Wow! What can I say? So many awesome points to cover, so little space to type! My wife and I booked a cooking class with a Portuguese chef to cover three recipes, a fresh Portuguese salad to start, the famous Bacalhau (salted cod fish) entree, and Pastel de Nata (Portuguese custard tart) for dessert. The day began with our host, Mariana, who so kindly and graciously had a private car to come by and pick my wife and I up from our hotel to meet at and cook at the home of Chef Pedro Sommer, guided by his expert instruction. Upon arriving, Chef Pedro met us at the door and invited us into his kitchen and we got our aprons on and started with a quick pour of some Douro Vinho Branco. We then quickly dived into the class and it was great, the salad was fantastic, the fish sublime, and the custard tarts were just divine as well. Chef Pedro was brilliant and fun to learn from! Then came the best part - dining at the chef's table! Overall, Mariana did a fantastic job in organizing everything and making the entire experience so memorable and fun especially for our first visit to Portugal. Too bad I can't give this more stars as I would without hesitation. So, if you truly want a unique Portuguese culinary experience, which has more cultural depth and significance as compared to other Iberian countries, book your adventure with Lazy Flavors now!!! They book up fast so don't delay!! You won't regret it.
My husband and I did the pastel de Nata workshop and a custom Jamon workshop with Lazy Flavors and we could not be happier with how they went! All emails were with Mariana prior to the workshops -communication and working out the details was very easy. The day of our pastel de Nata workshop Mariana met us at the bakery where we made the most fantastic pasteis de natas! The workshop made this "complicated" pastry very user friendly and we'll easily be able to duplicate it at home. The following day, we met Mariana at the market for a private workshop on ham legs. We wanted to know how to cut one and about the different types of meat. This workshop blew away our expectations! We learned so much, sampled amazing ham, cheese and even some wine. Lazy Flavors offers so many more experiences and after the two we had, we wish we had more time to try others. My parents will be visiting Portugal in September and I've already recommended they book with Mariana! If there's something you want to do that they don't offer on their website, just ask. Our ham workshop was completely customized and 100% amazing. If you're into food, this is the company for you!