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Host: Daniela

Medellín, Colombia

USD
$36-$86 per person

Enjoy an authentic Colombian meal with a local family

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit + Cooking class + Meal
  • Food tour

Meet Daniela

Daniela’s love for cooking comes from her father's side of the family, who are very passionate about food and cooking. Later she studied gastronomy at university and owns her own bakery now. She also conducts cooking classes for kids. Apart from food and cooking she enjoys going to the cinema, traveling, and learning about new cultures and cuisines. Daniela is very excited to share her rich Colombian gastronomy and its delicious flavors with travelers.

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: (1-9 guests) Daniela will welcome you to her cozy home, which is in a great neighborhood for a delicious Colombian meal and a nice chat with her warm Colombian family. You will surely leave feeling loved listening to their wonderful stories and trying some of their traditional family dishes. Few dishes that you may try are Colombian picada (a platter of fried meats and vegetables), ajiaco (traditional soup), sudado de muchacho (meat and potato) and your meal will end on a sweet note with mazamorra (a traditional dessert made with corn).

Cooking experience: (1-9 guests) Join Daniela and her mother in their kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. You learn to prepare 2-3 authentic homemade Colombian dishes that you will later share with the family at their dining table, such as arroz con pollo (rice with veggies and chicken), arroz con leche (a sweet rice pudding) and papa rellena (stuffed potatoes). The cooking portion of the experience will last for 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-9 guests) After you meet Daniela at her home, you will walk to the local market, ​Mercados Campesino. Here they sell a wide variety of local products including fresh fruits and vegetables. Daniela will teach you about the local ingredients used in Colombian cuisine and the history behind the country's diverse food. After you pick up few ingredients from the market, go back to Daniela’s home to learn how to cook with her mother. This market is only available on Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Daniela and her mother have an amazing personality - very bubbly and welcoming and were happy to answer all our questions about the food, where it was from and the history of Medellin and Colombia. They were great company! The food was great and they live in a very nice, clean and welcoming home. We cooked some fried plantain, which was the best I've ever had!

Max, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

I booked the market tour, cooking experience and meal with Daniela for four people. Daniela's communication in planning was excellent; she asked what we wanted to cook and eat, and tailored the menu accordingly. She checked back in the night before to confirm our pickup location - a nice touch for some out of towners unfamiliar with the city of Medellin. She picked us up on time, and we arrived to begin preparing food at her house. We were warmly greeted by her mother and they went to great lengths to show us the ingredients, include us in the preparation, and explain their processes. Their kitchen is incredibly well-outfitted, which makes sense as Daniela is a professional chef. Once the food was sufficiently prepared, before actually cooking, Daniela and her mother took us to Plaza Minorista for the market tour. There, she showed us fruits that we'd never tasted - were delicious, and some were unlike anything we'd ever tried before (and amazing)! Daniela was very interested in what we wanted to try, and made sure we had the opportunity to enjoy everything we asked for (especially the freshly fried arepas de choclo!!!) We returned back to Daniela's apartment and while the food was being cooked, tried a couple of beverages - aguardiente, and a cola, juice and beer mixture. We sat down to share the meal with them in their dining room. It was top notch - the food was prepared perfectly and delicious, and there was plenty to go around. In the end, we ate papas rellenas, arroz con pollo, and tres leches cake (with homeade jams as topping). In the end, only two of my group of four were able to make the experience. Daniela sent us home with the remainder of the food for them, which they raved over. We thought that gesture was a really nice touch. Wow - This experience was my highlight of Medellin. If you like fresh, delicious local cuisine prepared by a host who is intelligent, funny and can explain both the food and the culture - I can't recommend this experience enough. It was amazing. If you book the cooking and/or eating experience, my sincere advice is to request to have a cake for dessert. She says it's her favorite thing to make ;)
- Anthony July 08, 2019

This is a Must Visit for Medellin! My daughters and I were interested in learning about traditional cooking methods and dishes for Medellin and we all agreed that the visit with Daniela and Beatrix was the absolute shining star of our visits. First, Daniela and Beatrix welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to the ingredients and their preparation. These are experienced chefs! We peeled five kinds of potatoes for Ajiaco along with shredding tender chicken and onions. They shared their family recipes and secrets (their home-made bouillion is amazing and such a healthier direction from "bouillion cubes") then they drove us to a local market where we walked around, tasted, and tasted, and tasted some more from samples of breads, cheeses, jams, etc., then watched people make an amazingly refreshing drink from limes and sugar cane. We went back to their apartment and finished the preparation for the meal - flattening and frying plantains for panacotes and making the amazing guacamole to accompany them and then creating the three-milk blend for the tres leches to soak into the tres leches cake. The whole experience was just delightful, insightful and enlightening, and Daniela and Beatrix had welcomed us so warmly into their kitchen that it felt like a bunch of family members all working together to put a delicious meal on the table. What an absolutely delightful experience. I highly recommend these two women to you as cooks and two welcoming Medellin women ready to share the cooking traditions of a Colombian kitchen with you. Mucho Gusto and Gracias, Daniela and Beatrix! Bravo!
- Andrea W February 18, 2019

Easy booking, great communication from booking, to making plans, and everything in between - Daniella was a top class host and we enjoyed our time with her and her Mom - highly recommended. Thank you so much!
- Jon January 26, 2019

I had an absolutely wonderful time with Daniela and her mother Beatriz -- I would highly recommend this activity to other tourists visiting Medellin, as it was one of my favorite moments during my trip to Colombia! Daniela and Beatriz are warm, welcoming and kind and make you feel welcome in their home from the moment you show up at the door with big hugs and smiles, to the moment you walk out making sure you know how to get back, etc. -- they really exemplify the true hospitality of the Colombian people! The cooking activity itself was highly organized and professional -- Daniela was well-prepared with the portioned out ingredients in stations which made for a very smooth, efficient cooking process and she is a very talented chef, so the resulting meal ended up being absolutely delicious!. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to sit down with Daniela and her mother for dinner, chatting about their lives and experiences and truly having an opportunity to connect with local Colombians in an authentic way. From their hospitality to their professional nature to their delicious food to their wonderful company... I can't say enough good things! Thank you to Daniela and Beatriz for such a wonderful, memorable experience. Highly recommended!
- Aarti June 19, 2018

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Daniela

$36-$86 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Daniela

Daniela’s love for cooking comes from her father's side of the family, who are very passionate about food and cooking. Later she studied gastronomy at university and owns her own bakery now. She also conducts cooking classes for kids. Apart from food and cooking she enjoys going to the cinema, traveling, and learning about new cultures and cuisines. Daniela is very excited to share her rich Colombian gastronomy and its delicious flavors with travelers.

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: (1-9 guests) Daniela will welcome you to her cozy home, which is in a great neighborhood for a delicious Colombian meal and a nice chat with her warm Colombian family. You will surely leave feeling loved listening to their wonderful stories and trying some of their traditional family dishes. Few dishes that you may try are Colombian picada (a platter of fried meats and vegetables), ajiaco (traditional soup), sudado de muchacho (meat and potato) and your meal will end on a sweet note with mazamorra (a traditional dessert made with corn).

Cooking experience: (1-9 guests) Join Daniela and her mother in their kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. You learn to prepare 2-3 authentic homemade Colombian dishes that you will later share with the family at their dining table, such as arroz con pollo (rice with veggies and chicken), arroz con leche (a sweet rice pudding) and papa rellena (stuffed potatoes). The cooking portion of the experience will last for 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-9 guests) After you meet Daniela at her home, you will walk to the local market, ​Mercados Campesino. Here they sell a wide variety of local products including fresh fruits and vegetables. Daniela will teach you about the local ingredients used in Colombian cuisine and the history behind the country's diverse food. After you pick up few ingredients from the market, go back to Daniela’s home to learn how to cook with her mother. This market is only available on Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Daniela and her mother have an amazing personality - very bubbly and welcoming and were happy to answer all our questions about the food, where it was from and the history of Medellin and Colombia. They were great company! The food was great and they live in a very nice, clean and welcoming home. We cooked some fried plantain, which was the best I've ever had!

Max, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

I booked the market tour, cooking experience and meal with Daniela for four people. Daniela's communication in planning was excellent; she asked what we wanted to cook and eat, and tailored the menu accordingly. She checked back in the night before to confirm our pickup location - a nice touch for some out of towners unfamiliar with the city of Medellin. She picked us up on time, and we arrived to begin preparing food at her house. We were warmly greeted by her mother and they went to great lengths to show us the ingredients, include us in the preparation, and explain their processes. Their kitchen is incredibly well-outfitted, which makes sense as Daniela is a professional chef. Once the food was sufficiently prepared, before actually cooking, Daniela and her mother took us to Plaza Minorista for the market tour. There, she showed us fruits that we'd never tasted - were delicious, and some were unlike anything we'd ever tried before (and amazing)! Daniela was very interested in what we wanted to try, and made sure we had the opportunity to enjoy everything we asked for (especially the freshly fried arepas de choclo!!!) We returned back to Daniela's apartment and while the food was being cooked, tried a couple of beverages - aguardiente, and a cola, juice and beer mixture. We sat down to share the meal with them in their dining room. It was top notch - the food was prepared perfectly and delicious, and there was plenty to go around. In the end, we ate papas rellenas, arroz con pollo, and tres leches cake (with homeade jams as topping). In the end, only two of my group of four were able to make the experience. Daniela sent us home with the remainder of the food for them, which they raved over. We thought that gesture was a really nice touch. Wow - This experience was my highlight of Medellin. If you like fresh, delicious local cuisine prepared by a host who is intelligent, funny and can explain both the food and the culture - I can't recommend this experience enough. It was amazing. If you book the cooking and/or eating experience, my sincere advice is to request to have a cake for dessert. She says it's her favorite thing to make ;)
- Anthony July 08, 2019

This is a Must Visit for Medellin! My daughters and I were interested in learning about traditional cooking methods and dishes for Medellin and we all agreed that the visit with Daniela and Beatrix was the absolute shining star of our visits. First, Daniela and Beatrix welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to the ingredients and their preparation. These are experienced chefs! We peeled five kinds of potatoes for Ajiaco along with shredding tender chicken and onions. They shared their family recipes and secrets (their home-made bouillion is amazing and such a healthier direction from "bouillion cubes") then they drove us to a local market where we walked around, tasted, and tasted, and tasted some more from samples of breads, cheeses, jams, etc., then watched people make an amazingly refreshing drink from limes and sugar cane. We went back to their apartment and finished the preparation for the meal - flattening and frying plantains for panacotes and making the amazing guacamole to accompany them and then creating the three-milk blend for the tres leches to soak into the tres leches cake. The whole experience was just delightful, insightful and enlightening, and Daniela and Beatrix had welcomed us so warmly into their kitchen that it felt like a bunch of family members all working together to put a delicious meal on the table. What an absolutely delightful experience. I highly recommend these two women to you as cooks and two welcoming Medellin women ready to share the cooking traditions of a Colombian kitchen with you. Mucho Gusto and Gracias, Daniela and Beatrix! Bravo!
- Andrea W February 18, 2019

Easy booking, great communication from booking, to making plans, and everything in between - Daniella was a top class host and we enjoyed our time with her and her Mom - highly recommended. Thank you so much!
- Jon January 26, 2019

I had an absolutely wonderful time with Daniela and her mother Beatriz -- I would highly recommend this activity to other tourists visiting Medellin, as it was one of my favorite moments during my trip to Colombia! Daniela and Beatriz are warm, welcoming and kind and make you feel welcome in their home from the moment you show up at the door with big hugs and smiles, to the moment you walk out making sure you know how to get back, etc. -- they really exemplify the true hospitality of the Colombian people! The cooking activity itself was highly organized and professional -- Daniela was well-prepared with the portioned out ingredients in stations which made for a very smooth, efficient cooking process and she is a very talented chef, so the resulting meal ended up being absolutely delicious!. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to sit down with Daniela and her mother for dinner, chatting about their lives and experiences and truly having an opportunity to connect with local Colombians in an authentic way. From their hospitality to their professional nature to their delicious food to their wonderful company... I can't say enough good things! Thank you to Daniela and Beatriz for such a wonderful, memorable experience. Highly recommended!
- Aarti June 19, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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