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“ Nancy showed me Oaxaca through a prism of fascinating history and beautiful food. I met warm and interesting people, ate goat tacos in the market, sampled rose petal ice cream at a fine restaurant, made tamales in the home of a Zapotec family, gaped in awe at a golden church, and witnessed gargantuan heaps of orange marigolds and loaves of bread with painted faces for Day of the Dead. Nancy enabled me to forget a list of tedious travel details and enjoy the spectacular ride. ”
Marina McLeod,
food writer



“ I appreciated how Nancy genuinely wanted to share favorite people, places, foods and recipes with our group. Her clear enthusiasm for San Miguel de Allende’s and Guanajuato’s culture and cuisine rubbed off on us all and heightened the rich experience! I hope to join another of her wonderful tours soon. ”
Beth Miller,
chef and organic produce specialist,
Los Angeles, CA
Talavera plate from Dolores Hidalgo
Talavera plate from Dolores Hidalgo
Exotic ice cream flavors, Dolores Hidalgo
Exotic ice cream flavors,
Dolores Hidalgo
“ Nancy is a jewel of a human being: wise, gifted, aware, deeply knowledgeable, thoroughly organized, and passionate about her work! The week we spent with her in San Miguel de Allende was incomparably delightful because Nancy has the city, the cuisine, and the culture beating in her heart. ”
Steve Smith and Jeane Gadd
Nancy Zaslavsky's culinary tours

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE TOUR
April 16-22, 2015

Jardín and Parroquia parrish church
Jardin and Parroquia parrish church

 

Everyone’s favorite Mexican hill town, San Miguel de Allende is at the heart of Mexico's Colonial Circle,a wealth of Spanish colonial history and architecture. The jewel is nestled in the mountains (altitude 6100 feet) northwest of Mexico City,about a 90-minute drive east of the Guanajuato-Leon airport.

Exceptionally beautiful, the Mexican National Treasure radiates Spanish heritage. The zócalo, or town square (here called the Jardín) is the focal point; the Parroquia parish church anchors its south side and dominates the landscape for miles with gothic spires. The sophisticated town takes pride as a cultural mecca of internationally recognized art institutions, artists and their studios, music and language schools plus plenty of regional restaurants. Antique stores, galleries, craft and folk art shops abound, a mere cobblestone street away from one another.

Our group of food lovers stay in a lovingly restored Spanish Colonial home, now B&B, with handsome gardens, mere blocks off the Jardín, right in the center of town. Private nooks and crannies are scattered throughout the large property and encourage quiet relaxation or a place to enjoy wireless Internet. Charming, generously-sized rooms are welcoming after a day of touring, shopping and eating. Each morning we enjoy a full Mexican or American breakfast. The B&B's comfy-cozy lounge sofas and stunning patio areas are perfect gathering spots for our fiestas.

I'll teach a cooking class in a private San Miguel home. One day we’ll visit Guanajuato, the state’s captivating capital and another Colonial Circle gem plus university town that adamantly maintains a Mexican lifestyle. Once Mexico’s most prominent silver mining city, Guanajuato is known for silver jewelry, famous potters, subterranean roadways (old silver tunnels), enticing architecture, a lively zócalo and romantic, twisting alleyways.We will also shop in Dolores Hildago where the Mexican Revolution began. The town is well known today for hand painted Talavera pottery factories—and—exotic ice cream flavors.

Local cheeses of Guanajuato state are delicious, and varied! We'll have a fun tasting party complimented by Mexico's wines. I’ll also lead a tour of San Miguel’s weekly, huge, open-air marketplace where we’ll scout regional produce and local specialties. We’ll visit a local cheese factory making artisan cheeses and bring back plenty for tastes. Dining at traditional restaurants and favorite casual spots for authentic foods—such as the best carnitas on the planet—are a given! San Miguel de Allende is known as a shopper’s paradise, so there will be time set aside in our busy schedule for exploring some of the most exciting stores in the country.

$2900. Per person, based on double occupancy.
Plus $400 single supplement.

Does not include airfare, alcohol (except beer, and at specially noted events) and van/taxi to/from airport. Includes 7 days, 6 nights B&B (double occupancy), ALL meals when taken with the group, plus tastings, demos, tours, museum/site entrance fees and local tour transportation.
¡SALUD!
Enjoy traveling with a small group of food-loving participants.
Registration deadline is March 1, 2015

Space is limited. To register for a tour, a $500 deposit is required to reserve your space. Send a check (made out to Nancy Zaslavsky) with a completed application to the address on the application. Payment in full is required 40 days prior to the start of the tour.

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  Fruit and vegetable market snacks copyright 2007 Steve Smith Photography  
Fruit and vegetable market snacks
 
Nancy teaching cooking class
Nancy teaching cooking class
produce, pinatas, shopping bags copyright 2007 Steve Smith Photography  
Produce, piñatas, shopping bags
Piping hot churros copyright 2007 Steve Smith Photography
Piping hot churros
Bougainvillea copyright 2007 Steve Smith Photography
Beautiful home and bougainvillea
Sun copyright 2007 Steve Smith Photography
Catching the afteroon sun
Oratorio de San Felipe Neri copyright 2007 Steve Smith Photography
Oratorio de San Felipe Neri
Produce copyright 2007 Steve Smith Photography
Fresh market produce
shoppping for cooking class
Shopping for cooking class
Tableside Caesar salad demonstration
Tableside Caesar salad
demonstration
All photos copyright 2007 Nancy Zaslavsky, except as noted