PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO /ACCESSWIRE/ February 23, 2022 / Continuing its commitment to Mexican culinary traditions, Velas Resorts is launching new workshops allowing guests to experience different salsas and how to prepare them with molcajete. A Mexican mortar and pestle made from volcanic rock, the name molcajete comes from the Aztec words meaning “seasoning” and “bowl.” The hard and rough surface of the old cooking tool guarantees users the strongest flavors from the spices and ingredients being prepared. Available at Resort Collection properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, the workshops are offered at both beachfront locations as well as the hotel-based on-site botanical gardens. A special offer in Mar del Cabo offers a four-course table preparation of local dishes in the molcajete.
At the Grand Velas resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Casa Velas, the free cooking class begins with an introduction to guacamole. Each participant begins by making their own guacamole with both traditional and innovative blend options, from tomatoes and onions to papaya and chapulines (grasshoppers). Then the chefs roast bell peppers, onions, chilies, red and green tomatoes and more for attendees to select their ingredients, then grind in the molcajete to create a salsa. At Grand Velas Los Cabos, where the workshop takes place in the chef’s own garden, participants can also cut aromatic herbs and fresh ingredients for the preparation of sauces. The experience ends with handmade tortillas, grilled chicken, steak and nopales for a taco buffet, to try with the different sauces prepared.
In Mar del Cabo, the Molcajete Workshop is a four-course table-top cooking experience, all in a Molcajete. The first course is a Caesar salad where the dressing will be made in a fine stone molcajete. Then it’s off to a traditional “Stone Soup”, a seafood soup cooked at the table with red-hot river stones and served on a molcajete. The main course of local prawns is cooked on a sizzling flat molcajete. The experience ends with sweet tropical fruits ground into salsa and served over ice cream and crumble. The Molcajete workshop in Mar del Cabo costs $120 per person.
Fares start at $312 at Casa Velas, $454 at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, $596 at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, and $745 at Grand Velas Los Cabos. Rates are per adult, per night based on double occupancy. All-inclusive rates include luxury suite accommodations, gourmet a la carte dining at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, room service, 24 hour suite, fitness center, tax and gratuity. and more. European plan rates in Mar del Cabo start at $284 per night. The new Molcajete Workshops are subject to availability. For reservations or more information about Velas Resorts, call 1-888-407-4869 or visit http://velasresorts.com.
About Velas Hotels:
Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have won 56 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other well-known international awards for services and facilities include Virtuoso’s Best Family ProgramForbes travel guide Five star price for the spa, and TripAdvisor The best hotels in the world, among others. Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, properties include Grand Velas in Los Cabos, with spectacular ocean views and unique spaces permeating every area of the resort; Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, which boasts a long stretch of pristine beach and a spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains; and Grand Velas Riviera Maya, offering a sophisticated Caribbean resort experience with jungle and beach settings. In Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta is a family-friendly suite and spa resort located on Banderas Bay and Casa Velas is an adults-only boutique hotel located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course. Casa Velas guests have beach access at Táu Beach Club, a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere overlooking the ocean, with a hot tub, pool, delicious food, and extensive event space. Mar del Cabo, a boutique hotel on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, opened in December 2018 as the only European plan offering. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, Founder and President of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts, at his side. Explore tips, recipes, lifestyle and travel trends, and the latest news about Velas Resorts on the digital magazine: www.velasmagazine.com.
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