A TASTE OF PUEBLA IN CENTRAL MEXICO
A Taste Of Puebla In Central Mexico
7 Days | 6 Nights
Available Sunday to Saturday Year-Round
Puebla style cooking is becoming a lost art, but located about 5 miles outside of the city of Tlaxcala (the-lawx-KAH-lah), Casa Carmelita is situated on a high plateau. Jon and Estela Silva with teach you how to make traditional Puebla style cooking. You will discover dishes far beyond what is normally thought of as Mexican food. You will be staying in the home of Jon and Estela Silva, with a kitchen configured for culinary instruction.
Welcome Dinner with Margaritas – On arrival at Casa Carmelita, enjoy a fun and festive welcome cocktail hour where you will enjoy light appetizers, drinks and the chance to meet with fellow vacationers, as well as your hosts. You will have a choice of soft drinks, beer, wine or the classic margarita. A classic “Pueblan” dinner will be prepared by Estela which will set the tone for the kind of cuisine you will be learning how to make in the hands-on cooking classes. Discover the secrets passed down through many generations that create the unique flavors of this region.
Once your driver picks you up from the airport, relax and unwind for the one-and-a-half hour drive on a modern 4-lane expressway over pine-covered mountains. On your way to Casa Carmelita be sure to look to your right going over the mountains for a view of the two local volcanoes, Malinche and Matlalcueyall. Also, watch for the view of snow-covered Popocatepeti volcano.
EACH DAY you will have a two-and-a-half to three hour cooking class in the morning where you will be creating a three-course meal for both lunch and dinner. A typical day’s recipes may include:
Squash blossom soup
Almond chicken or duck
Pork, lamb or rabbit in Adobo sauce
Beef in Chile Pasilla sauce
And perhaps “fiancees sighs” a dessert with walnuts covered in syrup, lemon and cinnamon
Cultural History Tour of Old Tlaxcala – While you are on this tour, you will walk through almost 500 years of history from the Holy Cross Fountain which was a gift from Spanish King Felipe IV in 1646, to the former Royal Guest House in the Parish Church of Saint Joseph which was built in 1526. You will also visit the former Chapel for Indigenous People which was located in Tlaxcala in 1528, and the Royal Guest House of the Indigenous Government built in 1551.
Guided Produce and Spice Market Excursion – A mixture of four different cuisines go into Pueblan cuisine. By visiting the market in Tlaxcala, you will become acquainted with the ingredients of the traditional dishes you will be preparing in your hands-on cooking classes. At the market you will find endless varieties of Mexican cuisine including tomatoes, onion, cinnamon, tortillas and an array of chiles. Anchos, passillas, mulattos and chipotle chiles, as well as pumpkin seeds, raisins, sesame seeds, almonds, tomatillos, oil and garlic will all be at your disposal.
Keep in mind that Puebla is 7,500 feet above altitude, and make take a bit of getting used to. It is located in the mountains, and can be rather chilly, so take appropriate clothing with you. The average temperature is 60 degrees, and rainfall is around 31 inches per year. Jon can arrange taxis for any excursions you might like to see or do.
6 Nights Accommodations
Round-Trip Transfers To and From Mexico City (for your return to the airport, the shuttle runs every half-hour from Puebla which will be arranged for you).
All Meals and Beverages During Your Stay
Traditional Pueblan Cooking Classes
Cultural History Tour of Old Tlaxcala
Guided Produce and Spice Market Tour
For more information email moc.l1519559207evart1519559207yrova1519559207sdnat1519559207eews@1519559207nerak1519559207 or call 903-686-0134