What people are saying about The Spice Chica...
Everything was exceptional, thank you. C. Hemmingway, Cochrane AB January 2023
We had a wonderful time, everyone truly enjoyed it! The food was delish, the music was a pleasure to listen to. Thank you, to you and your team for making our day special.
Oscar – SAIT Calgary June 2022
I just got a pleasant surprise from the Spice Chica- fresh empanadas!!!!
Chef Marina: I cannot thank you enough for an amazing team building activity for my teams. We cooked, listened to live music, laughed, danced, and most importantly had sooo much fun! You are the best! And you made my wish come true after a rough semester for my teams. On top of giving us a lovely event, you dropped fresh empanadas for my teams!!!! I am speechless!
My Calgary friends, I highly recommend Chef Marina for personal classes and team activities. Check her out!
V. Kocabas SAIT, Calgary, Canada
thank you for the great cooking class you did today at our office.
City Of Calgary Water dept. Dec. 2021
i love that Chimichurri! So Good 🙂
Vera N in Calgary 2021
Thanks again for a fun and delicious night! The leftovers made a wonderful dinner today too :).
Elena was so thrilled at the attention you paid her – she loves to be a helper! Thanks
Christina in Calgary Dec 2021
That was so much fun! We got so many compliments on you and your staff and the evening as a whole!! We will be planning another one again for sure! Thanks Marina!
Colleen & Mike in Calgary October 2021
Everything turned out great Marina! Tiramisu was the best they had. All so delicious.
Renee, Calgary AB Oct 2021 (catering drop off)
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
We had a great time. Muchas gracias a ti por la noche hermosa.
Meghan de Silva,Calgary in Aug 2021(private chef dinner)
A couple years ago we tried your pasta making class and had a blast. From Theresa B. in Calgary 2021
It was a dry spice to mix in with the dough. It coloured the pasta and also gave it flavour!
Also thank you for the recipe! I look forward to taking another class when things start opening up again!
Hope all is well with you!
Tanis O. in Calgary Feb 2021
We love You! You make the party! See you soon in May to cook outdoors !
kim & Jason in Chestermere Feb 2021
I took a pasta making class a couple years ago and you were fantastic! It was a really amazing experience. I am looking forward to the pandemic being over and signing up for another class. I have a quick question, when we made pasta, you gave us a “spice” of sun dried tomato and another with spinach (I believe) to mix in with the pasta. Are you able to tell me what is it? Is it available from you, or do I have to buy it in store? I would love to make pasta at home for my boyfriend with the amazing skills you taught me! Thanks so much for making cooking fun! You are so good at what you do!
Tanis ! Salud! Canada Feb. 2021
What a beautiful job you did with the parcel drop off – you made everyone’s day during these hard pandemic times! I will make sure I thank the sender. Thank you again!
Stephanie; emergency nurse at Foothills Hospital December 2020
Great Italian dinner by Chef Marina before we head back home.
Alex N. – Nov 2020, from England
Thank you Marina. We had such a great time last night and the meal was delicious. We are already looking forward to our next culinary experience!
Amanda in Canmore, AB November 2020
Sooo much fun! We will see you again soon for sure!
What a great experience – and you my friend are amazing!
Kim & Jayson in Chestermere Nov 1, 2020 during a private chef experience with a gathering of 10 friends in their house.
So much fun!! Thanks again for the great lessons food and cheer! 🙂
Michell D. in Edmonton – September 2020
Hi, Marina. Thank you so much for the wonderful paella party last night. It was great to be able to have such a meaningful get together with our kids without having to lift a finger. Lol. Thanks again for all the hard work you did and leaving everything so tidy. We will definitely be in touch in the spring about a pig roast. Best wishes, Sam and Thelma.
Canada, August 2020
It’s one party that will be remembered❣️
I just left you a phone message, but here are the details! My name is Laura Field. I am with the Alberta Cancer Foundation. I actually took a class you donated with Big Brothers and Big Sisters at the Coop Downtown this winter. It was awesome! I know my little sister and I really enjoyed it. We made Tiramisu and Ravioli.
Laura F.:Development Officer – Community Relations albertacancer.ca June 2020
Hope you are well and staying safe in these trying times. I ran out of what has become my favorite spice especially for chicken breasts! Anyway put in an order on your site.
Regards, Paul in Canada June 2020
I hope you’re doing well. Sènami told me that she really enjoyed her time yesterday so i wanted to thank you for taking care of her and her friend 🥰
Hope it was as enjoyable for you to do this session as them to attend it because it seems that they had tons of fun !
And also thank you for making sure they were coming and going back safely, it means a lot to me.
I’ll give Sènami access to my account so she can give you her sincere feedback 😉
Sènan: France March 2020
We had a great time yesterday! And my hubby enjoyed the take home pasta last night 😊
Thank you again for everything, 😊
Katrina M. – The Home Depot Canada – feb 2020
Your empanadas were AMAZING and your note absolutely made my day!
I shared with the Welcome Desk and the night cleaners who are the ones who really support our events in the Community Spaces.
Thank you for bringing your business and your Spice Chica energy to the Community Kitchen.
KATHRYN Q. Community Hub Coordinator YWCA
Thanks again for a great class tonight! Do you have the tiramisu recipe we used tonight?
Thank you so much. By any chance, when is the date to make pasta? I’ll make it right away. I liked it so much yesterday that I even left a postscript to Google. I wanted to go cook once more and take a lot of pictures and upload them on a Korean web site.
최소연 (Soyeon), Seoul Korea January 2020
Ryan W in Calgary, CA January 2020
Thanks Marina! Our group had a ton of fun and I had lots of positive feedback on this event from our team.
Chief Operating Officer : EXECUTIVE FLIGHT CENTER Dec 2019 Calgary. CA.
Thank you! We got incredible feedback that the night was amazing- thanks for making our first cooking class a huge success.
Lindsay;Public Relations Specialist. Eddie Bauer Calgary Nov. 2019
Best Regards, Andrew H.+Studio Y Creations Inc. Calgary Nov 2019
Thank you so much for throwing such an amazing event for our youth and mentors last night! I appreciate you sharing your story and knowledge and being so willing to offer opportunities to our youth.
Thank you so much,
Jenni C. (She/her) : Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary Nov. 2019
Hi Marina,Thank you for visiting our facility today!
It was so great to meet you and hear your story and chat about all things food, your sauce, Canada, etc! Sounds like you have a lot of great ideas on the horizon! Please feel free to reach out with any follow up questions via phone or email- and please let me know when your farmer friend is in town to show him the facility! We would love to have you both in our community!
Let me know if you have any questions – always here to help!
BRENNA G.: LA South | AGM | October, 2019 LOS ANGELES.USA
Hi Marina, thank you for your delicious catering for our film wrap-up gathering. We still have tons of left overs.
Donna & Scott Canada – Ghostbusters Set Oct 2019
We had a great night making Paella. Thanks so much for everything you did for the team, Chef!
Jeff C.- Inner Spaces, Edmonton October 2019
Andrew H. calgary in september 2019
I was at a home cooking lesson and Marina was the chef teaching us to make Italian food. It was great and she did a wonderful job. She said she could do an event on how to cook a paella. I hope this is still possible.
We live in Edmonton and we are hosting 20 people at my home on Oct 5. I am wondering if this possible and if I could get a quote to have this done.
Thanks, Jeff INNERSPACES in Edm. Sept 2019
hi #marina, thank you so much for coming to my friends house! we had so much fun #cooking together – the #girls were so happy.
see you soon.Tina, Canada08/2019
thank you so much Marina. everybody loved it. Your food was delicious, you are a great cook. We enjoyed the #casadragon as well – everyone had a shot after dinner. Everyone said to say Thank you. 🙂
Moureen in Calgary Kensington August 2019
The empanadas and sweets were excellent!
Kevin P from #yychospitality August 2019
Gracias por las ricas empanadas, no quedo ni una! la gente se las llevavan con tantas ganas!
Nos vemos pronto.
VeronicaB.Canada, Agosto 2019
Hi Chef Marina,
Good luck with your new endeavor,
Nicole N in YYC July 2019
Hi MarinaWe were at your Monday date night cooking class thank you again we had a great time. You mentioned you would email the Empanadas recipe would you be able to send this over?Thank youJenn and Shane in YYC July 2019
diantoniola: Boston, Massachusetts
Top Notch Modern Bed & Breakfast
Review of The Brooklane
Reviewed 1 week ago
If you want a personalized stay at a modern and super stylish bed and breakfast, The Brooklane is the place to be. When you stay here, you are surrounded by a modern Miami and Palm Springs vibe, but you know you are in San Miguel de Allende with all the traditional Mexican decor accents. The location is perfect, being just a few blocks (about a 5 min walk) to the center of town.
As for the breakfast every morning, it was the most amazing food I’ve had in San Miguel, and that is hard to top as there are so many great places to eat. Marina, the executive chef (check her out on Instagram @spicechica) created the most tasty and wonderful dishes to start off our days. We enjoyed breakfast on the most beautiful roof deck. When you are up there, it’s like you are in an oasis. There are beautiful plants, a cozy built in sofa under a pergola, and a dipping pool.
The rooms at The Brooklane are very large, super comfortable, and the decor is to die for! Unusual for San Miguel, every room has air conditioning! You also have a tv with Netflix which is perfect when you want to take a siesta and then catch a favorite show. Every detail of the rooms is perfect, right down to the filtered water that is always available.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, you need to stay at the Brooklane. It’s beautiful, comfortable, stylish, unique, and has the best breakfast around. You also don’t need to worry about getting around or figuring out where to eat or what to do. Esteban and Sebastian will make dinner reservations and coordinate activities if you’d like. They are a valuable information source as they know the city better than anyone. You will be very well taken care of!
Date of stay: July 2019
I am glad to have met you and I am excited for the foods to come during our group stay at Brooklane in October. Hopefully then, we will have time to talk motorcycles and maybe even go riding!
Good Morning: Thanks so much for the wonderful class yesterday! Gavin and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and learning to make pasta. We will be devouring it tonight. Gavin will be in touch via text very soon. Hope he can help you with the formatting.
Best regards, Donna and Gavin M. July 2019 calgary, canada
I enjoyed your pizza class on Sunday and heard about your corporate event. We are planning on having a cooking class for our team (more than 50 people). Could you provide us with the capacity restrictions and price per person.
Crisbel – Calgary June 2019
By the way I tried your ChimicChurri…delicious! From now on I will call you “spicy chica”
Witold in YYC June 2019
Thank you!!! We had so much fun and my Little Mikayla mentioned one of her favorite parts about the cooking class was YOU, the instructor!
M & S in Calgary making gnocchis June 2019
We absolutely loved the class!!
Cheryl H in Calgary June 2019
Hi Marina thanks again for putting on such a great event, everyone really enjoyed it!!
Glen P | Carscallen LLP | calgary May 2019
We had good time, good food, and great company. Margarita rounded up more business for you!
phil & margarita in UniMarket 160 Cafe Opening May 2019
Marina, you did a rocking job!Thank you so much, the feedback is coming in and everyone loved lunch. thanks again!
Dr. To in Calgary May 2019
Thanks so much for the amazing class!! Everyone is still talking about what a great time they had 🙂
Harpal with Cenovus Energy May 2019
Thank you Marina! It was a wonderful night with wonderful food…thanks to you. Let’s make sure we head out for dinner soon.
Loraine B; April 2019
Thank you for reaching-out…. Your Chimichurri was DELICIOUS!!
Brent J.:Business Development Manager – Alberta: www.collette.com april 2019
It’s a Fun way to learn new cooking tricks.
Steph M. March 2019 in Calgary
So enjoyed our class tonight learning how to make empanadas! Also tiramisu and caprese salad. Lots of fun.
Recommended on fb by Ann O from Toronto. March 2019
Very fun. Personable.Had a blast. Amy S. posted on March 27, 2019 on our FB page
Marina is a very entertaining instructor and a fantastic chef. She is encouraging and informative. I will definitely look at other classes she has to offer.
Lorena E in Calgary on March 27, 2019 (facebook post)
Hi Chef Marina,
Thank you so much for a great afternoon, the group really loved it! We had other employees stop by to see what smelled so good too, there was a lot of interest for us to do this again so hopefully we can get something organized for another time J
You mentioned that you will be going to Mexico so I hope you have safe travels and good luck with opening up the restaurant! We’ll definitely be in touch if we can get the group organized for another cooking experience!
Regards, Kathleen W. – North Cariboo Air in Canada March 2019
My daughter and I had so much fun! Thanks again. Please send the boomerang pic and the name of the butcher that sells Argentina style cow parts.
Highlites from Mom’s 75th birthday party, it was a good one!
We had Chef Marina, The Spice Chica, come and teach us to make empanadas and gnocchi then she cooked us all kinds of yummy Asado including pork chops, lamb chops, ribs, chicken, sausage and steak! Served with salad and roasted peppers and potatoes. We paired the meal with wines from Argentina 🇦🇷 what a great experience! I highly recommend her, we had an amazing and memorable family night!
Jodie E. in Calgary on March 23, 2019
There are many talented Chefs out there, but few are able to juggle things in the #kitchen & chat with a guest with a smile like #marina!
Susie in Calgary March 2019
Hi #Chef- Thank you!
We had a great time! as soon as we got home, the kids asked “when do we get to go to #cooking class”?. see you soon.
Alli in #calgary,March2019
Hi Marina, we just came back from our 3 1/2 hour lunch at #Pujol. It was absolutely amazing. We are loving Mexico City ❤️💕❤️💕
See you soon. Hasta la vista.😀💕
Moureen S. in #Mexico City, February 2019
We enjoyed taking the hands-on Ricotta Gnocchi making class at The Spice Chica! It was a fun and memorable experience!
I love cooking! I wanted to learn more about cooking fresh and homemade foods. At The Spice Chica, you will have fun at the same time. We will be signing up for more classes!
Ester B. in our YYC School March 2019
Great fun! Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Jeff in our YYC School March 2019
Marina definitely give me and to my friends an unique experience😍, she went the extra mile to make us very happy. I will come back for sure to many classes…now looking for Mozzarella class 👏
Moraima D. in Canada March 2019
My husband and I loved the Napoletana pizza class. We ended up taking home our extra dough, and the kids enjoyed making their own pizzas too!
Chef Marina was very informative and extremely fun. We’ve went ahead and booked the Date Night class and Master Cooking class as well. Can’t wait!
Thanks for a great afternoon!
Allisn A. in Calgary Feb 2019
very informative, learned lots and had a great afternoon!
Carla C. in Calgary Feb. 2019
Hi, I was at a party with my friends and chef Marina cooked, taught us to make gnocchi and brought a singer.
We had a wonderful time and I would like to host the same type of event. Thanks very much, Krista N. in Canada on February 2019
Gracias Chef. You are the Energizer bunny for sure. Love that sense of adventure. xo
Susan Knight York, San Miguel De Allende January 2019
thank you Marina!
Friday Night was amazing!
Dan P with MVP Farms: Calgary: Feb. 2019
Hi Chef Marina,
Our group had so much fun, thank you again for an amazing event! Our team is already looking at doing some more events in the coming year! We will for sure be in touch again!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area – February 2019
Hello Chef M! Last year my mom and I went to a few of your classes in Calgary and I have been following your amazing life on Instagram since, admiring all the places you travel and drooling over all your food creations. 😍
I remember you mentioned you studied cooking in Italy and I would love to get your recommendations before I book my trip in May. If you have any friends that offer cooking classes or restaurants that are life changing, please let me know! I would trust any of your referrals 😊🇮🇹
Thank you!!! Jessie, Calgary january 2019
it was so nice to have met you at the OITF event in San Miguel de Allende. I really enjoyed chatting with you and very much appreciated that you corralled some GF appetisers for Kathryn. Julian has a big crush on you, too, hahaha.
Whatever happens please stay in touch -it would be wonderful to run into you at another event, venue… whatever!
All the best,
Derek, Boston USA January 2019
George and I took a pizza making course with you in December. We enjoyed ourselves very much. We would like to consider hosting a private class (what type to yet be determined) in our home with our work colleagues (approximately 12 people).
Brenda in Calgary, january 2019
Talk about a great way to spend the day! And far more affordable than an actual trip to Italy.
Calgary friends, if you’re still looking for something unique and special to gift your loved ones, I highly recommend The Spice Chica. We had a great time and left with dinner, a freezer full of gnocchi, and tiramisu for tomorrow!
And what just might be the best part- we now have a new friend in Calgary! Thank you Chef Marina for your warm and generous hospitality! We look forward to the next time we’re in the kitchen together!
Our Team Building Thai Cooking Class was Awesome. Thank you so much for teaching and having fun with us!
Jeff from CP Rail Calgary, Canada 2018
Empanadas were a huge hit. Not a single one left uneaten. I will definitely order again. Thanks.
Tara W. in Calgary Canada December 2018