Cooking in Puerta Vallarta

chili relenos photo credit: blah blah birds

chili relenos
photo credit: blah blah birds

I spent last week in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico for a little “welcome summer” getaway. Now if you asked me my plans prior to the trip, I would have said sun, pool/beach, cocktail and repeat. Once we were there, the hubby told me there were several cooking classes in the area. Really his ploy to try and occupy my time while he wanted to play 18 rounds of golf, my interest was peaked and I could care less about his hidden agenda. I did a quick search on trip advisor and found Cookin Vallarta! A cooking class that begins with a shopping trip to the local market where we shop for ingredients.

 

clockwise: market view, poblano peppers, mangos, nopales (cactus)

clockwise: market view, poblano peppers, mangos, nopales (cactus)

 

I loved, loved, loved the market trip. I always love going to the markets when we go on trips, stateside or abroad, I enjoy soaking up the culture of the area with local foods. The best part of the market was the street taco cart.

 

photo credit: blah blah birds

photo credit: blah blah birds

 

This taco was DeLiCiouS! Stuffed with seasoned, marinated meat with melted cheese on a slight crunchy tortilla…the most perfect taco I’d had to date.

The class continued when we traveled to the home of chef Enrique and his wife to prepare our meal. On the menu for the day…tamales, chile relenos (pictured at top), fresh homemade tortilla and five of the best salsas (all pictured after the jump) ever!

 

me and the other student Jason

me and the other student Jason

 

Chef Enrique was knowledgeable of Mexican cuisine, he and his wife were warm and inviting in their home and the food was absolutely fantastic. Plus, he gave us a handy recipe notebook of some of his favorites. Those salsa will definitely be served at the next porch party. I am now hooked and will try to take a cooking class on all of our future trips. I would highly recommend this class to anyone that travels to the area. You will not be disappointed!

 

Click below for more pictures…

the centerpiece at chef Enrique's house

the centerpiece at chef Enrique’s house

 

making the banana leaf pliable for the tamales

making the banana leaf pliable for the tamales

 

chef Enrique making the tamales

chef Enrique making the tamales

 

tomatoes roasting for salsa

tomatoes roasting for salsa

 

guacamole salsa

guacamole salsa

 

roasted tomato salsa in a molcajete

roasted tomato salsa in a molcajete

 

just pressed tortilla on the tortilla press

just pressed tortilla on the tortilla press

 

nothing better than homemade corn tortillas

nothing better than homemade corn tortillas

 

the salsa spread, getting ready to eat lunch

the salsa spread, getting ready to eat lunch

 

tamale with chicken mole

tamale with chicken mole

 

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