Daube de Boeuf Provençale

With colder temperatures rolling into New England, it’s a great time of year for a comforting, hearty dish. And what better source for a full, warming meal than Provence, located in the sundrenched south of France. VBT Trip Leader, Pascal, has been kind enough to lend us his take on an exemplary Provence recipe, Daube de Boeuf Provençale. An Avignon native, Pascal has been delighting travelers with his extensive knowledge of his home and his passion for authentic, inspired French cuisine since signing on with VBT. Enjoy this satisfying classic from Provence paired with a bolder Cabernet or a spicy Syrah, and experience just one of the many reasons to join Pascal on our Provence: The Alpilles culinary vacation. Bon appétit!


    Meet Boris: VBT’s Peru Leader

    Born and raised in Cusco, Boris has been guiding travelers in and around his home country of Peru for seventeen years.  Boris’ fascination with Andean culture and love of Cusco’s food makes him an ideal candidate to lead travelers in an in-depth exploration of his homeland.  His keen interest in cultural interaction is contagious and any trip with Boris is likely to wind up at a local market where, he says, the essence of the Andean culture as well as customs dating back to the Incan period, are still preserved.

    Boris has traveled to many different places in the world including the United States, Panama, Cuba, Brazil, and Venezuela.  His interest in the environment and preference for warmer temperatures often lead him the rainforests of South America.  However, since joining the VBT team in 2005, Boris has excelled in leading guided explorations of Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley and he’s likely to continue for quite some time.  Why? “Because I love my job… I love to travel to remote Andean communities to learn about their lives, customs, traditions… and I enjoy teaching VBT travelers about Andean culture….”  Whether walking the Inca Trail or sampling Cusco specialties at a local market, you’re sure to catch a bit of Boris’ zeal and enthusiasm while exploring Peru.

    Don’t take our word for it.  VBT traveler, Elizabeth N., had this to say about Boris: “Boris was great. He was a wealth of knowledge, full of lots of energy, a great guide! He made the trip very pleasant and always went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.”