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  • Mexican Home Cooking School and Romantic B & BMexican Home Cooking School and Romantic B & B
    Loved our stay!
    Feb 27, 2013 08:22 pm
    Our week at Casa Carmelita was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations that we’ve had. My wife is an accomplished cook, and interested in learning more about traditional Mexican cooking. I’m a novice cook, and interested in pre- and post-Columbian Mexican history and culture.

    The cooking lessons at Casa Carmelita were fantastic. We both found them fun and engaging (notwithstanding the disparity in our cooking experience). Estela and Jon shared numerous tips with each recipe that we used. The lunches and dinners that Estela and Maria cooked from the food that we prepared during the lessons were fabulous. If forced to pick a favorite, it would probably be the tamales. They were so delightfully better than any that we have previously had.

    Each day between lunch and dinner, we ventured to various historical and archeological sites, museums and cathedrals in and around Tlaxcala. The waiters, museum staff and others that we met were friendly and tolerant of my rudimentary Spanish. We heard “bienvenidos” many times.

    While there are currently many areas in Mexico that are not safe, we never felt apprehensive during any part of our trip. Tlaxcala and Puebla are tourist areas that have not suffered the extreme drug related violence that plagues many parts of northern Mexico. With respect to getting from the airport to Casa Carmelita and traveling from Casa Carmelita to the central district of Tlaxcala, Puebla and the archeological sites that we visited, Jon has done an excellent job in lining up dependable drivers (and he keeps tabs on them).

    In short, we learned and had fun. In addition to Estela’s classes, I enjoyed the numerous discussions that Jon and I had about Mexican history, culture and “modismos mexicanos.” Estele, Jon and Maria were attentive hosts. The food was delicious, the weather fabulous and the area interesting. What’s not to like? We plan to return.

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