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Host: Nicole

Santiago, Chile

USD
$44-$74 per person

Seasonal Chilean food in Santiago

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

Meet Nicole

Nicole and her husband, Claudio, live in a high-rise apartment in suburban Santiago. Join them for an evening of music, local wine, and Nicole's seasonal, fresh versions of traditional Chilean food. Nicole is a nutritionist and splits her time between private practice and teaching food chemistry at a university in Viña del Mar. Her professional focus on a healthy diet informs how she cooks at home: she prefers to cook light, seasonal versions of typical Chilean food.

Claudio and Nicole love to introduce guests to Santiago and share their insider tips on great places to see - and eat! - in the city.

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: (2-6 guests) Nicole grew up in Iquique, a city in the far northern part of Chile, whose cuisine is influenced by neighboring Peru and Bolivia. For example, Nicole's Iquique-style ceviche uses more lemon than most versions found in Santiago, which results in fish that is more thoroughly cooked. She loves to experiment with quinoa, the quintessential Andean ingredient, and makes a quinoa risotto she calls "quinotto". In the winter, she often cooks soups, like crema de lenteja (cream of lentil soup) which takes its name from its silky texture, and cazuela (typical beef or chicken soup). She also serves traditional dishes like charquican (beef and vegetable with potatoes), tomatican (tomato stew with beef and corn), sopiapillas con pebre (fried dough made with pumpkin served with a fresh tomato and onion salsa), pastel del choclo (corn pie), and the traditional asado (Chilean barbecue) with choripan (bread with sausage) and papas a la huancaina (an Iquique-style potato dish with a spicy mayonnaise sauce and nuts). For dessert, Nicole might make papaya stewed in a sweet syrup, or another typical Chilean sweet.

Nicole and Claudio are wine lovers and are members at a local winery. They and serve excellent Chilean wines with the meal so be sure to add optional alcohol to your reservation to include a glass or two.

Cooking experience: (2-4 guests) Nicole invites you into her small but tidy kitchen where she will teach you to make 2-3 dishes. She'll have you shucking corn for pastel de choclo (corn pie) or pureeing pumpkin for sopaipilla dough in no time. You will cook together for about an hour before sitting down together for your meal. Nicole will have prepared additional dishes for your meal in advance.

Market visit: (2-4 guests) On Saturday mornings Nicole can take you to the weekly neighborhood feria (market). You'll walk together and browse the stalls. Nicole will show you some of her favorite vendors and introduce you to ingredients that might be new to you. Depending on the day's menu you might pick up a few ingredients that will be used in your lunch. Once your shopping is complete, return to Nicole's apartment to start cooking.

Notes: Nicole is available to host on Wednesday for dinner only; Friday for dinner only; Saturday for lunch or dinner; Sunday for lunch only.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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.
  • Sopaipillas con pebre
  • Seasonal salad with goat chesse
  • Quinotto
  • Seasonal fruit dessert

Traveler reviews

-

We had a lovely visit with Nicole at her apartment in a residential area in Santiago. We enjoyed a fine meal and good company, joined by her husband Claudio after he came home from work. We especially enjoyed the pumpkin soup, unlike any we have had.
- Barry October 09, 2018

Nicole and Claudio are very warm, fun and welcoming people. They live in a bright modern high-rise apartment with amazing views of Santiago. We enjoyed a relaxed evening assisting both of them with the food preparation (3 dishes in total) and then shared the meal and delicious wine together. Connecting with both of them was very easy as they are open, relaxed people with excellent English. The dinner experience was collaborative and casual, it truly felt like a dinner party at a friends house.
- Rebecca and Joe, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

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Nicole

$44-$74 USD

per person
100%
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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 (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $52 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $74 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $52 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $74 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-4:00pm

Meet Nicole

Nicole and her husband, Claudio, live in a high-rise apartment in suburban Santiago. Join them for an evening of music, local wine, and Nicole's seasonal, fresh versions of traditional Chilean food. Nicole is a nutritionist and splits her time between private practice and teaching food chemistry at a university in Viña del Mar. Her professional focus on a healthy diet informs how she cooks at home: she prefers to cook light, seasonal versions of typical Chilean food.

Claudio and Nicole love to introduce guests to Santiago and share their insider tips on great places to see - and eat! - in the city.

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: (2-6 guests) Nicole grew up in Iquique, a city in the far northern part of Chile, whose cuisine is influenced by neighboring Peru and Bolivia. For example, Nicole's Iquique-style ceviche uses more lemon than most versions found in Santiago, which results in fish that is more thoroughly cooked. She loves to experiment with quinoa, the quintessential Andean ingredient, and makes a quinoa risotto she calls "quinotto". In the winter, she often cooks soups, like crema de lenteja (cream of lentil soup) which takes its name from its silky texture, and cazuela (typical beef or chicken soup). She also serves traditional dishes like charquican (beef and vegetable with potatoes), tomatican (tomato stew with beef and corn), sopiapillas con pebre (fried dough made with pumpkin served with a fresh tomato and onion salsa), pastel del choclo (corn pie), and the traditional asado (Chilean barbecue) with choripan (bread with sausage) and papas a la huancaina (an Iquique-style potato dish with a spicy mayonnaise sauce and nuts). For dessert, Nicole might make papaya stewed in a sweet syrup, or another typical Chilean sweet.

Nicole and Claudio are wine lovers and are members at a local winery. They and serve excellent Chilean wines with the meal so be sure to add optional alcohol to your reservation to include a glass or two.

Cooking experience: (2-4 guests) Nicole invites you into her small but tidy kitchen where she will teach you to make 2-3 dishes. She'll have you shucking corn for pastel de choclo (corn pie) or pureeing pumpkin for sopaipilla dough in no time. You will cook together for about an hour before sitting down together for your meal. Nicole will have prepared additional dishes for your meal in advance.

Market visit: (2-4 guests) On Saturday mornings Nicole can take you to the weekly neighborhood feria (market). You'll walk together and browse the stalls. Nicole will show you some of her favorite vendors and introduce you to ingredients that might be new to you. Depending on the day's menu you might pick up a few ingredients that will be used in your lunch. Once your shopping is complete, return to Nicole's apartment to start cooking.

Notes: Nicole is available to host on Wednesday for dinner only; Friday for dinner only; Saturday for lunch or dinner; Sunday for lunch only.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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.
  • Sopaipillas con pebre
  • Seasonal salad with goat chesse
  • Quinotto
  • Seasonal fruit dessert

Traveler reviews

-

We had a lovely visit with Nicole at her apartment in a residential area in Santiago. We enjoyed a fine meal and good company, joined by her husband Claudio after he came home from work. We especially enjoyed the pumpkin soup, unlike any we have had.
- Barry October 09, 2018

Nicole and Claudio are very warm, fun and welcoming people. They live in a bright modern high-rise apartment with amazing views of Santiago. We enjoyed a relaxed evening assisting both of them with the food preparation (3 dishes in total) and then shared the meal and delicious wine together. Connecting with both of them was very easy as they are open, relaxed people with excellent English. The dinner experience was collaborative and casual, it truly felt like a dinner party at a friends house.
- Rebecca and Joe, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $52 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $74 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $44 $44
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $52 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $74 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
11:00am-4:00pm
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