Meanwhile, Back at the Little Mexican Cooking School

Two years ago my husband and I visited Puerto Morelos, Mexico and I discovered the Little Mexican Cooking School, on Avenida Rojo Gomez . Puerto Morelos is a great home base for exploring the Yucatan Peninsula and only 20 minutes south of Cancun. We came back to visit this year and it was fun all over again. The town has a laid back vibe and a coral reef just off shore. I finally tried snorkeling and it was amazing. But back to the school, last time the chef at the school was Chef Pablo Lopez Espinosa de los Monteros. Chef Pablo has since opened a fabulous place for breakfast and lunch in town called El Nicho. We ate there twice and it was perfection, just what Puerto Morelos needed. It already has a slew of excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.

This year the chef in residence is Chef Alfonso Lopez De Anda and I had the pleasure of sitting in for his lesson in Mexican cooking. After a coffee and small bite the class began. We had a tour of chiles both fresh and dried. Everyone had a chance to try their noses at identifying them by smell alone. Then we created a few different salsas by mixing up the base ingredients and came up with our own unique combinations. I don’t think I’ll be buying salsa in a jar anymore. After that we all moved into the kitchen to prepare a tasty Mexican meal. I like meeting other travelers while learning some new recipes. The guacamole that I learned last time is now the only one I use. My husband loves it.

I’m sorry to say I only shot the first course. I got so involved with mealtime chatter and the very delicious food that it slipped my mind. I think you get the picture anyway. Let me know if you have a chance to take a class there. The school is located inside the Casa Caribe Bed & Breakfast. They also have a wonderful Sunday brunch. Tell the owner Catriona that I sent you.

  • March 13, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Alfonso Lopez De Anda - Thank you soooooo very much…those are GREAT PICS, you did really catch the moment!

  • March 12, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    isis rodriguez - yes, I have tried his classes and his food. he has this amazing ability to open up my senses to learn how to cook with my nose and not with a measuring cup! the smelling of chiles is just one is his ways in doing this. so glad i met chef alfonso! i wish him success as he is one hell of a talented man!

  • March 10, 2014 - 11:24 pm

    Rhonda - Kathi,
    Thank you so much for these beautiful pictures. I’m reliving that day all over again…delicious food and fantastic company!

    Take care and maybe someday we will see you again.

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