Cookies! They are not just something we eat. This site uses cookies so we can provide you the best user experience and deliver advertising and offers that are relevant to you. To read more about our cookie policy, including how to change your cookie settings, please read our Privacy and Cookie Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our cookie policy.
VIEW PHOTOS
VIEW PHOTOS

Host: Marcela, Elsa, and Andrea

Puebla, Mexico

USD
$64-$106 per person

A contemporary take on Mexican homecooking with a mother and her daughters

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Marcela, Elsa, and Andrea

Elsa, Marcela and Andrea are warm and friendly hosts who welcome you like family into their traditional Cholula home. Elsa and her daughters, Marcela and Andrea, run a culinary workshop which offers homecooked meals to local office workers who don't have time to cook for themselves, cooking and baking classes and catering. Andrea is a professionally trained chef while Elsa and Marcela are both home taught. When he's home Elsa's husband will also join you - he loves to cook as much as his wife and daughters!

Elsa, Marcela and Andrea will warmly greet you at their centrally located home in the archeological area of Cholula, about 15 minutes from Puebla. As a family, they have a passion for good food and entertaining and in no time you'll be sharing stories about travel, food and family over an authentic homecooked meal.

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: (1-10 guests) Join Elsa, Marcela, and Andrea for a meal at their family dining table. They cook authentic Puebla-style dishes that feature seasonal, local produce. They have a greenhouse where they grow organic strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, peppers and chilies which might be used in your meal.

Your meal will start with an appetizer, perhaps their homemade pico de gallo con chicharrón (fresh tomato, onion and chile salsa with fried pork belly served on a tortilla). The main meal will feature typical dishes such as the famous mole poblano (a thick dark sauce made of chiles, chocolate, banana, raisins, nuts, and tomatoes, blended with spices and served over chicken), a fresh soup such as crema de calabaza (cream of zucchini), pan de elote con rajas a la crema (homemade cornbread with mild peppers cooked in cream), cemitas (a sandwich of a breaded meat cutlet, cheese, avocado, and chiles served on a special Pueblan bread topped with sesame seeds) or pelona (a moist bread stuffed with meat, avocado, lettuce, salsa and sour cream, and then fried). For dessert they serve home-style sweets such as camote (slowly stewed sweet potatoes cooked in raw sugar), arroz con leche (rice pudding), or perhaps tortitas de Santa Clara, a Pueblan speciality cookie filled with frosting made of ground pumpkin seeds.

Your menu will vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-3 guests) Join your hosts in their quaint kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. You will learn to make 2-3 typical Mexican dishes which will be served with additional dishes that have been prepared in advance. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-3 guests) Meet your hosts at their home and then head to the local San Pedro Cholula Market for a tour of the local stalls. Here you will learn about the regional produce on offer and you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

This was a wonderful experience. We were greeted by our lovely hosts, Marcela, Elsa and Andrea on a late Saturday afternoon. It felt like a homecoming as they lead us into their beautiful home and into their quaint kitchen. As we settled into the kitchen counter, we talked a lot about their love for food, family and travel. They have a passion for good food and entertaining.
- Anna, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

E7339d5c 7946 4e02 82af 93c29dc67a59

Marcela, Elsa, and Andrea

$64-$106 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$68 $66 $64
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $82 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$106 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$68 $66 $64
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $82 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$106 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
2:00pm-4:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:30pm-3:30pm 6:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Marcela, Elsa, and Andrea

Elsa, Marcela and Andrea are warm and friendly hosts who welcome you like family into their traditional Cholula home. Elsa and her daughters, Marcela and Andrea, run a culinary workshop which offers homecooked meals to local office workers who don't have time to cook for themselves, cooking and baking classes and catering. Andrea is a professionally trained chef while Elsa and Marcela are both home taught. When he's home Elsa's husband will also join you - he loves to cook as much as his wife and daughters!

Elsa, Marcela and Andrea will warmly greet you at their centrally located home in the archeological area of Cholula, about 15 minutes from Puebla. As a family, they have a passion for good food and entertaining and in no time you'll be sharing stories about travel, food and family over an authentic homecooked meal.

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: (1-10 guests) Join Elsa, Marcela, and Andrea for a meal at their family dining table. They cook authentic Puebla-style dishes that feature seasonal, local produce. They have a greenhouse where they grow organic strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, peppers and chilies which might be used in your meal.

Your meal will start with an appetizer, perhaps their homemade pico de gallo con chicharrón (fresh tomato, onion and chile salsa with fried pork belly served on a tortilla). The main meal will feature typical dishes such as the famous mole poblano (a thick dark sauce made of chiles, chocolate, banana, raisins, nuts, and tomatoes, blended with spices and served over chicken), a fresh soup such as crema de calabaza (cream of zucchini), pan de elote con rajas a la crema (homemade cornbread with mild peppers cooked in cream), cemitas (a sandwich of a breaded meat cutlet, cheese, avocado, and chiles served on a special Pueblan bread topped with sesame seeds) or pelona (a moist bread stuffed with meat, avocado, lettuce, salsa and sour cream, and then fried). For dessert they serve home-style sweets such as camote (slowly stewed sweet potatoes cooked in raw sugar), arroz con leche (rice pudding), or perhaps tortitas de Santa Clara, a Pueblan speciality cookie filled with frosting made of ground pumpkin seeds.

Your menu will vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-3 guests) Join your hosts in their quaint kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. You will learn to make 2-3 typical Mexican dishes which will be served with additional dishes that have been prepared in advance. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-3 guests) Meet your hosts at their home and then head to the local San Pedro Cholula Market for a tour of the local stalls. Here you will learn about the regional produce on offer and you’ll pick up a few ingredients for your cooking lesson.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

This was a wonderful experience. We were greeted by our lovely hosts, Marcela, Elsa and Andrea on a late Saturday afternoon. It felt like a homecoming as they lead us into their beautiful home and into their quaint kitchen. As we settled into the kitchen counter, we talked a lot about their love for food, family and travel. They have a passion for good food and entertaining.
- Anna, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$68 $66 $64
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $82 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$106 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$68 $66 $64
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $82 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$106 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
2:00pm-4:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:30pm-3:30pm 6:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

    If you have a question about an experience, create a reservation and include your note in the field "Write a note to your host". Once you request a booking you can continue to message your host directly to ask any specific questions. You can always cancel your booking and receive a full refund as long as you cancel 48 hours in advance.

    Your card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking. Typically hosts respond to bookings within 72 hours. In the event your host is unavailable on your selected date and your host rejects your booking your credit card will not be charged.

    Your host's detailed contact information, including their phone number, address, and direction notes, will all be provided immediately upon successful confirmation of your experience (after your hosts accepts your booking and your credit card is successfully processed). This information will be emailed to you to the email address you used to sign up, and will also be visible on your Traveling Spoon profile.

    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

    Your safety and security are our top priority. To ensure this, Traveling Spoon personally vets 100% of all hosts, including an in-person host visit, to ensure each host and experience meets our strict quality requirements.

    Hosts typically respond to booking inquiries within 72 hours. If for some reason you have not heard from your host or if you have any questions you can always contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.