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Havana: Cuban Cooking Experience

Product ID: 197743
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Learn to cook Cuban cuisine with a home cooking experience. Visit the local markets to learn about local foods and food culture, then share laughs and learning while you prepare a delicious and memorable feast with professional chefs.
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Duration: 3 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the dual economy and its impact on food
  • Visit a local market to learn about common ingredients in Cuban food
  • Prepare some of Cuba's most popular dishes like tostones and ropa vieja
  • Enjoy a delicious meal and conversation in a casa particular
Full description
From the meeting point, you'll walk through the streets of the Vedado neighborhood to a farmer's market where the guide and the chef will help you select the ingredients to prepare a traditional Cuban meal. En route you will learn about the dual economy, food production, and the ration system that was implemented during the revolution. The guide will also be able to point out important sites and give a bit of history about the area.

Upon your return to the casa, help the chef prepare traditional Cuban dishes based on your selected ingredients. The meal depends on what is available seasonally, but typical Cuban dishes include congri (beans and rice), tostones (fried plantains), yuca con mojo (yucca root with garlic sauce), and ajiaco (chicken and potato soup). Once the meal is prepared the best part is next: the feast! Enjoy an excellent home-cooked meal with a traditional Cuban dessert and cocktail, and conversation with your new friends in Cuba.
Includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Local chef
  • Typical Cuban meal and drink
  • Printed recipes to take home
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet at the Focsa building (tall and pale green) on the corner of M street. The building is large, and right at the corner is a large entrance to the business lobby. Please wait in the lobby of the building where you will also see a reception desk. In the lobby, look out for a guide in a blue t-shirt with the logo of the local partner on it.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Vegetarian and gluten free options are available
• Special arrangements may be made for vegan customers
• Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sun protection, such as a hat or umbrella, for the walking portion of the tour

From US$ 71.45 per person

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Product ID: 197743