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“Mexico in Our Suitcase”

Casa de Colores School of Traditional Mexican Cooking
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

I spent a lot of time looking for cooking classes from Todos Santos through the Cabo area and up to Buena Vista, and Casa de Colores seemed to fit the criteria of what I was looking for (an introduction to authentic cooking of different cuisines from different areas of Mexico) better than anything else I found. Through a series of emails, we set up three events, the first a marketing tour of foods available off the narrow tourist area, to be followed the next day with Mexican cooking basics, and then a week later Mexican comfort foods. Donna, our Chef and Mexican food savant, met us the morning after we arrived in Cabo at Peurto Paraiso Mall, a focal point for tourists visiting the Cabo area.

Our first stop was a wonderful Mexican Pottery store. We purchased an authentic Molcajete, a kind of morter and pestle made from lava rock. Donna educated us on the different uses for all the cooking perphernalia in the store. She further explained the items were from all over mexico and the store was a melting pot for all the different cooking styles from northern Mexico to Guatemala. The melting pot theme came up again and again as we continued the tour and later in our cooking classes. We visited a tortileria where they take field corn and mill it into corn flour . Then in front of your eyes, the entie process of taking the raw corn and serving a finished meal (think tacos, toritillas, gorditas, quesedillas etc) unfolds. Next and just around the corner we visited an authentic Tlaxtala bakery. A visit to a supermercado introduced us to the wonderful variety of Mexican cheeses from Chihuahua in the north to Oaxaca in the south. She introduced us to the many and varied peppers used in the various Mexican cuisines as well as vegetables and spices we were unfamiliar with.

Lastly we went to a Michoacan Grill, where they prepare a roasted pig every day in a gleaming copper pot . It was the best grilled pork I can ever remember eating.

Mexican cooking basics reinforced just how ingrained the pepper is in Mexican cooking and how the Cabo area is a melting pot of the different cuisines of Mexico. We began with a simple roasted salsa and progressed the recipe until the salsa became a soup complete with dumplings.

Mexican comfort foods brought many different cooking styles together. We were taught how to make chili verde, a southwestern favorite, flan and tortillas in the style of southern mexico. Donna sent a generous portion of food with us to our condo which we turned into several meals.

Donna provided us with many recipes, ideas and techniques I am convinced we would not have learned anywhere else. The foods, recipes, techniques and memories turly became Mexico in Our Suitcase, knowledge we can put to use to wow family and friends with the truly unique and varied dishes we learned to cook.

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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Wow! Informative, fun, enthusiastic instructor, delicious food......what more could you ask for? I've been back home for a few weeks and have tried out a few of the recipes Donna gave me with great results. As a Texan, I was really excited to learn the art of making flour tortillas. I can't wait to go home for the holidays and show my family and friends my new Mexican cooking skills! If I ever make it back to Cabo, taking another class will top my to-do list!

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Reviewed 2 December 2011

Donna was fantastic. Trip advisor needs to rank this higher. Do not miss this great experience while you are in Cabo. Donna is very knowledgeable about the Mexican culture and can teach you Mexican cooking like no other. Thanks again Donna for the GOOD time. Will return in March 2012

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Reviewed 26 November 2011

Donna's cooking tour was full during our week in Cabo but she referred us to a friend. Claudia Velo is a delightful Mexican woman who knows food and the local food scene in Cabo. We signed up for a tour with several other couples. We started at a small restaurant near the slums of Cabo that still make authentic corn tortillas. Kind of like they have for a thousand years. Our group got a tour and had breakfast there. Then we went to a market and got to learn more about ingredients. Went through cheeses, breads, meats, spices, chilis and a whole lot of other information. She passed on lots of techniques and recipes. Then onto the "Pork Palace" for another tour and a late lunch. They cook a pig in a huge copper pot over fire for five hours in its own juices along with oranges. Wow, is that good pork. They also offer other food options.
If you like food, either take the cooking class with Donna or take the tour with Claudia.

3  Thank kiawahcowboy
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

From the moment Donna met us we knew we were going to have a good time. She's a bigger than life personality who knows her stuff. Casa de Colores is a beautiful place to learn some of the basics of Mexican cooking. It's an intimate setting that allows for hands-on instruction. We learned how to combine the simplest ingredients into delicious dishes (which we got to eat, too.) Her knowledge of Mexican spices, chiles, and cooking techniques are easily understandable. We'll take what we learned and show off for our friends for many dinners to come.

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