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Cooking Classes with Paco Cardenas
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Our girls' getaway to San Miquel was highlighted by taking Chef Paco's cooking class. We were in SMA for one week and took advantage of all that the lovely city had to offer - never a dull moment. The day we spent with Paco was the best day we had. Make certain you include the market tour prior to the actual cooking class. He introduced us to vendors and gave us the heads up regarding where to eat/drink in the market. We took his advice and bought produce and meat and cooked in our own kitchen in our casa. We ate the best torta of our lives in a small stall he recommended. Just the way he interacts with the market folk is a joy. They all love Paco! His home is a delight and the outdoor kitchen amazing. It is obvious he loves what he does. We were very impresssed that he met with us in advance to review a menu according to our wishes. The food.......WOW!! Such a fun day - don't miss a Paco Adventure!!

Wendy

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

The class is informative, the food delicious, the setting delightful .... but, really, it's Paco himself that made our afternoon an extraordinary experience. His congenial interaction with market vendors and tienda owners opened up new facets of San Miguel while we shopped together for ingredients. Paco's fluency in English is superb, which allows him to articulate very effectively to his students both the artistry and the chemistry of cooking. He has a wonderfully designed outdoor kitchen, and all aspects of the food preparation process are well organized, including his team of two helpers who have the clearing up and cleaning up well-choreographed. We had our dinner indoors, thanks to a rainy day, gracefully served at a beautifully appointed table in warm and welcoming surroundings. AND THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD. Everyone in our group gave it highest marks. We try to spend time in San Miguel every year, and taking a class with Paco is now on my must-do list for every visit.

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

My husand and I recently bought a place in San Miguel and are still trying to figure out what this magical place is all about. While picking up his favorite treat at El Petit Four Chip noticed that Paco taught a cooking class and we signed up. I think his class is truly the best adventure we have has in San Miguel. Paco took us through the local market and taught us to be "locals", showing us the best places to buy, how to pick the right foods and which food places to trust. I have several food allergies and Paco created a meal for us that allowed me to eat everything cooked! The day was magical in all ways. From the setting in his back yard, to learning the difference in chilies to becoming comfortable with the delightful ways of Mexican cooking and finally our truly wonderful meal. It is a day we look forward to having again when we are back in San Miguel.
Thank you Paco for turning a cooking class into a slice of life in San Miguel!!!

Chip and Laurie Larson

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Reviewed March 25, 2012

I have taken many cooking classes, and many Mexican cooking classes. While good, none approach Paco's classes. Paco leads his group through the market to shop for the upcoming meal. Students meet the farmers and vendors, and learn about local ingredients. These vendors remembered us during the rest of our stay and often gave us an extra mango, or another small bonus, when shopping with them. Clearly, Paco is respected here.
Cooking classes and hands-on and not demo, as if often the case. Recipe packets are ready at your arrival to his beautiful outdoor kitchen, with clear instructions. These are handy when you return home and want to recreate his dishes, as surely you will. Paco gives his students a true education of authentic Mexican cuisine, which is not often understood outside of the country. His recipes work flawlessly, and he is a patient and caring teacher. Paco wants his students to succeed, and to enjoy the day. My family and I have taken two classes with Paco, and they were worth every peso and more. When we make Paco's dishes at home we are transported back to lovely San Miguel and our happy memories there. During your vacation be sure to stop in at Paco's bakery, El Petit Four, on Mesones.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

We began our tour with Darling Paco (owner of a terrific french bakery) at a store where we could purchase comals, lime squeezers --gizmos specific to Mexico. Then we went to the central market where Paco explained all the unfamiliar veggies, fruits, grains and spices. We sampled lots of foods that we wouldnt have dared on our own. He showed us the best cheese lady, the fresh garbanzos. Then we went to his gorgeous home where we prepared a fabulous meal with our groceries. It not only was a great lesson in cooking (making tortillas from scratch) but a delicous Comida. We would recommend this day to anyone who wants a truly Cocina Mexicana experience. (look at the website)

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