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Eden Valley Mayan Kitchen

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Eden Valley Mayan Kitchen

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JulieM wrote a review Mar 2020
Columbus, Ohio7 contributions
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My husband and I, along with our other couple friends took this class last week. It was amazing! Yesenia and her husband were so friendly and fun to learn from! The class was extensive but not overly long -we actually stayed a while after just chatting with them. We learned so much in their self-made, outdoor, Mayan kitchen. My husband is a cook so he especially loved every moment. The food was delicious and so were the drinks. Yesenia let us take home leftovers and also chocolates after petting their dogs and cats. Their home was beautiful as well as our time there! We hope to visit again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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jfaul98 wrote a review Mar 2020
Fort Lauderdale280 contributions17 helpful votes
We had a fantastic time learning how to cook the Mayan way. The location is a few minutes from San Ignacio yet you are in the jungle. This is a hands-on class and the best part, you get to eat what you make. Make sure you add this to your itinerary.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Erika E wrote a review Dec 2019
17 contributions8 helpful votes
Starting with cutting banana leaves from the garden that would later be used to cook our tamales, there was not a single dull moment following. Yesenia is just delightful- warm and kind. We felt so welcome and we learned so much about Mayan cooking tradition. If you want to learn some history and about the local culture, while enjoying an outstanding meal, this is the thing for you. Thank you Yesenia. We all loved it!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Mad_Duck24 wrote a review Dec 2019
Eastpointe, Michigan116 contributions37 helpful votes
For our first morning in Cayo, following a long travel day, we wanted to do something fun and informative, but not too physically demanding (that would come later). A demonstration/lesson on traditional Mayan cooking at Eden Valley Mayan Kitchen, was the perfect answer. We met Yesenia and her daughter during the mid-morning and were givien a tour of her garden which included explanations of the medicinal and historical uses of many plants, including the "Fishtail" plant. The leaves of which are used to produce the green dye with which the US Treasury Department prints US paper currency. Following the educational garden tour, we started preparations for lunch using traditonal Mayan cooking methods. Among other things we ground corn and cacao beans to make tortillas and a deliciously bitter chcolate drink. All the while Yesenia was giving a a history lesson on Mayan culture and cooking. We leaned of the importance of chcolate in the Ancient Mayan culture. We prpared tamales, wrapping them in plantain leaves that we cut ourselves. And also made a tasty and hearty soup/stew using locally rown vegetables, including the coco yam, which is sort of like our white potato but tastes better. Our lunch of tortillas, tamales, and soup, was filling and more than we could possibly eat in one sitting, so we took some back with us to the hotel. Yesenia is a wonderful host with a warm and welcoming personality and wonderful sense of humor. She also has a wealth of knowledge of traditional Mayan culture which she generously shares during the class. This was a very positive, educational, and fun experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting the San Ignacio/Santa Elena area. And don't forget to meet Chuck the Duck!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Lauren N wrote a review Nov 2019
22 contributions3 helpful votes
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We had a fun afternoon with Yesenia! We made tamales, tortillas, soup, and chocolate drink. It was fun learning to grind corn and cocoa. Yesenia taught us about local plants, and about Mayan culture too. Very fun experience! Come hungry! Lots of food included, you will leave very full!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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