward Travel in Spain this autumn! The Basque Country is a fiercely independent region with hundreds of miles of coastline along the Bay of Biscay. The Euskaldunak people are characterized by their own language and culture, and a society built around the appreciation of food and wine.

San Sebastian

San Sebastian

 To spend a week exploring Basque Country from end to end – Spain to France, effervescent Txacoli to Rioja’s reds, tapas to tasting menus, farmhouse tables to farmers markets, queso Idiazábal to chocolat, sea views to cobbled streets – is to immerse yourself in one of the world’s most enchanting culinary destinations.

 Our home base for the week will be San Sebastián, a small city formed around a horseshoe-shaped beach where life revolves around food and dining. It’s an invigorating locale with gorgeous outdoors, world-class urban beaches, art, music and restaurants galore, plus nearby wine, cider, and artisan food producers. At night, San Sebastián is alive with Donostiarras (residents of San Sebastián) strolling from bar to bar enjoying pintxos (Basque-style tapas), and six days a week the local food market is bustling.

 We’ll explore the region by getting to know San Sebastián and venturing further afield to France’s Pays Basque, the Rioja wine country, culturally rich Bilbao, and picturesque seaside villages. The Basque Country is a feast for the senses and Onward Travel invites you to indulge.

Enjoying Pintxos.

Enjoying Pintxos.

Tour Highlights:

·    A highly-rated local expert guide will join us throughout the week to interpret the local area and provide special access and insight.

·    This is a true culinary-focused tour with lots of special dining experiences. In addition to eating, Donostiarras love to walk, too, so we’ll be sure to stretch our legs and get invigorated by the sea breezes and coast.

·    San Sebastián has the largest concentration of bars in all of Europe with over 500 in the Parte Vieja area! And more Michelin stars per square meter than any other city. Impressive, indeed. But not pretentious.

·    End of September travel dates mean it’s shoulder season in Spain. Crowds will be thinning but weather should still be lovely.

·    We have a comfortable home base in San Sebastián but plenty of regional exploration.

·    Basque Country is a holy land for seafood, which we’ll enjoy as frequently as possible. But the Euskaldunaks value balance, so T-bones and Iberian pork reign, too.

Full information and itinerary available here!

Chesapeake Bay Getaway ~ October 11-12

Price: $440.00

Date: October 11, 2015

Join the Cooking Cottage for an autumn trip to Maryland’s beautiful Chesapeake Bay! The Chesapeake is nearly in our backyard, so let’s take advantage of its proximity to spend two days exploring and enjoying the important national history, breathtaking natural scenery and dynamic culinary and wine offerings that make the region such a perfect getaway destination…

This experience is limited to 30 people and we’ll travel in style in a luxury minibus with comfortable leather seats.

We’ll depart Quakertown at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 11th for a scenic three-hour drive south to Annapolis, the charming and historical state capital of Maryland located on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy complimentary juice and a muffin on the way. Once we’ve arrived in the historic city, our nation’s first peacetime capital and location of The Naval Academy, our first stop will be Reynold’s Tavern.

Reynold’s Tavern was first constructed and opened to the public in 1747 by William Reynolds, also a hatter and dry goods salesman.

Some of the High Tea goodies at Reynold's Tavern

Some of the High Tea goodies at Reynold's Tavern

Over the course of its 268 year history, the locale has functioned as a tavern/restaurant/pub, an inn, and for a time in the mid-20th century as the city’s public library. Today we’ll visit this special place, for the past few decades a celebrated local eatery preserving the past, for Colonial High Tea. Enjoy a delightfully presented full tea spread, including soup, salad or quiche along with scones, pastries, tea sandwiches, cookies and a nice hot cuppa’. After we’re satiated and refreshed it’s time to explore the city!

Our local guide with greet us at Reynold’s Tavern and we’ll hop back on our luxury bus for a Coach & Stroll tour of Annapolis. We’ll drive from notable locale to notable locale, enjoying lively narration from our guide and stopping for great views, photo ops and stories. Then we’ll get off the bus for a private, guided tour of the Maryland State House. Our group will be split in half into two small groups to make the most of the tour of the country’s oldest state capital in continuous legislative use. The original parts of this beautiful structure date from 1772, and from 1783-1784 it served as the nation’s first peacetime capital. The rotunda topping the building is the largest wooden rotunda built without nails in the USA.


A historic drawing of The Maryland State House

A historic drawing of The Maryland State House

Following our visit to the State House, enjoy some free time in the historical center of Annapolis. Maybe you’d like to walk the grounds of the Naval Academy, or tour the world-class gardens or the inside of the William Paca House mansion. You can also stroll along the waterfront for panoramic views of the harbor, where there will be plenty of boats to check out since the United States Sailboat Show will be taking place as part of the Annapolis Boat Show that dominates the harbor throughout the month of October. Of course there’s also shopping to do, or simply enjoy a glass of wine and relax!

From Annapolis we’ll drive a little less than an hour, across the marvelous Chesapeake Bay Bridge, to our hotel on the scenic Eastern Shore. Upon arrival in Easton, MD, we’ll check in at The Tidewater Inn, one of the region’s premier boutique hotels complete with all luxury amenities. Set amidst the specialty shops and great dining scene of this charming little bayside town, it’s the perfect place to spend the evening. Enjoy dinner at the hotel’s popular restaurant, or venture out on the town… the night is yours! We’ll provide you with some dining recommendations before the trip.

Luxurious accommodations at The Tidewater Inn

Luxurious accommodations at The Tidewater Inn


Awake refreshed on Monday morning. We’ll depart at 9:30 for our day’s adventures, and we’ll bring along breakfast snacks to distribute on the bus. This is going to be a fantastic day and we’ll start it off on the water… Let’s travel to the gorgeous and rustic Tilghman Island, surrounded by the Chesapeake, to board the Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark. We’ll spend the morning sailing aboard the oldest working skipjack on the Chesapeake Bay, built in 1886 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where it still cruises today. Captain Wade H. Murphy, Jr., is a fifth-generation seamen and he’ll delight us with nautical tales and local ecology lessons on our voyage

The Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark sailing on the Chesapeake Bay

The Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark sailing on the Chesapeake Bay

through the bay. Our famous vessel and its Captain have appeared on National Geographic TV and in the Washington Post, Philly Inquirer and more. To make this voyage even more unforgettable, we’ll enjoy a mimosa toast on the water this morning!

After we’ve docked back up on Tilghman Island we have a special lunch to enjoy.. an Eastern Shore Crab Boil at the popular local eatery Two If By Sea that will be open just for us today. Enjoy a spread of Old Bay-boiled crab, shrimp, sausage and potatoes, along with fried chicken, multiple salads, corn bread, brownies, watermelon and beverages. This Columbus Day cook-out, prepared for us by renowned local Chef Henry Miller, is the perfect way to enjoy Tilghman Island.

Following lunch it’s time to begin our journey back north, but not without a special stop along the road at Crow Farms and Vineyards, located in the northern reaches of the Chesapeake Bay region. This third-generation family farm raises grass-fed cattle for beef and grapes for award-winning wine. The Crow Vineyard team practices a holistic approach to vineyard management using environmental practices and practising a philosophy that you must be in the vineyard— working closely with the vines, developing a relationship with them—to grow quality fruit. As a result, their wine

Crow Farms & Vineyard

Crow Farms & Vineyard

program has garnered much critical acclaim and this afternoon we'll be treated to a tour of the facilities as well as a tasting of 6 wines with one of Crow's wine experts. After our visit to Crow Farms you can relax happily on the bus ride back to Pennsylvania.


Departs from Quakertown, PA & King of Prussia, PA.

The trip fee includes two days of luxury transportation, breakfasts on the bus both mornings and two filling lunches, accommodations at The Tidewater Inn, all tours, tastings and excursions as detailed in the itinerary as well as all gratuities.

After registration is completed we'll send you a traveler information form to fill out at your earliest convenience.

Available Spaces: 27

NYC Noshing Tour ~ Wednesday Oct. 28

Price: $105.00

Date: October 28, 2015

Eat your way around the Lower East Side on our one-of-a-kind foodie customized tour. All food is included in this trip, and we make special insider stops at the NYC's most beloved specialty culinary destinations! Enjoy a foodie's tour of the Big Apple's best that is like no other...

We’ll start at a pair of old world Italian Pasticcerias for Pastries and coffee and cookies, then on for three kinds of homemade mozzarella, a visit to The Pickle Guy, hot Pastrami at Katz’s world famous deli, then enjoy bialys from one of the country's last old-world bialy bakeries, nosh on famous lox and bagels at Russ & Daughters, and cupcakes at Sugar Sweet Sunshine! We’ll visit a candy distributor, bakeries, NYC’s best cheese shop, the oldest Irish pub in Manhattan and more, noshing all the way! All of the food and gratuities are included, but don't forget to bring along your coolers for shopping, too!

Juice & a muffin served on the way and wine and a snack on the return.

Departs from Quakertown and Phillipsburg, NJ.

You'll receive an email a week before the trip with all departure information and everything else you need to know for a great day in NYC!

Available Spaces: 50

Paradise Gourmet: Anna Maria Island, FL ~ November 10-13

Free Event

Date: November 10, 2015

We had such a good time on our little pre-holiday getaway to the sunny islands of Florida's Gulf Coast that we've decided to go again this year!

Full itinerary and registration TBA

NYC Gourmet Foods Shopping Tour ~ Sunday Nov. 22

Price: $65.00

Date: November 22, 2015

Our NYC Shopping Trip the Sunday before Thanksgiving is a Cooking Cottage seasonal tradition and the best way to kick off the holidays! Stock up on festive treats for entertaining and pick up some delicious and interesting gifts for everyone on your list... We encourage coolers and stow them under the bus in the luggage hold, you'll have access to them throughout the day.

ZABAR’S: The biggest of the Big Apple – it makes your heart pound. Don’t miss the 2nd floor – a great kitchenware shop with discounted prices!

CITARELLA: A must stop on New York’s fine food axis – the fish counter is a feast for the eyes.

FAIRWAY MARKET: Foodie paradise! The best breads in NYC can be found here. Voted New York’s favorite market.

BLEECKER STREET: This eclectic neighborhood makes the perfect spot to stop for lunch (we’ll give you some recommendations) and to do some exploring and shopping on your own. Be sure to visit Murray's Cheese, O & Co. & Amy's Bread!

CHELSEA MARKET: NYC’s most fascinating city block! This one stop culinary bazaar is home to so many great shops such as Bowery Kitchen Supply, Fat Witch Bakery, Ronnybrook Dairy, & T Salon, People's Pops, Anthropologie, Brooklyn Artists & Fleas etc, etc! Visit the website:

Juice and a muffin will be served on the way there, wine and a snack on the return.

Departs from Quakertown, PA & Phillipsburg, NJ.

You'll receive an email a week before the trip with full departure details and everything else you need to know for a great day in NYC!

Available Spaces: 47

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