San Miguel de Allende is the perfect place for bringing out the chef you have inside you. Since this city emerged as a thoroughfare, its cuisine was enriched by the ingredients and techniques of nearby cities, such as the capital city of Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Queretaro. Today, internationally renowned chefs have turned this city into a gastronomic paradise where they play at creating memorable delights.
For example, at the Andanza restaurant, on the Casa de Sierra Nevada Hotel, you can begin your gastronomic adventure with a shrimp dobladita with cuitlacoche (a black mushroom growing on corn) and chaya, accompanied with papaya ragout. How about a chicken salad, watermelon, manzano chile, onions and a touch of sea salt? The mention of ravioli stuffed with pork carnitas and an avocado soup will get your taste buds working, and in search of something very Mexican and international, choose “Pekin” duck “al pastor” with Jamaica buds tea reduction, caramelized pineapple and asparagus. Enjoy the restaurant’s colonial atmosphere while you savor some churros (Spanish sweet fritters) stuffed with Xtabentun cream and a unsurpassed cafe de olla (pot of cinnamon coffee).
Of course, there are travelers who want to go beyond the table and go into the kitchen, and in San Miguel you can do just that. While you are visiting this city, you can enroll in cooking classes in Sazon, a kind of lounge kitchen, gallery, book store and art store, whose guiding thread is gastronomy. Its proposal is like a four course menu: shopping, preparing the ingredients, the final details and best of all: the tasting.
The adventure begins at 11:00 a.m. when you accompany the chef in his search for the best ingredients. In between fun facts and shopping tips, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the deep blue sky of San Miguel. After you return, and under the guidance of the chef, the students take over the kitchen to prepare some tasty enchiladas, a traditional guacamole and some nopales (cactus leafs) in the pot, among other delights.
In the end, while you are enjoying and sharing what you prepared, the memory of the streets and the market in San Miguel de Allende will remind you of the Mexican saying “full tummy, happy heart”.
Courtyard of the Casa Sierra Nevada Hotel, Hospicio 42
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico 37700.
Correo no. 22,
Downtown San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Mexico, 37700.