My name is Dominique and I'm a travel agent for Bliss Travel Service. Last month I experienced a fun and unique excursion in Mazatlan called 'Salsa and Salsa'. It is exactly the type of excursion I love to recommend to my clients! Salsa and salsa is a wonderfully organized activity in three locations; Mazatlan, Los Cabos, and Cozumel. It combines the fun of creating your own margaritas and salsas with the dance steps of salsa. The Salsa and salsa in Mazatlan is held at the Royal Villas. Upon arrival, you are greeted with a margarita (non alcoholic options as well), a chef’s hat, and an apron. You are guided to a table that has a huge assortment of pre chopped items such as onions, tomatoes, pineapple, etc. You also have your own personal molcajete for ‘mushing’, cutting board, and everything else needed to make your own creations.
While you are sipping your first margarita, the salsa and salsa guides break down a few fun rules along with a couple of ice breakers to get to know your table mates better. Now it is time for the ingredients to be combined!
Your first creations are two different types of salsas; fiery red salsa and tangy salsa verde. You are told which roasted vegetables to grab, cut, dice, and mush in your molcajete. The guides caution about using too much Serrano chile in your salsa unless you like it HOT. Chips are provided and you are encouraged to share your versions with the rest of the table.
Each table had to select a salsa and salsa head chef at the table to help keep the rest of us 'in line'. We quickly nominated our leader (thanks Will) and he was promptly asked up on stage to show us how a dancing chef performs. I have to say that Will nailed it!
All this chopping and tasting will certainly make you thirsty. Now you get to make your own margarita! This is the simpliest of all the recipes. You pour a shot of tequila and a shot of controy into a glass of ice. A few squirts of lime juice completes the drink. After you experience this, you will never use margarita mix again! As soon as I got home I had to find that controy to make my own delicious margaritas.
Your cooking lesson continues with Oaxacan guacamole and two types of pico de gallo. The base for the pico de gallos are the same, but the second type calls for pineapple. Each table is served cheese quesadillas and chicken taquitos to showcase the tastes of the creations. I was surprised at how much food we had made and how much fun we had doing it. But wait, we are not done yet. We have one more salsa to make. The ingredients are pineapple, apples, coconut, and Rompope (vanilla liquer). We mixed these together and then poured it over ice cream. OH YUM!
During all of these salsa lessons there is an open bar and wait staff helping us to keep our work area tidy. We also learn about ‘lela the pig’ which is a way to donate to a local cause. www.facebook.com/lelathepig The local cause changes every month. We all got together to take a salsa and salsa group picture.
With a full belly and a few margaritas in us, we moved on to the dance lesson. We were all paired up and given simple salsa steps to follow. We all had a good laugh, learned some new steps, and my partner and I were even awarded ‘sauciest couple’.
Before stepping into the complimentary taxi back to the ship, we were given a sheet that had all of the recipes of what we had created. It was the perfect souvenir to take home so we could recreate our wonderful memories. For more information on this fabulous excursion contact me at:
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Dominique Barba, CTIE, ECC, TAE