I had an absolutely wonderful day!
In the beginning I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it turned out to be great.
We started off at a local market where we bought some of the groceries for our cooking class. Very interesting since it was a real local market, no tourists or souvenirs and our guide was great cause he was answering all our questions about fruit and vegetable that were new to us and had a little walk around explaining a few things.
After that we went to the little village where the cooking class took place. The drive was simply great - off the beaten tourist trek, down little side roads, through rice terraces and past little temples. It was like seeing the real Bali, not only the touristy shops and the noisy and busy main roads.
When we arrived we had a wander through the family home of our guide who explained us about daily life on Bali and traditional living, we had a look at some rooms and met a few family members doing their daily work. The garden part you walk through to get to the kitchen in which we were cooking was simply stunning. So lush and green as everywhere on Bali but they basically grow everything they need there.
Then we had a quick lesson of the Balinese alphabet and got our names written in Balinese on little palm leaves to take home - which is a great little souvenir in itself...
The cooking part was great too, very interesting for me having a hospitality background but even for the two home cooks that were part of the group - which made it even better, we were only three people!
We started off with chopping some stuff but most of it was prepared for us since we cooked quite a few dishes. With our small group it was hands on and everyone was constantly involved in the cooking. Our chef,as well as our tour guide were great, spoke really good German and English and made it a great day. He even left his email addresses in our little recipe guides in case any questions come up while cooking back home!
Needless to say that our cooked food was our lunch and it was so yummy too. And it really caters for everyone...
After lunch we went for a walk deeper into the family property which was rain forest like with a little creek running trough it.
Simply amazing, they had even more coffee, bananas, snakeskin fruit and heaps of other stuff growing there. Our tour guide really seemed to enjoy himself sharing all this with us what made it even more special.
Out of all tours I did while I was in Bali this was by far the best. I can absolutely recommend it.
Two more things at this point. I was a bit concerned about eating home made food in Bali but with this tour there's no need to worry since everything was really clean. The other thing is that I took my bracelet off for the cooking class and put it in the pocket of my apron - and surely I forgot to take it home...I realized it the next morning and our tourist guide in the hotel rang them up and they dropped my bracelet off at the hotel the next morning.
So really it was a great experience, not just during the day but even afterwards cause they cared enough to drop my bracelet off...
Definitely the best tour I did on Bali!