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Mexican Cooking Vacation

More than just a cooking school this is an experience of Mexico and its cuisine that is rarely found. Give yourself the pleasure of a quiet haven of cooking and relaxing; a wonderful way to spend a week with others from around the world, glass of wine in hand swapping tales and hearing stories about Mexico, its culture, cooking and tasting its food. Sightsee in the afternoon and return in the evening for cocktails and a candlelit gourmet dinner. If the evening is cool relax in front of the fireplace in your room with that book you never have time to read at home.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • Welcome cocktail hour
  • Traditional Puebla cuisine
  • Printed recipes and a culinary memento
  • Meals with beer, wine, and margarita
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Mexico City International Airport
Airport transfer included: Hermanos Serdán International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free Wi-Fi

Casa Carmelita is the "hacienda style" home of Doa Estela and her American husband Jon. It is a comfortable family home where you will experience the routines of a Mexican family in its kitchen. The accommodations include your choice of a double room, detached garden cottage and a two room suite. Each is unique, built and furnished using local materials in the traditions of indigenous, Spanish, Moorish, and French cultures that mixed in this area. Each accommodation is spacious with private bath and a fireplace for cool evenings. All rooms have daily maid service. Each room is the same price and reservations are made on a first come first serve basis.

Blue room

  • Double room
  • Fireplace
  • King-size bed or two singles
  • Private bath
  • Private patio

Casita

  • Detached cottage
  • Fireplace
  • King-size bed or two singles
  • Private bath
  • Private garden

Stone suite

  • Fireplace
  • King-size bed or two singles
  • Private bath
  • Two rooms

San Miguel Suite

  • Fireplace
  • King-size bed or two singles
  • Private bath
  • Two rooms

Program

Mexican Home Cooking invites you to join them for a week of immersion in Mexican cuisine and life in their house, Casa Carmelita, where you will cook and experience the routines of a Mexican country home. What they teach is the traditional cuisine from the city of Puebla. They are passing on what has been kept alive in their family of these dishes and traditions.

Their desire is to offer a special experience and open a door to Mexico that is rarely available to tourists. The wonderful part is that you don't have to be an advanced cook to learn this type of cooking. They base the classes on the ability of each person and make the techniques simple to learn. You'll be surprised how complex the flavors turn out and you will return home able to reproduce these dishes in your own kitchen.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrival.
  • Enjoy cocktails and dinner.

Day 2-5 - Cooking class, free time

  • Classes are 2 - 2.5 hours each day. You will be preparing lunch and dinner.
  • Each day will include a soup, two main dishes, sauces and usually a dessert.
  • You'll have the afternoons free to explore the area.

Day 6 - Free day

  • On this last night enjoy cocktails and live music in the evening.

Day 7 - Departure

  • Breakfast.
  • Morning departure.

On your return you will have unlimited access to "Mexican Home Cooking Hotline" for those questions about a recipe, culinary questions at home or backup for your dinner party tonight.

Included excursions

Guided walking tour of city of Tlaxcala historical center

Location

The City of Tlaxcala is located in a valley surrounded by three majestic volcanoes - Popocatpetl, Ixtaccihuatl and La Malinche. It is a two-hour drive from Mexico City and 45 minutes from the Puebla airport. You can tour the city on foot or on a tram ride, the main form of transport for the citizens of Tlaxcala in the 19th Century.

The lovely colonial city of Tlaxcala was founded in 1524 by the Spaniards and Franciscan monks. Its heart is the Zocalo or main plaza, considered one of the prettiest in Mexico. Fountains play beneath old trees and a 19th century wrought-iron bandstand is surrounded by gardens reminiscent of Renaissance Europe and bordered on two sides by 16th century colonnades shading shops, sidewalk cafes and strolling musicians.

Magnificent colonial buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries enclose the other two sides. A second plaza (Xicohtencatl) is the site of an art and crafts fair each weekend. On the hill above, reached by a cobblestone path, is the 16th-century Franciscan cathedral.

Apart from a small chapel in Veracruz it is probably the oldest church in Mexico. It is particularly exquisite, with its cedar ceiling and baroque golden altar. Next door in the cloisters is Tlaxcala's regional museum, with exhibits of pre-Hispanic artifacts and colonial religious paintings. Near the river, close by, is the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions, with spirited folkway demonstrations and a museum shop.

Features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Fireplace
  • Multilingual staff

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

Long before there was "Mexican Cuisine" the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Totonacs, Toltecs and Aztecs came and intermixed their cultures, customs and kitchens. For thousands of years before the Europeans arrived, before Rome was even a village, a sophisticated cuisine was developing here. When the Spanish came in 1619 the mixture of kitchens began.

Many indigenous dishes were accepted and adapted but many more were lost. The most common ingredients for the endless varieties of today's "Poblano" Cuisine include tomato, onion, cinnamon, tortilla, chiles - including anchos, pasillas, mulattos and chipotles - pumpkin seeds, raisins, cloves, sesame seeds, almonds, tomatillos, oil, garlic and salt.

Nearly half these ingredients arrived in the New World with the Spanish. What is not often noted is that all the forms of "Spanish" culture came with a strong "Middle Eastern" influence due to the Moorish rule of Spain for 500 years. The influence of the Middle East and Persia are particularly apparent in the cuisine of Puebla in its use of numerous fruits and spices - such as cinnamon, ginger, sesame seeds, cloves, cumin and nutmeg.

In 1863 the French invaded putting Maximiliano on the throne and a French Court to Mexico City. Puebla took in the French adding a touch of their cuisine to ours making our sauces, soups and pastries even more complex and unique. The real gourmet cooking here was kept in households as "Home Cooking" for special occasions; it is never found in restaurant kitchens and nearly lost to the present generation of Mexicans as the culture is changing from outside influences.

Sample menu

  • Almond chicken or duck
  • Beef in Chile pasilla sauce
  • Fiances sigh, a dessert with walnuts covered in syrup, lemon and cinnamon
  • Pork, lamb or rabbit in adobo sauce
  • Squash blossom soup

Cuisine

During your stay you will be preparing and eating the “traditional” cuisine of the city of Puebla. This includes, various meats, poultry and vegetables (sometimes including, beef, pork, rabbit, duck, shrimp and fish). If you cannot eat or would rather not eat any of these for any reason it I very important to let us know as soon as possible.

If there are any other food products or spices that you do not eat it is very important that you advise us prior to arrival. Please be very specific.

We can make some adjustments to this when requested if possible. However we are not able to change recipes to the level that we are presenting something other than “Traditional Pueblan Cuisine” which would not be fair to the cuisine or our students.

Please be sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, allergies to specific foods or other things, and/or any medical problems that we should be aware of. This is very important to

allow us advance notice. We want to provide you with the best culinary experience while here.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

Your afternoons are free for sightseeing or relaxing. The colonial city of Puebla famous for Talavera tiles and dishes is just 45 minutes away for an afternoon visit. Sightsee in the afternoon and return in the evening for cocktails and a candlelit gourmet dinner. If the evening is cool relax in front of the fireplace in your room with that book you never have time to read at home.

There are a wide variety of local events and festivals throughout the year, such as a state fair, bull fights, Mexican folkloric dances, concerts and the running of the bulls and flower carpets in the streets of nearby Huamantla. To round out your Mexico vacation we will be glad to help you with arrangements to take part in any local activities. Other trips also available in the afternoon on request.

Spa treatments

Various types of in-room massage and facials available - not included in package price.

What's included

  • 4 days culinary course
  • 1 free day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport pickup and return from Mexico City or Puebla Airport
  • All meals
  • Beer, wine or margarita served during meals
  • Daily maid service
  • Free Wi-Fi internet service
  • Live music night
  • Printed recipes and a culinary memento
  • Welcome cocktail on arrival

What's not included

  • Additional side trips via taxis
  • spa treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Fly to Mexico City Airport (MEX). Pick-up is included in the package. Alternatively you can fly into the city of Puebla (PBC) which is 45 minutes from Mexican Home Cooking and they will arrange the transfers. Distance from Mexico city Airport is 1.5-hour drive and from Puebla Airport is 45-minute drive.

From / to Mexico city Airport, you will be transferred with a shuttle bus and from / to Puebla Airport with a private driver.

After you have passed through customs at the airport, you are in Mexican Home Cooking's hands and well cared for. Once your private driver has met you and settled you in, you are on vacation and here to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself while you learn Mexican Home Cooking.

From Mexico City, your 1.5-hour drive will take you on a modern 4 lane expressway over pine covered mountains with a close up view of Popocatepetl volcano, snow covered and possibly smoking for you. Your return to Mexico City will be by taxi to the city of Puebla and then direct and non-stop in a very comfortable shuttle bus from the city of Puebla which will take you to the entrance to your airline at the airport and include a movie on the way.

From the Puebla Airport, it is a 45-minute trip on the same expressway with a view of Popocatepetl in the distance. Your return to Puebla will be direct to the airport with a private driver who will help you with your bags to your airline.

Airport: Mexico City International Airport Airport transfer included: Mexico City International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Hermanos Serdán International Airport Airport transfer included: Hermanos Serdán International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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