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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

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    Join expert, home-cook Sofia in the kitchen to learn to prepare a traditional Yucatecan meal from scratch. Yucatecan cuisine has been influenced by a variety of cultures, such as the indigenous Mayan people, Spanish colonizers, and the Dutch and Lebanese people who migrated to the region. 
    Your menu might include dishes such as sikil pak con tostadas (traditional dip made from ground pumpkin seeds, served with tortilla chips), sopa de lima (chicken soup with lime), Yucatecan tamales, empanadas de chaya con queso de bola (pastries flecked with a local green, chaya, stuffed with Edam cheese), pollo o cochinita pibil (perhaps the Yucatan’s most famous dish of slow-cooked chicken or pork which has been marinated in an achiote and sour orange marinade, wrapped in banana leaves). For dessert, Sofia serves homey dishes like dulce de papaya con queso de bola (papaya stewed in sugar served with Edam cheese). Enjoy the delicious meal you helped prepare while learning about Yucatecan cultural and culinary heritage. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 3 hours, followed by your meal. Please note that Sofia lives in a modest home with no air-conditioning. In summer months, it may be warm. Family in Mexico can be very social so you may be joined by members of Sofia's family who stop by on occasion.
    You will leave your authentic culinary experience with new recipes, new friends, and lifelong memories.
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    Reviewed 6 January 2019

    We booked this cooking class end of October 2018 and we're glad we did - we received an authentic experience in a Yucatecan kitchen. We started around 11 AM with some local snacks Sofia had prepared for us (guava paste with cheese, jicama, dulce de...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank thisjustine123
    Reviewed 16 November 2018

    We booked this cooking class for November 2018. We took a Taxi to get to Sofias place and started the cooking class. She explained us every detail about the ingredients and the story behind. We learned sooo much about the culture and it was a...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank lebana_martinez
    Reviewed 4 April 2018

    What can I say, we've done a few cooking experiences over the years and thoroughly enjoyed them and this was not what we expected or enjoyed. I'm surprised by all the great reviews, because what we experienced was really not fun OR enjoyable. We arrived...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    1  Thank Curt T
    TSReservations, Owner at Traveling Spoon, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review. We really appreciate your valuable feedback and are already speaking with Sofia about ways to improve the experience with your suggestions, from personally greeting people at the door to making sure guests have...More

    Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

    From the minute you arrive in Sophia‘s home you’ll be culturally immersed. Her menu was all inclusive-12 items in total. The class covered everything from how to peel a sour orange, slice an onion, how to blacken red peppers stove top, grind spices, and tips...More

    1  Thank MJFIRE1
    Reviewed 26 December 2017

    Our family had a great experience with Sofia and were very happy with the many dishes she taught us to prepare and the effort she made to properly introduce us to the ingredients and educate us about them. She provided interesting information about the influences...More

    Date of experience: December 2017
    1  Thank 303alannam
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