If you're like me, this time of year tends to fill you with equal parts holiday cheer and soul wrenching dread. I spent 20 minutes today in a traffic jam inside a parking garage in downtown San Francisco when I decided to stop by a store to pick up a gift for Ruth. Big mistake. It's around now when I really start dreaming of a vacation that is a complete and utter departure from daily reality. Someplace I can just lounge, eat, and drink all day. Or better yet, cook.
Yes, cooking school vacations are all the rage now, from Thai cooking school in the hill city of Chang Mai, where every morning is spent in the markets buying fresh produce and afternoons in the heat of the kitchen, to wine pairing courses in Bordeaux where award winning food journalists relate anecdotes as you work on perfecting your lamb daube and quaff the local red.
If you're in the market for a vacation or a non-traditional honeymoon, or if you're just like me and looking for any excuse to escape the holiday crush, sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy this armchair view of the latest in culinary travel excursions.
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