Host: Sofia

Merida, Mexico

USD
$30-$82 per person

Traditional Yucatecan cuisine in a homey atmosphere

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Sofia

Born in Mérida, Sofia and her daughter Gloria delight in preparing local Yucatecan and Mayan dishes that showcase the cultural heritage of the Yucatán Peninsula. An accomplished home-cook, Sofia learned to cook from her mother and grandmother and says the talent runs in the family.

For the last 20 years Sofia has run a home-stay for visitors to Mérida and you might meet some of the guests during your visit. Sofia loves having guests in her home and gets great pleasure by sharing her Yucatecan culture through food and a pleasant conversation.

“I've been receiving guest at home for more than 20 years, and each one of them takes a bit of my heart with them but they also leave a bit of theirs!”

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Yucatecan cuisine has been influenced by a variety of cultures, from the indigenous Mayan people, to the Spanish colonizers, to the Dutch and Lebanese who migrated to the region. Sofia prepares traditional Yucatecan dishes such as sikil pak con tostadas (traditional dip made from ground pumpkin seeds, served with tortilla chips), sopa de lima (chicken soup with lime), Yucatecan tamales, which are wrapped banana leaf, empanadas de chaya con queso de bola (pastries flecked with a local green, chaya, stuffed with Edam cheese), pollo o cochinita pibil (perhaps the Yucatan’s most famous dish of slow-cooked chicken or pork which has been marinated in an achiote and sour orange marinade, wrapped in banana leaves). For dessert Sofia serves homey dishes like dulce de papaya con queso de bola (papaya stewed in sugar served with Edam cheese).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Step inside the kitchen with Sofia for a practical, hands-on cooking lesson of Yucatecan and Mayan favorites. Sofia will teach you to prepare traditional recipes from scratch so be prepared to get your hands dirty! You will learn to prepare the entire meal as well as a fiery habanero salsa. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 3 hours, followed by your meal.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Sofia at her home and then go to Chuburná Market for a tour of the vendor's stalls. She will teach you about the regional produce on offer and you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson.

Notes: Sofia's home is also a homestay so while your Traveling Spoon experience will be private other guests might be present in the home.

Traveler reviews

Sofia was such a gracious hostess, a wonderful "chef," and a very effective teacher. Our experience was very relaxed and hands-on. We loved doing most of the cooking, guided by Sofia's expertise. She was lots of fun and the food turned out DELICIOUS!!! Sofia really allowed us to learn by guiding us as we did the actual cooking. She really knows her stuff and offers it with humor and flair! She focused on traditional techniques and ingredients which was perfect! - Carol

Sofia did an incredible job of introducing me to both Mayan and Yucatecan cuisine. Every dish we made was steeped in tradition and history. I loved making my own tortilla chips and dips, as well as trying lesser-known dishes like spiced fish steamed in banana leaves. Everything we made was mouth watering, and Sofia offered cooking tricks and tips every step of the way. She truly loves Yucatecan culture, and is always happy to talk about its history, its traditions and, best of all, its food! - Heather, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Sofia

$30-$82 USD

per person
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Meet Sofia

Born in Mérida, Sofia and her daughter Gloria delight in preparing local Yucatecan and Mayan dishes that showcase the cultural heritage of the Yucatán Peninsula. An accomplished home-cook, Sofia learned to cook from her mother and grandmother and says the talent runs in the family.

For the last 20 years Sofia has run a home-stay for visitors to Mérida and you might meet some of the guests during your visit. Sofia loves having guests in her home and gets great pleasure by sharing her Yucatecan culture through food and a pleasant conversation.

“I've been receiving guest at home for more than 20 years, and each one of them takes a bit of my heart with them but they also leave a bit of theirs!”

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Yucatecan cuisine has been influenced by a variety of cultures, from the indigenous Mayan people, to the Spanish colonizers, to the Dutch and Lebanese who migrated to the region. Sofia prepares traditional Yucatecan dishes such as sikil pak con tostadas (traditional dip made from ground pumpkin seeds, served with tortilla chips), sopa de lima (chicken soup with lime), Yucatecan tamales, which are wrapped banana leaf, empanadas de chaya con queso de bola (pastries flecked with a local green, chaya, stuffed with Edam cheese), pollo o cochinita pibil (perhaps the Yucatan’s most famous dish of slow-cooked chicken or pork which has been marinated in an achiote and sour orange marinade, wrapped in banana leaves). For dessert Sofia serves homey dishes like dulce de papaya con queso de bola (papaya stewed in sugar served with Edam cheese).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Step inside the kitchen with Sofia for a practical, hands-on cooking lesson of Yucatecan and Mayan favorites. Sofia will teach you to prepare traditional recipes from scratch so be prepared to get your hands dirty! You will learn to prepare the entire meal as well as a fiery habanero salsa. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 3 hours, followed by your meal.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Sofia at her home and then go to Chuburná Market for a tour of the vendor's stalls. She will teach you about the regional produce on offer and you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson.

Notes: Sofia's home is also a homestay so while your Traveling Spoon experience will be private other guests might be present in the home.

Traveler reviews

Sofia was such a gracious hostess, a wonderful "chef," and a very effective teacher. Our experience was very relaxed and hands-on. We loved doing most of the cooking, guided by Sofia's expertise. She was lots of fun and the food turned out DELICIOUS!!! Sofia really allowed us to learn by guiding us as we did the actual cooking. She really knows her stuff and offers it with humor and flair! She focused on traditional techniques and ingredients which was perfect! - Carol

Sofia did an incredible job of introducing me to both Mayan and Yucatecan cuisine. Every dish we made was steeped in tradition and history. I loved making my own tortilla chips and dips, as well as trying lesser-known dishes like spiced fish steamed in banana leaves. Everything we made was mouth watering, and Sofia offered cooking tricks and tips every step of the way. She truly loves Yucatecan culture, and is always happy to talk about its history, its traditions and, best of all, its food! - Heather, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$34 $30 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$56 $54 $54
Market Tour + Cooking + Meal
$82 $78 $78
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
2:00pm-4:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-5:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour + Cooking + Meal
9:00am-3:00pm
Host Contact
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