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Near and Far

Jamie Jones of Whirlaway Travel explores some travel options abroad and highlights their local counterparts

West Chester has some of the most amazing food, as was wonderfully shared in last month’s new Taste magazine. I can’t tell you the last time I have left the borough for a meal. Every month there seems to be a new place opening and there is no shortage of being able to relax and have a meal served to you. Yet, while I enjoy going out to eat more than most, one of my favorite activities is cooking. Growing up I was sort of thrown into getting dinner started while my mom was late at the office. I perfected the art of throwing every spice in the cabinet on chicken. I thought I was being creative and chef like. The reality was that I created a Frankenstein of flavors that my parents graciously ate with plenty of water to wash it down so they wouldn’t hurt my feelings. As an adult, I enjoy cooking shows, finding new and adventurous recipes to test on my kids (and sometimes the dog), and attending cooking classes. Recently, on a board retreat in the Cayman Islands I had the chance to attend a Caribbean cooking and mixology class at the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa. One of Grand Cayman’s newest resorts, the Seafire had really big shoes to fill in the food and beverage segment. Grand Cayman has built a reputation for being one of the top foodie destinations in the Caribbean. The island boasts more than 200 restaurants and celebrity-level food events every year. During our cooking class we learned how to filet a whole fish and turn it into ceviche. I watched, but since the fish was looking at me with a frown on his face, the chef was kind enough to teach me how to make vegan ceviche that was just as impressive. Our mixology lesson didn’t just give us the ingredients to make an amazing cocktail; our bartender shared the history of each cocktail, the importance of plenty of ice to keep the drink from getting watered down, and the intricate technique to get the drink just right. I have a new appreciation for James Bond’s famous words: shaken not stirred. Back in Pennsylvania the Kitchen Workshop in Paoli is a fun and interactive place to develop new skills, learn how to hold a knife without cutting off a finger and how to effortlessly create a meal from scratch in under two hours. Our team took over the Kitchen Workshop for a work event and we left with full bellies, leftovers and stories to share for years to come about the laughs, lessons, and memories of Art and his class. A great place for a girls night out, date night, family event, kids camp, or just a break from the norm, the Kitchen Workshop offers classes on spices, international cuisine, sauces and even 10-week boot camps for those that need a serious crash course on the art of cooking. Whether you are learning to cook a new cuisine in a foreign locale or need a fun way to brush up your skills and learn how to actually spice chicken correctly, sign up for a class and get in the kitchen. Learning to cook new things, or maybe just learning to cook in general, is a wonderful way to tantalize taste buds and create memories that will last much longer than the food on your plate. —jjones@thewcpress.com

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