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Host: Alex and Ale

Mexico City, Mexico

USD
$36-$104 per person

Homemade modern Mexican cuisine

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

Meet Alex and Ale

Alex lives with his wife Alejandra (Ale) in downtown Mexico City, just blocks from the Plaza de la Constitución. Alex is a K3 teacher in the American School Foundation, while Ale is a professional tour guide who is passionate about sharing her Mexican culture and cuisine with guests. Ale has a wealth of knowledge about the country's history, anthropology, folklore, and of course, culinary traditions.

Alex was first inspired by cooking by the tradition of the delicious nopales (grilled cactus paddles) served at his grandfather’s house every Sunday. He first learned to cook watching his mother, and then in his early 20s he experimented by watching food shows on TV. The smells and flavors of his childhood and family meals inspired him to cook more, and now he loves sharing this knowledge with his 6-year old students during their cooking class. Both Alex and Ale love sharing meals with friends and family as much as they enjoy cooking.

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) Your meal will take place in Alex and Ale’s simple yet modern and vibrant apartment. The food that they will serve is a mix of modern Mexican dishes as well as Pueblan cuisine, where Ale comes from. While you sip on your welcome drink, Alex and Ale will talk to you about the importance of food in Mexican culture. Then set down together to enjoy dishes like enchiladas (corn tortillas rolled around a savory meat or vegetable filling), tacos dorados (crispy fried tacos), albondigas (Mexican meatballs) and flavorful sauces like mole poblano and pipián (highly seasoned sauces served over various meats).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Alex in the kitchen to learn to make 1-2 of the dishes you will be eating later. You might learn dishes like enmoladas, corn tortillas stuffed with chicken in a mole sauce. Mole is a dark chocolate-based sauce with lots of spices that is very popular in Mexico, and easy to cook - a great sauce to add to your Mexican cooking repertoire. As Alex and Ale have a small kitchen you can expect to do the cooking preparation in the bar area and will use the kitchen for the final cooking. You can also let Alex and Ale know at the time of booking if you want to learn a particular dish.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Alex and Ale will accompany you to the San Juan market, a traditional Mexican market in the historic center of Mexico City that specializes in gourmet and exotic foods. It is known for its selection of exotic meats, including venison, crocodile, wild boar and even lion meat. Alex and Ale will guide you through the market and describe the different items for sale, from fresh produce to dried chiles, spices, mole mixes, and much more. As you tour the market you might taste a few local specialities before walking home together to begin your cooking experience.

Please make sure to meet Alex at his home on time for your market tour as the market closes at 5pm and he would not want you to feel rushed.

Notes: This experience is great for travelers traveling with children.

As Alex works during the day, he can only do dinners (not lunches) on weekdays. Market tours + cooking class + dinner are unavailable on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On weekends Alex and Ale are available for any experience type for both lunch and dinner.

Traveler reviews

This was such a special experience. Alex and Ale have a lovely home. Ale was not able to attend but Alex made me feel like a welcome friend. The tour of the San Juan market was both informative and delicious. The cooking, the meal and the dinner conversation were all first rate. Highly recommend!
- Jess January 24, 2018

The best, most memorable part of our trip! What an awesome experience exploring and shopping at the beautiful market, cooking wonderful food and enjoying an incredible meal with Alex and Ale. They made us feel so welcome, like we were enjoying a meal with old friends. Don’t miss this experience!!
- Lindsey January 08, 2018

An excellent experience. My friend and I had the best day with the charming young couple in their apartment in Mexico City. They were both so knowledgable and warm and friendly. We visited the San Juan market, which was so interesting. We saw fresh tacos being made, and were allowed to sample them along with other samples as we wandered around the market. The chicken flautas we all cooked along with all the accompaniments were all delicious. Cannot praise our experience enough. Many thanks to Alex and Ale, our hosts.
- Gillian November 20, 2017

We felt like two more Mexico downtown residents during the time we spent with Alex and his wife Ale. First in the exotic market of San Juan, where Alex invited us to try some gourmet baguettes (mascarpone, honey, strawberry and pecan nuts) before showing us the most typical stands there (which include tiger and crocodile meat!), then while cooking enmoladas and philosophizing about gastronomy and Mexico, sipping mezcal.
- Alix, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Our time with Alex and Ale was fantastic. They were both extremely friendly and easy to talk to. They provided us with a great experience and tons of local knowledge. The food we prepared was amazing.
- Derrick

Traveling Spoon gave me the chance to connect with a city in a way I had never thought possible. It is one thing to go to a city and travel around but another entirely to get to interact with the people within it. I always find something missing from my usual vacations, something real. But with Traveling Spoon, I felt I actually connected with the culture and learned something about both Mexico City and myself. It was a phenomenal experience that broadened my horizons.
- Kevin

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Alex and Ale

$36-$104 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$54 $48 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $64 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$54 $48 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $64 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 3:30pm-7:30pm

Meet Alex and Ale

Alex lives with his wife Alejandra (Ale) in downtown Mexico City, just blocks from the Plaza de la Constitución. Alex is a K3 teacher in the American School Foundation, while Ale is a professional tour guide who is passionate about sharing her Mexican culture and cuisine with guests. Ale has a wealth of knowledge about the country's history, anthropology, folklore, and of course, culinary traditions.

Alex was first inspired by cooking by the tradition of the delicious nopales (grilled cactus paddles) served at his grandfather’s house every Sunday. He first learned to cook watching his mother, and then in his early 20s he experimented by watching food shows on TV. The smells and flavors of his childhood and family meals inspired him to cook more, and now he loves sharing this knowledge with his 6-year old students during their cooking class. Both Alex and Ale love sharing meals with friends and family as much as they enjoy cooking.

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) Your meal will take place in Alex and Ale’s simple yet modern and vibrant apartment. The food that they will serve is a mix of modern Mexican dishes as well as Pueblan cuisine, where Ale comes from. While you sip on your welcome drink, Alex and Ale will talk to you about the importance of food in Mexican culture. Then set down together to enjoy dishes like enchiladas (corn tortillas rolled around a savory meat or vegetable filling), tacos dorados (crispy fried tacos), albondigas (Mexican meatballs) and flavorful sauces like mole poblano and pipián (highly seasoned sauces served over various meats).

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Alex in the kitchen to learn to make 1-2 of the dishes you will be eating later. You might learn dishes like enmoladas, corn tortillas stuffed with chicken in a mole sauce. Mole is a dark chocolate-based sauce with lots of spices that is very popular in Mexico, and easy to cook - a great sauce to add to your Mexican cooking repertoire. As Alex and Ale have a small kitchen you can expect to do the cooking preparation in the bar area and will use the kitchen for the final cooking. You can also let Alex and Ale know at the time of booking if you want to learn a particular dish.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Alex and Ale will accompany you to the San Juan market, a traditional Mexican market in the historic center of Mexico City that specializes in gourmet and exotic foods. It is known for its selection of exotic meats, including venison, crocodile, wild boar and even lion meat. Alex and Ale will guide you through the market and describe the different items for sale, from fresh produce to dried chiles, spices, mole mixes, and much more. As you tour the market you might taste a few local specialities before walking home together to begin your cooking experience.

Please make sure to meet Alex at his home on time for your market tour as the market closes at 5pm and he would not want you to feel rushed.

Notes: This experience is great for travelers traveling with children.

As Alex works during the day, he can only do dinners (not lunches) on weekdays. Market tours + cooking class + dinner are unavailable on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On weekends Alex and Ale are available for any experience type for both lunch and dinner.

Traveler reviews

This was such a special experience. Alex and Ale have a lovely home. Ale was not able to attend but Alex made me feel like a welcome friend. The tour of the San Juan market was both informative and delicious. The cooking, the meal and the dinner conversation were all first rate. Highly recommend!
- Jess January 24, 2018

The best, most memorable part of our trip! What an awesome experience exploring and shopping at the beautiful market, cooking wonderful food and enjoying an incredible meal with Alex and Ale. They made us feel so welcome, like we were enjoying a meal with old friends. Don’t miss this experience!!
- Lindsey January 08, 2018

An excellent experience. My friend and I had the best day with the charming young couple in their apartment in Mexico City. They were both so knowledgable and warm and friendly. We visited the San Juan market, which was so interesting. We saw fresh tacos being made, and were allowed to sample them along with other samples as we wandered around the market. The chicken flautas we all cooked along with all the accompaniments were all delicious. Cannot praise our experience enough. Many thanks to Alex and Ale, our hosts.
- Gillian November 20, 2017

We felt like two more Mexico downtown residents during the time we spent with Alex and his wife Ale. First in the exotic market of San Juan, where Alex invited us to try some gourmet baguettes (mascarpone, honey, strawberry and pecan nuts) before showing us the most typical stands there (which include tiger and crocodile meat!), then while cooking enmoladas and philosophizing about gastronomy and Mexico, sipping mezcal.
- Alix, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Our time with Alex and Ale was fantastic. They were both extremely friendly and easy to talk to. They provided us with a great experience and tons of local knowledge. The food we prepared was amazing.
- Derrick

Traveling Spoon gave me the chance to connect with a city in a way I had never thought possible. It is one thing to go to a city and travel around but another entirely to get to interact with the people within it. I always find something missing from my usual vacations, something real. But with Traveling Spoon, I felt I actually connected with the culture and learned something about both Mexico City and myself. It was a phenomenal experience that broadened my horizons.
- Kevin

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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$54 $48 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $64 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$54 $48 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$76 $64 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$104 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 3:30pm-7:30pm
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