It’s official – msn.com has named Salsa and Salsa one of the world’s top ten shore excursions! In an article that was published today, msn.com (well, Bing.com, an affiliate of msn.com) listed the world’s top 14 shore excursions, and Salsa and Salsa is number 3!http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=World%27s+Best+Shore+Excursions:+Mazatlan,+Mexico&FORM=RQTRAV
We’ve been pushing for the top ranking on Tripadvisor.com since Nov 2009, and only last week, reached #2, but with today’s announcement, we’re sure to secure our place on top (where we belong hahaha).
We’d like to thank all our guests, past, present and future, for their support and encouragement. Being voted in the top ten is a humbling experience, but it makes us realize that we are a part of something much bigger than just having a good time. From our newsletter to our facebook page, we hear from guests who have salsa parties at home, to guests who never had cooked before the tour and now are enjoying the art of cooking with their partner, their children and other family and friends.
That’s what we aim for at Salsa and Salsa, we want you to leave us with not only the urge to cook when you get back home, but to experiment and try new things in the kitchen.
Well, just wanted to share the fantastic news with you all, keep on sending in your photos and comments – we love receiving them!
Good times! Pamela
This week we entertained hundreds of lively cruise ship passengers. Both Spring Break and Easter allows us to include children and teens along with their parents on the salsa and salsa tour.
We both agree as many parents do that teaching your children how to cook is equal to teaching them to manage money. The result is always a more prosperous, productive and healthy life.
At Salsa and Salsa we want people to walk away from our tour feeling like they can experiment with new foods and not feel intimidated while walking through the grocery store.
Imagine walking down the aisle and your son or daughter asking you if you have enough tomatillos (green tomatoes with husk)or cilantro. Now there is meaning of success. Understanding the foods we eat is essential in this day and age,teaching your children about nutrition should be on the top of your list as a Parent, Grand Parent,Auntie or Uncle.
Many of you have culinary gadgets and things your not sure how to use, what they do, or how to clean in your kitchens but here in our Mexican kitchen and in at least 4000 other kitchens that we know of, the Molcajete is the most valuable cooking utensil.
The molcajete was first used in pre-Hispanic cultures over a 1000 years ago. It was the main cooking utensil used by the Aztecs and Mayans. The first molcajetes were made out of clay and used to grind, spices,salsas, nuts and berries.
Today we keep that tradition alive in our show.
Have a fresh salsa ready and mixed in minutes.
People of all ages love using the molcajete because its fun, okay a bit tedious at times (to many margaritas) but the flavors are terrific. Kids enjoy sitting in the kitchen using the molcajete with you,while they learn about the different ingredients in the food.
I remember once a small boy at our show telling me how he hated guacamole. Strong words for a little one but none the less I am sure he never realized that avocados were the main ingredient. I showed him how to carefully open the avocado and take out the seed. Then we spooned out the meat and began to mush it in the molcajete. He loved the messy mashing part, what kid doesn’t? Then we took a taquito and dipped it in the bowl,just like that…. Mikey liked it! I giggled to myself how we as parents tend to sway our children at times with our opinions about food rather then to let them form their own. Many of you have written to us over the years on how your using your molcajete,below I will end with some of the fun uses we received. (Check out the Holy Guacamole inter-active kids cookbook)
When using your molcajete try and keep the food in the center of the bowl. Press and roll with your little pestle, the clay bat shaped object used to crush the ingredients. Do not stomp in your bowl as the food will splatter on you. The pestle also known as the manita (little hand) can become covered with foods as you begin the grinding process. Just lift the manita and scrape it on the lip of the bowl or use a knife to push the food back to the center of the bowl.
The bowls clean in just seconds with warm soapy water, ready for the next task.
Discover the joy of the molcajete, roast your ingredients before hand and keep them refrigerated. Then during the week get ready,press and you’ve got a salsa in minutes. Molcajetes stay out on the counter in our kitchens for daily use,like blenders, coffee makers or any other cooking utensil.
Other uses include: Facials, add yogurt and avocado for a super facial mask, try a banana and honey mask or papaya and cucumber. They are all great hydrating masks. The strangest one we received was the strawberry toothpaste but now one of my favorites. Put a couple of fresh strawberries in your molcajete and mush, after it turns into a paste ,scoop it up with your toothbrush. Crush walnuts, almonds, pecans in your molcajete and add as topping to ice cream or yogurt.
Molcajetes make great gifts,fill them with small bottles of salsas,little bags of spices or a lime squeezer and your ready for that Cinco De Mayo Celebration!
Also remember to check out the Kids cookbook on sale this summer called Holy Guacamole, its fun inter-active cookbook filled with puzzles,tips,recipes and a Mexican language guide.
Well, our Salsa Blog was finally born today. It’s a girl! LOL.
It’s always hard to start something like this, I find it difficult to know where to start, but in the words of Julie Andrews “let’s start at the very beginning!”…
For those who have never heard of us, we are the ‘Two Dancing Chefs’, Leonique Vandeveerdonk and Pamela Hormazabal.
We run a tour named ‘Salsa and Salsa’ in Mazatlan, Mexico. Now, you might just be thinking why on earth would a tour need a blog, well, the simple truth is that we see and meet over 1,000 people a month. Although we truly enjoy staying in email contact with everyone, we thought it was high time we moved with the times and got ourselves a Blog.
Here, you’ll not only get to know us, (and trust me, we’re a hoot!) you’ll also get to see and hear from our guests. We want to share recipes with you, videos of the tour, videos we make purely for fun, instructional videos, as well as photos, links and lots of entertaining info that will transform you into a Mexican kitchen Virtuoso (that’s whiz, and yes I had to look it up!). The tour is made up of interactive fun for everyone who attends. We teach people to make REAL Margaritas and then take them through step by step how to make traditional Mexican salsas. Once the salsa making class is over, we polish our dance shoes and teach everyone to dance the salsa, hence the name ‘Salsa and Salsa’ (I can see those light bulbs turning on! ).
We are primarily a Cruise Ship tour, so bookings are done through a Shore Ex Rep. We service most major Cruise lines, including Carnival, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean. We are currently working on a local show for non-ship days, so stay tuned for more details on that!
Today, we had both Marnier of the Seas and Sapphire Princess docked, so we entertained a number of passengers. Let’s see if I can remember names…hmmm…well, we do have volunteers join us at the Head Table, so I can remember their names, Tim – who is better known as Ricky Tikki Timbo (don’t ask), Steve – who I’m sure is utterly and madly in love with his wife (he couldn’t wait to get back to the table where she was and when he did he laid a nice big kiss and told her he missed her…awww…) and we also had the newly engaged JC and his fiancee Jenny. The two Sharon’s also graced us with their presence and they sure did have a good time!
The cooking is of course, only 1/2 the fun. Once we are done making salsa, we dance the salsa. I have to tell you, if I had a dollar every time a wife said “you won’t get my husband to dance Salsa”… I’m pretty persuasive, and 3 hours of drinking all-you-can-drink Margarita’s certainly helps the cause! Well, I could go on and on about the tour, but best leave you wanting to know more…stay tuned for videos and pics!
TWO DANCING CHEFS