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Host: Gabriel and Mima

San Jose, Costa Rica

USD
$22-$60 per person

Organic Costa Rican cooking class on a farm in San Jose

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

Meet Gabriel and Mima

Gabriel and Mima are young environmental science graduates and entrepreneurs whose mission is to change Costa Rican rural development strategy. Their organic farm is located only 13 km away from downtown San Jose, in a rural area with a dry climate. They have 1 hectare (10,000 square meters) of land, where they conserve and protect natural resources through sustainable agricultural practices and the implementation of integrated ecological systems.

The couple grow a variety of vegetables on their farm including lettuce, coriander, parsley, kale, mustard, spring onion, and carrots, amongst others, which they sell at organic markets on weekends. Based on seasonal availability, Gabriel and Mima cook primarily with the produce grown on their farm. Gabriel learned to cook from his mother and grandmother, while Mima is self-taught and built on her skills while traveling - and also from the more than 150 volunteers that have visited and stayed on their farm over the past three years! An experience with Gabriel and Mima is rural, local, organic and truly off the beaten path experience!

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) It is a small adventure to get up the mountain to Gabriel and Mima’s farm, however once you’re there it is truly an oasis surrounded by nature! Even though the location is close to the city, it is still quite remote, located in a rural area where few people live.

Join Gabriel and Mima for your meal in their living room, which is set up with two long tables and beautifully decorated with flowers. If you’re visiting for lunch or when the weather is good you can also eat outside while enjoying the beautiful views of their fields! Gabriel and Mima are also in the process of building a new kitchen and dining area and you will notice that construction is still going on while you’re there.

Most of the ingredients used in your meal will come either directly from Gabriel and Mima's farm or from other local organic farms. A few dishes that might enjoy are an appetizer made with mayonnaise and pejibaye (an ancient domesticated fruit from a palm tree), roasted pumpkin cream soup (their grandmother’s recipe!), and chifrijo (a bowl with rice, beans, pork ribs, pico de gallo and tortilla chips). For dessert, enjoy their delicious sweet plantain dish served with vanilla ice cream.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Before you start cooking, Gabriel and Mima will walk you around their farm, giving you a tour of their land and the variety of fruits and vegetables they grow. Use some of these ingredients to cook a traditional Costa Rican meal with Gabriel and Mima in their kitchen. Please note that while their kitchen is clean and well kept it is rustic and quite small. You will use the outside area to do most of your prep work and the final cooking will be a demonstration, owing to the limited space in the kitchen to all cook individually. You will also see and have the chance to use few of their really innovate appliances like a solar oven, and their stationary bicycle that powers a blender!

The cooking part of the experience will last for 30-45 minutes. Learn how to make a pico de gallo tomato salsa from scratch and also the plantain dessert, which is their own recipe, inspired by old traditional Costa Rican cooking. Gabriel and Mima will also prepare a few other dishes for you to enjoy during your experience together.

Notes: Please note, if you rent a car and plan on driving yourself to the farm, the final section leading up to the farm is steep with deep ruts in the road (4WD is recommended). Also, on the farm there is a very clean and dry composting toilet but not a fully enclosed conventional bathroom that you’re used to – this can be the highlight for some! The farm is very well-maintained and has dogs, one goat, special varieties of chickens, small forest trails, beautiful crop fields and very interesting minimum environmental impact systems.   

Gabriel and Mima can also offer return transportation at an additional price (please select the transportation option while booking) for those staying in hotels within 15 km from the farm. They also run a rural tourism guesthouse on the farm, so if after your dinner experience you would like to stay there, please directly get in touch with them to inquire about accommodations.

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.
  • Welcome Drink: Natural fruit juice
  • Appetizer: Pejibaye with mayonnaise
  • Soup: Pumpkin and onion cream soup
  • Main; Chifrijo (a traditional Costa Rican dish made with some special variations of their own)
  • Dessert: Sweet plantain with ice cream

Traveler reviews

Gabriel and Mima were fabulous hosts. We were picked up at our hotel and made the short drive up to their orgranic farm just outside of San Jose. There were 4 of us in our party including 1 pre-teen, who enjoyed the experience tremendously. We had a short tour of the property before participating in the preparation of local cuisine. My daughter enjoyed the exercise bicycle\smoothie maker. The meal was delicious and the conversations stimulating. I couldn't be more supportive of the two of them and convinced they're just beginning to tap the potential of what they have to offer.
- Bill M. May 25, 2018

It is an adventure to get up the mountain to the farm. It was an oasis once we arrived but I was a little skeptical as we crept up the mountain.Gabriel and Mima could not have been lovelier and more open about their farm, which is a true passion project. They shared a lot with us about Costa Rica, eco farming, and local plants and cuisine. They were open and engaging. Everything was delicious and we tried many new things including soursop juice that Gabriel mixed. The roasted pumpkin soup was amazing and it was one of their grandmother's recipe. The pumpkin and onions are roasted in the oven first and we all had seconds. It was also fun and special to make the pico de gallo as a family. One child chopped tomatoes, another chopped the onion and picked the cilantro leaves, and the littlest one juiced the lime that looks like an orange.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Alyssa

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Gabriel and Mima

$22-$60 USD

per person
100%
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $60 $50
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$58 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $60 $50
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$58 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Gabriel and Mima

Gabriel and Mima are young environmental science graduates and entrepreneurs whose mission is to change Costa Rican rural development strategy. Their organic farm is located only 13 km away from downtown San Jose, in a rural area with a dry climate. They have 1 hectare (10,000 square meters) of land, where they conserve and protect natural resources through sustainable agricultural practices and the implementation of integrated ecological systems.

The couple grow a variety of vegetables on their farm including lettuce, coriander, parsley, kale, mustard, spring onion, and carrots, amongst others, which they sell at organic markets on weekends. Based on seasonal availability, Gabriel and Mima cook primarily with the produce grown on their farm. Gabriel learned to cook from his mother and grandmother, while Mima is self-taught and built on her skills while traveling - and also from the more than 150 volunteers that have visited and stayed on their farm over the past three years! An experience with Gabriel and Mima is rural, local, organic and truly off the beaten path experience!

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) It is a small adventure to get up the mountain to Gabriel and Mima’s farm, however once you’re there it is truly an oasis surrounded by nature! Even though the location is close to the city, it is still quite remote, located in a rural area where few people live.

Join Gabriel and Mima for your meal in their living room, which is set up with two long tables and beautifully decorated with flowers. If you’re visiting for lunch or when the weather is good you can also eat outside while enjoying the beautiful views of their fields! Gabriel and Mima are also in the process of building a new kitchen and dining area and you will notice that construction is still going on while you’re there.

Most of the ingredients used in your meal will come either directly from Gabriel and Mima's farm or from other local organic farms. A few dishes that might enjoy are an appetizer made with mayonnaise and pejibaye (an ancient domesticated fruit from a palm tree), roasted pumpkin cream soup (their grandmother’s recipe!), and chifrijo (a bowl with rice, beans, pork ribs, pico de gallo and tortilla chips). For dessert, enjoy their delicious sweet plantain dish served with vanilla ice cream.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Before you start cooking, Gabriel and Mima will walk you around their farm, giving you a tour of their land and the variety of fruits and vegetables they grow. Use some of these ingredients to cook a traditional Costa Rican meal with Gabriel and Mima in their kitchen. Please note that while their kitchen is clean and well kept it is rustic and quite small. You will use the outside area to do most of your prep work and the final cooking will be a demonstration, owing to the limited space in the kitchen to all cook individually. You will also see and have the chance to use few of their really innovate appliances like a solar oven, and their stationary bicycle that powers a blender!

The cooking part of the experience will last for 30-45 minutes. Learn how to make a pico de gallo tomato salsa from scratch and also the plantain dessert, which is their own recipe, inspired by old traditional Costa Rican cooking. Gabriel and Mima will also prepare a few other dishes for you to enjoy during your experience together.

Notes: Please note, if you rent a car and plan on driving yourself to the farm, the final section leading up to the farm is steep with deep ruts in the road (4WD is recommended). Also, on the farm there is a very clean and dry composting toilet but not a fully enclosed conventional bathroom that you’re used to – this can be the highlight for some! The farm is very well-maintained and has dogs, one goat, special varieties of chickens, small forest trails, beautiful crop fields and very interesting minimum environmental impact systems.   

Gabriel and Mima can also offer return transportation at an additional price (please select the transportation option while booking) for those staying in hotels within 15 km from the farm. They also run a rural tourism guesthouse on the farm, so if after your dinner experience you would like to stay there, please directly get in touch with them to inquire about accommodations.

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.
  • Welcome Drink: Natural fruit juice
  • Appetizer: Pejibaye with mayonnaise
  • Soup: Pumpkin and onion cream soup
  • Main; Chifrijo (a traditional Costa Rican dish made with some special variations of their own)
  • Dessert: Sweet plantain with ice cream

Traveler reviews

Gabriel and Mima were fabulous hosts. We were picked up at our hotel and made the short drive up to their orgranic farm just outside of San Jose. There were 4 of us in our party including 1 pre-teen, who enjoyed the experience tremendously. We had a short tour of the property before participating in the preparation of local cuisine. My daughter enjoyed the exercise bicycle\smoothie maker. The meal was delicious and the conversations stimulating. I couldn't be more supportive of the two of them and convinced they're just beginning to tap the potential of what they have to offer.
- Bill M. May 25, 2018

It is an adventure to get up the mountain to the farm. It was an oasis once we arrived but I was a little skeptical as we crept up the mountain.Gabriel and Mima could not have been lovelier and more open about their farm, which is a true passion project. They shared a lot with us about Costa Rica, eco farming, and local plants and cuisine. They were open and engaging. Everything was delicious and we tried many new things including soursop juice that Gabriel mixed. The roasted pumpkin soup was amazing and it was one of their grandmother's recipe. The pumpkin and onions are roasted in the oven first and we all had seconds. It was also fun and special to make the pico de gallo as a family. One child chopped tomatoes, another chopped the onion and picked the cilantro leaves, and the littlest one juiced the lime that looks like an orange.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Alyssa

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $60 $50
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$58 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $30 $22
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $60 $50
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$58 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
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