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We are not teaching cooking classes at this time. Here is our upcoming trip schedule:




Noshing (and Shopping!) Through Neighborhoods ~ Thursday May 14

Price: $95.00

Date: May 14, 2015

Today we will go to two places that you might not expect to contain neighborhoods that are in fact epicenters of mouthwateringly delicious European culinary tradition…. Newark, NJ and the Bronx.

The Ironbound neighborhood of Newark is in fact an epicenter of both European and South American culinary tradition, as Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian specialties flourish here. This morning we’ll visit Teixeira Bakery, a neighborhood mainstay, for their perfect Portuguese egg tarts, pastel de nata. A creme-brulee like custard baked into a flaky tartlet crust, this little treat, ubiquitous at Portuguese bakeries, was first created over 200 years ago in Lisbon by a group of Catholic Sisters.

Take some time to explore the shops lining quaint Ferry Street - Popular Fish Market, famous for their salt cod and the friendly, old-school local gentleman on the other side of the fish counter, or the bakery Pan de Terra where you can buy one of the best loaves of bread you’ll ever have for $2.50. Then we’ll enjoy lunch together at a local Brazilian restaurant famous for what Brazilians arguably do best in the kitchen: grilled meats. After lunch, it’s back to the bus for a quick trip over the George Washington Bridge to the Bronx.

Arthur Avenue is “the most Italian street” in the USA, many would argue. From bakeries, to pasta shops, to delis and butchers and of course - cheese - you can get it all here and also feel like you’re taking a step back in time. Enjoy a cheese tasting and some local sweets from a bakery as part of our tour. Then you are free to roam the few blocks that make up this special Old World corridor. Sit with an espresso and people watch, enjoy some clams on the half shell al fresco, or spend the rest of your afternoon stocking up on imported olive oils, fresh ravioli, pizza dough and the like.

Departure from Quakertown, PA at 8:00 am and Phillipsburg, NJ at 8:30 am. Complimentary juice and a muffin will be served on the way, wine and a snack on the way home. You’ll receive an email with full departure details a week before the trip.

Available Spaces: 13

Gourmet in the Bay: San Francisco ~ May 17-22

Free Event

Date: May 17, 2015

Join us for a five-night trip to one of this country's most delicious and exciting cities: San Francisco!

Full information and registration available at www.onwardtravel.co

Classic Gourmet Foods NYC Shopping Trip - Sunday June 14

Price: $68.00

Date: June 14, 2015

Join us for our biannual best-of New York City Shopping Trip... We'll take you to all the best places… what a way to spend a summer 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.

CHELSEA MARKET: NYC’s most fascinating city block! This one stop culinary food shop is home to several great shops Amy’s Bread, Bowery Kitchen Supply, Fat Witch Bakery, Ronnybrook Dairy, & T Salon, Anthropologie, etc, etc! Visit the website at chelseamarket.com.
If you’ve done enough shopping for one day, take a stroll on the High Line - NYC’s elevated walking promenade… beautifully landscaped with Hudson river views, it runs right over Chelsea Market.

Departure from Quakertown, PA at 8:00 am and Phillipsburg, NJ at 8:30 am. Complimentary juice and a muffin will be served on the way, wine and a snack on the way home. You’ll receive an email with full departure details a week before the trip.

Available Spaces: 35

Basque for Bon Vivants ~ September 27 - October 5

Price: $3475.00

Date: September 26, 2015

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!

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

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