Air BNB Experiences: Making Tortilla And Other Spanish Dishes In Madrid
I’m sure most of you have heard of the lodging company Air BNB but have you tried out Air BNB Experiences? I came across Air BNB while was traveling on my round the world trip in 2011 but it was not as popular in the countries that I was visiting but now the company has exploded worldwide. Back in 2014, Air BNB started offering experiences in different cities. I happen to have a credit in my account that was expiring while I was in Madrid but didn’t need a place to stay in Spain nor had any future travel planned so I decided to try out an Air BNB Experience.
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Air BNB Experiences – Cooking Spanish Classics With Soul In Madrid
One of the things I wanted to do while I was in Spain was to learn how to make tortilla or Spanish omelet. When I noticed that they had some cooking experiences on Air BNB Experiences, I was thrilled. There was one particular class called “Cooking Spanish Classics With Soul” that caught my eye. I signed up for it because the host had great reviews and one person leaving a review had mentioned tortilla. So once I booked the class (two days later there was availability that worked for me) I messaged the host to confirm if we would be cooking tortilla. He said yes of course. He sent over his address and we were set for my cooking class.
Getting to the host Isaac’s flat, where he teaches the class, was really easy. I took the metro to Isaac’s place and walked roughly 3 blocks from the metro station. When I arrived Isaac let me know that I was the only person who signed up that day so I had the class all to myself. He is originally from the US so language was not a problem at all. We talked as we cooked and he told me about himself and how he ended up in Spain. And of course, we talked a lot about travel.
Snacking on typical Spanish tapas before we begin cooking!
The first dish we started with was tortilla or Spanish omelet. I kept snacking and had a clara con limón (beer with lemon soda). Isaac demonstrated how to make the dishes and gave me a complimentary notebook and pencil to take notes. I enjoy cooking so I asked a lot of questions, stirred, and of course, took these photos so I would remember everything and can share my experience on my blog.
Isaac prepping the potatoes for our tortilla or Spanish omelet
Cooking the potatoes and onion for the tortilla
Tada! The final product, tortilla!!
After making the tortilla we then moved on to a making pollo al ajillo (a chicken dish with garlic) and pisto (a Spanish ratatouille). We chatted the whole time and we got to know each other. After the cooking tutorial, we broke bread and ate together. The food was very delicious! Now I will be able to make some classic Spanish dishes. I have taken cooking classes in schools but the personal connection with a local makes this experience much more memorable. Thank you so much Isaac!
Pollo al ajillo
Pisto, like a Spanish ratatouille
And our Spanish classics meal!
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