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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Lunch or Dinner
    • Bottled water
    • Local beer
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Gratuities
    • Private cooking class with your host Sofia
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • 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 at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    The six of us spent the day with Sophia and experienced authentic Yucatecan cooking, from shopping in the beautiful local Mexican market to preparing 7 wonderful dishes in her home. Sophia is a joy, English is good and she prepares recipes passed down from generations. We all
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    Response from Traveling Spoon R, Guest Relations Manager at Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so glad you had a memorable Traveling Spoon experience and look forward to serving you again on your future travels!
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    We spent a day with Sofia, cooking traditional Yucatan recipes and had a fantastic experience. She is very knowledgable and incredibly chatty, a lot of fun and made us (two twenty something year old girls) feel very welcome - even when our chopping was sub par! We left with a
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    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 papaya madura) and a local
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    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 lot of fun. She explained us what we
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    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 at the home in an area
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    Response from TSReservations, Owner at Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home
    Responded 9 Apr 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 enough snacks during their experience. We do want to say that we specialize in home experiences. These are experiences where you enter a local home where you meet a local and their family and learn about their culture through a home-food experience, and are not run by professional chefs in professional cooking studios. Our hope is that this is an authentic way to connect with local people, their culture and their food. We try to be as up front as possible in their descriptions that some of these host homes may be modest and not have air-conditioning, for example. We are sorry you were uncomfortable, of course we understand that is never a pleasant feeling, and will do a better job to be sure that the descriptions are very clear about what to expect in our host's homes. Thank you again for taking the time to provide this feedback so that we can do a better job for future travelers. We are sorry that this experience did not meet your expectations and will do our best to improve in the areas where we fell short.
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    About the operator
    By: Traveling Spoon
    26 reviews
    Odyssey787305
    10
    Excellent
    The six of us spent the day with Sophia and experienced authentic Yucatecan cooking, from shopping in the
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    charlottew514
    St Ives, United Kingdom
    21
    Fabulous food, brilliant host!
    We spent a day with Sofia, cooking traditional Yucatan recipes and had a fantastic experience. She is very
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    SusanneSchubert
    10
    Awesome afternoon/evening
    We had an amazing time with Daniel and Julietta. We learned so much about local food and made a super delicious
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    Laura W
    10
    Fantastic cookery class with Daniel and Julieta
    Our best meal and one of our top experiences during our 2 week holiday travelling around the Yucatan peninsula! We
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    TravelbuffTaipei
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    3821
    Wonderful evening with Daniel and Julieta learning and eating Yucatan food
    We just finished a cooking class with master chef Daniel and his partner Julieta. From the moment we arrived at
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    HannekeJanssen
    10
    Great experience!!!
    We (family with 2 children - age 10 and 12) had a superb day with Daniel and Julieta: the visit to the market and
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    alexandramichaels
    10
    Fantastic afternoon & evening. Trip highlight!
    We had the absolute best time with Julieta and Daniel.These two long-time friends couldn't have been more gracious
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    Trudy B
    51
    Amazing Yucatan Cooking
    To say that Sophia Casellas goes the extra mile does not describe our amazing day with her! We had suggested a few
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    TravelingWieners
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    12182
    WONDERFUL YUCATECAN COOKING ADVENTURE
    Our instructor Sofia picked us up at our hotel in Merida and took us to the big market here. It was very
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    lonnajp
    50
    Beautiful food, gracious hosts
    If you are looking for an experience more memorable than yet another night in a restaurant, look no further.
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    thisjustine123
    Montreal, Canada
    72
    Amazing day with Sofia!
    We booked this cooking class end of October 2018 and we're glad we did - we received an authentic experience in a
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    Charles O
    10
    Empanadas de Chaya y Rellenos de Cazón
    My family very much enjoyed our day with Sophia. We appreciated being able to go to the market and select fresh
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    lebana_martinez
    Community of Madrid, Spain
    4518
    Amazing cooking class with Sofia
    We booked this cooking class for November 2018. We took a Taxi to get to Sofias place and started the cooking
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    kristena159
    Los Angeles, California
    10
    OUTSTANDING experience with Daniel and Julieta!
    We can’t say enough about how wonderful our cooking experience was with Daniel and Julieta! Julieta owns a
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    Nancy M
    10
    I highly recommend this experience!
    My husband and I and 3 teenagers saw the market, created our lunch and dined together with Daniel and Julieta, and
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