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Donny F wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Review of: Chillo coco
My girlfriend and I signed up for the Chollo coco (red snapper) class; as we wanted to take a class that would be something we wouldn't normally eat/prepare. Javier (our cooking instructor) was extremely knowledgable, personal, loves what he does, and his excitement for the tradition is infectious. Anthony (our mixologist) did not speak any English and he was still able to easily convey the concepts, steps, and passion for his craft. These two gentlemen made the entire experience my favorite night that we spent in Punta Cana. We started the night off with Javier giving us a history lesson on coffee and chocolate, and their roots in Dominican tradition. We then went to a stand up station where Anthony walked us through how to make a Mamajuana mojito. The entire time Javier was taking photos so we could concentrate and just have a fun personal experience. I'm not much of a rum drinker but it was the freshest, tastiest, and most refreshing drink I've had. Anthony then reminded us that he did nothing, and we made the drink ourselves. (I have since been searching online to get that brand of mamajuana delivered to our house. We moved onto a cooking station where all the meat and vegetables that we were using that night were prepared for us (a hidden gem in the experience). Javier then graciously walked us through, step by step, on how to make red snapper in two methods. First we made ceviche, then red snapper fillets cooked in coconut milk. He was so kind, patient, funny, and his excitement was infectious. I was worried that it would feel like a Home Ec class, but it felt like just a couple of friends making dinner together. Even though we have already been, when we visit Punta Cana again we are adamant that we are doing one of the other two classes they offer. We're very excited to get the chance to hang out with these gentlemen again.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Tallen Y wrote a review Feb 2020
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Review of: Chillo coco
There are so many wonderful things to try and do in Punta Cana this cooking class is ! This was my first trip to Punta Cana, and my boyfriend's first time anywhere out of the US. Above all else, we are huge food lovers - so this was a perfect idea for us! We also love to learn about other cultures and when we arrived, we first got some background information and history about Dominican coffee and chocolate from our wonderful host and chef, Javier - we were blown away by the Americano that Anthony made for us before starting dinner, it was absolutely delicious. Anthony also walked us through how to make a mojito with mamajuana and also taught us about the importance of presentation to a cocktail (some tricks we will definitely be using at our own parties haha). To start dinner, Javier taught us how to make ceviche, which neither myself or my boyfriend had a lot of knowledge or experience with. The ingredients and flavors for this appetizer were so fresh and light, it was amazing. The came the main course of beautiful red snapper, vegetables and rice (chillo coco). It tasted like something you would get at an upscale seafood restaurant! And it's definitely a recipe that we will be making at home. This experience was much more than we anticipated in the best way. We cannot thank the staff enough for their teachings- Javier and Anthony were not only professional, but they were so warm and welcoming, we really felt at home...they were also hilarious and so much fun to cook with!! Please take this class if you have the opportunity to, you will be happy that you did :)
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Jason O wrote a review Dec 2019
Sachse, Texas6 contributions
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Francessca and Javier along with the rest of the crew were great! We had a blast cooking with them. I would highly recommend this excursion while in Punta Cana. Everything was exceptionally clean and very well organized. Can’t wait to do it again!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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VBSurf wrote a review Dec 2019
Virginia Beach, Virginia6 contributions
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Such a fun time learning traditional recipes. Staff was knowledgeable and funny and atmosphere was clean. Great history lesson of cocoa, coffee, and mamajuana. We will be back for sure! Thanks so much!
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414shelleyc wrote a review Nov 2019
Overland Park, Kansas25 contributions7 helpful votes
Review of: Chillo coco
I make it a point to take cooking classes on all of our trips now. I love to meet the local families and people and learn their culture and food styles. Going to Chillo Coco did not disappoint. Francesca was fabulous, and went above being our teacher. We loved learning they used different processes for making coffee and how Mama Juana was made. We made Brocheta DePiguillo con coco, Chilo Al Coco, and the wonderful Chocolate rellenos. I was a mouth watering dinner. We will be returning next visit. The staff was excellent. Paying attention to detail for us was off the top! Katherinne Medina who makes the fabulous chocolates, Lois Garces, Eduardo Morillo and Anthony Navarro were right there in the kitchen tending to helping us and making sure we were happy. If you get a chance to try something new, THIS IS THE PLACE. Thank you all so much. ***PLEASE FORGIVE THE TRANSLATIONS, NOT VERY GOOD AT IT*** Yo hago que se atienda a clases de cocina en todos nuestros viajes. Me encanta conocer a las familias locales y a la gente y aprender su cultura y estilos de comida. Ir a chillo coco no decepcionó. Francesca era fabulosa y fue por encima de nuestro profesor. Amábamos aprendizaje que usaban diferentes procesos para hacer café y cómo se hizo mamá juana. Hicimos brocheta depiguilo con el coco, chilo al coco, y los maravillosos reclanos de chocolate. Fui una cena de la cena. Volveremos a volver a la próxima visita. El personal fue excelente. ¡ prestando atención a los detalles que nos ha ido! Katherinne, que hace los fabulosos, lois garzas, eduardo morillo y anthony navarro estaban ahí en la cocina tensión para ayudarnos y asegurarnos de que estábamos felices. Si tienes oportunidad de probar algo nuevo, este es el lugar. Muchas gracias.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from tainolab, General Manager at Taino Gourmet
Responded 4 Nov 2019
Dear Shelly and James, This review just shook my happiness out. Thank you for such a kind comment about our services and experience. We try our best in every visit of new customers to expand more of what they are expecting. It's great to know you have had a marvelous time with us. Hope to see you soon! Best regards, Francesca
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