Posted April 21, 2009 by Kate Hamman
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Oaxaca is a smorgasbord of cultural flavors. However, you don't have to spend a lot of pesos to get a taste of the city. You can learn how to create an authentic Mexican meal at home, dine on traditional dishes such as mole, and stay at an inn for just $50 per night.
Seasons of my Heart Culinary School: Whether you're new to cooking or a long-time chef, Seasons of my Heart will teach you a thing or two about Mexican cuisine. Choose from half-day, full-day, or week-long classes. For the full-day class, you'll begin by exploring a local market to taste and find the meal's ingredients. Upon returning to the school, you'll don an apron and create five different dishes to eat at the end of class. Full-day classes cost $75, and include transportation.
El Naranjo: El Naranjo captures the flavors of Oaxaca by using traditional family recipes with a contemporary twist. The restaurant's seven types of mole draw people in from all over the world. Most popular is the negro, which uses 30 different ingredients. If you're in the mood for something spicy, try one of the chilies stuffed with pork, cheese, or a variety of veggies.
Hotel Azucenas: Located in a renovated colonial home near the town square, Hotel Azucenas offers relaxation and comfort in the heart of Oaxaca. Each of its 10 rooms overlook an interior courtyard, and come with morning coffee delivery. The hotel offers a fresh breakfast buffet, and you can spend your day lounging in the rooftop terrace garden or the cafe bar. Rooms start at about $40per night, and breakfast costs $4 per person.
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