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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

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Merida, Mexico
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more
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5 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 1 more

Description

From tostadas and tamales to papayas and empanadas, the flavors of the Yucatan are made to enjoy. Learn to cook a variety of traditional Yucatecan and Mayan delicacies with a home chef during this private... More
From tostadas and tamales to papayas and empanadas, the flavors of the Yucatan are made to enjoy. Learn to cook a variety of traditional Yucatecan and Mayan delicacies with a home chef during this private cooking class in Merida, which takes place in a private home in a residential district unknown to most visitors. Learn about local culture that many tourists never see as you help prepare a traditional-style meal before sitting down to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.

Highlights

  • Private cooking lesson in Yucatean cuisine in Merida
  • Learn to cook a variety of traditional foods like tamales, tostadas, and salsas
  • See a side of local culture unknown to most tourists
  • Lunch or dinner option available
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Free drinks included

What To Expect

Summary

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... More
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
... More
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.

What's Included

Lunch or Dinner
Bottled water
Local beer
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Gratuities
Private cooking class with your host Sofia
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Central Merida

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note, Sofia's home is also a homestay so other guests might be present in the home, but your experience will be private
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note, Sofia's home is also a homestay so other guests might be present in the home, but your experience will be private
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is not a professional cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.


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Perfect cooking class
justinleary2019
, Aug 2019
This was my favorite cooking class I took when I was visiting Merida. Shes very informative and provides you with a little cookbook so you can attempt to make the meal at home.
Private in-home cooking class with Sofia through Traveling Spoon requires level setting before going
allenr589
, Aug 2019
So I have taken cooking classes in Italy and Thailand. Italy was in-home and Thailand at a class style kitchen. Both had groups. Italy was by a professional chef who owns a few restaurants and holds classes in his customized home kitchen. Very hands on. Not just prep and hand off. We would prepare something. Enjoy it. Return to do more. Great pace. In Thailand we would prep ingredients for a dish. Everything. Then go to our own cooking station. Make it. Eat it. Next dish. Total hands on end to end. Going into this experience, I anticipated a professional chef or very experienced home cook. Very hands on. Proper technique. Tasting as we go. This was our first experience with Traveling Spoon. A newer player to this space. We learned a lot about them through Sofia and exploring their web site later. I get the concept. Bring local foods closer to travelers in a real in-home experience. We got that....sort of. Sofia’s home is definitely off the beaten path. And you are in her home. We were greeted by her housekeeper. We were scheduled to start at 11am. We sat in the foyer until Sofia greeted us about 1110am. The patio table was set for our meal in simple, basic white settings. I liked it. When Sofia greeted us she seemed disjointed, harried and ill-prepared. Scattered introductions and in to the kitchen. On the very small kitchen table were three work stations. Small cutting boards. Two knives. A platter with prep ingredients. Sofia handed us a few aprons. And was just skittering around the kitchen. Grabbing pots and pans. Alternating talking to us and to herself. Between English and Spanish. Firing off orders to her housekeeper to get more tomatoes, limons and cilantro from the market. Just a flurry of activity. We weren’t sure what we were supposed to do. I expected her to be more prepared. Then we started preparing this and that. Net, we were basically her prep “chefs”. We cut and chopped a lot. If she didn’t like how we were cutting or chopping she let us know in a terse way. Sometimes just taking over and doing it herself. And even if you followed her orders, if it turned out different then what she expected, we got blamed. She told me to put the juice of a whole limon in the guacamole. After the first half of juice, I thought it was plenty. She insisted on using the other half. Ok. Well, it was to soupy and she blamed me. The few efforts at applying common sense or my expertise and technique were dismissed so I just stopped. Her knife skills were ave
Absolutely amazing !!!
David E
, Jul 2019
My experience with Sofia was absolutely perfect, from the beginning to the end ! Sofia is passionate and more than a cooking class, it was a real exchange. I have learnt a lot of thing regarding Yucatán food and what we cooked together was amazing ! So tasty, great presentation, great local and fresh products ! That was a real pleasure to spend this moment with Sofia !!
Amazing Experience!
Lori F
, Jul 2019
Sophia graciously welcomed us to her home and we quickly started to make a wide arrange of tasty dishes. We cooked for 3 hours and then sat down to enjoy the many tasty dishes! We highly recommend this experience and are very thankful to Sophia for her warmth and knowledge.
Cooking with Sofía was a wonderful...
Scott O
, Mar 2018
Cooking with Sofía was a wonderful experience!!! She invited us right into her home and into her heart. She shared with us some wonderful recipes as well as some very personal stories and 'tricks of the trade'. Sofía gave us an authentic experience from the moment we set foot in her house. The food was absolutely delicious and it was a very memorable evening. Thank you once again, Sofía, know that your hard work is extremely valid, appreciated and respected. Wishing you all the best. For an unforgettable experience, I recommend the cooking class with Sofía 100.
We had an absolutely incredible time...
Alissa E
, Jan 2018
We had an absolutely incredible time learning to cook Yucatecan cuisine with Sofia. She is warm and welcoming, and made us feel very comfortable. The food we made was fantastic and we got to take home the recipes - we'll most definitely be trying them out this year. I highly recommend for anyone, regardless of your cooking background - Sofia is a great instructor for beginners as well as people who have more experience cooking.
This was an amazing experience that...
Melissa M
, Nov 2017
This was an amazing experience that my daughter and I will never forget. Can not wait to go back and do it again soon. Sofia was patient communicated well in both English and Spanish and tailored our experience to make sure my daughter was just as engaged as I was.
Learning to cook yucatecan food with...
betyfaneyte
, Oct 2017
Learning to cook yucatecan food with Sofia was an amazing experience!! I totally recommend her class, she is very friendly and cooks incredibly good! I had a great time in her kitchen and the food was delicious!
Discovering Yucatan with Sofias...
cecilia v
, Sep 2017
Discovering Yucatan with Sofias cooking lesson was the highlight of my trip to lovely Merida. Sofia focused on the basics of cooking a complicated cuisine rich in Mayan and European roots. I lost count of the many dishes and sauces we prepared as she asked me to taste and smell the ingredients of Achiote, Chaya, Passion fruit, and many other ingredients native to the area but not familiar to me. Growing up Mexican in America, I can compare her to an aunt passing down our family recipe. I found it to be a privilege to be in her home kitchen and sharing a culture I could not have experienced in any restaurant in Yucatan. I was fortunate to have Sofia to myself preparing Pollo Pibil wrapped in banana leaves and other dishes from the pans on the stove to a setting on the table, complemented by sipping wine with Yucatan folk music in the background on her patio table. After we said farewells and kissed on the cheek goodbye, the cab ride to the hotel gave me time to reflect and realize the value of Sofias class was far more valuable to me than gold. As I cook these dishes for my family and coworkers, a piece of Yucatan will always stay with me. I highly recommend taking Sofias cooking class on a list of things to do while visiting Merida, Yucatan. Thank You Sofia!
I would highly recommend this for...
Glen G
, Feb 2017
I would highly recommend this for cooks and foodies! Sophia's home is located in northwest Merida, about 10-15 minutes drive from the historical district I took Uber. After arriving, we sat down in her kitchen to discuss the agenda for the evening about 3 hours of cooking and 1 hour of eating and what we would prepare. For the first 3 hours, we prepped and cooked the food appetizers, soup, sides, main dish and dessert. All of the ingredients were local and had been purchased the same day. While we prepped the food, Sophia provided detailed information on everything and how it related to Yucatan culture and history her English is good. Although I was a beginner cook, she was very patient and helped me with all the basics especially cutting!. Although we could have used a food processor for much of the work, she was adamant about preparing everything in an authentic manner including the use of utensils that are native to Mexico. After everything was done, we moved the food to a table in her beautiful backyard and had a feast! while eating, Sophia gave me advice on restaurants to visit in Merida, historical locations, entertainment, etc. The next time I'm in Merida, I plan on taking another class with Sophia.

Product code: 7626P40