Interview with Dancing Chef Karla



NAME:                                                 “Karla”

CITY YOU WERE BORN:                    “Mazatlan” 

CITIES YOU HAVE LIVED IN:           “Santa Barbara, California for a year”


YOUR FAVORITE MEAL TO EAT:    “Mexican & Italian”

FAVORITE SNACKS:                          “Cakes or Jicama with chili powder, depending                                                                 if I am going  sweet or salty!

HOW SPICY DO YOU ENJOY YOUR SALSA: “Medium. Love the flavor of the chili                                                                     but not the burning sensation.”

FAVORITE COCKTAIL:                     ” Straight up Tequila, NO shots, I like to sip it.”

FAVORITE NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINK: “Coffee and infused-flavored waters”


PETS:                                                 ” I own a daschund named ‘Sagla'”

KIDS:                                                 ” 2 boys. Noé (1 and a half) Isaac (11)”

Karla 2 boys

GOALS:                                              “Travel more.” 

HOBBIES:                                          “Eat hahaha just kidding, the beach and walking                                                               the dog with my kids.”

FAVORITE MUSIC TO DANCE TO: “All kind of music!”

FAVORITE QUOTE:                         “Empowered woman, empower woman”

PERSONAL QUOTE:                        “But first, coffee!” 🙂

Karla Coffee

SHARE SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOURSELF: “Obsessed with chocolate & coffee.                                                             Going to the beach makes me really happy!” 

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT SALSA AND SALSA: “Meeting new people                                                    and teaching them something new! See you soon!”

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Abuela’s Guac By Dancing Chef Alejandra



I’ve always had a passion for cooking salsas and dancing the salsa. I learned a lot from my family I was so lucky to have. My mother and  my aunts are all singers, our house parties always had mariachi bands or my uncle playing the guitar. Together we loved to sing to the melody of romantic Mexican  music.

Tequila was always in hand, specially  Tres Generaciones, my family’s favorite!  


And about the dancing, well, no party passed without some dancing as well.


My grandmother “Cuqui,” lived until the age of 98 in the beautiful port of Acapulco. Very sadly she just passed away about a year ago,  however her legacy stayed with us.  She was an amazing cook, our favorite meals where the meals she cooked! Oh!, did I mention she had one shot of tequila every day before lunch along with a margarita with lunch? She did not miss a single day, until the day she passed away. Best part is that she looked amazing until her very last day, was it the tequila? Who knows! Ha ha


I learned many recipes with my grandmother Cuqui. Besides spicy salsas and full on prepared Mexican meals, my favorite recipe is the Guacamole she used to make.

Ready? It is delicious!

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4         Mexican Hass avocados (the regular ones)

4         Raw Tomatillos

1/8    White Onion

1         Coriander bunch (Cilantro)

½      Squeezed Lime

1  tsp  Knorr Suiza

¼ tsp  Black pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients in the food processor  (of course you can use a molcajete! But the tomatillo needs to be crushed in the food processor, and if your using it already you might just do everything there  to simplify your washing ☺).  Serve with the avocado pit inside so the Guacamole doesn’t oxidize so fast.  This dish needs to be made and served immediately. Make sure you have tortilla chips(totopos) to serve with the guacamole ☺



Spring Cleaning, My story By: Dancing Chef Melissa

Spring cleaning is a way of life for me. I get to clear my home and my head. A great time that is scheduled every year to rid of anything unwanted, taking up space or time, manage clutter that you have built up in your physical home and also in our own minds. Spring cleaning is the best time to feel the fresh air all around and happily take in new beginnings.

At times we can feel so comfortable and secure about a path we are taking, yet nonetheless, an opportunity, a change, a misfortune, good luck, whatever it is, comes along and suddenly you are forced to make a decision. The path you once thought was, is not.

For the last 7 consecutive years, I have lived in the gorgeous country of Mexico. Mexico is full of diverse landscape, vibrant culture including style, food, along with modern and traditional lifestyles combined. I never thought I would leave, yet here I am just arriving back to the sunny state of Florida. I am feeling motivated and hyped for what is to come!

It was 2011, I clearly remember walking into my favorite coffee shop and reading the job post on the bulletin board that read, “Enthusiastic, energetic, motivated, English spoken? I need to find out more, sounds perfect for me!” Shortly afterwards I became part of an wonderful team and I had a new job title: Dancing Chef.

I was immediately sent to Salsa and Salsa Los Cabos to be trained by Dancing Chef Stephanie, now a great friend of mine, so that I could learn the show from beginning to end. I was instantly hooked! I was addicted to interacting with the guests, creating beautiful memories for couples, singles, families, children, grandparents, Americans, Canadians, Europeans, everyone and anyone. It didn’t matter who they were or where they were from, my goal each show was to make sure they left smiling! Who wouldn’t enjoy a job like this?

Having the opportunity to work in all three ports: Mazatlan, Los Cabos and Cozumel, as well as coordinating with our amazing team, I have gained a lot of knowledge, experience and the best part, friendships! I believe these are the factors in why I have learned to adapt quickly and see through the unpleasant or difficult times and remember to always move forward. As I do each annually, each beautiful Spring!

The most exciting chapter in my personal experience with Salsa and Salsa is happening now! I won’t give out too many details since I don’t enjoy spoiling surprises, all I can share with you, is that new adventures are to come for Salsa and Salsa by land as well as by sea!

Look out for the Dancing Chefs! Ole’!

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