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Alma de mi Tierra Cooking School

Aldama # 205 Jalatlaco, Oaxaca 68080, Mexico
877 234-4706
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Ranked #3 of 40 activities in Oaxaca
Type: Classes/Workshops
Owner description: Alma de Mi Tierra offers day cookery classes. Nora Valencia is a native of Oaxaca and passes on time honored recipes and techniques and some new ones... more » Owner description: Alma de Mi Tierra offers day cookery classes. Nora Valencia is a native of Oaxaca and passes on time honored recipes and techniques and some new ones of her own to her enthusiastic students. « less
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marquette
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Well, I am NOT a cook really, but I am making mango ceviche even as I write this review. Nora was a great teacher. I also had fun with the whole group, who came with many different languages, knowledge, etc....but all had fun and learned ALOT! I looked at all the schools, and choose this one, because I wanted some... More

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San Salvador, El Salvador
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I cook for a living, so naturally a trip to Mexico wouldn't be complete without at least a few days in Oaxaca. My husband and I took Nora's class hoping to gain greater insight into the preparation of such a storied cuisine and we weren't disappointed. The menu for the day was green mango ceviche, corn-poblano soup, mole rojo with... More

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Nora Valencia is a talented and highly-knowledgeable cook who has been making traditional Oaxacan meals since childhood in her mother's kitchen. She is the real thing, and you get to cook in her home kitchen, which only adds to the charm. Each lesson starts at the local mercado where it is evident that everyone knows her from way back. She... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Nora's home was the perfect setting for a most exquisite educational & eating experience, the absolute best. We were positively enchanted! From the visit to Mercado Merced to the learning of techniques & ingredients, to a wealth of historical and cultural information, Nora is a fabulous teacher. Her education, experience, and humor were all just wonderful! Unconditional kudos to Alma... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Six of us siblings and in-laws took Nora's cooking class during our week in Oaxaca. We all loved it. The day started with a trip to a local market, an experience in itself. Then off to Nora's clean, beautiful home, colorfully and tastefully decorated. Nora had us all working on the food preparation, impressing us with her knowledge, skill and... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Taking this class with Nora was just too much fun. Our class had almost ten people in it, each with a different cooking experience level, but Nora was able to keep everyone moving and learning together. Everyone got to participate, even though some of the more basic prep work had been done that morning or by one of her assistants.... More

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Kingston, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Nora Valencia is a truly wonderful guide into the intricacies of Oaxacan culture. She has deep roots in Oaxaca through the generations of cooks in her family, and through her extensive education in the best ways to transmit both her knowledge and her heritage. It's not only that she knows how to prepare traditional Oaxacan cooking, and also has the... More

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Denver, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I can't wait to return to Oaxaca and take another cooking class with Nora (and next time I will also arrange to take a food tour of the surrounding villages with her). The class I did take -- a morning-afternoon class at her home was absolutely fantastic. I have taken cooking classes in many locations when I travel, and this... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Nora limits group size to make a more intimate experence. We met at her parents' B&B, went to a wonderful neighrbhd mrkt to buy our day's ingredients, & began our lessons. We learned about foods before us & chatted with vendors. Wonderful. Then walked to her exquisite home. You don't watch. You cook! As you chop, Nora teaches culture, food... More

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Bellingham
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We did it again. For the fifth time in the past six years, we ended up at one of Nora's fantastic and delicious cooking classes. Her classes are such fun and that shot of mescal and lime would get anybody in the mood for the enjoyment involved in watching Nora, listening to Nora describe the history and the steps involved... More

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