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“Great way to experience a Peruvian Food”

Peruvian Cooking Experience
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: "On hands" activity where, together with local cooks, you prepare typical peruvian food while chatting and learning about this wonderful city.Two optional additions to book, the Market Tour and the Pisco Lecture (learn to make Pisco Sour)The activity is held in Casa de Avila Hotel and you get a discount if you are a guest. Price includes: all equipment and supplies needed plus the food prepared (beginner and main course), desser, soft drinks and water. You have wine and bear as extras if required. A great cultural souvenir you can take from this friendly and beautiful city. Great location.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Great way to experience a Peruvian Food”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

We did this on our first day in Arequipa. I have to admit I've done cooking experience in Thailand so I had high expectations and I wasn't exactly sure what Peruvian food entailed....little did I know it was a feast of potatoes and lots of cheese. For the lactose intolerance not exactly a greatest experience.

Food aside it was a great way to spend the morning we had an opportunity to visit the market and learn about the food. The instructor was very kind of letting us try different types of fruits that we don't get.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank blueberry090
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Armando E, Propietario at Peruvian Cooking Experience, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Dear friend
Thank you for your valuable comentary. At the Peruvian Cooking experience, we do not have a formal cooking class. We talk about local products, their qualities, differences with what you have in your country and we try to show you how a local peruvian will prepare those products at home. We try to be as original as possible and to interchange with you and your culinary experience. Sorry about potatoes and cheese, you can also select some other menus. And all your comentaries will help us improve. We just want you to have a good time while staying with us.
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great and unique thing to do!”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

We loved it! Definitely do the market tour as well--it is very worth it!

Visited June 2012
Thank amyelizabeth80
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Ghent, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Relaxing way to cook Peruvian-style!”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

We started out the activity at 10am with a tour to the local market of Arequipa. A very nice guide explained us the typical fruits, potatoes, habits, etc of Arequipa while walking in the market. She explained everything in English, so easy to follow!

Then we started cooking at 11 pm. In a group of 5 we began making the 3 course dinner. A fresh salad for starters with a special (very dry) potatoe aside. Next we made an oven-made large filled Peruvian pepper. The filling was made of onions, beef, raisins, tomatoes, and spices. It was a very spicy dish. As a side dish we prepared a kind of potatoe lasagna.

As a desert we had some simple fresh fruits we bought in the market earlier.

During the cooking you can take a lot of nice pictures of the cooking, the garden... or the pet tortoise they have.

The food was OK, and the activity costs 60 soles pp.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank Yashfeen
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Norfolk, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Don't skip this wonderful experience!”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

We went for the whole marketing and cooking experience and enjoyed both immensely. The market trip was fascinating with fruits, seafood and vegetables not seen at home. The food prepation and consumption was great fun, too.

Thank Horseman281
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A perfect day.”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

Loved it. A perfect antidote to all the hiking and long bus journeys.
Very relaxed and in a beautiful garden setting too. I opted to do all three events that day (market tour, cooking and cocktail making) but you can choose all or none.
Lovely recipes too - ceviche and fried fish main.
Thanks all for a lovely day.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank jeffpeters
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