School is out for Mexican summer!

School is out! and to celebrate, Wimbledon’s finest Polka Theatre invite you to meet the little pig with big dreams, in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery  with 4 tickets to see Babe live and a family meal at Wahaca Wimbledon.
Join in for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic children’s novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film comes alive with plenty of laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original music

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Taken from A Mummy Too’s latest blog post of visiting the capital & Wahaca.

Locals know that 20p from every kids meal sold at Wahaca Wimbledon is donated to Polka, who are an outstanding charity supporting Children’s theatre, enjoyed by over 90,000 kids each year.

just email us to locals@wahaca.co.uk with the subject line #MexicanSummer by midnight 24th of July and we will pick a winner first thing on Monday 25th. Good luck!

Umami, a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico

A wonderfully surprising novel, powered by wit, exuberance and nostalgia, UMAMI… started with a drowning.

Deep in the heart of Mexico City, in a privada where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old who spends her days buried in Agatha Christie novels to forget the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the summer she decides to plant a garden in the courtyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past. As the ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge – Who was my wife? Why did my Mom leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown?

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In prose that is dazzlingly inventive, funny and tender, Jufresa immerses us in the troubled lives of her narrators, deftly unpicking their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching.

Umami, written by Laia Jufresa and translated by Sophie Hughes, is having it’s launch party at Wahaca Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria on the 5th of July, and is now available to pre-order from all good bookstores.

Share your #dreamtaco with us and win!

Have you noticed on the back of our latest Ola magazine on every table,  a brand new competition? Get doodling and share with us your #DreamTaco to win a feast for 4 at your nearest Wahaca.

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We will be picking one winner every month this summer. Simply share it with us on Twitter or instagram @wahaca or Snapchat @wahacasnap with the hashtag #DreamTaco and we will pick our favourites.

Could it be our tastiest taco yet?

We dare not even whisper it, but might there be a new kid on the taco block which is even tastier than the all conquering pork pibil? This is one you need to try for yourself..
Our newest special is the perfect balance of zinging chorizo and melted cheese-laden joy and it’s had Tommi in raptures of excitement since we first cooked it up after returning from a recent trip to Mexico City.
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Our chorizo for this bad boy comes from the award winning artisan British charcuterie maker Trealy Farm, taking three weeks to cure, it’s made from British free range pork in Monmouthshire.

We add this delicious chorizo to a toasted corn tortilla with melted cheese, sweet roasted red onions and fresh avocado salsa, a tasty parcel that will just melt in your mouth. So come down and enjoy it, not forgetting that we donate 20p from each special to help support charities and campaigns close to our hearts in Mexico and the UK like Ednica, helping families of street children in Mexico City.

So what are you waiting for? Come and celebrate our #YearOfTheTaco with this handheld flavour hit:  All hail the Chorizo and Cheese taco!

Mexico’s multi-Grammy winner Lila Downs comes to London’s Southbank

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With one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music, Lila Downs, born in the state of Oaxaca México, daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman and a Scottish University of Minnesota professor. Lila grew up both in Minnesota and Oaxaca, singing her way through childhood soaking up her Mum’s incredible culture and folklore.

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For two decades Lila Downs has traveled throughout the world reinterpreting the roots of music, from blues, jazz and soul to cumbia, rock, even rap and klezmer music. She weaves various musical forms with traditional Mexican and native Mesoamerican music, singing in Spanish, English, and the languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl cultures. Her tremendous voice and the originality of her compositions create a musical concept that is highly innovative and unique. Lila is hard to put in a box. She is not simply a Mexican artist, a jazz, blues or a world music artist – there is no real way to categorize her music except to say it is an exciting fusion of international sounds and musical genres.

Lila returns to London after many years with her powerful new album ‘Balas y chocolate’ an album that doesn’t just break musical boundaries, but also addresses issues that affect her beloved Mexico.

To celebrate Lila’s visit to the Southbank, we are having a pre-gig party at our Southbank restaurant’s al fresco bar serving freshly shaken margaritas and Mexican beers from 5pm playing your favourite Mexican tunes to get you ready for the gig.

And… we have a pair of tickets to give away & dinner at Wahaca Southbank, simply head to @wahaca to enter.

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From the 1 June to the 2 July 2016 across London, 

#LIFT2016 has travelled the world to curate a very special playlist of performances, politics and pop-culture for London, so go on – press play.
You may have seen them at our Day of the Dead Festival last year, and they have been preparing a storm of incredible performances this summer, including circus in the graveyard show: Depart, Meet Japanese pop fans, an outré performance star, a body builder, and teenagers with attitude. Waltz, keep secrets, see a brass band, take revenge and sleep with a stranger. Visit Roma musicians, refugees, ancient Greeks via Sarah Kane, Falklands War veterans, a Victorian music hall and a circus in a cemetery where the undead welcome you in.
Rejoice, dance, mourn, laugh and cry in this most exhilarating of cities. Walk into the lives of
some of the remarkable people who make up London in 4 weeks of stylish, bizarre, moving,
flirtatious, sensory performance, as LIFT 2016 celebrates the world in London and London in
the world.

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Compelling, playful and provocative work comes from 14 countries, including Argentina,
Belgium, Greece, Poland, Canada, Japan, Australia, the USA, Lebanon and Syria. Over 30
events will be seen across the capital from an East End Cemetery to the Barbican and Hoxton Hall, from The Place to the Thames, and from the Royal Court and Sadler’s Wells to a Stratford car park.

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Tickets and information www.liftfestival.com & keep an eye on instagram @wahaca for your chances to win dinner for two and tickets to the shows.

 

 

Join Tommi at the Fork to Fork Festival!

Our very own Thomasina Miers and Laura Harper-Hinton host Fork to Fork food festival in West London on Saturday 11th June

Following the success of the first Fork to Fork food festival last year, which raised over £30,000 for the ‘Open Air Classroom’ charity project, MasterChef winner and Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers and Caravan co-founder and creative director Laura Harper-Hinton have confirmed the one-day event will return this year to Ark Franklin Primary Academy, Kensal Rise, on Saturday 11th June.

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Thomasina and Laura hope to raise further valuable funds, as well as continue to increase awareness of the benefit of outdoor learning in early child development. This year’s festival, will once again bring together an impressive menu of London’s top chefs, restaurateurs and producers, each lending their support for free to the worthy cause; as well as music and entertainment for the whole family. Leading chef names confirmed to attend this year include Tom Aikens, Brett Graham, Angela Hartnett, Jeremy Lee, Yotam Ottolenghi and Jose Pizarro.

Serving a delicious selection of small plates and signature dishes from over 35 food stalls, including Wahaca’s delicious tacos, entertainment will include live music across two stages throughout the day, a special performance from the children of Ark Franklin primary school, games and fun activities for the little ones such as face painting, storytelling and crafts and an incredible raffle with prizes including luxury hotel stays, restaurant vouchers, cook books, beauty products and food hampers. All proceeds raised during the festival will go to support the open air classroom project at the school, and its work with the local community.

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Tickets cost £8 adv and £12 on the day and under 12s go FREE!  www.franklinforktofork.com/tickets

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The #YearOfTheTaco continues

For 2016, we’re celebrating our absolute favourite handheld flavour hit, the humble taco.

The tortillas-stuffed tasty continues a pace this summer, with a brand new selection of tacos inspired by the beaches of Baja joining our main menu, using a blended flour and corn tortilla to hold sweet & smoky ancho chilli marinated chicken thighs, and battered MSC cod.

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These will soon be joined, from the 18th May, with a taco inspired by a visit to El Parnita in Mexico city earlier this year. The grilled British chorizo and cheese taco with melted sweet red onions is served with an avocado salsa and it’s hitting our street food specials menu soon. If you’re anything like us, you’ll remember the first day you eat this bad boy with the same fondness as your first toasted marshmallow. It’s flipping great.

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So what are you waiting for? These things aren’t gonna eat themselves. Get yourselves down to your local… Quick!

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Introducing the Mezcal and Tonic

We’ve got something oh-so-special for anyone looking for a new tipple to sip this summer.

Now pouring at all our restaurants is a range of 4 mezcales  (that’s tequila’s smoky cousin in case you missed it) served with a choice of premium Fever-Tree tonic waters, a pairing that’s ripping it’s way through New York’s finest bars, and that we’ve found to be the kickstarter to many a good night.

With its complex aromatics, mezcal, the most discerning of agave spirits, is the perfect accompaniment for these light and sparkling tonic waters (and is much less ruinous than its spiritual forerunner).

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To check out our full drinks list, along with our newly spruced up tequila and mescal lists, head here.

 

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Tommi’s pick of the dishes this summer

As our new menu flies out of Wahaca kitchens across the country, sparking a summer of Maximum Mexican flavour, we caught up with its creator (and the superwoman you have to thank for all of our dishes) Thomasina Miers, to see which of all of the platefuls are really rocking her boat this summer.

Here’s Tommi’s top 5:

Devon crab and shrimp taquitos.  Summery, crisp and bursting with flavours from the sea this classic tomato-based seafood taquito is a delight.

Grilled chicken tacos.  The Baja-Californian taco with ancho-marinated grilled chicken, habanero mayo and a crisp, fresh slaw.  I love mine with a side of guac.

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Cornbread. This is so good that it should come with a public health warning.  Sweet, toasted cornbread with a smoky-sweet butter and the tangy whipped goat’s cheese.  Keep to yourself or share if you dare…

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Fideus.  Angel-hair noodles cooked in a smoky-sweet tomato broth served with capers and chipotle adobo and either sliced avocado or a touch of Devon crab.  This is a classic from the Mexican state of Veracruz.

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Grilled corn.  We serve it Oaxacan style with crema, fresh lime and a sprinkle of that famous chilli-sugar-salt.

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If that’s got your taste buds tingling, take a look at our full menu here. AND! grab a street dish on us for a limited time only right here!