I'm excited to share my first EatWith experience. Food is one of the reasons I love to travel, and being able to indulge in a home-cooked meal with a local makes it all the more enticing.
I learned about the website shortly before my trip to Mexico City, and found an accommodating host during my stay. EatWith hooks you up with a local who cooks a meal for travelers. My hosts' profile offered a reasonably priced meal, several courses, and up to six travelers per visit. I was excited to learn that another traveler would be joining us.
We were greeted by friendly faces and a delicious aroma in an eclectic, charming atmosphere. One of the hosts immediately offered us a popular local spirit called Mezcal. I politely declined, as I had my fair share of this potent spirit earlier in the week;) I did accept a tasty infused water, however.
Here's a breakdown of the mouth-watering courses our perfect hosts filled our bellies with:
First course was a little sope filled with black smashed beans and some avocado sauce.
Second course was a frijol creme with avocado and corn chips.
Third course was mole with a little piece of tamal, and for the meat lovers, chicken breast.
And last but not least…traditional chocolate that is water-based with a little sugar and cinnamon, eaten with a gordita de nata, which is a fresh cake based on milk and butter.
Are you drooling yet? It's perfectly acceptable if you are. I also interviewed my hosts and here is what they had to say:
How did you hear about EatWith?
We heard about it through a blog and I guess we simply fell in love with the idea.
What made you want to become a host?
The simple and delightful pleasure of sharing an experience with others. And there would be for us no better way than sharing a beautiful table and beautiful food that tells others about who we are, where do we come from and what we enjoy about life. It's been a fabulous experience because people truly come together through food, because preparing it and serving it is just an act of love.
Have you had your own experience as a guest, and if so, where?
Unfortunately, we still don't have the chance, but there's no doubt that we would love to try it and meet people through this experience. We surely want to live that feeling on the other side of the table.
What kind of message do you hope your guests take away from dining at your home?
We just want people to feel the love that we can share as human beings through the language of flavors. Everything we put on our plates and goes to our mouth has to make an amazing journey, not only from the way it is produced, but also from how it was discovered and cooked for the first time in history. Corn, mole, frijoles has been the delight of our ancestors and now we can share it with the world thanks to a social network. Wow!
While all of the food was something to write home about, I have to admit the best part for me was meeting these two wonderful men. Being invited to their home was priceless, and their “message” says it all. I encourage everyone to participate in EatWith, whether it's part of your travels or just meeting new people in your hometown.