Want your family to know the joys of cooking with fresh, farm-to-table ingredients? Then you have to check out Huerta Los Tamarindos in Los Cabos, Mexico. In this video, I share with you our family’s experience taking a cooking class at this unique organic farm and restaurant. And be sure to watch till the end, because I’ll be giving you 3 insider tips that will make your experience the best that it can be.
Los Tamarindos is located just a few minutes from downtown San Jose Del Cabo, but it feels like a whole other world.
The 17-acre property dates back to the 19th century, when it became one of the region’s biggest sugar cane producers. Restauranteur Enrique Silva purchased the property in 2003 and turned it into an organic farm.
A few years ago he transformed the historic ranch house into a fine dining establishment that has since become a popular venue for weddings and other events. Today, the farm provides fresh herbs and vegetables to many of the top restaurants and hotels in Los Cabos.
Enrique started our day by giving us a personal tour of the farm, where they grow everything from peppers to carrots, from cilantro to eggplants.
Being city kids, our girls are used to seeing herbs and vegetables in the supermarket. Having the opportunity to get up close and see exactly how food is grown from the soil was a great learning experience for them. And meeting the cows from the neighboring farm was fun too.
Then it was time to get cooking.
The cooking classes are conducted in this gorgeous outdoor kitchen.
Chef Gabriel Castillo led the class by having us chop garlic, rosemary, sage, and basil to make a delicious herb oil that we would use in just about every course of our meal.
We made eggplant rolls stuffed with ricotta cheese and topped with a delicious pomodoro sauce, chicken with green mole, red seasoned rice, and a dessert I’ve never tried before: zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta cheese and topped with guava jam.
As a special treat for our girls, Chef Gabriel also showed us how to make two different kinds of pizza: one with a regular crust, and one with a crust made of hoja santa leaves.
When the class ended, we were seated in the restaurant where they served us each of the 4 courses we cooked. They were absolutely delicious. And the margaritas were fantastic too!
Here are a few insider tips to make your experience the best that it can be.
Insider Tip 1:
Wear closed-toe shoes
The grounds at the farm can get quite muddy, so you’ll be most comfortable if you wear closed-toe shoes. Our girls were in flip-flops that day and got very messy. If I had to do it again, I’d put them in sneakers or crocs.
Insider Tip 2:
Don’t worry about getting back
Los Tamarindos feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, and you might be nervous about how you’re going to get back to your hotel. But don’t sweat it. The team here knows to call you a cab as dessert is served, so that the taxi will arrive by the time you’ve finished your meal.
Insider Tip 3:
Bring the recipe book home
After enjoying these scrumptious dishes, you’ll definitely want to try them again. The good news is, you’ll receive a booklet with detailed recipes of the dishes you made that day. So anytime you want, you can relive the incredible flavors of Mexico right in your own home.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel and lifestyle digital influencer at Top Flight Family. Her insights on travel have been featured in Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, Seatrade Cruise News and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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