Top Ten Bike Tours for Foodies - Page 2
5) Rajasthan, India
Rajasthans royal kitchens turned the preparation of food into an art form, cooking scarce meats with elaborate curries, dried fruits, and yogurt. Sleep in palaces and feast on some of Indias finest cuisine in towns such as Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur, and Udaipur.
4) The Golden Triangle, Thailand
Sample the cuisine of northern Thailand, with its liberal use of spices, curries, and noodles prepared with fresh local ingredients, on a tour that starts in Chiang Mai and visits hill-tribe communities en route to the ancient Burmese kingdom of Chiang Saen. Pedal past jungle valleys and boat-dotted rivers, eating in local restaurants, and taking in markets and an optional cooking class.
3) Salta Province, Argentina
Beginning in colonial Salta, visit ancient Cachi, remote Estancia Colomefeaturing a private tasting of its high-altitude winesand picturesque afayate, the hub of Saltas wine-making business. Gaucho barbecues and a regional cuisine of corn-based Locro stew, tamales, and lots of desserts, are complemented by the Malbecs and Torrontés of the provinces vineyards.
2) Sonoma and Napa Valleys, California
Vine-covered hills, redwood groves, and sprawling farmlands provide perfect cycling country. Follow Sonomas backroads in the Dry Creek, Alexander, and Knights Valleys, stopping to taste the wines and the best of Californias farm-to-table cuisine. Then move on to Napa Valleys winery-lined Silverado Trail and stay in St. Helena, sampling locally raised lamb, cheeses, and seafood.
1) Blue Ridge, Virginia,
Tucked away in Virginas vineyard-dotted farmland awaits a land of gastronomic pleasure. After a gourmet breakfast, head out to the regionâs wineries, and return to a sumptuous dinner in the evening. Some tours include an evening at the Inn at Little Washington, which invented such signature dishes as veal Shenandoah and timbale of Maryland crabmeat.