Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mole frijoles!

We're planning on taking at least one cooking class while we're in Oaxaca, and, so far, this one seems like the most fun and the best deal:


"Cooking classes are held at CASA CRESPO Restaurant. Casa Crespo is a cooking school devoted exclusively to the cuisine of Oaxaca and has become a "must-do" destination. What better way to learn more about this region´s culture than by savoring Oaxacan cuisine?

Cooking classes at Casa Crespo are a unique experience. The classes are designed for people who love to cook but are unfamiliar with the seasoning and cooking methods of Oaxacan cuisine. All classes are taught in English. Every class focuses on techniques and local ingredients, with an emphasis on dishes that can easily be recreated in your kitchen back home.

Your experience will include a guided visit to the "Sánchez Pascuas" local market, where you will learn firsthand about traditional ingredients. We explore indigenous herbs, vegetables, spices and the many forms of dried and fresh chiles.

Our 4 hour course can seamlessly fit into your daily travel itinerary. The class starts at 10 am and offers a tasty sampling of Oaxacan cuisine, including indigenous ingredients and cooking methods.

Here is what you´ll get:
Included in the price of all classes are that morning coffee and pastries, a visit to the neighbouring market, all class materials and ingredients and of course, full recipes for the dishes that you will prepare plus mezcal or beer. We have classes everyday at 10 am. The cost of each class is $US65 per person. There is no minimum class size. Meal ticket for non-students: $US25.

Classes are taught everyday, except Sundays, at 10 am at Casa Crespo restaurant at Allende 107, between Alcalá and García Vigil streets, two houses west from Santo Domingo church. Payment is in cash at the end of the class." (from their web site)

A continental breakfast, a trip to the market, cooking, and then lunch with mescal or beer -- does it get better?

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