SOUTH OF THE BORDER SIZZLEMerida, Mexico - March 17-24, 2008
En suite lodging at luxurious hacienda
Two days at the famed Los Dos Cooking School
Demonstrations by local chefs and artisans
Excursions to nearby archeological sites
Hands on Yucatecan cooking lessons and meals
Yucatecan food is little known outside the area, so you are embarking on learning a real culinary secret. It has even been said that Yucatecan cooking the first "fusion" cuisine. True or not, this culinary tradition is a blend of ancient Mayan and Spanish techniques and ingredients, with just a soupÁon of French and Caribbean influence. Yucatecan cuisine has its native ingredients and its indigenous population to thank for the core of its cuisine. Items like: epazote, oregano Yucateco, and one of the world's hottest chilies, the habanero, are found in many recipes. Youíll roll up your sleeves with our chefs and explore all these ingredients and recipes in our own kitchen, but an exciting two days at the popular Los
Dos cooking school featured in Oprahís magazine and in Travel and Leisure will be a highlight of this edible journey.
And of course, there is chocolate. Who in the world doesnít love the dark cream taste of this exotic sweet. Candy bars, milk shakes, cookies, flavored coffee-even cereal and medicine--- chocolate has been a key ingredient in many of our daily eats. In fact, it ranks as the favorite flavor of most Americans. And yet, few of us know the unique origins of this popular treat. The story of chocolate spans more than 2,000 years flavors the local YucatŠn cuisine.
Excursions to Puuc and Uxmal regions are also on the agenda and offer a glimpse into the glorious Mayan past and the amazing archeological sites will take your breath away.
Itís all sizzling south of the border with Vagabond
Gourmet. Donít miss a single savory bite.