Abuelinda's Cusine
Abuelinda's Cusine
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Abuelinda's Cuisine shares Mexico's culinary culture one delicious meal at a time. Both the cooking school and culinary tours showcase the authentic traditional Mexican cuisine of Mexico's many cultures. Enjoy learning and working with traditional ingredients during the hands-on cooking classes. Abuelinda is fluent in English and Spanish and has over 20 years experience teaching Meso-American cuisine. All skill levels are welcome.
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kmn1572
Portland, OR8 contributions
Jan 2020
Linda is adorable and so knowledgeable about the foods and culture of Ajijic and Mexico. We participated in this tour and cooking class yesterday and had a wonderful time. I learned so many interesting things that I never knew even though I visit Mexico several times a year. We met vendors in the market and tried delicious and exotic foods I never would have tried. She introduced us to delicious cheeses, more beans and seeds than I ever knew existed, yummy food booths that I never would have ventured to try. To top it off, we had a fantastic time preparing the food for our delicious meal in her welcoming cocina. It was a delightful way to spend the day! I highly recommend this. Gracias Linda. Hasta pronto!
Kik
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so pleased that you had a good time!
Written February 14, 2020
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Betsy3520
14 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
This was absolutely fabulous. Four of us from the Midwest went to a Saturday afternoon cooking class with the most delightful woman. Abuelinda is not only a fabulous(and I mean fabulous) cook but a wonderful teller of her life's tales. It is a must do when in Ajijic. One suggestion, do not hesitate to bring wine and lots of it, because as Abuelinda said, "Everything goes better with wine". And she is correct!
Written November 5, 2015
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Lorena K
Anchorage, Alaska, United States2 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Cooking with Abuelinda was one of my favorite activities while visiting my Mom in Ajijic. Linda's kitchen is clean and was very comfortable for the six students in the Pescado Veracruz class. Linda had each of us help her with the preparation while she explained not only about the ingredients but the Mexican culture. We let our food simmer while we enjoyed a glass of wine (bring a bottle with you!). We had plenty of time to cook and enjoy our meal in the two hour class. While we were sitting around finishing up, the queso truck came by and we bought some as well as a yummy custard for dessert. It was a wonderful afternoon/evening and I highly recomened it to anyone: cook or non cook alike!
Written January 29, 2015
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George T
Gettysburg, PA142 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
My wife is a great cook and we have taken cooking classes while traveling before. This class was fun and Abuelinda (Linda) was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable presence in the kitchen helped by her assistant, Maria Luisa.

After calling Abuelinda and arranging a class, we met right outside the Ajijic tianguis or weekly market. It's a busy place with everything from refurbished blenders to fresh chicken legs with many edibles in between.

Abuelinda chatted with many vendors and seamlessly worked her way through the market planning our menu based on fresh food and produce availability. Cooking really isn't my thing (like shopping) but I knew my wife would enjoy it so I went along with everything.

Abuelinda spoke to us about the properties of Mexican vegetables, fruits, spices, etc. with a discernible level of passion.

Once we got into the kitchen Abuelinda explained her menu and how we were going to make it happen. Her kitchen is well-equipped for a cooking class, a really custom designed space.

I ran out to buy a bottle of wine on the corner which may have been my greatest contribution.

When this boiled and that broiled, we were ready to eat. Abuelinda made sure that what we made was nutritious, healthy and authentically Mexican. Everything tasted great and...we didn't have to do the dishes. If you're looking for something to do on a Wednesday in Ajijic, this activity is fun, instructive and practical.
Written January 14, 2016
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ChicagoAmyGDay
Chicago69 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
We had a wonderful time with Abuelinda cooking, learning and laughing. "Linda" is extremely knowledgeable about Mexican cuisine, her kitchen is comfortable and quickly we felt right at home, chopping, cooking and asking all sorts of questions. We made food for the soul, which was perfect because we were there during Dia de Muertes. It was delicious, fun and a lovely setting. I highly recommend this experience and we'll be going back next time we're in Ajijic.
Written November 4, 2015
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Kzeus
Lanoka Harbor, NJ49 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Myself and my wife had the opportunity to attend Linda's cooking class on October 28th 2015. The whole experience was both exciting and educational. Not only did we learn about nutrition and all different varieties of fruits, vegetables, and spices as well as meats. We also learned a little history about mexico. A great time we had we would definitely recommend.
Written October 28, 2015
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Kathleen P
Lacey, WA11 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Linda is awesome!
We met as a group and walked through the market in Ajijic....Linda stopped at stands explaining various items local to the region....items were purchased from the market to prepare a three course meal....her kitchen is a few blocks from the market and we settled in to prepare the meal....each ingredient was prepared by us and each step was explained....with 40 years of living in Mexico, Linda is knowledgable on the cuisine and culture of this beautiful country....I would recommend taking this 'class'....although it felt more like friends gathering than it did a class!!
Mil gracias Abuelinda!!!
Written October 28, 2015
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Claudetteth
Cornwall, Canada2,316 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
While in Ajijic, be sure to take in a cooking lessons from Abuelinda. She is very easy to find in the downtown area.

It seems that her classes are very popular, especially the Wed class where she escorts you to the Farmers' market before you start cooking.

We attended the Mexican Botanas class (Tapas made simple). There were 8 people in the class and Abuelinda kept giving each of us chores while explaining the individual ingredients that were being prepared. I enjoyed learning about the various peppers. There is one pepper that is so small that it's seeds grow right into the skin; and because it is the seeds that make a pepper hot, you just cannot get away from this particular pepper's heat.

We made an enormous amount of food, including a wonderful fruit and veggie salad dressed with lime juice and cilantro, a pasta dish, a green sausage filling for sopes and a very low fat cheese broiled with hot sauce. There was more than enough food for everyone to enjoy.

Fatima, Abuelinda's assistant, had made a lovely chocolate cake for dessert.

Don't forget to bring your own beverage to drink while you are cooking and sampling the food.

I was very impressed that Abuelinda stressed the importance of keeping our hands clean during the cooking process.

It was also fun when she gave us 10 pesos to go next door and buy tortillas.

What I will remember most about our time with Abuelinda is her passion for the art of Mexican cuisine. She also gave us some very practical information about life on Mexico - ie what is the minimum wage and what a family living with this income can hope to purchase to keep themselves fed.
Written February 6, 2018
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review and pictures. We are so glad that you enjoyed the class!
Written March 1, 2018
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George C
Victoria, Canada13 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Abuelinda's is the place to live an amazing culinary experience. She knows what she does. The quality of the meal and the experience is priceless. She walks you thru flavours, aromas, and interesting facts about the Mexican culture and the ingredients. Abuelinda's will make your stay in Ajijic memorable. She is adorable.
Written July 30, 2017
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Thank you for the wonderful review. It was a very special class and we are so glad that you enjoyed it!!! Hope to see you back in our little village soon!!!!
Written August 2, 2017
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MarleneA48
Wilmington, NC27 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We had a cooking class with Abuelinfa. She first took us to the Wednesday farmers market where we not only bought the ingredients for the meal we were to prepare, she also gave us background information on the many cultures featured at the market. Her scope of knowledge is amazing. We had fun preparing the meal and even more fun eating it.. This is a must if you are lucky enough to be in Ajijic.
Written September 16, 2016
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