My Mexican traveling partner and I spent two days and three lovely evenings here with hosts Estela, a fabulously versed chef, and her delightful American husband, Jon. The half-day cooking class gives one the chance to explore the delightful town of Tlaxcala just fifteen minutes away. The authenticity of the setting in true México allows one the delight of observing a typical day of a Tlaxcalan, whether it's dancing in the town square on Friday afternoon or attending Mass with their family at a lovely colonial church in their neighborhood. To return to the lovely accommodations and feast on one's own-prepared authentic Mexican delights is sensational travel in a sensational country.
Sid W. United States
We spent 3 nights and 4 days with Jon and Estela and were treated like warm friends learning about Mexican cooking and the local culture. The food was amazing and often unexpected in type of ingredients used to produce the rich flavors. Each day we prepared about a half dozen dishes with Jon and Estella leading the team of the two of us. Jon did a great job in teaching us in the various techniques they used and suggested ways to incorporate them into our kitchen at home. Jon was also very helpful in helping us through the rest of our trip (up to Cuezalan) by arranging transportation and working out the reservation at the hotel (our Spanish at times is a bit sparse). Be prepared to stay in a rural environment where the two dogs, cat and bird are part of the family and the neighbors like to play music and set off fireworks most of the - to remind you that you are in Mexico!
a traveler United States
My husband and I attended the school in last part of May. The food was very healthy and tasty. I think our favorite part of the day was having the best coffee ever outside on a beautiful patio with flowers everywhere, and fountains and birds singing. Then being served an amazing breakfast every day. Now that is my idea of heaven. John and Estela were so much fun, the classes are very detailed and they show you how to do everything. Alsom John makes a mean Margarita! The food and ingredients were very authentic, not Americanized, lots of great recipes you can make at home. We highly recommend John and Estela for a truly warm, welcoming Mexican experience.
Jane United States
Estela and Jon's classes were fun and the food was delicious. We cooked every morning using the freshest ingredients, made 6-8 recipes, and ate them for lunch and dinner. With the exception of a few fried items (which were delectable-rellenos, bunuelos - worth the calories) the food was very healthy and, as Estela said they would be, the flavors were complex, but the recipes not difficult to make. That said, there are tips you get in class that you need to make the recipes taste right (how to roast some types of peppers the right way, for example). You cook in their home's kitchen, so it feels like cooking with friends. The first thing you learn is the various peppers and their characteristics, a key piece I was looking for. In the afternoons, we went to town or went on short excursions to Puebla and Cholula. Very historic and interesting places off the typical tourist path. If you want to learn to cook great, authentic food, and feel like you're in "real Mexico", this is a good choice.
I stayed in an absolutely lovely casita separate from the house. The furnishings were charming and I had my own fireplace, which I used a couple of times since it was winter in Mexico at 7000 feet. Certainly not cold, but just a bit chilly some nights. I would get up in the morning and walk outside to see the nearby volcanoes and many birds, and would have coffee surrounded be Estela's and Jon's wonderful dogs and cat. I recommend going in a small group. Jon and Estela don't eat meals with you so, if you go by yourself, you're on your own. I went solo to this class and I was lucky to have another guest there that I liked very much.
Some people express safety concerns about going to Mexico these days. Couldn't have been further from my mind going to Tlaxcala and this school. A wonderful driver picked me up at the Mexico City airport and delivered me to the house. Same on the return. The town and region seemed as far away from danger as possible. I would not let those worries keep you from a wonderful and delicious experience. I would certainly do this again sometime and highly it recommend it to others.
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