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“Take back a taste of Mexico......!!!!!!”

The Little Mexican Cooking School
Ranked #40 of 151 Restaurants in Puerto Morelos
Cuisines: Mexican, Contemporary
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

The tips we learned immediately by Chef Alfonso are tips that we have already incorporated into our meals/drinks and we haven't even left Mexico yet! I loved the fact that we did not use recipes during the class. While recipes were provided for all of our meal, Chef started out by teaching us his essence of cooking.....color, taste, what exactly did we want in our salsa, for example? Educating us on the different types of peppers, fresh and dry. By starting with a recipe, you get stuck in that box without venturing out, creating it the same each time. By doing it his way, each person was allowed to create their own salsa - what color, spicy, citrus flavored, texture, etc. Also, we have already purchased Jamaica (hibiscus flowers) and made tea, for "tequila sangria!" Thanks Chef! Rest assured, we will incorporate your method into our cooking!

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Chef Christobal, our instructor that day at The Little Mexican Cooking School, hails from Oaxaca (pronounced – wa-HA-ca).

The Beverages: We started our morning with a chocolate making demo and then a delectable hand made chocolate was used as the base of our first beverage. By adding water and ice, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and cacao seeds, AKA artesian chocolate, we had a light and refreshing, and might I add, caffeinated beverage.

Our next break featured a frosty jar of melon agua fresca, which translates to fresh water. To make agua fresca fruit is pureed and then strained through cheese cloth. Water, lime juice are added and voila! Another kind of fresh water was our treat at the next break. Horchata is made by adding water to ground rice, cinnamon, sugar and a little lime zest. The mixture is strained and the flavourful rice milk is the result.

We ended our day with a cold corona, followed by a glass of sangria and a shot of really good tequila with our main meal.

The Food:
Our first food lesson was chocolate making. The procedure was fascinating, the result delicious and Chef Christobal was not too hard on the eyes. Artesanal chocolate making is one of the many reasons to check out The Little Mexican Cooking School.

We also learned how to make tortillas. Tortillas are made both from corn and white flour, depending upon whether corn or wheat is the most prevalent crop in the region. I have never attempted to make my own tortillas and watched eagerly for tips at The Little Mexican Cooking School, in case I got adventurous back home. My sister who is more at home with Mexican cooking even owns her own tortilla press. But she does find the process far more complicated than it looks. Kind of like watching a figure skater and wondering how they make something so difficult, appear so effortless.

Wherever we dine on Isla Mujeres, stacks of these are delivered to the table to accompany almost every dish. A trip to the tortilla maker equates to a visit to the baker in Europe or (I am ashamed to say) the bakery department of the grocery store in North America. On this day at The Little Mexican Cooking School, we made corn tortillas and the ingredients are simple: 4 cups of corn flour and 2 1/2 cups of water. But, as uncomplicated as the ingredients are, the procedure is an art form. Chef Christrobal demonstrated three ways to form the tortilla.

One of the most fascinating things that we learned at The Little Mexican Cooking School was how essential chocolate was and is to Mexican history and culture. In the gorgeous setting where the classes were conducted, we could not have felt further away from picking up a chocolate bar at the till of a convenience store. Rain had fallen that morning and the garden around us was rich with aromas and sounds.

Chef Christrobal showed us how to roast the cacao seeds on a flat grill called a “comal”. He constantly moved the seeds around until we started to notice a chocolate aroma. Next, he demonstrated how to peel the roasted seed and then place them over a “metate”. With muscle, he started to mash the seeds gradually adding sugar and then eventually the roasted cinnamon and vanilla.

Last but not least at our culinary adventure at The Little Mexican Cooking School was our study on chilies. Chef Christobal patiently explained the different varieties of chiles utilized in Mexican dishes

With this explanation, the theoretical part of our training had concluded but the demonstration of technique was still ahead. And the best part was that we also had a great deal of tasting to come. At our first little break, Chef Christobal demonstrated the versatility of chili powder by paring up a fresh pineapple, slicing it and serving it with a glistening of sea salt and chili powder-so refreshingly different. Then we prepared our own pico de gallo and guacamole.

Another ancient Mexican technique was demonstrated to us with “stone” soup where a lava stone is heated and then placed into a soup bowl to finish cooking the ingredients. This was one of the courses of our lunch finale for the day. Our main dish was roasted pork and apples.
Dessert was a creamy rice pudding.

Perhaps you have not incorporated learning into your vacations as of yet. The Little Mexican Cooking School is a great excuse to change all that. The setting is comfortable and the little touches of the day, a real pampered treat. You meet wonderful like-minded people and get to share an amazing meal and libations with them. Isn’t that what vacations are all about? Well for me, they are and I am looking forward to returning to the school when we next vacation in the area

3  Thank Kathryne G
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

A small group of us went to breakfast together on our last day of the yoga retreat we attended. It was one of the loveliest things we did all week - it definitely made those pretzel poses worth it!

Seated on their lovely patio, we ordered off a menu filled with several tasty choices. The food was freshly prepared; everything was delicious and the coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice couldn't have been better. It was such a delightful experience - who knew breakfast could be that exciting!

Afterwards, we visited the small gift shop filled with an array of local herbs and spices, Mexican vanilla and cookbooks, and other kitchen tools, some specific to the local cuisine. They also carry children's toys and books and some beautiful clothing available for purchase.

I'd love to take a cooking class next year, depending on the yoga retreat schedule. Yes, I'm willing to try more of those pretzel poses, especially if we could add another breakfast here as a reward!

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had a wonderful breakfast in a quaint little courtyard area. The prices are most reasonable and the food was delicious!

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had very nice Sunday brunch here. Porch is large and comfortable. Best bathroom in Pomo. Food very good.Nice gift shop. PLEASE anyone going to Pomo take childrens school items-socks, backpacks , notebooks,etc and leave them here for the charity.Visit the Little Mexican Cooking School website for more info. A very worthy organization and thanks to the owner of this restaurant for establishing it.

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