Buenos Aires: The Argentine Experience Gastronomical Dinner
- Small group
- Duration: 2.5 hours
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At our first day in Buenos Aires we decided to do a cooking class and were overwhelmed. We both like to cook and have eaten lots of empanadas already but never prepared them on ourselves. Learning how to prepare them was much easier as expected thanks to the great skills and patience of Shir - a young, open minded, very positive minded and interested girl. Shirl was already awaiting us once we arrived and then we first enjoyed some mate tea, she explained us a lot about the tradition, the rituals and some forth. In addition this allowed us to get to know each other. One could quickly realize that Shir is very interested in the exchange with us as well, which made the stay very pleasant. We then started to prepare the empanadas (vegetarian and meat) and it turned out that it was very simple. We enjoyed the combination of the cooking class in a private apartment and getting to know a lovely person that hopefully meet one day again. You're always welcome to visit us in Switzerland :-)
This cooking class was one of the highlights of my trip to Argentina! Shirly is a wonderful and kind person and makes you feel very welcome in her lovely home. I felt like I was cooking with a friend. She begins by making Argentinian mate tea for you to try as well as traditional alfajores, which are a type of pastry. She then shows you how to make both beef and corn empanadas completely from scratch, as well as crepes with dulce de leche for dessert. It is very hands on as you do most of the measuring, chopping, and preparing yourself with her guidance. After all the cooking is complete, you get to sit down to enjoy the food you just made. It was delicious! She also gives you a little homemade book with the recipes so that you can make them again on your own back home. The best part of the class was getting to know Shirly, learning about Argentina, and enjoying great conversation and food. She really has thought of everything to make it a lovely experience! Highly recommended!
We had a wonderful day with Shir in BA. The gourmet market was full of wonderful fresh food, and our visit was followed by a scenic stroll through the historic English neighbourhood. We then went up to Shir's immaculate apartment, where we learned how to make two types of empanadas, and toss pancakes like a pro. Then we ate local cakes, a cheese and meat platter, drank wine, ate our freshly made empanadas and finished off with pancakes and big spoonfuls of dulce de leche. Shir was great company and the perfect host, as were the other two guests. What a great day out! Highly recommended
This was a great class with an amazing host! We started off going to a local market, then cooked empanadas, shared mate, ate picante, and finally made dulce de leche pancakes! Shirly was a great host who was very funny and knowledge about cooking. Her apartment was extremely nice and she even gave us recipe books to take home! I would highly recommend this class as it has been one of the best things I have done in Argentina for a very reasonable price!! An excellent option for any age group!
This was a phenomenal experience! Our hostess was extremely knowledgeable about local customs and practices. She taught us so much about Argentina. We very much enjoyed learning cooking techniques from her and also eating the products of our efforts. You should not miss this!