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Don your apron in AndaluciaMaster the art of Spanish food and drink with Annie B’s Tapas and Sherry Academy. Join chef and Sherry Educator Annie B at her cookery school in the pretty Andalucían Vejer de la Frontera to participate in one of two hands-on Spanish cooking classes. These coincide with tapas festivals in the local town of Zahara los Atunes and include a day tapas tasting at the Ruta de Tapas of Atun Rojo (Tuna, May departure) and Ruta de Tapas de Retinto (local beef cattle, September departure).
You’ll get to know how to make tasty tapas through day classes, market trips and evening bodega and bar visits. Indulging in all the local and seasonal produce, this holiday allows aspiring chefs to immerse themselves in creating flavour-filled menus and later eating the fruits of their labour. Dishes include quick cook tapas like salmorejo, oranges & salt cod, and gambas ajillo; fish dishes including Pulpo a la Gallega, clams with jamon, and mussels with chorizo; slow cooked Andalucian dishes of Rabo de Toro (ox-tail) and Carrillada (beef or pork cheeks); as well as a session on mastering a traditional paella. Staying at El Califa hotel within walking distance of Annie’s kitchen, guests will also have a free day to enjoy the Andalucían culture and relax in the sunshine.
How: From £1,470pp including 7 nights’ B&B, most meals, all classes, and all escorted visits with transport with Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen (0034 620 560 649 anniebspain.com). Departure dates: 11 May & 21 September 2015. Flights and transfers are extra: Ryanair flies from Stansted to Jerez.
This amazing house, in Brighton's Kemptown district, has stunning sea views and is arranged over 5 floors with 6 exciting, individually designed bedrooms to discover - meaning it can sleep up to 24. There are 3 shower rooms, a further WC and two kitchens. The dining room is set up for the ultimate Mad Hatter's tea party with an extremely long enchanted table, chequerboard floor, teacup stools and an over-scale high backed chair at the head for the guest of honour. Every corner hides a reference to Lewis Carroll's tales. The location is perfect, right by the seafront in the area of town known as Kemptown. Everything is walking distance and Proud Caberet (a must for hen parties) is just a few streets away. It's perfect for larger groups wanting to access the best of Brighton and enjoy luxury touches in somewhere truly extra special.
How: To book, visit http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/brighton-town/544084. Cost starts from £400 per night