What people are saying about The Spice Chica...
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
Hello Chef Marina, that was so much fun! Different from what we are used to..everyone had fun!
Michelle M. December 2018 in Stantec – Calgary, CA.
Hi Chef Marina, thanks so much for the videos and pictures!! And many thanks again for an unforgettable evening on Friday! You provided service, food, instruction and fun that were superb!! 🍝👩🍳
We look forward to getting together in the future for our Moroccan evening! Ciao for now!
Joann & Mo in YYC November 2018
That was a fun night! Thanks for inviting us to your Chef’s Table experience. Hope to see you soon.
Moureen & Blaine December 2018
Hi Marina, we throughly enjoyed Wednsday culinary extravaganza! Can we order some of your delicious chorizos?
see you soon, Phil & Margarita December 2018
Thank you for everything. You are amazing. Dinner was fantastick.
Rhonda G. from Oh Naturals, at Latin Collaboration Night, Dec. 2018
George and I took your Napoletana pizza course today and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We are the pizza tonight and it was 6/10, not bad for a first effort. We are interested in the Pasta from Scratch course offered on December 15th. Can we sign up for this directly with you as opposed to online.
B&G, December 2018
We loved your class and the photos!!
Ethan & Samantha, U of C November 2018
We really enjoyed the class last night. Thanks again for coming to our school!
Jen S, Calgary Board of Educaton Nov. 2018
Hi. I was at your cooking event last Sunday evening and enjoyed it immensely. So much so that I shared the experience with my boss and suggested that maybe we should have a team building Italian cooking event for our group. I am inquiring to see if you would be interested and available to assist us. I would love to discuss this further. Thank you.
Michele in Calgary October 2018
Thank you for your support of Fine Arts Day at Rundle Academy, We really appreciate the effort you put into working with our students and Thank you for bringing your passion and expertise! The kids are still talking about it this morning, thank you from the bottom of my heart, they talked about making gnocchi, tortillas, spice plends ALL DAY! We hope to have you again next year.
Christina and Rundle Staff, October 2018 in Calgary
Hi Marina, we had a great time last night! You and your staff were great. Thank you and we will see you soon.
Vance E. | Calgary | October 2018
Buen Dia! Muy buenas las Empanadas y el Chimi. Gracias.
Marcelo A. | Calgary – October 2018
I hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend. I wanted to thank you for your time and efforts last night for the sushi class! It looked and smelled great and I attendees had a great time!
Thanks so much! Katrina R. Versus Living in Calgary on September 2018
Dear Spice Chica,
My friend, Donna A., had wonderful compliments for your cooking class she and a group of ladies took earlier this summer.
I wonder if I could arrange a gift certificate with you as my husband’s birthday is coming up here in early October. He loves to cook and it would be superb if we could arrange to have you come to our home and teach us. If this is not possible, could I arrange and experience where we would come to your location for a lesson on how to make the famous ricotta gnocchi she spoke so highly of?
C. loves Italian food, as do I, but neither of us have a lot of knowledge and would very much like to learn. I hope this note finds you well and look forward to your reply.
Bernadette in Canada on Sep 2018
If you would like a fantastic party I would highly recommend hiring chef Marina.
She is talented and fun. Her food is delicious. We hired her 2 times this summer once for a Bbq and a few weeks ago for a birthday dinner.Tequila and tacos. Great appies as well and so organized she does it all!
Thanks again Spice Chica !❤️💕 Maureen S. Calgary, Canada September 2018
Thanks again Marina, we are still talking about the fun night we had on Tuesday with you as guest chef, our relatives from England and the kids!
Antoinette W. from England in Calgary, Canada Sept 2018
“Everyone loved your 200+ Emapanadas, Chef!”
Highwood Polo Club at the M5 Ranch in Longview, Alta August 2018
Hi Marina, everything was greta! So nice to see you again and in helping us celebrate this special bachelorette party with a cooking party! see you soon.
Mandy in Calgary on Aug. 2018
Hey Chef, thank you for donating your time and knowledge, it was so much fun! You were great with the kids!!
Ryan | We Dit It School Program in Calgary, Canada: July 2018
Hello Marina, thank you for coming to our our hous ein Sagaponack and preparing a great BBQ among our family. What a great idea, everyone had fun! Hope to see you soon.
Emily J. in Sagaponack, NY July 2018
Hi Marina! Thank you for a great evening ,,,totally enjoyed the class and the people that attended. I was so glad my friend invited me. If you are making another batch of chimichurri, please make another 3 bottles for me. I want to try to make it myself withthe spices but want the Chef’s version to compare it too! 🙂
Marion D in Calgary on August 2018
Thank you Marina, we both had a really great time last evening. 🙂
Larry A. Calgary- July 2018
Hi Marina, I wanted to thank you again for doing such a great job on the BBQ. We had so much fun!
Moureen, Shear Attitude in Calgary July 2018
Hello Chef Marina, thank you again for your Chef’s Table for us and my family form Europe. They enjoyed every part of it!
Grat having you in LongIsland 🙂
Adam & Kackie, South Hampton July 2018
Thank you, thank you! My frineds had so much fun and you were so good with all of them. Im so happy we celebrated my birthday this way.
Donna, Hawaii USA July 2018
Hi Marina, we had so much fun tonight with our office group, we had a great time!! Thank you.
Khloe H. CIBC Calgary, July 2018
Hi Marina, thanks so much for the lemon press! So thoughtful. The girls had a blast!
regards, Alex C. June 2018
Hello Thank you so much for today. We had the most amazing time
Tonya Day C. & Jarrod, June 2018 from Queenland, Australia
Thank you for such a great night last weekend. The food was great and we all had a great time.
Adam S. New York City – June 2018
that was so much fun! Thank you Marina for accomodating our group for an office team building.
Karon B. University of Calgary Staff during our June 2018 Pasta Class
Hi Marina, i love coming to TSC. I tried the tiramisu we made yesterday, it was delicious, i will take some to the office as well. Thank yuo for showing us how to prepare it. Have a great day, Sanda in Calgary June 2018