Cook, Taste, Savor
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking “I could eat Mexican food for a week straight,” then you’re in luck. No, not a week of lunches at Chipotle. Instead, take a fabulous culinary trip to Mexico to learn from a chef, trying your hand at cooking Mexican specialties while staying in a charming boutique hotel.
On this trip from Traveloti, you’ll learn from the best. Chef Ana Garcia is a renowned chef who has made appearances on TV, and now she’s teaching one-week courses out of La Villa Bonita Hotel, creating a unique “culinary vacation.” She won’t be just making the meals for you, though. Chef Ana will teach you and the other chefs in the group how to make her amazing recipes – and you’ll be able to feast on the fruits of your labor once the lesson is over. You’ll have the chance to cook Mexican classics like tamales and quesadillas, along with more obscure dishes that will really impress when you try them at home.
The La Villa Bonita hotel is in the small town of Tepoztlán, Mexico, not too far from Mexico City. This town is full of food markets, which you’ll visit with Chef Ana to prep for your meals. It’s also a great place to wander into little shops – a great way to walk off some of the food! A hiking trip up Tepozteco Mountain and time for catching rays at the pool are both on tap, making this a great getaway for all kinds of foodies.
To book this trip, visit Traveloti.
From the airport, you will be picked up from a representative from La Villa Bonita, and you’ll be taken on your way to the first of several splendid evenings on the slope of the Tepozteco Mountain. At the hotel, you will be greeted by Chef Ana and you’ll have the chance to enjoy splendid welcome cocktails. Get to know your fellow foodie travelers and settle into your room. After, you’ll enjoy a welcome chef’s table dinner. An optional dinner party can top off the evening.
Greet the morning from your room at La Villa Bonita Hotel. You’ll love to discover the gorgeous vistas and 360 degree views from the hotel. In the morning, you’ll eat breakfast in the La Villa Bonita (LVB) Kitchen. After breakfast, take a walk over to the Tepoztlán Market. There you will pick the ingredients you’ll be using for a lunch of your making. Start prepping for lunch upon your return. Today’s lunch menu will be Mole Colorado with chicken, pork in Piplan sauce (mole verde), refried beans, red rice with vegetables, and flan.
It’s an early morning today. Take a quick coffee and leave for an excursion to the Cuernavaca wholesale market (Lopez Mateos) to get the pick of the best ingredients for today’s meal. Return to LVB for breakfast and to begin your lessons an preparation for lunch. Let Chef Ana introduce you to chiles and salsas. Learn how to cure a molcajete before cooking. Then it’s learning how to best prepare tortillas, quesadillas with squash blossoms, huitlacoche (flavoring), and pork skins in green salsa. And for dessert, guayabas in syrup. Savor your lunch in the garden, and then spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Take a walk into the town of Tepoztlán or take a dip in the pool.
It’s a gourmet field trip today. After breakfast in the LVB kitchen, head off to the Centro to meet local cooks and sellers and to try local food. You’ll get the chance to meet a baker, butcher, and strawberry provider, among other possible local food industry folks. Sample your way around by trying squash blossom quesadillas, pancita, itacates, and other local delicacies. This will double as your lunch for the day and after, it’ll be time to return to the hotel and partake in a chef’s table dinner party. Gourmet slow food techniques are used to create an incredible culinary experience. As you watch your meal being made before you, ask questions about its preparation and talk about the food’s origins.
After breakfast, it’s off again to Tepoztlán Market to shop for ingredients. Today you’ll be helping prepare huanzontles, chiles rellenos or chiles en nogada (seasonal), white rice, seasoned beans and natilla. Delight in another garden lunch and spend the afternoon reading, venturing into town or going for a walk around the grounds. Journey back for an indulgent tequila tasting in the evening.
Savor another delicious breakfast and prepare for your next meal: chicken tamales, squash with corn, cheese, pork tamales, and a dessert of tamales with pineapple. Eat int he garden and set off with a full stomach on a hike to the neighboring Tepozteco Pyramid. This Aztec pyramid is an amazing ruin that will be sure to be a favorite site during your trip. The hike is athletic, so please prepare accordingly.
For your last full day at La Villa Bonita, as always you’ll start with a scrumptious breakfast. If you haven’t taken the chance to enjoy the charming town of Tepoztlán, now is the perfect time. On the weekends, Tepoztlán is alive with plenty of shopping, a weekend artisans market, and plenty of places to sightsee and walk around. If sticking by the pool is your preference, this would be a great last day to do that as well. In the evening, an optional dinner party is available. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. All ingredients will be fresh that day, and prepared using slow-food techniques.
To book this trip, visit Traveloti.