Cooking in Puerta Vallarta
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.
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.
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!
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!
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