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La Casa de los Sabores Cooking School

Reforma 402-B | Col. Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
201 255 6104
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Ranked #5 of 46 Activities in Oaxaca
Type: Classes/Workshops, Classes
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Owner description: Many people who come to Oaxaca want to know more about the wonderful unique food from this region especially the variety of "mole" sauces, the banana leaf-wrapped tamales and the vast array of soups, all using typical Oaxacan ingredients.Experienced chef and owner of La Olla, Pilar Cabrera, offers you the opportunity to learn, hands-on, the complex cuisine of Oaxaca. Pilar´s cooking classes, held in La Casa de Los Sabores (House of Flavors), are set in her spacious, newly remodeled traditionally styled Oaxacan kitchen. In a warm and inviting atmosphere, you will learn to create the traditional Oaxacan dishes of your choice, made famous throughout Mexico and spreading worldwide. Shared and private classes include an explanation about the ingredients, a tour to the local market, hand-made meal preparation, mezcal tasting and, of course, the five course meal you prepared which you get to enjoy at the end of the class. Pilar will teach you her family´s generations-old cooking secrets so you can learn and enjoy a Oaxacan culinary legacy.
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Seattle, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I didn't expect to be cooking in Pilar's beautiful home! This was an unforgettable experience both because we got to make traditional oaxacan food while learning about the foods and traditions but also because of the unique opportunity to be inside the home of a oaxacan resident. This was hands down my favorite activity of our 12 day trip. Sign... More

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Fayetteville, West Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I had the pleasure of taking two classes with Pilar. Accompanying her to market (Different markets on different days), learning cooking techniques (so much better than trying to follow a recipe on one's own) and enjoying the fruit of our labor at her beautiful dining table was an absolute delight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Chef Pilar Cabrera's cooking lessons will allow you to appreciate many subtleties about Oaxacan cuisine, subtleties that you may not necessarily appreciate by just tasting all the wonderful food Oaxaca has to offer. To truly appreciate Oaxacan food, you must see its raw ingredients and how those ingredients arrive from distant villages to the local markets. You must understand how... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Pilar was adept in English at sharing her passion and fun and talent for cooking her native cuisine. It was nice to be able to follow her closely in the market and understand what she's looking for and how to make choices, and then just have great fun while learning and tasting and cooking together. Highly recommend this class!

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Mexico City, Mexico
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This half day cooking class will suit those who are accomplished cooks who want to add some traditional Oaxacan dishes to their repertoire or cooking novices who feel very uncomfortable holding a knife. Either way you´re going to have fun. The course is really designed to give you an insight into the Oaxacan culture and lifestyle through food as food... More

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New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I had taken a few cooking classes in Oaxaca trying to learn how to crack the code to making delicious moles and Pilar's class was exceptional. She was such a tremendous teacher and hostess. I loved the fact that the class began in the market where we shopped around at different vendors and Pilar gave us a fantastic orientation to... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Don't hesitate on deciding whether or not to take Pilar's fabulous cooking class. I can't imagine how anyone could be disappointed. We took the 100% Oaxaca class and made salsa with ants, salsa with worms, a soup, a delicious cheesecake-like dessert, an unbelievable mole, and fresh corn tortillas (as well as a thicker type of tortilla that I can't remember... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We spent a lovely day together with Pilar and her two interns. We were a mixed crowd, one seasoned foodie who loves to cook, two 18 year old foodies who loves to eat, and me with my limited food requirements. One of the very best highlights was visiting the market and learning how to buy food. Everyone left smitten with... More

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San Francisco, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Chef Pilar was born in Oaxaca and can relate all ingredients to her upbringing which adds a very personal angle to everything she makes. She has a lot of knowledge about all ingredients and Oaxaca food. Classes are fun, light and there is plenty of food to taste once the class is over.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Generally, Oaxaca was one of our favourite places in Mexico. Pilar's class made it even more rich, especially as we want to the market together and could ask all kinds of questions. Pilar was the nicest host. Absolutely a recommendation!

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