Tacos & Tequila - a Mexican food safari
With chef Christine Manfield
Hosted by chef Christine Manfield
Unique boutique accommodation
Tacos, tequila, mole & mezcal
The world’s best street food!
- Great for foodies & solo travellers
- 12 days
- Hosted by Christine Manfield
Travel to the heart of Mexico’s rich culture using food and gastronomy as a visitor to access and appreciate the country’s ancient civilisations, colonial history and modern vibrancy. Exploring the most beautiful, mysterious and ancient parts of the country you’ll taste your way through world-class restaurants, markets, street stalls and family home kitchens feasting on recipes both old and new, and sampling the local tipples of mezcal and tequila. Travelling with Christine you will benefit from her infinite knowledge and experience as a world-class chef as she interprets the sights, smells and flavours around you.
Beginning your journey in Mexico City you’ll dine with the world's finest chefs, drink in backstreet cantinas with locals, visit flower-filled market garden islands and float over the Teotihuacan pyramids by hot air balloon. Moving on to Oaxaca you’ll wander the cobbled alleys sampling ceviche, tacos, mole and cacao served in a gourd. You’ll browse the local markets to select the finest produce ready to cook up a storm and spend time with the region’s artisans learning the art of traditional rug-weaving. Rounding off the journey in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Puebla you’ll sink into Mexico’s turbulent history surrounded by churches, temples and ‘Indigenous Baroque’ architecture whilst tasting your way through a whole host of culinary delights ranging from the rustic to the refined.
Staying in a hand‐picked selection of Mexico’s finest hotels you’ll enjoy the whispering walls of an exquisitely converted former nunnery, the industrial chic of cool city hangouts and the peaceful gardens of a stylish bohemian retreat. All place you within easy walking distance of the finest local hotspots.
Travelling with Christine on this bespoke culinary safari will deepen your appreciation of Mexico’s rich and ancient gastronomic culture and leave your tastebuds tingling!
Welcome to Mexico! Check in, freshen up and head out for a welcome dinner at Dulce Patria by Martha Ortiz ‐ savour ceviches, tostadas, colourful
stews & all sorts of culinary delights!
After breakfast head out to explore the historic centre of Mexico City including the Zocalo, Metropolitain Cathedral, Templo Mayor & the National
Palace. Stop for lunch at Azul Historico for a traditional Mexican feast. This afternoon journey about on an Old Cantinas tour ‐ sampling
traditional Mexican drinks such as tequila or Mezcal. Dinner at leisure.
Rise and be ready to go nice and early this morning towards Xochimilco in the south of Mexico City. Visit the chinampas or lands where flowers, fruits & veggies are still grown, learn the techniques the locals have been using for hundreds of years for growing their crops & discover the ancient Aztec city of Mexico‐Tenochtitlan while here. Enjoy a traditional lunch with local ingredients before returning back to the hotel for some time at leisure. Dinner this evening is at Quintonil Restaurant.
Explore Mexico City, its markets and historic neighbourhoods on foot ‐ start off in the vibrant community of Roma, head to the market to learn
about Mexico's vast and rich cuisine and learn about its cultural heritage, sampling all sorts of delights enroute. This evening enjoy a special
after hours visit to the National Museum of Anthropology followed by a taco dinner this evening at a local authentic haunt.
Rise and soar over the pyramids of Teotihuacan early this morning ‐ a unique experience by hot air balloon! Enjoy a typical Mexican breakfast
before exploring the pyramids on foot with a bilingual guide & learn about the rituals, cosmology, beliefs and snippets of the everyday lives
of the Aztecs and the inhibitants of Teotihuacan before them. Dinner this evening is at Maximo Bistro in the Roma neighbourhood.
Upon arrival to Oaxaca a late lunch awaits at El Asador Vasco in the Oaxaca Historic Centre. After lunch return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out again for a privately guided walking tour of historic, colonial and cobbled Oaxaca. Dinner and evening is at leisure.
Visit Monte Alban, once the capital city of the Zapotec nation, and one of the first and most populated Meso‐American cities during its peak.
Meet a local family who specialize in weaving and spinning the famous Oaxacan rugs, and have the chance to spin wool and see silkworm production.
Enjoy lunch with the locals before returning to Oaxaca. Dinner this evening is at a local favourite eatery ‐ the focus this evening is on
the land of the mezcales & agave!
Participate in a morning cooking class learning about the traditional Oaxacan chocolate before visiting the local market with your chef and sourcing
the ingredients that you will later cook with. Make your tortillas, salsas, soup, mole, guacamole and dessert, then sit back with a local beverage
to enjoy the fruits of your labour!
Transfer from Oaxaca to Puebla with stops enroute as required. Upon arrival enjoy lunch and some time at leisure before re‐grouping for
a visit to the museum Los Fuertes. A group dinner is hosted this evening at El Mural de los Poblanos.
Today begins with a visit to Uriarte Talavera, the largest fabricator of Talavera in all of Latin America. Later this morning visit the
historic center of Puebla, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Stroll along the streets of Puebla sampling the delicassies for lunch along
the way such as tamales, cafe, molotes, pelonas, semitas & tacos. The remainder of the afternoon/evening and dinner is at leisure
Enjoy a tour of Cholula with a private guide, the city considered the oldest living continuously inhabited city of the Americas. After wandering about the historic town, head to the tiny village of Santa Maria Tonantzintla to visit its exquisite church and wander about the plaza. Return to Puebla to visit the Barroco International Museum and enjoy some free time before a final farewell dinner at Attico 303 which offers contemporary food from Puebla and a fantastic ambience.
Drive from Puebla to Mexico City and onwards to the international airport where the itinerary will draw to a close.
About Christine Manfield
Christine Manfield is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs. Curious in her endeavours and unparalleled in her culinary executions, she
draws on impressive tastes and flavours from her travels around the globe. A renowned chef, Manfield is also a food and travel writer, food manufacturer,
presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller. As an award‐winning author, her books – A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan, Dessert Divas, Tasting
India, Fire, Spice, Stir, Paramount Cooking and Paramount Desserts are testament to her ability to bring innovation and excitement into the lives of
eager cooks everywhere.
Manfield was a restaurateur with three highly successful restaurants: Paramount in Sydney 1993 to 2000, East@West in London 2003 to 2005 and Universal 2007 to 2013. Her diverse work portfolio includes mentoring and collaborating with chefs and industry colleagues, hosting pop‐up events in Australia and overseas, working as a national judge for the Delicious Produce Awards and the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Restaurateur Awards and Brand Ambassador for Byron Bay Cookies. She is also Food Director at Pearl Catering in Sydney.
A constant adventurer, Christine continues to broaden her global interests with custom gastronomic tours to alluring destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, South East Asia, Italy, South America and Tasmania. With the grace, humour and experience that Christine brings, this delicious safari promises nothing less than an exceptional gastronomical adventure in one of the most delicious parts of the world.
For more information, please head to www.christinemanfield.com
- Hosted by Chef Christine Manfield
- 12 days
- 15 to 26 February 2020
- Begins & ends: Mexico City
- USD $11,300 per person twin share. Excludes international flights.
- For further details and a full itinerary please contact us