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Reviewed January 17, 2018

Our experience at the Mexican Home Cooking school exceeded my expectations - the cooking was fun, interesting and most importantly delicious! We came away with a binder of great new recipes, not Tex-Mex but dishes inspired by the confluence of pre-Hispanic, Spanish, Moorish, French etc cultures.
Our afternoons were free to discover Puebla, Cholula and other historic and contemporary cultural experiences. At one site, other than a family of dogs, we were the only tourists exploring the pyramids and archeological site. Never a dull moment! Truly a unique area of Mexico and I am so glad my travel partner found this gem.
The proprietors of the school look after all your needs; they ensure you are comfortable, look after your transport, make recommendations on where to go...muchas gracias Jon, Estela and Margarita!

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 17, 2017

If you love excellent food, stunning surroundings and caring hosts this is the place for you to go.

Cooking classes that take place in the morning are on "Poblano Cuisine" which has little to do with tacos and burritos we usually know as Mexican food, but instead comprises flavoury soups and rich moles. Normally, I'm not a big fan of soup, but the soups in the "Poblano Cusine" I liked so much, that the day after I got home from the trip, I boilt a chicken carcass and made tortilla soup.

Afternoons are free and give you, among other things, the opportunity to explore nearby pre-Columbian ruins, that are not only well maintained, but also fairly un-touristy. I would prefer these ruins any day over hyped, crowded touristy ones such as those in Yucatan. Hosts Jon and Estela not only organize the taxi service for you to go there, but also take the time to give you useful information about the places.

The rooms are lovingly decorated and the spacious gardens are well taken care of. You got the feeling that hosts Estela and Jon really do love the place and what they are doing.

Thank you for an unforgetable time
Christin

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank Christin_H80
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Estela S, Owner at Mexican Home Cooking School of Puebla Cuisine and B&B, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2017

Hola Christin,

Thanks for your wonderful review of your week here. It was a joy to have you visit.
It makes our day to know that you enjoyed yourself.

Remember you have life time access to our "Culinary Hot line" if you ever have questions.


Pleae let us know how you are doing and what you are going to make for Christmas.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Estela and Jon

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Reviewed May 31, 2017

I have just returned from a week at the Mexican Home Cooking School in Tlaxcala, Mexico, a week of relaxation, great new recipes and cooking techniques, and an opportunity to spend time with friends old and new. Estela and her husband Jon run the school from their lovely home in a quiet, safe, and blessedly un-touristy region of Mexico. The very reasonable fee for the week includes five days of classes, all meals and drinks, accommodations in beautifully decorated rooms, excursions to town and market, and airport transfers. Upon our evening arrival, we met on the patio for a margarita (or beer, wine, soda, etc.) for introductions and “briefing” on the week to come. The daily format included breakfast in the garden at 9, cooking class from 10 to 12:30 or 1 (during which time we cooked the food we’d be eating for lunch at dinner), lunch at 1, free time till 7 (for relaxing, reading, excursions, walks, and even very reasonably priced in-room massages). I enjoy walking so I took early-morning walks each day, watching the surrounding villages come to life with children walking to school and shop-keepers setting up for the day. We cooked Pueblan regional cuisine (no Tex-Mex tacos and burritos), learning to make complexly flavored sauces (“moles”), soups, salads, and desserts. All the food was delicious! I can’t recommend the Mexican Home School highly enough! Thank you, Estela and Jon (and your lovely assistant Margarita), for your hospitality and a delightful week in your beautiful home!

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank KSWinCalifornia
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Estela S, Owner at Mexican Home Cooking School of Puebla Cuisine and B&B, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2017

Thank you very much for taking time to send your review. It makes our day to hear that you enjoyed yourself here. That is very important to us. It is also important to us that you return home having learned new recipes and techniques for yourself and friends and family. Remember that if you have any questions at all in the future you have life time access to our “Culinary Hot Line”. We are still with you in the kitchen. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing and what you are cooking,

It was our pleasure to have you and your friends here. Jon and I had a wonderful week cooking and visiting with you all.

Thank you

Estela

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Reviewed February 15, 2017

If you are up for something different in a trip to Mexico consider this: a one week small group cooking classes of traditional Pueblan cooking, moles and unusual sauces taught in English and Spanish. This occurs in a rural setting close to the town of Tlaxcala approximately 25 miles from Puebla. I would not do this on my first visit to Mexico, but if you want to dig a little further into Mexico you might enjoy this.
Mornings start with excellent breakfast, then 2-3 hours of hands on cooking. Lunch (which you have just prepared), afternoons free to relax
or go into either local town or nearby archeological sites. Dinner in the evenings (again- you prepared it).
It is held at Jon and Estella's home with 3 guest apartments or a cottage.
Benefits- excellent traditional Mexican food (no tacos or burritos)
attractive surroundings. Beer and wine with lunch and dinner.
Con- very limited internet, no television, it is a cab ride to Tlaxcala (100 pesos- approx 5$ each way, more to Puebla. Food is tasty but may be different than what you are used to- another couple that was there during our stay did not enjoy the food as much as we did.( my wife is hispanic and enjoys cooking traditional recipes)

Room tip: Heat is with wood fireplace- important to know if you have respiratory problems
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Mark Z
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

If you want an intimate learning experience in a charming home and are interested in Mexican cuisine, this is for you! Jon and Estrella were super patient teachers and very flexible. Three of us, including a 12 year old young man, spent two memorable days (minimum time for the course) learning the basics of Puebla region's Mexican culinary legacy. Procedures were clearly explained, hands on experience was great and the history of how and why brought it all together. The home is beautiful and although we have loved to stay on site, Tlaxcala is a short drive away. Highly recommended.

Room tip: Every room is unique and interesting.
Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Allen R
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