My husband and I just returned from a vacation in Antigua Guatemala. One of the things we did was a vegan cooking class. This was one of the most fun things we did. The class was the El Frijol Feliz Cooking School (http://www.frijolfeliz.com/).
The owner’s name was Luis and our chef’s name was Leivi. Luis runs a Thai restaurant out front and the cooking school in the back. Leivi didn’t speak much English but we got along fine with the occasional translation from Luis. We made traditional Guatemalan fares like Chiles Rellenos (We used Bell Pepper instead of Chiles), Ensalada Vegetales (Vegetable Salad), Arroz Chapin (Guatemalan Spanish Rice ), Mole with Plantains (Chocolate Sauce) and Tortillas. The first thing we noticed was that these dishes were very similar to typical Mexican food. However, nothing was spicy hot. So the flavors were so much more enhanced.
We started by doing a LOT of mincing. Most everything was minced. And we did it the old fashion way, with a knife. But we had a great time. Cooking can be fun. Americans are typically in a rush but if you just slow down and enjoy good conversation and some good wine, cooking ends up not seeming like work.
We would ask Leivi along the way what some of the vegetables were since not everything was something we’ve seen before in the US. It turned out that we were the only people in the class at this time so it was a private session for us. The best part was at the end when we got to sit down to a fantastic dinner.
Below are the links to the recipes of what we made. If anyone ever visits Antigua Guatemala, I would highly recommend signing up for the El Frijol Feliz Cooking School. As a Top Contributor on Trip Adviser, I rated this 5 stars for something to do while visiting