FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Long after the cycling adventure is over, ExperiencePlus! offers the chance to savor lingering memories of comfort food, robust wines, and stories shared in the company of fellow travelers from their favorite bike tours with their top hit recipes from the 2014 Reading Room Blog archives:
Leche Asada (Chilean-style custard): http://www.experienceplus.com/blog/?p=165
Our most sought-after recipe comes to us from Chilean Tour Leader, Juan Pablo Mansilla, who claims that this traditional baked custard is not only silky smooth, but also easy to prepare and perfect for any family gathering or special fiesta. Of course, we would be remiss if we forgot to mention that Chile’s central valley is recognized as one of the most prestigious "new world" wine producing regions, and happens to also be the starting point for our Bicycling Chile's Wine Country tour. Cycle through prized vineyards and stunning beaches along the scenic Pacific Coast while stopping in historic colonial cities such as Santa Cruz. This is an excellent trip for both wine and food lovers, and photographers! March and October departures available starting at $3,795.
Homemade Ricotta Cheese: So Easy a Child Could Do It: http://www.experienceplus.com/blog/?p=229
This delectable cheese recipe was provided by Rich Young, ExperiencePlus! database programmer, food and cycling enthusiast. “It turns out that cheese-making, like riding a bicycle, can be hard or easy depending on what you set out to accomplish. Homemade ricotta is probably the simplest cheese to make with delicious results.”
Sample this rich Italian delicacy throughout Italy, but especially on the island of Sardinia where it is served with golden local honey slathered over traditional Pane Carasau (traditional Sardinian flatbread). Our popular Bicycling Sardinia - Alghero to Cagliari tour allows you to taste this treat and more while exploring breathtaking coastal roads and ancient forests, hiking to ruins that predate Roman civilization, and swimming in pristine waters ~ all while enjoying traditional Italian cuisine and wines of this Mediterranean jewel. May and September departures available starting at $4,895.
Walnut Bread Recipe (Pane di Noci/Pain aux Noix): http://www.experienceplus.com/blog/?p=308
Paola Malpezzi-Price, co-founder of ExperiencePlus! Specialty Tours, and now advisor to ExperiencePlus!, is happy to share this childhood favorite recipe, “You are sure to find this kind of bread wherever there is an abundance of walnuts, like in some parts of Northern Italy and in the French region of Dordogne, among others! The blend of bread and walnuts has impressed me since I was a child spending some of my summer vacation at my relatives’ farm. There, I witnessed my aunt Angiolina eat often, for dessert, a piece of bread and a few walnuts grown on the farm.”
Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux: The Dordogne cuts through layers of limestone plateaus and meanders from the woody hills of the Massif Central to the manicured Bordeaux wine vineyards. Cycle along some of Europe’s most breathtaking routes with views of enchanting medieval castles, spectacular historic caves; enjoy multiple wine tastings, walnut-country food specialties, and foie gras delicacies ~ and you have one of our all-time favorite bicycle tours. June and September departures available starting at $4,725.