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La Pina Azul Escuela de Cocina

Calle Orizaba 39A | Colonia San Antonio, San Miguel de Allende 37750, Mexico
+52 1 415 101 4155
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Warm host with tons of cooking knowledge to share

Muchas gracias Kirsten for a lovely class. We learned so much about Mexican history and cuisine... read more

Reviewed February 22, 2018
lynn n
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Seattle, Washington
Unique experience with a unique teacher, chef and personality

Far exceeded our expectations. It was fun, incredibly informative, delicious, entertaining, and... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2017
talbothall
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danville, California, USA
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Thank you for your interest in my cooking classes! I am an international chef, cooking instructor and have studied regional Mexican cuisine for over 25 years. For the past ten years I have been a full-time resident of San Miguel de Allende. In this picturesque and historic colonial town in the mountains of central Mexico I offer visitors the complete San Miguel de Allende Culinary Experience at "La Piña Azul Escuela de Cocina". My teachers range from many Mexican cooks to Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless, both recipients of the Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca (the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle). In addition, I had the great honor of collaborating for eight years with Rick Bayless in Chicago, Illinois, which included recipe testing for three of his award-winning cookbooks. The highly informative, culturally and historically rich and fun cooking classes range from basic home cooking to mastering the fine art of making moles. Your class can include visits to local markets, vineyards, artisanal food producers and organic farms. There will be some hands on activities but mostly it will be demonstration. The cost of the class includes the full lunch, traditional Mexican non-alcoholic beverages and a recipe booklet. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer. Classes usually start at 10 am and are 2-3 hours which includes lunch from the foods prepared in class. Let me know if there is anything in particular that you are interested in learning. Also, if you have any food allergies. Classes are scheduled by appointment to accommodate your travel plans.
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Calle Orizaba 39A | Colonia San Antonio, San Miguel de Allende 37750, Mexico
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Muchas gracias Kirsten for a lovely class. We learned so much about Mexican history and cuisine, and we look forward to preparing your simple, authentic dishes for our family. No more bottled salsas or tortilla chips at our house!

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Kirsten W, Owner at La Pina Azul Escuela de Cocina, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2018

Thank you Lynn for taking the time to comment. I am happy that my class was inspirational to you. Saludos, Kirsten

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Reviewed November 18, 2017

Far exceeded our expectations. It was fun, incredibly informative, delicious, entertaining, and unexpected. Kirsten's stories and knowledge are vast. I could have spent another 3 hours listening to her and would have loved to hear more about her incredible life and experiences. Very passionate about...More

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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

We scheduled a cooking class for our friend’s birthday celebration. Kirsten’s depth of knowledge of Mexican cuisine, history and culture was brilliantly interwoven throughout the 3+ hours. We were mesmerized and hung on every word she said, while scribbling new and exciting tidbits onto the...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Kirsten West's personal and inspiring Mexican cooking class teaches you about simple, tasty, and traditional recipes that you can take home to your own kitchen while educating you about Mexican culture, traditions and folklore. It was so incredible to have a basic hands on experience...More

1  Thank Dana P
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Reviewed May 11, 2017

I've been to several cooking classes both in the US and abroad, and this was the best. Kirsten West is amazing, first of all. She goes way beyond demonstrating recipes, and teaches students about the history of indigenous foods and peoples and how to incorporate...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

How do you book a class or where is there a phone number to call ? I've been attempting to book or get more info but no one seems to answer email in SMA

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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

If you take one cooking class in San Miguel de Allende, make sure it is from Kirsten West. The female equivalent of the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man in the World" ads, Kirsten was a wealth of knowledge and stories. Every dish, every ingredient, every...More

1  Thank Stacy J
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Kirsten W, Owner at La Pina Azul Escuela de Cocina, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2017

What a beautiful review. Your response to the food and class content warms my heart because you let me know that the message I am trying to give my students is: Mexican food and history is so unique and worth exploring. Thank you, muchisimas gracias.

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Reviewed November 10, 2016

Had a great experience at Kirsten's today. She has more in depth information to share which really opens your mind to some of the incredible, indigenous foods that are available here in San Miguel. The class was fun and left absolutely filled with all the...More

1  Thank janmarshallsma
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

Our closest family members and friends had all come to San Miguel for our wedding. Our wedding planner recommended a cooking class with Kristen and it was a highlight of our week. Educational and entertainment across ages and cultures.

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Reviewed October 15, 2016

Kirsten West gives a solid cooking class with some demonstration and some hands on. Best of all is her years of experience with cooking for small and large groups and the wisdom she has acquired, most especially of the Mexican cuisine using indigenous ingredients. ....More

1  Thank Marjorie P
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Thank you very much for asking about my cooking classes. Here are the details: Schedule: Classes are booked by appointment. This helps to fit into the travelers plans better than a ridged schedule. Class seize: A minimum... More
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