Mexican grasshoppers hit the Southbank once more

Wahaca Southbank Experiment welcomes back the tasty chapulines.

As the population expands, we are putting critical pressure on global food supplies. Insects are eaten regularly by 80% of the world’s population and many see entomophagy (insect eating) as the only logical answer to a future food crisis.

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In Mexico, and specially in the estate of Oaxaca, grasshoppers are considered a delicacy and after toasting them with garlic, chilli, lime and salt, they are sold in markets and are most commonly eaten with freshly made tortillas and delicious salsas.

At Wahaca Southbank Experiment, we have cooked them with onions, and chillies to create a nutty salsa, smothered with melted cheese served with tortilla chips for you to very simply dig in.

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Ready to give them a try? pop in and tell us what you think of our dish on Twitter using #chapulinYES or #ChapuliNO

 

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Tequila Fest lands in London

If you’re a fan of all things agave, then here’s an event not to miss. On 22nd and 23rd November, The Tequila & Mezcal Fest will be bringing the finest Mexican agave spirits to the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

The Tequila & Mezcal Fest has been created by our friend and agave spirit aficionado, Eduardo Gomez, to educate you in the customs of production and consumption and engulf you in the taste, smells, sounds and sights of true Mexico.

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Expect cocktail master classes, with the tequila world’s most knowledgeable, who will be exchanging their wealth of knowledge in the heart of the festival.  Learn how to differentiate between the Blanco, Reposado and Anejo categories sipping your way through blind tastings. Salt and lime will be banned at the door along with novelty sombreros; this will be a sipping only zone.

Tequila & Mezcal Fest is the UK’s first ever and only festival dedicated exclusively to showcasing the best of the agave spirits, so don’t miss it. You can grab tickets at www.tequilafest.co.uk

Wahaca Wimbledon supporting children’s theatre

Joining forces with Polka

We are very excited to support one of few venues in the UK dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences since 1979.

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Every year over 90,000 children of all backgrounds come to Polka to see the most exciting shows and take part in creative learning activities. To make this possible, Polka not only relies on ticket sales but also on donations, as they are a registered charity.

From this week, when you purchase tickets from Polka you will receive a Wahaca slip. Simply bring that in when you order from the kids’ menu at the restaurant and we will donate 50p to Polka.

 

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To see what’s on at Polka visit www.polkatheatre.com

 

 

 

Be the first to try the tidiest tacos on The Taff…

Wahaca comes to Cardiff

The Wahaca taco van is taking over the streets of Cardiff this week offering free tacos on The Hayes (outisde Hugo Boss) on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of November from 12pm to 3pm.

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Drop by, and you will be the first in town to try the tidiest tacos on the Taff for free before opening the doors of our brand new Mexican Street Food restaurant opposite John Lewis on the Hayes, St. David’s Centre, on Thursday 13th of November.

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For more news on the taco van location, check out #tidytacos on Twitter and like us on facebook/wahacacardiff

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Our Day of the Dead festival kicks off

Partying in Brixton, a trip to Mexico and deadly good cocktails.

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Day of the Dead, arguably the world’s most uplifting celebration is the perfect excuse to celebrate life, and remember those who aren’t around to party with us anymore. Here’s what we’ve got planned…

 

Win a trip to Mexico to celebrate Day of the Dead 2015 courtesy of Intrepid Travel

Always on the hunt for more rousing ways to celebrate this amazing festival, we’re sending 2 of you to join the revelry in Mexico City. Enter here.

 

Party like a Mexican at Day of the Dead Futuro in Brixton

Join us for the culmination of this Brixton weekender on Saturday 1st November, where together with Movimientos and Celluloid Circus, we’ll play host to cutting-edge live acts, performers and top DJs, as well as a Wahaca and Altos tequila bar, and free tacos from our brand new taco truck. Find out more and grab your ticket quick from here.

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Get down to your local Wahaca to soak up the fun

With 1 and a half kilometres of hand cut papel picado, 2000 day of the dead tattoos, facepainting, a 2 meter tall skull-studded Macaroon sculpture and even a skull-bombed chilli chocolate or two, Day of the Dead is really coming to life round at ours.

On Saturday 1st, we have free face painters on hand all evening in all of our restaurants, to give anyone who fancies the real Day of the Dead look. Don’t forget your tats…

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And to drink? Reincarnated as a cocktail, our bartenders will be shaking up a brand new Pomegranate Mezcalita that’s a perfectly balanced mix of smoky mezcal, fresh orange and bursting pomegranate seeds, designed especially for the season, it’ll breathe new life into any night out.

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Wahaca’s Day of the Dead 2014 : Traditional papel picado

If you have popped into one of our restaurants recently, you may have noticed our beautiful bunting hanging from the ceiling.

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“Papel picado” or perforated paper, is traditionally used to decorate special occasions all over Mexico and specially for Day of the Dead. Designs are hand cut from thin tissue paper using a guide and chisels. A tradition that goes back to Aztec times.

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This year we commissioned papel picado artisan Sergio, who is based in Metepec-Mexico, to create 1.4 kilometres Wahaca’s Day of the Dead paper for us.

Sergio originally a jazz musician, took on his father’s workshop when he became a father. He applies the creativity and sense of pride in creating highly detailed original designs. He often improvises, working directly onto blank tissue paper using his chisel and hammer like a paintbrush on a canvas.

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Montes&Clark are organising an exhibition of Sergio’s art in London next year to bring this tradition to life as part of the year of Mexico in the UK.

Join us to celebrate Day of the Dead in Brixton

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Join us to celebrate Day of the Dead in Brixton

On November 1st and 2nd, Brixton will play host to a weekend of cross-arts events bringing Day of the Dead to life, and we’ll be on hand to provide the tacos and tequila at the events official after party.

We’ll be helping take over Brixton’s Number Six on Saturday 1st with the help of our pals at Movimientos and Celluloid Circus, where you can party along to live acts, DJs and Day of the Dead performers, and we’ll be helping to keep the crowd rocking with a Wahaca cocktail bar and tacos from our brand new taco van.

You can buy tickets here, which not only gets you into the party, but free tacos too. The profits from our bar will be going to local Brixton community festival, Brixton Come Together.

The weekend long celebrations, part of The BFI’s “Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder”, and supported by Film Hub London, Film London and the BFI’s Film Audience Network, will include everything from vintage sci-fi screenings in Brixton’s Ritzy cinema on Saturday and Sunday, to free children’s costume making, all given a futuristic twist. For tickets and full programme information head to DayOfTheDeadFuturo.com.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014 at Wahaca Southbank

Our ever popular New Year’s Eve party is making a welcome return to The Wahaca Southbank Experiement, with a live DJ, mind blowing margaritas and a Mexican street food feast, all served up with a Thames side view of the New Year’s fireworks.

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You can kick off this very special evening with a classic margarita, followed by a special menu of Mexican delights including tostadas, tacos, quesadillas and our indulgent churros con chocolate plus a glass of bubbly at midnight to welcome in 2015.

The evening’s soundtrack comes from our very special guest DJ, setting the beat throughout the night.

Along with all this, you’ll also get access to the always spectacular Lord Mayor’s fireworks. It promises to be a night to remember.

Tickets for the night, including a margarita on arrival, street food feast, half a bottle of wine and a glass of prosecco, plus access to the fireworks are £100. For more info and bookings email southbank@wahaca.co.uk or call 020 7928 1876.

Win the chance to celebrate Day of the Dead 2015 in Mexico City

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Win the chance to celebrate Day of the Dead 2015 in Mexico City

As part of our Day of the Dead festival, we’re giving 1 lucky customer and a friend the chance to fly to Mexico City and join in the celebrations of one of the world’s most fun and uplifting festivals, with Intrepid Travel’s Day of the Dead small group adventure tour 2015. The winners will be dressing up and parting to the early hours with Mexico City’s costumed locals as they celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away.

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Travelling in a group of 12 led by a friendly local guide, the winners will head to Mexico for a 5 day trip including wandering through the sacred indigenous site of Tepoztlan, attending a traditional Day of the Dead ceremony in Mixquic and visiting the eerie Isla de las Munecas in Xochimilco.

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The 1st and 2nd of November are important dates in the Mexican calendar, giving everyone the chance to remember and celebrate the lives of friends, family and loved ones who have aren’t around to party with anymore, so getting into the true spirit of the festival, we want to know whose life you’d be celebrating in Mexico next year.





We’ll be picking a winner at the end of Friday 7th November, so good luck!

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The day Wahaca came to Eden…

This weekend, we sent Edson Diaz-Fuentes from our menu innovation team, down to Cornwall to visit the inspirational and fascinating Eden Project. The purpose of the visit was to take part in the Harvest food festival Chilli Weekend and give a cooking demonstration to share a little bit of what we do at Wahaca.

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There were lots of fresh chillis, tomatoes and other wonderful ingredients from the Eden Project gardens for us to use so we were spoilt for choice of what to make. One of the ingredients Edson was most excited about was courgette flowers, or “flor de calabaza” as to the locals.

This is a favourite ingredient in Mexico for quesadillas, so it was definitely something not to be missed. After sautéing the courgette flowers with chopped onion and garlic in olive oil, they were folded into a corn tortilla accompanied with crumbled Queso Chihuahua from Gringa Dairy, one of our favourite local cheesemakers.

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No quesadilla is complete without freshly made salsas, so Edson whipped up two with tomatoes and chillis from the Eden project gardens. The fresh tomatoes, in season provided an incredible flavour.

The first salsa we prepared was a “salsa de molcajete” made with a mortar and pestel. Garlic, chillis, onions and tomatoes were roasted in a dry pan until the skins were blistered and slightly charred and the a mortar and pestle was put to use, smashing the ingredients, to create a chunky salsa that can be served not only with quesadillas but also as a sauce on other dishes like enchiladas.

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Next-up Edson also set about making a light, fresh salsa with the amazing heirloom tomatoes from Eden, a wonderful range of purples, yellows and reds  bursting with flavour. This is a quick and easy salsa to make, where flavoursome, ripe tomatoes are a must. He added finely chopped onion, coriander, jalapenos, olive oil, lime juice and cornish sea salt to the tomatoes making a perfect accompaniment to quesadillas or as a dip with tortilla chips.

Helping the guys out were volunteers from the audience, which on the Sunday included some very lucky local school children. The two boys who helped out were extremely keen to get to work in the kitchen, and were even enthusiastic about the quantity of chillis they wanted to add to the salsas we prepared! Wahaca fans of the future for sure.

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To accompany the quesadillas Edson prepared a seasonal margarita (well it was the weekend), made with mandarin and lime juice, Cointreau and 100% agave Olmeca Altos tequila, our house tequila at Wahaca. Remember, using 100% agave tequila will ensure quality and purity, as well as how smooth and easy your drinks are. A refreshing, light drink which is a great accompaniment to many Mexican dishes.

Thanks to the Eden Project for inviting us along to this marvelous Chilli Weekend. Here’s to next year.