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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.

See the latest Mexican film talent at the Raindance Film Festival with Wahaca

Raindance Film Festival, Europe’s leading independent film festival, comes to London this week, and once again this year, the Mexican strand will host seven feature films and eight short films with over 20 screenings. The line-up of films span across genres, offering different perspectives of Mexico and its cinema.

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Highlights include the UK premier of Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’, ‘Through the Eyes’ by Victoria & Michel Franco (After Lucia 2012), ‘Eden’ by Elise Durant, and ‘Gonzalez’ by Christian Diaz.

There are three multi-awarded documentary features including Locarno winner ‘Navajazo’ by Ricardo Silva; the superb story of the circus world in ‘Grazing the Sky’ by Horacio Alcala; and ‘The Absent Stone’ by Sandra Rozental.

The line-up of Mexican films at Raindance reinforces an international perspective in Mexican cinema by including five co-productions with countries including USA, Spain, Portugal and Germany, as well as two foreign-directed Mexican productions; showing Mexico is a country with a strong film industry eager to co-produce with fellow countries.

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To be in with a chance of winning tickets for you and a guest to two of the Mexican strand films, a special invitation to the Mexican Mixer at Wahaca event where you will be able to meet some of the Directors, Producers and Actors at the Azulito Bar- Wahaca Soho, simply email us at locals@wahaca.co.uk and tell us your favourite Mexican film of all time and we will pick a winner at random at midday on Thursday 25h of October.

To find out more about the Mexican Strand of Raindance click here.

 

 

Wahaca comes to the Eden Project

There is less than a week to go until the Chilli Weekend at the Eden Project Food Festival, where Edson Diaz-Fuentes, our Head of Menu Innovation, will be doing a couple of cooking demos using Eden Project’s harvest, including herbs, vegetables and chillies.

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Courgette flower Quesadillas, Pico de Gallo with Jalapeño and  Mandarin & Habanero margaritas are some of the dishes on the menu he will be creating this weekend. Truly Mexican dishes, taken all the way to Cornwall, using beautiful, locally source ingredients.

Wahaca’s ethos has always been sustainability, from fish to chicken to herbs. Locally sourced ingredients are core to our business, so what a better than to have the chance to transform fresh produce from the Eden Project’s gardens into Mexican street food dishes.

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Thomasina Miers’ latest book “Chilli Notes” will be available to buy at the Eden Project at the Chilli Weekend, for those who want more inspiration for their daily cooking. They include recipes inspired by a range of cuisines using chillies from around the world, including Mexican Chillies like Jalapeño, Pasilla, Arbol and Habanero.

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Grab breakfast by the Huevos – Our new menu is available now

Breakfast is a big deal in Mexico. A big deal that shouldn’t be missed. So our new breakfast menu brings the finest dishes from the mornings of Mexico to the UK with our own local twists, to give you a selection of dishes that are sure to power you through ‘til lunch.

If you like to start your day with an egg (and who doesn’t), then head for our Mexican Baked Eggs, served in 3 different ways in a skillet with buttery toasted sourdough. Whether it’s smoky roast tomato and chipotle, fresh zingy tomatillo or the heartier chorizo and refried beans that you go for, you can be guaranteed all kinds of glory.

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Mexican Baked Eggs with Roast Tomato, chipotle and dippy sourdough.

One of Mexico’s most famous breakfast dishes, Huevos Rancheros, is served Divorciados, with 2 fried eggs, slathered in 2 different salsas atop fresh blue corn tortillas, baby leaf spinach, crumbled Lancashire cheese and a cooling crema. #PowerHuevos

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Why have one salsa when you can have two?

Anyone looking for the ultimate superfood start to the day should look no further than our avocado toast with a Green Smoothie, a dairy free blend of apple, cucumber, avocado and chia that will leave you with a sense of overall wellbeing.

Traditionalists can grab a breakfast bap, sandwiching bacon and a fried egg between sourdough made by our friends at Brixton based artisan baker, Bread Bread, with a healthy dollop of chipotle ketchup.

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Warning… Money shot.

For the full menu, including the hangover-busting Breakfast Burrito, French Toast with maple agave and free range streaky bacon, a whole range of juices and lighter dishes such as homemade granola with fruit compote and agave syrup, head over here.

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French Toast with agave maple syrup

Our new breakfast menu is available daily at Wahaca Great Portland Street from 7.30am weekdays, 9am weekends, and Wahaca Charlotte Street from 8am weekdays, 9am weekends.  For breakfast bookings and breakfast meeting enquiries, please get in touch with your local restaurant.

 

Now booking for Mexmas

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Now booking for Mexmas

Give your festive season a twist with an exclusive 4 course feast of Mexican nibbles and freshly prepared seasonal dishes for just £19.50 per person or £27 with half a bottle of red or white wine.

Nibble on freshly mashed guacamole topped with fresh pomegranate served with crisp tortilla chips as you arrive. Start your seasonal street food feast, with a choice of our Carnitas sope, a blue corn base topped with shredded slaw, and our succulently caramelised confit of pork, or our Roasted Sprout Mole with toasted almonds and crumbled Feta. Follow that with a locally sourced Huitlacoche tortilla pie or a decadent duck confit enchilada in a rich Coloradito mole sauce for your main course, both served with a corn, bean and avocado mixed leaf salad, green rice and black beans. For desert, we have our favourite churros y chocolate doughnuts to share.

For anyone wanting a glass of wine or 2 with their meal, the MEXmas menu is available with half a bottle of our house red or white wine for £27 per head, or there’s always our full cocktail, beer and tequila list to order from.

Confit duck rolled in a corn tortilla, topped with mole coloradito. It's what Santa would go for.
Confit duck rolled in a corn tortilla, topped with mole coloradito. It’s what Santa would go for.

To make a booking enquiry and find out more, get in touch with your local restaurant using the form below to tell us what date you’re after and how many people you’d like to book for and one of the team will get back to you.

Make your booking before the end of October and we’ll hook you up with £20 worth of Street Food in January. Double win.

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