Host: Lina

Viña del Mar, Chile

USD
$48-$112 per person

Classic Chilean dishes with Mapuche fusion in Viña del Mar

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

Meet Lina

Lina is half Norwegian and her partner Leo is of Mapuche descent, and they like to think that their family and home represent all three cultures. They love traveling and are passionate about living as sustainably as possible, while cooking healthy, local and fair trade food. Lina and Leo were raised in families where food was always the main part of the holidays and family events and they hope to create this kind of family life for her young son Silvio. Lina has celiac disease and a milk allergy, so she has learned to adapt her grandmother’s traditional recipes to her dietary needs.

Lina and Leo both work in tourism, so be sure to ask them for their advice as you plan your trip to Chile!

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: (1-5 guests) Join Lina, Leo and Silvio for a meal at their table. They prepare typical Chilean dishes that include influences from the traditional Mapuche culture. Lina likes to use merkén, a dried, smoked chili used in Mapuche cuisine, as well as quinoa in her preparations. You will get to sample typical Chilean dishes such as pastel de choclo (a Chilean summertime version of shepherd’s pie), pebre (Chilean tomato, chili and herb salsa), charquican (seasonal vegetable stew) or carbonada (beef and vegetable stew), carne mechada (stewed shredded beef) with puré picante (mashed potatoes seasoned with merkén), porotos granados (bean stew with pumpkin and corn), or empanadas de pino (empanadas stuffed with local pine nuts, ground beef and spices) as well as other seasonal, traditional Chilean dishes.

Lina can cater to any dietary restriction and serves mostly gluten-free and dairy-free dishes so that they are safe for her to eat. She can also offer vegetarian or vegan version of the dishes. Feel free to ask Lina if you have any dietary restrictions.

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Learn to cook a 2-3 course Chilean meal Lina and Leo's small kitchen. They will show you how to make classic Chilean recipes, perhaps one of the dishes she learned from her grandmother. You might learn to cook dishes like charquican, a common seasonal vegetable stew; or pebre, a fresh salsa made with tomatoes, herbs and spices. Every Chilean family has their own version of these foods, and today you’ll learn Lina and Leo's way!

You’ll cook together for 1-2 hours before sitting down together to enjoy the meal.

Market visit: (1-2 guests) Meet Lina at the market and learn all about Chilean ingredients. Markets in Chile are lively and can be chaotic, but with Lina’s help you will navigate the busy stalls browsing for the freshest seasonal vegetables. Lina and her family shop at the market weekly for the bulk of their food as they are invested in cooking local, nutrient rich ingredients. Depending on the day of your visit Lina will take you to the best available market. You might visit the Feria Estero Marga Marga in Viña del Mar, the Mercado in Valparaíso, or Caleta Portales, the largest fish market in Valparaíso. Once your shopping is complete you’ll take public transit to her apartment to start cooking.

Notes: This is a family friendly experience! Lina's 4 year old son will be present during your visit.

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.
  • Pastel de choclo
  • Charquican
  • Pebre
  • Empanadas de pino

Traveler reviews

A wonderful introduction to the local culture in a warm inviting setting. Amazing hosts!
- Marci January 03, 2018

We were more than excited to start eating once our charquican and pebre were complete. The charquican felt very authentic and home-style, with a tradition and style that reminded me of my Asian family's favorite fried rice dish. It of course was not very similar in taste, but it's story shared many aspects of tradition, utility, flexibility, and family preferences/secrets. I felt very special to me.
The heart and energy Lina and Leo spoke of came through in the art, the smells, and the tastes of food they prepared. Every part of the preparation told a story and we were more than happy to be a part of the experience. Both hosts are well traveled, well educated, speak impeccable English, and went above and beyond to make their home and their food more than just a plate, but a full experience.
- Kelsey and Tim, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

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Lina

$48-$112 USD

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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$72 $58 $48
Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $94 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$72 $58 $48
Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $94 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm

Meet Lina

Lina is half Norwegian and her partner Leo is of Mapuche descent, and they like to think that their family and home represent all three cultures. They love traveling and are passionate about living as sustainably as possible, while cooking healthy, local and fair trade food. Lina and Leo were raised in families where food was always the main part of the holidays and family events and they hope to create this kind of family life for her young son Silvio. Lina has celiac disease and a milk allergy, so she has learned to adapt her grandmother’s traditional recipes to her dietary needs.

Lina and Leo both work in tourism, so be sure to ask them for their advice as you plan your trip to Chile!

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: (1-5 guests) Join Lina, Leo and Silvio for a meal at their table. They prepare typical Chilean dishes that include influences from the traditional Mapuche culture. Lina likes to use merkén, a dried, smoked chili used in Mapuche cuisine, as well as quinoa in her preparations. You will get to sample typical Chilean dishes such as pastel de choclo (a Chilean summertime version of shepherd’s pie), pebre (Chilean tomato, chili and herb salsa), charquican (seasonal vegetable stew) or carbonada (beef and vegetable stew), carne mechada (stewed shredded beef) with puré picante (mashed potatoes seasoned with merkén), porotos granados (bean stew with pumpkin and corn), or empanadas de pino (empanadas stuffed with local pine nuts, ground beef and spices) as well as other seasonal, traditional Chilean dishes.

Lina can cater to any dietary restriction and serves mostly gluten-free and dairy-free dishes so that they are safe for her to eat. She can also offer vegetarian or vegan version of the dishes. Feel free to ask Lina if you have any dietary restrictions.

Cooking experience: (1-2 guests) Learn to cook a 2-3 course Chilean meal Lina and Leo's small kitchen. They will show you how to make classic Chilean recipes, perhaps one of the dishes she learned from her grandmother. You might learn to cook dishes like charquican, a common seasonal vegetable stew; or pebre, a fresh salsa made with tomatoes, herbs and spices. Every Chilean family has their own version of these foods, and today you’ll learn Lina and Leo's way!

You’ll cook together for 1-2 hours before sitting down together to enjoy the meal.

Market visit: (1-2 guests) Meet Lina at the market and learn all about Chilean ingredients. Markets in Chile are lively and can be chaotic, but with Lina’s help you will navigate the busy stalls browsing for the freshest seasonal vegetables. Lina and her family shop at the market weekly for the bulk of their food as they are invested in cooking local, nutrient rich ingredients. Depending on the day of your visit Lina will take you to the best available market. You might visit the Feria Estero Marga Marga in Viña del Mar, the Mercado in Valparaíso, or Caleta Portales, the largest fish market in Valparaíso. Once your shopping is complete you’ll take public transit to her apartment to start cooking.

Notes: This is a family friendly experience! Lina's 4 year old son will be present during your visit.

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.
  • Pastel de choclo
  • Charquican
  • Pebre
  • Empanadas de pino

Traveler reviews

A wonderful introduction to the local culture in a warm inviting setting. Amazing hosts!
- Marci January 03, 2018

We were more than excited to start eating once our charquican and pebre were complete. The charquican felt very authentic and home-style, with a tradition and style that reminded me of my Asian family's favorite fried rice dish. It of course was not very similar in taste, but it's story shared many aspects of tradition, utility, flexibility, and family preferences/secrets. I felt very special to me.
The heart and energy Lina and Leo spoke of came through in the art, the smells, and the tastes of food they prepared. Every part of the preparation told a story and we were more than happy to be a part of the experience. Both hosts are well traveled, well educated, speak impeccable English, and went above and beyond to make their home and their food more than just a plate, but a full experience.
- Kelsey and Tim, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$72 $58 $48
Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $94 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$72 $58 $48
Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $94 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
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