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Host: Martha

Mexico City, Mexico

USD
$38-$98 per person

A traditional pre-Hispanic meal in central Mexico city

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Martha

Martha learned to cook at an early age from her very talented grandmother and has a wealth of knowledge about Mexican cuisine - dating back to the pre-Hispanic era. Martha’s husband, Arturo, was a diplomatic representative for Mexico in many parts of the world, so they have wonderful stories to share! Having lived abroad for 35 years in 11 countries, Martha took cooking courses in each of these countries, to learn to cook a new cuisine and develop new cooking skills. She also proudly represented traditional Mexican food and it's culture when they hosted people in their home. Hosting and entertaining comes very naturally to Martha and Arturo, and they love having people over.

“I love to received people from all over the world and I love to share with them my culture and culinary experience. I would like to show and teach our varied and splendid Mexican cuisine!”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Martha and Arturo’s home is very cozy and filled with artifacts they have collected from around the world. Each piece of furniture has a story and you can look forward to some very interesting conversations! A lot of Martha’s cooking is considered "pre-Hispanic", using ingredients like huazontle and sauces such as mole. Her grandfather from was from Chihuahua and her grandmother cooked foods that he liked, so that region has some influence on her cooking as well. Martha not only loves to cook family recipes for her guests, but also likes to pay special attention to the way it is served – matching her flowers, table cloth and napkins to her Mexican china!

Join Martha and Arturo at their beautifully set table to enjoy a traditional Mexican meal that might include dishes such as sopecitos de pollo (chicken sopes with beans) or tlacoyos de frijoles (similar to corn tortillas stuffed with cooked ground beans and cheese); cochinita pibil (a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán peninsula) or rajas poblanas con crema (roasted Poblano peppers in a cream sauce) and frijoles charros (pinto beans stewed with onion, garlic, and bacon) or arroz Mexicano rojo (red rice). You will end your meal with a sweet dessert such as flan and arroz con leche (rice pudding plan) or capirotada (bread pudding).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Martha in her small kitchen for a hand-on cooking experience. You will help Martha prepare an appetizer and a main dish from scratch. While you peel the onions and cut the peppers, learn secret tips, tricks and hear about the origins of the dishes. The cooking part of your experience will last for 1.5 hours.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Martha at home and then walk together for 10 minutes to the neighborhood market. Mercado de San Pedro de los Pinos, is a bustling market hall filled with vendors of produce, meat, fish and prepared foods. Walk through this market with Martha and learn about local ingredients used in Mexican cooking and get a chance to meet with Martha's favorite vendors. Buy a few ingredients before walking back to Martha's home for your cooking experience.

Notes: Martha can offer a vegetarian meal on request.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish and Portuguese

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Appetizer: Sopecitos de pollo (chicken sopes with beans) OR Tlacoyos de frijoles (similar to corn tortillas stuffed with cooked ground beans and cheese)
  • Main: Cochinita pibil (Yucatán-Style barbecued pork) OR Rajas poblanas con crema (roasted Poblano peppers in a cream sauce)
  • Side: Arroz Mexicano rojo (red rice) OR Frijoles charros (pinto beans stewed with onion, garlic, and bacon)
  • Dessert: Flan and arroz con leche (rice pudding plan) or Capirotada (bread pudding)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

I really liked the experience. Martha and Arturo are fantastic hosts and conversationalists. They have lived all over the world, and can connect with people very easily. We had a great time cooking and enjoying margaritas together. I felt like an old, dear friend being welcomed into their home as we talked about our travels, plus what we loved about Mexico and its cuisine. All of the food was nice, great dishes - and a LOT of food :) Their home is like a living museum, with little treasures from their time around the world, each one with an interesting story. I genuinely feel like I made two new friends through this experience! I highly recommend it for fellow travelers who want to learn more about Mexican cuisine and culture, and are looking to connect with other worldly, like-minded people.

Jessica, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Mexico City Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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Martha

$38-$98 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$52 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $68 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $90 $82
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$52 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $68 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $90 $82
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Martha

Martha learned to cook at an early age from her very talented grandmother and has a wealth of knowledge about Mexican cuisine - dating back to the pre-Hispanic era. Martha’s husband, Arturo, was a diplomatic representative for Mexico in many parts of the world, so they have wonderful stories to share! Having lived abroad for 35 years in 11 countries, Martha took cooking courses in each of these countries, to learn to cook a new cuisine and develop new cooking skills. She also proudly represented traditional Mexican food and it's culture when they hosted people in their home. Hosting and entertaining comes very naturally to Martha and Arturo, and they love having people over.

“I love to received people from all over the world and I love to share with them my culture and culinary experience. I would like to show and teach our varied and splendid Mexican cuisine!”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Martha and Arturo’s home is very cozy and filled with artifacts they have collected from around the world. Each piece of furniture has a story and you can look forward to some very interesting conversations! A lot of Martha’s cooking is considered "pre-Hispanic", using ingredients like huazontle and sauces such as mole. Her grandfather from was from Chihuahua and her grandmother cooked foods that he liked, so that region has some influence on her cooking as well. Martha not only loves to cook family recipes for her guests, but also likes to pay special attention to the way it is served – matching her flowers, table cloth and napkins to her Mexican china!

Join Martha and Arturo at their beautifully set table to enjoy a traditional Mexican meal that might include dishes such as sopecitos de pollo (chicken sopes with beans) or tlacoyos de frijoles (similar to corn tortillas stuffed with cooked ground beans and cheese); cochinita pibil (a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán peninsula) or rajas poblanas con crema (roasted Poblano peppers in a cream sauce) and frijoles charros (pinto beans stewed with onion, garlic, and bacon) or arroz Mexicano rojo (red rice). You will end your meal with a sweet dessert such as flan and arroz con leche (rice pudding plan) or capirotada (bread pudding).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Martha in her small kitchen for a hand-on cooking experience. You will help Martha prepare an appetizer and a main dish from scratch. While you peel the onions and cut the peppers, learn secret tips, tricks and hear about the origins of the dishes. The cooking part of your experience will last for 1.5 hours.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Martha at home and then walk together for 10 minutes to the neighborhood market. Mercado de San Pedro de los Pinos, is a bustling market hall filled with vendors of produce, meat, fish and prepared foods. Walk through this market with Martha and learn about local ingredients used in Mexican cooking and get a chance to meet with Martha's favorite vendors. Buy a few ingredients before walking back to Martha's home for your cooking experience.

Notes: Martha can offer a vegetarian meal on request.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish and Portuguese

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Appetizer: Sopecitos de pollo (chicken sopes with beans) OR Tlacoyos de frijoles (similar to corn tortillas stuffed with cooked ground beans and cheese)
  • Main: Cochinita pibil (Yucatán-Style barbecued pork) OR Rajas poblanas con crema (roasted Poblano peppers in a cream sauce)
  • Side: Arroz Mexicano rojo (red rice) OR Frijoles charros (pinto beans stewed with onion, garlic, and bacon)
  • Dessert: Flan and arroz con leche (rice pudding plan) or Capirotada (bread pudding)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

I really liked the experience. Martha and Arturo are fantastic hosts and conversationalists. They have lived all over the world, and can connect with people very easily. We had a great time cooking and enjoying margaritas together. I felt like an old, dear friend being welcomed into their home as we talked about our travels, plus what we loved about Mexico and its cuisine. All of the food was nice, great dishes - and a LOT of food :) Their home is like a living museum, with little treasures from their time around the world, each one with an interesting story. I genuinely feel like I made two new friends through this experience! I highly recommend it for fellow travelers who want to learn more about Mexican cuisine and culture, and are looking to connect with other worldly, like-minded people.

Jessica, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Mexico City Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$52 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $68 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $90 $82
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$52 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $68 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $90 $82
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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