A couple of updates…

Happy February from Culinary Adventures Inc!

As countdown to our upcoming March 10-18th trip to Mexico City, Puebla and Tlaxcala begins, (last places available) we wanted to share a couple of things:

-1st of all, we have added PayPal to our payment options- for upcoming and/or future trips, yay!

-Secondly, we are happy to announce that we were mentioned in El Restaurante Magazine– thank you El Restaurante!!

 Here is the link to the magazine; we are on page 4.

This week, come snow or rain, with the help of my revered San Pascual Bailón, patron saint of cooks- we will announce and open the formal signing up for our trip to San Miguel de Allende (and environs!) for this coming September! It too promises to be, well, yet another culinary adventure!

Hasta pronto,

Carmen Barnard Baca

Marilyn’s Reason For Coming To Mexico Has Departed (July 6, 1933-December 18, 2018)

This past Tuesday evening, December 18th, Fredric Cutner Tausend passed away peacefully in Seattle, Washington.

With him departs a legacy of great legal work, historic cases in American law. One such case brought him to Mexico, via my father, Robert Currie Barnard. Through this unprecedented case, grew a lifelong friendship with not only our family, but with many others throughout México.

I will never forget when Fred and his then wife Sandra, with our family of 5, crammed into a Mexico City taxi on our way to a mariachi and pozole joint off Obrero Mundial. Fred announced, “Bob, I’ve learned to yodel!” and promptly threw back his head to demonstrate. The taxi driver swerved in surprise and proceeded to laugh uproariously. I was mesmerized and fell in love… at age two. A man who loves pozole and mariachis and yodels? What more could I ask for?
When Fred brought his new wife to meet us, with her crazy plans to start culinary trips for foreigners to learn about regional Mexican food, I was taken aback and startled. A British woman [Diana Kennedy] who people revere in the US introducing them to the local ingredients? My godmothers and friends receiving gringos in their homes so they can learn my favorite foods? My markets? Insane. Yet there was something to it that was like a magnet. And, if Fred loved this woman and brought her to us, she must be pretty cool, ¿no?

53 years later, both these monumental figures of my childhood are gone. They leave memories of hilarious conversations about food, religion, politics, endless puns with Fred, Gershwin songs, boleros, plots for operas set in Veracruz, musicals, traveling orchestras that could magically appear at the spur of the moment on the way to Celestun, or Tecolutla. Arguments, disagreements, parental advice, learning to accept others with their own shadows and fears, learning to accept people for who they are, as they are. Thank you both for this.

I miss Fred and Marilyn as much as my own parents, and am, weirdly enough, eternally grateful for the exhausting lawsuit that brought us together and hence, where we are today.

Que en paz descansen.

New Trips, Renewed Vision, Going Back to Our Origins

On our upcoming trips in 2019, you will receive the incisive teachings of Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita. Going back to the origins of our culinary adventures, I am re-integrating the fundamental presence of local cooks on all of our trips. These are the people Ricardo –and other chefs– learn from. And the dynamics between cook and chef are marvelous to behold. It reflects a cultural trait most beloved: the respect and appreciation for our elders and those with deep knowledge of their culture.

Join us. My aim is that you fully enjoy and witness our country’s rich, warm, profound cultures. Through food, of course!

office@culinaryadventuresinc.com                 (760) 577-2810 (PST)

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Nopales/cactus paddles: a delicious millenary food, consumed throughout Mexico. And by those of us living abroad!

What Is On Instagram…

Check us out on Instagram- we post some short and sweet stuff- plus you can then see many of our cooks and chefs this way:

 

Upcoming trip: Mexico City, Puebla, Tlaxcala March 10-18,2019.

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Snapshots of Puebla and Tlaxcala, ¡vamos! March 2019

Tiles, cazuelas, Colonial, Baroque, tradition, the origin of corn, ‘ancient grains’, moles, mills, tamales, fresh ingredients, markets, contemporary takes on very traditional cuisines… Just a few key subjects on our upcoming trip to the high plateau of central Mexico– Mexico City-Puebla-Tlaxcala, March 10-18, 2019.

Sign up now! Call or email Carmen: (760) 577-2810  office@culinaryadventuresinc.com

 

 

We’re Ready to Go! *Mexico City-Puebla-Tlaxcala* March 10-18, 2019

We are very happy to announce our March Culinary Adventure to the central high plateau of Mexico– Puebla and Tlaxcala!

Starting off and ending in Mexico City, our very own Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita will launch us into this culinary world and recap at the end of our adventures. We will explore the colonial beauty of Puebla– which is Ana Elena Martínez‘s hometown, the small but mighty and historically weighty Tlaxcala– with Chef Irad Santacruz, Cooks Nicolás Hernández Muñoz and Dalia Rodríguez Hernández, delving into the distinctive, extraordinary foods that each place adds to Mexico’s soul satisfying gastronomy.

Plan to arrive at least a day early to join our group from the very first gathering on Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 6pm.

The fee for this culinary adventure is $3750 double occupancy, $4000 single occupancy. As is custom these past 33 years, our fee includes daily classes and demos, 8 nights hotel, at least two meals a day and all fees associated with the trip, excluding airfare. All classes include well-served tastings or meals– you do not go hungry on our trips!

A $400 deposit is required to reserve a spot on our trip with the balance due January 25th, 2019.

Ricardo, Ana Elena and I are committed to sharing our respective knowledge, love and passion of our country’s culinary riches, our people, and regional cultures. After 33 years, we still get all revved up planning a new adventure!

Email Carmen now to sign up at: office@culinaryadventuresinc.com

¡Hasta pronto!

Next Stop: Yucatán

Yucatán State–  January 13-21, 2019                          

From the serene, colonial state capital of Mérida, to majestic Uxmal on the Puuc loop of archeological sites, we will soak up Yucatán via regional food –of course– music, and history.

Join us and visit Mexico through our unusual perspective! Email for information at: office@culinaryadventuresinc.com

    –Since 1988– Pioneers in Mexico Culinary Travel   

 

Puebla/Tlaxcala Late Winter