24 Feb A Cooking Class is the Most Important Part of Your Itinerary
We were looking for something fun and different to do, so we signed up for a cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. We learned along with 20-something friends how to make 6 types of tamales. Including the ever amazing and famous red and green chile sauces. It was a phenomenal experience and helped us fall in love even more with the New Mexican culture that we already adored.
We talked about the class non-stop for months and when people asked us about our trip, we inevitably told the story of our tamale class.
I knew we were onto something.
We went to New Orleans, so one of the first things I wanted to do was go to the New Orleans School of Cooking. It was a demonstration only course, but we loved it too. We heard stories about the history of New Orleans and how different cultures brought in different spices, fruits, vegetables and their influences. We were absolutely hooked.
In Lisbon, we visited Cooking Lisbon. This one was a game changer. They offered a market tour. Our chef took us to the market and we were able to watch her shape the menu based on what she found. We samples things from vendors and learned so much about daily life in Portugal. It was a small group and we made great friends and thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
Taking a cooking class is at the top of our to-do list when we visit any place. You learn about the culture through their food. How is the meal prepared, where did it come from, how are the ingredients sourced. All of these aspects are so important to the place you visit and going on a gastronomy tour is the best way to accomplish your cultural goals.