Lisbon, Culinarily Speaking...
I like to find good food when traveling. Even better... find that local place, that hidden gem. But what I also love is cooking while on vacation. Sometimes you are camping and you have to. Sometimes you are staying with friends and you want to. But other times, even if it doesn't quite fit your itinerary, I suggest that you try finding a cooking class.
Lisbon was a "tack-on" trip to a London business conference. After we had seen the conference and Rachel had moderated her panel, we flitted off to Lisbon for the rest of the week and weekend. We didn't have too much time and already knew we wanted to get out to Sintra, Belem and the coast. But even so, without much research, I quickly found Cooking Lisbon and we made reservations for a morning market tour and hands-on class.
(Note: You should like cooking if you are thinking about doing this, but you don't have to be a whiz in the kitchen.)
What does a cooking class give you, besides a meal and a chance to cook?You get to meet the chef as well as other participants. Usually, these are other tourists, but occasionally a local shows up. It all depends on the type and time of the class. In our case, there were only two others and they were tourists from the United States.
In Lisbon, we had already managed to get out and taste some regional dishes, so it was great to then have a chance to work on those very dishes in the cooking class. It was also really interesting to talk to the chef and hear her take on the Lisbon food scene and where it was heading.
We've been to a few other cooking classes on various trips. Have you ever tried a cooking class while on a trip? What was the experience like?