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Host: Lucia

Mexico City, Mexico

USD
$94-$108 per person

Cook authentic Mexican with a gastronomic historian in San Angel

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

Meet Lucia

For as long as she can remember Lucía has always been a keen cook. Her passion for gastronomy led her to earn a bachelors degree in Mexican cuisine, another in international cuisine, and a Master’s degree in history focused on Mexican culinary history. She now teaches gastronomic history at local universities. When she’s not working, she is most often found in the kitchen, cooking the recipes she learned from her mother and grandmother, and from her husband’s family, who hail from the Yucatan.

A welcoming host, Lucía loves to share Mexican gastronomic history and tell her guests about her memories growing up in the kitchen and her favorite cooking secrets. Lucía lives near San Angel, a residential neighborhood in south Mexico City. Her house is in the traditional style and is designed to receive guests. Join her for a delicious homemade meal and relax in her peaceful garden, a world away from the hustle and bustle of central Mexico 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: (2-8 guests) Enjoy a home-style Mexican meal at Lucía’s table. Your menu will be based on the season and might include dishes like potato leek soup, albondigas en salsa de chile chipotle mecos (meatballs in a smoked chili sauce), sopa de nopalitos (cactus paddles in bean broth), fideo soup (Mexican noodle soup), traditional moles (savory meat dishes cooked in spice and chili sauce), chile en nogada (stuffed poblano chilies, smothered in creamy walnut sauce, available seasonally). Your meal will end with a traditional sweet, like flan, arroz con leche (rice pudding), or capirotada (Mexican bread pudding).

Cooking experience: (2-8 guests) Learn to cook authentic Mexican dishes with Lucía in her spacious home kitchen. Lucía can cook a wide variety of Mexican dishes, from traditional family recipes passed down through generations of home cooks, to modern dishes using fresh, local ingredients. Cook together with Lucía and learn some of her favorite cooking tips and techniques. Note that Lucía can offer both a hands-on cooking class or a cooking demonstration in which you will watch Lucía prepare the dishes. Please specify what you prefer at the time of booking.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Meet Lucía at Mercado San Angel, a bustling covered market filled with everything you need to make a traditional meal at home. Lucía will teach you about the local products on offer, from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, to dried chilies and spices, to flowers and handicrafts. After exploring the market together you will take a taxi to Lucia’s home to begin your cooking lesson.

Notes: Please note Lucia does not host dinner experiences and does not host on Sundays.

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.
  • Nopalitos soup in bean broth, lima soup, tortilla soup, aztec soup
  • Albondigas en salsa de chile chipotle meco, Chiles en nogada, Encacahuatado with chicken, Veracruzana fish
  • Chile ancho filled with fried beans
  • Pork in verdolagas
  • Mexican white rice, red rice, black rice with platano macho
  • Dulce de guayaba,Dulce de mamey, flan de cajeta, gollorias
  • Coffee or tea

Traveler reviews

As an industry professional, I was looking on Traveling Spoon for a historian of Mexican cuisine and the variables from region to region. Lucia was an exemplary wealth of knowledge about the history of Mexico city, as a native of the San Angel neighborhood, Lucia is a chef working in Mexico and exemplifying Mexican cuisine internationally. She took myself and my two friends, to the Mercado Melchior Muzquiz, answering all of our eager questions and teaching us about the market culture she had grown up and sharing our excitement to try the regional ingredients Mexico has to offer. I very much appreciated Lucia's translations in purchasing and conversing about regional legumes, specially some heritage ones I was seeking. We learned that guava, purslane, among other vegetables, were in season at that moment. For our actual cooking lesson, Lucia invited us over to her beautiful house and taught us how to make many variations on a theme--mole, tacos, chili rellenos-- and planned a fantastic three course meal for us. She shared the cookbooks she had about regional plants and vegetables (we cooked cuitlacoche, corn fungus, a tender fennel like front that tasted of asparagus, vegetarian mole) and taught us the extensive genre of chili rellenos. For our appetizer we prepared cuitlacoche and salsa verde tacos as well as mole with local grass, nopales and potato. For our main course, we prepared a duo of chili rellenos--an ancho chili, rehydrated in cane syrup, stuffed with refried black beans and chorizo and a charred poblano chili stuffed with Queso Chihuahua and corn, slowly fried in an aerated egg batter, rice (!!! the star), and guava gel with cheese. It is clear that Lucia has a voracious passion and drive for cooking, learning, and sharing. We had an unforgettable time learning from her and her sous, a charming older woman who compared arms with me and found all the same burn marks. I learned so much from the day spent with Lucia and gained a deeper understanding of Mexican cuisine and language surrounding cooking, before, and after the Spaniards. Lucia will tailor your experience to your interests, may it be fish or vegan cooking, and thoughtfully prepare a menu accordingly. Do not hesitate to book an experience with Lucia; if you are a novice, or a professional. Her enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring and you will come away from this day inspired from the market, the food, and stimulating conversation. We love Martina and Rita, thank you so much, again, Lucia!
- Felicia June 04, 2018

My husband went on this and had a fantastic time with Lucia - I strongly urge you to give it a whirl! You won't regret it.
- Kate April 17, 2018

The cooking lesson with Lucia was a highlight of our trip! The meal was delicious - we’re eagerly waiting for recipes via email to try at home. Lucia welcomed us into her beautiful home like old friends. As we worked, she demonstrated and explained steps and techniques. We appreciate that Lucia was well organized: she sent the menu before we arrived; considered a food allergy; included requested Lime Soup on menu. Lucia included many delicious special touches: Margaritas from recipe she enjoys and recently received; ant eggs tostada; vegan mole taco; great green salsa; delicious guacamole; corn cake with rompope sauce. Lucia’s kitchen was well-designed/laid out. The set-up allowed for us to easily watch, listen, and participate.
- waltsimms April 23, 2018

Lucia was the most gracious host and exceptionally talented chef. It was like cooking with family, if your family were a world renowned chef! Lucia took us on a tour of the historic neighborhood she lives in! It was beautiful and blooming in flowers! She went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed in her beautiful city! She is sweet, kind, generous and very very talented. We were late on arriving but she didn't pressure us or rush the cooking along. She truly went out of her way to ensure that Tucker and I had a wonderful experience and got to try a vast number of her specialties, from the snacks to the tequila to the homemade granola she whips out! Not to mention the actual meal itself! It was flavorful and bold and just wonderful to get to meet and share an experience with someone who has a lot of passion for what they do!
- Desiree and Tucker February 20, 2018

Lucia is wonderful and, honestly, I think the cooking class in her home was the highlight of our trip to Mexico City. She has a beautiful home with an amazing garden (where we picked herbs to use in our meal and lime leaves to make tea). She's so knowledgeable about Mexican culture, cuisine, and history - and is a great teacher. I'm vegetarian and she was fantastic about accommodating - we did both meat and veg dishes (and learned even more!). We also met her family which was really nice - we were able to chat, get to know them, and really begin to understand the culture of the place. I couldn't recommend her class more highly. Lucia - we hope to see you again soon!
- Allison October 17, 2017

Lucia is such an interesting woman, passionate about history and gastronomy, about Mexico. It is a pleasure listening to her and talking with her about her cooking memories and secrets.
The cooking experience at Lucia's feels like escaping from hectic Mexico City for a while. Her house is quiet, her garden an oasis of calm and her spacious kitchen is a very practical place to cook together. She is passionate about both Mexican history and gastronomy and can tell you the story and secrets of any dish. Lucy is attached to the authenticity of Mexican gastronomy and taste. Far from the traditional guacamole, quesadillas and tacos, she knows local recipes that will not disappoint you!
- Alix, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Lucia

$94-$108 USD

per person
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  • 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
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $94 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $108 $108
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $94 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $108 $108
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm

Meet Lucia

For as long as she can remember Lucía has always been a keen cook. Her passion for gastronomy led her to earn a bachelors degree in Mexican cuisine, another in international cuisine, and a Master’s degree in history focused on Mexican culinary history. She now teaches gastronomic history at local universities. When she’s not working, she is most often found in the kitchen, cooking the recipes she learned from her mother and grandmother, and from her husband’s family, who hail from the Yucatan.

A welcoming host, Lucía loves to share Mexican gastronomic history and tell her guests about her memories growing up in the kitchen and her favorite cooking secrets. Lucía lives near San Angel, a residential neighborhood in south Mexico City. Her house is in the traditional style and is designed to receive guests. Join her for a delicious homemade meal and relax in her peaceful garden, a world away from the hustle and bustle of central Mexico 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: (2-8 guests) Enjoy a home-style Mexican meal at Lucía’s table. Your menu will be based on the season and might include dishes like potato leek soup, albondigas en salsa de chile chipotle mecos (meatballs in a smoked chili sauce), sopa de nopalitos (cactus paddles in bean broth), fideo soup (Mexican noodle soup), traditional moles (savory meat dishes cooked in spice and chili sauce), chile en nogada (stuffed poblano chilies, smothered in creamy walnut sauce, available seasonally). Your meal will end with a traditional sweet, like flan, arroz con leche (rice pudding), or capirotada (Mexican bread pudding).

Cooking experience: (2-8 guests) Learn to cook authentic Mexican dishes with Lucía in her spacious home kitchen. Lucía can cook a wide variety of Mexican dishes, from traditional family recipes passed down through generations of home cooks, to modern dishes using fresh, local ingredients. Cook together with Lucía and learn some of her favorite cooking tips and techniques. Note that Lucía can offer both a hands-on cooking class or a cooking demonstration in which you will watch Lucía prepare the dishes. Please specify what you prefer at the time of booking.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Meet Lucía at Mercado San Angel, a bustling covered market filled with everything you need to make a traditional meal at home. Lucía will teach you about the local products on offer, from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, to dried chilies and spices, to flowers and handicrafts. After exploring the market together you will take a taxi to Lucia’s home to begin your cooking lesson.

Notes: Please note Lucia does not host dinner experiences and does not host on Sundays.

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.
  • Nopalitos soup in bean broth, lima soup, tortilla soup, aztec soup
  • Albondigas en salsa de chile chipotle meco, Chiles en nogada, Encacahuatado with chicken, Veracruzana fish
  • Chile ancho filled with fried beans
  • Pork in verdolagas
  • Mexican white rice, red rice, black rice with platano macho
  • Dulce de guayaba,Dulce de mamey, flan de cajeta, gollorias
  • Coffee or tea

Traveler reviews

As an industry professional, I was looking on Traveling Spoon for a historian of Mexican cuisine and the variables from region to region. Lucia was an exemplary wealth of knowledge about the history of Mexico city, as a native of the San Angel neighborhood, Lucia is a chef working in Mexico and exemplifying Mexican cuisine internationally. She took myself and my two friends, to the Mercado Melchior Muzquiz, answering all of our eager questions and teaching us about the market culture she had grown up and sharing our excitement to try the regional ingredients Mexico has to offer. I very much appreciated Lucia's translations in purchasing and conversing about regional legumes, specially some heritage ones I was seeking. We learned that guava, purslane, among other vegetables, were in season at that moment. For our actual cooking lesson, Lucia invited us over to her beautiful house and taught us how to make many variations on a theme--mole, tacos, chili rellenos-- and planned a fantastic three course meal for us. She shared the cookbooks she had about regional plants and vegetables (we cooked cuitlacoche, corn fungus, a tender fennel like front that tasted of asparagus, vegetarian mole) and taught us the extensive genre of chili rellenos. For our appetizer we prepared cuitlacoche and salsa verde tacos as well as mole with local grass, nopales and potato. For our main course, we prepared a duo of chili rellenos--an ancho chili, rehydrated in cane syrup, stuffed with refried black beans and chorizo and a charred poblano chili stuffed with Queso Chihuahua and corn, slowly fried in an aerated egg batter, rice (!!! the star), and guava gel with cheese. It is clear that Lucia has a voracious passion and drive for cooking, learning, and sharing. We had an unforgettable time learning from her and her sous, a charming older woman who compared arms with me and found all the same burn marks. I learned so much from the day spent with Lucia and gained a deeper understanding of Mexican cuisine and language surrounding cooking, before, and after the Spaniards. Lucia will tailor your experience to your interests, may it be fish or vegan cooking, and thoughtfully prepare a menu accordingly. Do not hesitate to book an experience with Lucia; if you are a novice, or a professional. Her enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring and you will come away from this day inspired from the market, the food, and stimulating conversation. We love Martina and Rita, thank you so much, again, Lucia!
- Felicia June 04, 2018

My husband went on this and had a fantastic time with Lucia - I strongly urge you to give it a whirl! You won't regret it.
- Kate April 17, 2018

The cooking lesson with Lucia was a highlight of our trip! The meal was delicious - we’re eagerly waiting for recipes via email to try at home. Lucia welcomed us into her beautiful home like old friends. As we worked, she demonstrated and explained steps and techniques. We appreciate that Lucia was well organized: she sent the menu before we arrived; considered a food allergy; included requested Lime Soup on menu. Lucia included many delicious special touches: Margaritas from recipe she enjoys and recently received; ant eggs tostada; vegan mole taco; great green salsa; delicious guacamole; corn cake with rompope sauce. Lucia’s kitchen was well-designed/laid out. The set-up allowed for us to easily watch, listen, and participate.
- waltsimms April 23, 2018

Lucia was the most gracious host and exceptionally talented chef. It was like cooking with family, if your family were a world renowned chef! Lucia took us on a tour of the historic neighborhood she lives in! It was beautiful and blooming in flowers! She went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed in her beautiful city! She is sweet, kind, generous and very very talented. We were late on arriving but she didn't pressure us or rush the cooking along. She truly went out of her way to ensure that Tucker and I had a wonderful experience and got to try a vast number of her specialties, from the snacks to the tequila to the homemade granola she whips out! Not to mention the actual meal itself! It was flavorful and bold and just wonderful to get to meet and share an experience with someone who has a lot of passion for what they do!
- Desiree and Tucker February 20, 2018

Lucia is wonderful and, honestly, I think the cooking class in her home was the highlight of our trip to Mexico City. She has a beautiful home with an amazing garden (where we picked herbs to use in our meal and lime leaves to make tea). She's so knowledgeable about Mexican culture, cuisine, and history - and is a great teacher. I'm vegetarian and she was fantastic about accommodating - we did both meat and veg dishes (and learned even more!). We also met her family which was really nice - we were able to chat, get to know them, and really begin to understand the culture of the place. I couldn't recommend her class more highly. Lucia - we hope to see you again soon!
- Allison October 17, 2017

Lucia is such an interesting woman, passionate about history and gastronomy, about Mexico. It is a pleasure listening to her and talking with her about her cooking memories and secrets.
The cooking experience at Lucia's feels like escaping from hectic Mexico City for a while. Her house is quiet, her garden an oasis of calm and her spacious kitchen is a very practical place to cook together. She is passionate about both Mexican history and gastronomy and can tell you the story and secrets of any dish. Lucy is attached to the authenticity of Mexican gastronomy and taste. Far from the traditional guacamole, quesadillas and tacos, she knows local recipes that will not disappoint you!
- Alix, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $94 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $108 $108
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $94 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $108 $108
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm
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