Call and go! Quiet, clean and relaxing. Your hosts are great and the cooking class is fantastic. There is time to go see probably the first Catholic Church and the ruins nearby are worth the time. Jon and Estelle are wonderful. Don’t wait book now! We will return it was that enjoyable
It is hard to express just how much I enjoyed my experience at the Mexican Home Cooking School and Casa Carmelita. Estela does an excellent job teaching the cuisine of her native Puebla, ably assisted by her husband and sous chef Jon. The classes are hands-on and not just demonstrations, providing ample opportunity to practice any of the tricker techniques. Due to the advance prep by Estela we were able to learn about and prepare a surprisingly large number of dishes in a short amount of time. The only downside was having to wait until lunch or dinner to consume our delicious creations. After lunch, afternoons were free for exploring the region, whether that be cities or ruins or volcanos. We especially enjoyed the city of Tlaxcala - so much history in a place I had never heard of before this trip! Wherever you want to go, Jon is the capable concierge, providing guidance, arranging trips with local taxis and sometimes even doing the driving himself. He also arranges the transfers to and from Mexico City, making everything very easy in terms of travel and getting around. The accommodations were lovely, spread out on the three-acre grounds of Casa Carmelita. The rooms are all different and uniquely decorated in the traditional local style, providing all the ambience I was looking for in a visit to Mexico. We stayed in the stone suite, a large two-bedroom suite which Lupita kept spotlessly clean. There were fresh flowers awaiting us in the bedroom and bathroom and a coffee-maker with fresh cream for morning coffee on the terrace. All in all, a delightful place to spend four nights in central Mexico. I hope I will be able to return.…
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with Estella and Jon and came away inspired to explore the wonderful recipes we were given. The accommodations were so pretty and very comfortable. Food was amazing! Today, I'm home making three of the dishes I was taught and wishing I was in Estella's kitchen again!
This was a great experience. Our hosts were friendly, helpful and very accomodating. Classes were well organized. We were guided through preparation of a large variety of delicious dishes that we could make at home as well. Even better we got to eat them each day along with other dishes Estela made for us. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all exceptional. Wine, beer and margaritas accompanied lunch and dinner. We were free to explore Tlaxcala and Puebla in the afternoon. We felt very safe doing this as the hosts knew all the taxi drivers they used to take us exploring. Drivers waited for us and brought us back afterward. I highly recommend this cooking class/vacation with friensds and I am hoping to come back with family.
This was our second culinary tour we have been on. The first was in Italy at Casa Gregorio in 2014, so we came to Mexico with some idea of what to expect. Although Mexico was different, it was no less spectacular. John and Estela, with the amazing support of Lupita, were great hosts at a very charming and rustic villa on the border of a small lake in Tlaxcala. Each room was unique and private and had a sense of old-world charm. The cooking classes were fun and we treated to some amazing Mexican cuisine and recipes. John walked us through the prep and Estella was the mastermind who threw it all together (Allo Mama!). The day trips are a’la carte and worth the drives to see the local ruins and other sites in Puebla. Our favourite was the pottery factory. These trips are all very inexpensive and the drives are typically less than an hour. The people of Mexico are friendly and helpful. It was great to get a small taste of this vibrant culture. We were one of the first groups to come to Casa Carmelita post Covid, so there were some small kinks to iron out. But our gracious and fun hosts were very accommodating and did their best to minimize some minor inconveniences. Casa Carmelita is great food, great atmosphere (charming, warm and inviting), and great hosts (enthusiastic and fun). Despite its imperfections we felt at home - so it was Perfect!!!…
We had such a wonderful time with Estella, John, their staff and the other guests. Not only do you learn to cook authentic Pueblan cuisine, but you are also treated to delicious meals, beautiful accommodations and gracious hosts. We also had the chance to go on an extra excursion, at a very reasonable cost, guided by a very helpful and talented Omar. The whole experience from the pick-up at airport to the wonderful send off our last night made this a very special experience that we will always remember.
My experience at the Mexican Home Cooking School of Puebla Cuisine was absolutely wonderful. It was the perfect mix of activity and relaxation. Each morning we were greeted with a delicious breakfast and then it was off to the kitchen to start cooking. These three or-so hours flew by. There was learning, laughter and often I felt like I was hanging out in a friend's kitchen. Lunch on the patio was a treat and our group often marveled that we had actually made the foods (with a bit of help)! After the first day or so, we gave up trying to figure out our favorite. They all became my favorite! Afternoons could be as active or lazy as you wanted. We went into Tlaxcala, a lovely little town for a tour and lunch. Mary came to give a massage (highly recommend this) and some afternoons were just spent reading in one of the many courtyards and listening to the fountains. Transportation was easy. Dinners were also a treat. My casita was roomy and it was filled with light. Jon, Estelle, Omar and Lupita were fantastic and did everything they could to ensure your stay was a great one. I loved this experience and hope to return soon. Thanks to all for a wonderful experience.…
Great experience to learn about Mexican cooking in the Puebla region. Estela and Jon are more than friendly and you learn about the basics of Mexican cooking and get to know the ingredients as well. But be aware that you are staying at their private home and in a very remote area. You need a taxi to visit the nearest town or other places (Jon organizes it). I was the only student that week and therefore had an exclusive experience and could learn all steps of the cooking. But unfortunately, I didn’t have anyone to share my experience with after class and felt a bit lonely.
Estella conducted an in depth cooking class. We stayed at her villa a half hour outside PUEBLA. Each day we ate breakfast, learned hoe to cook lunch and dinner. We ate the meals we made. In the afternoon we would go on a field trip to get the feeling of the area. The class is small: a maximum of 8 participants. Accommodations were made for dietary preferences. Estella was very entertaining as was her husband John who also co taught with her. I’ve taken several cooking classes around the world and this was the best!
I was looking for a hands-on cooking experience and cultural immersion. It was wonderful. The hosts were welcoming, the accommodations lovely (no single supplement) and the cooking and dining were spectacular. We cooked every day. Jon drew on his deep knowledge of history to explain which conquerors had introduced which ingredients to the cuisine as he stepped us through preparation. Dona Estela was clearly at home in her kitchen and happy to share her secrets. The nearby towns of Tlaxcala, Puebla and Cholula offered many attractions and a rich history. A visit to an open-air market was a particularly enjoyable experience.