In the two years I have been in Mexico, one of the most enjoyable and certainly one of my most memorable trips was my stay at the Mexican Home Cooking School outside the city of Tlaxcala. In my job, it is important to learn about the culture and try to find ways to better understand what makes a country and its people tick. The hands-on cooking experience, shopping in the local produce market, visits to the local attractions, and the insights into Mexican cuisine and history that we got from our hosts Jon and Estela were invaluable and gave me a better appreciation for the unique aspects of Mexican culture.
July 2011 Mary Jo Long Vice Consul – U.S. Embassy Mexico City
Dear Estela & Jon, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This week has far exceeded my expectation. The house is beautiul, and rich with textrure and colors made more magical by the view of the mountain in the moonlight. Every day I’ve discovered something I hadn’t seen before. The food, the colors and aromas and visual presentation has been exquisite. I can’t wait to share your food with my friends and family. I would love to return someday, either with my husband to enjoy the romance of this place, or with my daughter, who is an eager and accomplished cook. You have created a little heaven on earth here. I also appreciate the way you looked after us, making sure we got here from the airport even when we missed our plane and amazing transportation here and there.
April 6, 2012 Susan Segal Oakland, California
“I had high hopes for this trip and they were far surpassed.” Reviewed August 2, 2011 1. The Classes. So well organized that any of the drudgery of cooking seemed not to exist. Because Estela, Jon, and Maria had prepared so well, we were able to cook many more dishes than should have been possible in the allotted hours, without feeling rushed. Classes were tailored to my skill level as a cook and as a Spanish-speaker. All the classic dishes and techniques of Poblano cooking were covered and some surprises, too. It was fun. Oh, and the food was delicious. 2. The Accommodations. The house and my room were lovely and full of plants and fresh flowers, the landscape was beautiful, the pre-breakfast coffee was well-appreciated, and Jon set a fire in the fireplace in the evenings. 3. The Area. Although I’ve traveled a good bit in Mexico, this was my first trip to the Puebla/Tlaxcala area. I found both towns charming–friendly and sophisticated–and my trips to nearby ruins and to a church shaped like a ship were well worth the trouble. Jon was always ready with suggestions, information, and taxi arrangements. Jon, Estela, and Maria did everything they could to make sure I had a good time and I certainly did. I count them as friends now and I would go back in a heartbeat.
Dear Estela, Jon and Maria, What a wonderful family reunion we had at your beautiful home! It was everything I hoped it would be. I developed a whole new appreciation for Mexican cooking. The classes were so enjoyable and I loved having the week to cook with my family and then enjoy the fruits of our labor. I loved photographing your beautiful setting. I will be painting your gorgeous lake and surroundings all winter long. Thanks for all you did to make our stay so special.
Eileen Dicks New York City
Dear Estela, Jon & Maria, What a wonderful week it has been. Thank you all so much for de-mystifying Mexican cooking for me. It has confirmed what I suspected – Mexico has a superb cuisine. It has been a pleasure knowing you and sharing your beautiful house, hospitality and fun. Hope to see you next year. No, I Will see you next year.
Janet Seager New Zealand
Dear Estela and Jon, Some moments in our lives are unique. My visit with you was one of them. When I decided to come I did not know for sure what I would find. But as soon as I got there I felt that I was in a real family. You both are great people! Very nice and professionalism at the same time. I don’t know how to say thank you for all the time and attention that I received.
Your Brazilian friend, Leo Recife, Brazil