One of our favorite restaurants in Mazatlán is the Water’s Edge Bistro. I had heard that Chef Alastair was giving cooking classes on Mondays but I hadn’t looked into taking one since I assumed my being a vegetarian would be an obstacle. Now I know I should never assume… because Chef adjusts the menu each time based on each unique group.
Last Monday my visiting sister and I took Chef Alastair’s class and had a wonderful time. We had fun with a really great group of people and had a fantastic lunch, too. The day started out with a trip to the mercado where we bought ingredients for our two kinds of gnocchi, salad, and eggs benedict. Along the way Chef pointed out the sights so you’ll learn a bit about Mazatlan history, too.
Next we prepped. There is a lot of prep that goes into preparing this kind of beautiful food but we had fun doing it. Have you ever fried capers? That was one of my jobs and believe it or not they turn into crispy salty bits that were perfect on our salad. I’ll be making them frequently in the future. Or how about fried basil leaves? They added a lot to the eggs benedict and the oil we used helped flavor the roasted carrots, too.
As we were prepping Chef would instruct us, too. We learned lots of tips about how to prepare things ahead for ease of service and that we need to taste, taste, and taste some more. Amazing to me, everything came together in the end and we enjoyed a delicious meal together with two especially selected wines.
So, along with all the other fun things you can do here in Mazatlán, you can have a great time with nice people learning from Chef Alastair. Info is on their website, linked at the top of this post. Buen provecho!