Cookin' Playa

Cookin' Playa, Playa del Carmen: Hours, Address, Cookin' Playa Reviews: 5/5

Cookin' Playa
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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"Cookin' Playa" Mexican cooking class in Playa del Carmen, Enjoy the Flavors of the authentic Mexican cuisine while you learn about the Culture in a Fun way; in this small group cooking class in Playa del Carmen. Your Chef will guide you from shopping for the produces at the local market right back to her home kitchen for an authentic "Mi Casa es tu Casa" Experience. We have the mission to become ambassadors of Mexican cuisine and culture and we want to share with you that warm, familiar feeling that Traditional Mexican cuisine creates. More than just a cooking class, an Exceptional Culinary and Cultural Experience.
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Roger K
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Chef Alma met us at Mega Mart. We drove to Fruteria Vallarta market. There Alma guided us through selection of best fresh items. On to Carniceria y Abarrotes to select meat, and Tortilleria y Molino for fresh corn dough for our tamales. Then to Alma’s kitchen where we learned about such things as:
• Preparing a unique Mexican frozen margarita;
• Avoiding adding salt when boiling beans so they soften for subsequent use in recipes;
• Fire-treating banana leaves so they become pliable for use in preparing tamales;
• Fire-roasting peppers over a gas stove flame so the skins become easily removable;
• How avocados will stay fresh longer with pit left in;
• Use of a molcajete and tejolote in preparing various dishes(and the difference between various type of these tools)
• How to make our very own tortillas and tamales
• Enjoying an anise and honey flavored liqueur

Lots of fun and well worth the price
Written January 23, 2020
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Roger we thank you for this kind review about Chef Alma ´s cooking class, we agree she is a very generous person in sharing her knowledge and passion about Mexico´ s culinary heritage. Every class has a different Menu and topics (check our daily Menu) so we welcome you again as Mi casa es su casa. Gracias!
Written January 24, 2020
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Sunny
Puyallup, WA3 contributions
Couples
Alma’s local market shopping and cooking class was a great experience for my husband and I. If you want to do something different while at the same time getting cultural insights then consider booking this class. Alma is very knowledgeable and personable. She welcomed us as if we were old friends and the entire time we felt comfortable and engaged in the cooking process. We made street tacos, guacamole, a creamy poblano dish, margaritas, homemade tortillas and fresh salsa. There was so much delicious food we couldn’t eat it all! Alma graciously sent us the recipes, which we will use when we return home. This was a wonderful experience which we highly recommend.
Written February 28, 2020
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Well appreciated are your good words in your review, thanks for your time, we will make sure Chef Alma reads you, she is a wonderful knowledgeable woman and we agree with you, she treats every guests as an old friends. Gracias for taking your precious Vacations time in joining her class. Take note she is also leading our Juan More Taco food tours in Playa del Carmen, so you will be in good hands with her to find the best Local Food options.
Written March 1, 2020
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robjackson_97
Kansas City38 contributions
Friends
After spending two weeks in Mexico diving and seeing so many wonderful sights, Cookin’ Playa with Alma was the high point of our visit. Alma made the day very special for us and is such a wonderful person to spend time with. Her many years as Chef and growing up in the home of a professional Chef are revealed in her knowledge of the culinary arts, but its the ability to share those skills that really shine. Alma was such a gracious hostess and so much fun to talk and cook with. We made guacamole, tamales, salsa, cactus, tortillas & street tacos and some of the best margaritas I’ve ever had. If I could have booked a week of classes with Alma I would have done it.
Written March 10, 2021
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On behalf of Chef Alma and all the COOKIN' family , we want to say : MUCHAS GRACIAS Thanks a lot for the opportunity and the favor towards our small business within these difficult times; we highly appreciate your visit. Looking forward to host you again on your next trip to Playa del Carmen.
Written March 21, 2021
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Erica
Cambridge, MA10 contributions
Couples
I feel like I can’t fully describe how amazing of an experience this was! My fiancé and I had the most wonderful time with Alma in Playa Del Carmen. From learning about the history of Playa, to shopping at the local markets for the right produce, to tasting fresh tortillas, to of course, cooking authentic Mexican food in her home! I would do this again over and over. Alma is so warm and welcoming, informative, and fun! We’d totally be friends if I was a local in Playa!! Thank you Alma! It will be an experience we will never ever forget! We can’t wait to try and recreate the recipes at home!
Written February 4, 2020
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Thank you so much Erica for your kind review about Chef Alma, we enjoy reading you, about your recent experience with Cookin´ Playa, we agree with you, she is an amazing person, all guests mention how nice she is and so generous in sharing so much about Mexico´ s Cooking. Gracias Erica!
Written February 4, 2020
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mjn2015715
Mid Coast Maine, ME19 contributions
Alma met us at the assigned location and drove us to the part of Playa del Carmen where residents live and shop- away from the touristy section of town. We then walked to local food vendors to purchase items for our cooking adventure. We tasted freshly made tortillas, learning how the tortillas were made. Alma purchase beef from the butcher where we sampled crispy pork rind- the best I have ever had! Then it was off to the vegetable market and the cheese shop. We were welcomed into Alma's home where the cooking began. Alma set us to the task of prepping the ingredients for margueritas and amazing guacamole. We enjoyed these while we chopped, stirred, rolled and tasted the meal we were preparing. We learned how to find a ripe avocado, make tortillas, prepare cactus, make mole and a mango aqua fresca. This was exactly the kind of cooking class we wanted- hands on, fun, while experiencing the local culture and community. Alma is a warm, talented woman who enthusiastically shares her love of her community and cooking traditional mexican foods. It was a great pleasure to spend the day with her and the results of our efforts were delicious!!
Written April 30, 2018
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Muchas gracias! It is a pleasure for us to share our culture with you. On behalf of Chef Alma and all the Cookin' México family in Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and San José del Cabo, gracias, we highly appreciate your visit! Hope to see you again soon in any of our locations. Cooking Experiences: Cookinvallarta.com Instagram & Facebook: CookinPlaya Tacos and Food tasting walking tours: JuanMoreTacoTours.com
Written March 4, 2022
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lunchladyNh
NH430 contributions
This was our 3rd time cooking with Alma. This time we chose to make mole. I have to say, I wasn't very excited about mole, I tried it once in a "mexican" restaurant in the States and it wasn't good. Was I wrong! After tasting what it's actually supposed to taste like, I love it! Such a complex flavor.
So you meet Alma at the entrance to the Mega store in downtown Playa Del Carmen, she whisks you into her car and to an authentic neighborhood produce market where the produce is so beautiful and fresh, nothing like the markets in the US. From there, you visit the butcher shop and the tortilla factory and then off to Alma's home to cook and drink margaritas.
We made mexican coffee margaritas which were... amazing - and guacamole to start off the fun. Oh, did I mention we have met some wonderful people from different parts of the world over the years? Such fun to get to know people & learn something new.
After making the meal, we all sit down and eat what we've made. After class, Alma drops us back at the Mega store and I usually go inside to search for ingredients I can't get at home.
We can't wait to see what we will make next year.
Written March 22, 2020
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On behalf of Chef Alma and all the COOKIN' family , we want to say : MUCHAS GRACIAS Thanks a lot for the opportunity and the favor towards our small business within these difficult times; we highly appreciate your visit. Looking forward to host you again on your next trip to Playa del Carmen
Written July 31, 2020
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Léah B
Saint-Raphael, France12 contributions
Couples
Everything was just completely perfect! Alma is really kind, she showed us the best way to select the ingredients in a local market and how to prepare the best margaritas (ever!) before teaching us how to cook a DELICIOUS and very complete Mexican meal! We wish we could eat everyday at her house 😆 We highly recommend this experience! 1000 gracias again Alma!
Written December 30, 2019
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Gracias for your kind review, we will make sure Chef Alma reads you. We agree with you, we would also like to eat her food daily. Her classes are for 6 people, so small groups always or if you prefer to have a private class, you can book for only 2 people or the amount of people desired. Thank you for recommending us. and we would like to have you also in our kitchens in Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas, offered by Chef Alma family members.
Written January 2, 2020
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pzzmd
London, Canada36 contributions
Couples
I had been looking forward to this class for quite some time, and had specifically booked a Tuesday in order to make tamales - something I have never had the opportunity to try at home, or during previous travel to Mexico. After meeting at the arranged time and place, Alma drove our group of 4 to a nearby neighbourhood where we visited several small markets, and gathered the necessary ingredients to prepare our meal. I particularly enjoyed watching fresh tortillas being made at the tortilleria, and trying a still-warm sample out front on the sidewalk. Once our shopping was complete, Alma brought us to her lovely and inviting home to begin cooking. We learned how to prepare several dishes from scratch - nopales a la Mexicana, rajas poblanas, chicken tamales. We also helped prepare and enjoyed several other smaller and delicious side dishes. The entire experience felt like spending an afternoon with old friends, sharing conversation, laughs, and great food. Alma clearly puts a lot of thought and care into planning and preparing for her classes, and it shows in every regard. Thank you very much Alma - I had a wonderful time, and am very much looking forward to sharing the results of your recipes with my children and family back home for years to come.
Written January 23, 2020
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We appreciate so much your good words about Chef Alma ´ cooking class you joined earlier this week. Chef Alma is very professional in what she is doing, she loves to share her passion, she loves to have guests that are curious to learn about Mexico ´s cooking and all the different and new produce while visiting the local markets. Chef Alma is your new friend while at the markets and she becomes your best old friends once at home. We appreciate your precious time in joining a cooking class and in writing this kind review. Chef Alma also our guide for JUAN MORE TACO Food Tours in Playa del Carmen so join her. We would like to meet you also in our classes in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Gracias!
Written January 24, 2020
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donnac1225
Chicago, IL5 contributions
We had a wonderful experience with Alma, from buying ingredients ending with a great, tasty dinner with Margarita's.
Alma was experienced, delightful and my husband and I felt a true cultural connection. Alma cooked in her own home and it felt just like family. There was only three of us for this class which was really a hands on. Thank you so much for a great time and recipes. Nick and Donna K
Written January 21, 2020
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Thank you Nick and Donna for your kind review on last Monday Cookin´ Playa experience, Chef Alma is a wonderful person, we are proud to have her part of our team. She is really generous in sharing her knowledge about Mexico culinary heritage and she wants her guests to feel at home, just like if the cooking session would be between friends. Now there is no good reason not to cook Mexican at Home. We would like to have you in our kitchens of Cookin´ Cabo San Lucas and in Cookin´ Vallarta. Gracias!
Written January 21, 2020
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tgcwatson
El Dorado, AR19 contributions
Couples
If you are looking for an AUTHENTIC experience in Mexican cooking, this is definitely the class for you!! Alma and Mama Alma welcomed us into their home and showed us a day in the life of a happy Mexican family. We met at the Mega and left there to discover the neighborhood markets such as the tortilleria, fruteria, the butcher, and the dairy shop for fresh ingredients. Alma then welcomed us into her kitchen and began to teach us about the food we were preparing along with its history in the culture of the country. Joined by her cousin, founder of the Cookin’ concept, Enrique Chavelas, and his beautiful wife, we made a meal that we will never forget! Words can’t describe the experience nor the hospitality we felt from this family! Choose this class! You will not be disappointed!
Written July 25, 2018
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On behalf of Chef Alma and Mamá Alma and family, thank you for honoring our table and for your kind review! It was a pleasure meeting you and hope you join us for another class or tour in one of other locations! We extend an invitation to join also our cooking classes and food tours in Puerto Vallarta, Ensenada and Playa del Carmen. Look forward to seeing you again at one of cooking classes or taco tours on your next trip to Mexico! All the best!!
Written October 11, 2018
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