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Parador Resort & Spa Initiates Cooking Classes

Parador Resort & Spa on July 30, 2011 - 9:42 am in Dining

Parador Resort & Spa introduces weekly cooking classes for our guests under the tutelage of the resort’s renowned Executive Chef, Edgar Vargas and our talented Sous Chef Alejandro Torres. This is a great opportunity for masters and culinary neophytes alike to learn to create some of the exquisite dishes served at our four restaurants.  In addition to traditional Costa Rican fare, the “curriculum” will include Sushi, Latin Fusion and several more exotic offerings from our menus.

Using only the freshest local ingredients, the “Keep It Cooking” classes will be held at La Galeria Restaurant each Thursday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. And the best part – you can eat what you’ve sewn, or ahem, cooked! $10.00 for Parador guests; maximum 15 people.

Says Executive Chef Vargas: “Our goal is to involve our guests in the food making process and invite them to dine with us. We want to make it fun, create a memorable experience, and put the human touch on a huge operation. We look forward to getting to know our guests better and to have them know us.”

The following are some of the dishes participants will learn to prepare:



Basic Maki Roll – nori, Japanese rice, cucumber and avocado

California Roll – nori, Japanese rice, crab, mayo, cucumber and avocado all sprinkled with tobiko (fish eggs)

Inside Out Rolls

Dragon Roll – nori, rice, tempura shrimp, smoked eel and eel sauce

Rainbow Roll – rice, nori, cucumber ,sesame seeds, salmon, tuna, masago (fish eggs)

We will also do a demo on how to make miso soup with tofu,wakame (seaweed) and green onion




Fried red snapper with all the trimmings (such as rice, cabbage, salad, patacones and garlic sauce)

Arroz con pollo, arroz con camarones and arroz con mariscos

Three different casados (pork, chicken and beef with onions)

A variety of rices





Mushroom tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed potato.

Mediterranean chicken stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese.

The Parador brochette with 3 dipping sauces(signature dish)



(from El Quijote Restaurant and representing traditional dishes from Latin American countries including Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba.)

Bisteck a caballo (cowboy steak) from Colombia

Latin salad topped with French fries, thinly marinated steak and fried egg

Chicken Mofongo – From Puerto Rico, this is a stuffed chicken breast with bacon


and plantain, garlic and onions served with rice and beans and a red pepper sauce

Argentinian Tirilla Steak (skirt steak) served with French fries, Latin salad and traditional chimichurry sauce

Costilla Guanacasteca served with fried yucca, Costa Rican cabbage salad and lemon.




Buen Provecho!



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