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Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist
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Overview

Get an authentic taste of Mexico--with a twist--on this excursion. You are invited to the home of an internationally trained chef who returned home to bring his own special flair to traditional cuisine. This personalized tour starts with a visit to the market to select the best ingredients for your meal. Return to Chef’s home to cook together before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  • Choose from a morning lesson with lunch or afternoon lesson with supper
  • Your meal and lesson can be customized to your tastes and most diets
  • Make it a family affair. Children 5 and over are welcome to join
  • Please note there is a minimum of two adults per booking
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Starter
Ceviche
Citrusy ceviche made with fresh catch of the day like mahi mahi
Main
Panela enchiladas
A unique dish of rolled tortillas filled with authentic panela cheese and topped with a lettuce, tomato, radish and pickled jalapeno garnish
Seafood or mushroom al ajillo
Shrimp, octopus or mushroom sautéed in a chili, garlic oil
Private market tour and cooking class with your host Manuel
Bottled water
Local beer
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Local host
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Puerto Vallarta , Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Please meet your host Manuel at his home in Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note: this is not a professional cooking class, rather an experience to visit a local home to meet a local chef and share culture and cuisine together.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Traveling Spoon, Inc
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist.
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What is the social distancing policy during Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist.

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  • "Very personable and engaging makes for a terrific authentic food experience" See review

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Awesome experience!!
Leslie_S
, Nov 2021
What a great experience! It was interesting to see the market and all the fresh seafood. There was a shop that made fresh, 100% white corn tortillas. He bought them right off of the machine. Manuel took the time to ask us our likes and dislikes and tailored the experience to accommodate us. He made mahi mahi ceviche, shrimp aguachile, and enchiladas. Everything was delicious. We will book with him again when we return to Puerto Vallarta!
star-5
Manu showed us an awesome afternoon.
Scott_A
, Oct 2021
Quick and easy enchilada secrets, and the best Chile relleno we've ever had. After a interesting trip to the market Manu demonstrated how to make a simple yet delicious meal that we will make over and over.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Informative and tasty
Cedes_H
, Mar 2021
Market tour was wonderful. Then learning about cooking methods and knife skills. The things I didn't know I needed to know.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Local Enjoyment
Larry_L
, Dec 2020
Choosing the freshest fish at a local market and making a simple, but delicious ceviche, was a highlight of our experience. Manu was knowledgeable, friendly, and considerate. The entire experience during Covid felt safe.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
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!
star-5
Perfect day learning and enjoying a great meal
Steve_C
, Dec 2020
Had a wonderful time learning to cook after shopping for our ingredients at an outdoor market. Manu, was wonderful and he took the time to see what we wanted to get out of the lesson and then we went to the market a few blocks away. We picked out fresh shrimp and vegetables and even saw fresh tortillas being made. We came back and made a delicious meal and then ate it. Manu is fun and made the day just perfect. Highly recommend this event. A ++++
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Puerto Vallarta Cooking Lesson
Sheila_R
, Dec 2020
This was an absolute wonderful experience. I would highly recommend. Manu was very personable, informative and the perfect host. He got a feel for the foods we liked and we shopped at the local market for all fresh ingredients and went back to house to prepare. The food was excellent and can’t wait for him to email everything I need to make this at home. What a great experience. Looking forward to my next trip to Puerto Vallarta and another great experience with Manu
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The authentic meal and an authentic chef
Julie_H
, Dec 2020
We had a great time from start to finish. We enjoyed venturing out of the downtown area to a home located in a fantastic neighborhood. The experience was fun because we walked to a Mercado for ingredients. As well as learned to design a two course meal. 5 stars!
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Great
Mike_R
, Oct 2020
He was very professional it was one on one , and I learned news recipes and it was very fun ok ok ok ok ok ok ok
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you had a fun learning experience with Manu and look forward to serving you on your future travels.
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Best part of the trip
Toms_D
, Mar 2020
My wife and I spent a morning with Manu (Manuel) on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Our only regret was not taking our two teenage boys because they would have loved it. This is our experience: 1) We research fun things to do in PV and cooking lessons pop up a few notches down from zip-lining, which we have already booked. These cooking lessons do not look like anything we have done in the US. These lessons involve a trip the market with the chef to acquire the foods available fresh that day. And after shopping, we are going to prepare the foods at the chef's house. That sounds different and fun, so we book online. 2) When we arrive in PV, I write the address and the phone number for the chef's house for the taxi driver to reference. That proves helpful because the driver does call Manu for directions. The house isn't difficult to find. It's just that taxi drivers find restaurants and hotels faster than they find residential addresses. 3) I knock on a nondescript door and Manu greets us with perfect English. He invites us into his immaculate, small house and our adventure begins with a conversation about our food preferences. After 20-30 minutes discussing potential dishes to make and our tolerance for food adventure, we walk to the market with Manu over cobblestone streets. He greets people and they greet him as we walk. Manu knows the neighbors and they know him. 4) Our first stop is the fish market, a lively place where Manu seems to be a celebrity. He knows everyone's name and they know him. They also know Manu seeks the highest-quality fish, so they show him their best. As Manu talks with the market staff, he identifies all the fish and shellfish for my wife and me and he shows us how to recognize the freshest fish. The market staff wraps our fish neatly and we repeat the process for vegetables and dairy products with a stop by a small tortilla factory. We acquire tortillas that are warm because the little assembly line has just produced them. Manu tells us all the produce is from the area, so this market resembles a US farmers' market, not a grocery store. 5) We return to Manu's house, and the preparation begins with a lesson in food safety. He washes the vegetables carefully and then disinfects them with an iodine wash which makes you question your own food-handling measures. He moves quickly, explaining the steps and the reasons as he goes. He is preparing two courses for us and wonderful smells fill the kitchen as he multi-tasks effortlessly. 6) While this is a lesson, this is not a group project because he is fast and needs no assistance. He slows to demonstrate good knife skills and he shows us the proper way to slice serrano peppers without abusing them in a way that releases too much heat. After a few attempts, we acknowledge we have been slicing peppers incorrectly for years and Manu takes charge again. He moves efficiently, always placing the knife here and the spoon there. We cannot believe how little space he requires to be so productive. 7) He assembles our first course, ceviche. It looks beautiful and tastes better. We conclude it is the best we will ever eat. When would we ever eat ceviche made in front of us from ingredients so fresh? 8) As we enjoy that course, he begins work on the next, enchiladas. The ceviche is so good we forget more food is coming. These enchiladas are unlike anything we have tried. They are small, filled with panela, a cheese that does not melt and they are delicious. 9) After spending the morning eating and conversing with Manu, he tells us how to walk to the tourist areas of PV. When we meet the rest of our group, we tell them about our morning and they envy our adventure. My wife and I recommend that you take a break from the resort, beach and ocean for 4 hours and treat yourself to this experience.
star-5
Tortilla factory was very interesting and delicious.
Karen_V
, Mar 2020
Our cooking class with Chef Manuel was amazing, enlightening, delicious and would recommend to everyone.

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