Travel Specialist Rhonda Delameter shares her experience on a Trafalgar Be My Guest lunch in Mexico.
The heavenly odor of cinnamon and apple greeted us the minute we entered the La Cava Restaurant. This family owned and run restaurant sits centrally on the main plaza in Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico, and has been welcoming guests for their intimate “Be My Guest” lunches for years.
Alma Casavantes, with her husband Francisco (Paco) Cabrera, was an incredibly gracious hostess, pausing to chat with each table while Paco kept everyone’s glass full.
The restaurant itself is lovely with a large rock fireplace, attractive tile floors, and comfortably placed tables. The small, bustling kitchen kept the food coming; delicious homemade bread, the best guacamole we have ever had, vegetable soup, and chile rellenos with all the sides.
Jorge, without a doubt the most efficient waiter ever, managed to singl- handedly serve a 3-course meal to 50 hungry travelers, all while managing to fit in time for a photo.
As our second course ended and plates were cleared, we finally got a glimpse of the magnificence that was to come, the source of the tantalizing aroma that greeted us when we first entered the restaurant — homemade apple pie and vanilla ice cream!
The perfectly flaky, buttery crust surrounded apples encased in a sweet, spiced sauce. The vanilla ice cream the perfect foil for the rich pastry. As we enjoyed this fabulous dessert, we were treated to a dramatic poetry reading by Alma.
Pleasantly stuffed, we slowly made our way to the door, reluctant to have such an enjoyable luncheon come to an end, and bid a fond farewell to our hosts.
Although our lunch at La Cava was a recent experience with the Be My Guest program, we have enjoyed others over the years ranging from traditional tea ceremonies in China to local Spanish lunches in the white hills of Andalusia.
Many Grand European Travel vacations include Be My Guest experiences, and are always a vacation highlight. Take the opportunity to get to know the locals, and witness life lived on the local level.