Mexico

Mmm… Mexico

written by | Posted on March 1st, 2010

The 15-day Culinary Tour of Mexico visits some of the country’s most gastronomically renowned destinations, all while clients stay at some of the most enchanting and yes, luxurious hotels available. In Merida, they’ll take classes in Yucatecan cuisine while having plenty of time to explore Mayan ruins and villages while exploring the bursts of colorful produce in local markets. Their host here is Hacienda Xcanatun, itself famous for its gourmet restaurant, Casa de Piedra. Then it’s off to Mexico City for private exploration of both cultural (maybe a boat ride on the canals of Xochimilco) and culinary landmarks, including some of its best restaurants, and a stay at the Four Seasons Mexico City.

When they arrive in Puebla, clients will discover what all the fuss is about when they try the regional cuisine. Puebla is also the reputed birthplace of chiles en nogada (poblano chiles in walnut sauce), deemed a patriotic favorite because it features the three colors of the Mexican flag: red, white and green. Guests will also partake of cooking classes and market tours here before heading to Oaxaca, another foodie’s paradise. World-famous for its local cheese, chocolate and different types of mole (clients can learn how to make the latter), Oaxaca is also a fantastic shopping Mecca, with many artisans crafting pieces in wood, pottery and textiles. Two Camino Real properties play host to guests in both Puebla and Oaxaca.

Finally, it’s off to San Miguel de Allende and a stay at Casa de Sierra Nevada. Clients booking this particular tour get private guides, tours and drivers, as well as flights from Oaxaca to Mexico City to drive to San Miguel de Allende. Culinary Tour of Mexico is priced at $10,765 pp dbl.

don’t forget the tequila Nothing’s as intrinsically Mexican as tequila—just ask Audrey Formissano, the first woman to be a certified tequilier. She looks over CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta’s 117 by-the-glass tequila options, including the resort’s own proprietary brand, prepared with blue agave grown on property. This resort, in fact, is the first one in Puerto Vallarta to win the “Agave de Oro” or Golden Agave award from the Tequila Regulatory Council for each of its Food & Beverage outlets. CasaMagna Marriott also offers a cooking class, priced at $90 pp, that highlights the herbs and chilies grown on property. Guests will learn how to make a particular dish, such as crusted snapper or chile en nogada.

The property’s Tequila Reposado package lets aficionados enjoy three tastings with Formissano and a complimentary bottle of tequila, starting at $168 per room, per night with a 3-night minimum stay (code ZJ9).