For discerning gourmands, a vacation is all about what to eat at the next meal. When shopping, local spices and food items are top of the list, but it wouldn’t be a day in paradise without a day in the kitchen. A food-loving city, Madrid overflows with creative cuisine courses that offer hands-on courses. We can’t resist those taught by Cordon Bleu trained Spainard Pilar LaTorre. She teaches Spanish cooking skills with panache in conjunction with Cellar Tours.