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Stir it up magazine AUGUST 2017

24 AUGUST 2017 MCA By Mark Wingett Editor, MCA. Eating and Drinking Out Market Insight Tequila sunrise Vegetable tacos A wave of Mexican flavours! >> The first experience of Mexican cuisines and styles of eating came to the UK in the 1980s with brands such as Chiquito’s, and in American restaurant brands such as TGI Friday’s; this first Mexican wave introduced the ideas of fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, however the quality of the product wasn’t necessarily of great quality, nor reflective of true Mexican cuisine. A running joke at the time would be that you could create 50 different dishes with the same four ingredients! Wind forward 20 years, and we are now accustomed to fantastic Mexican flavours brought about by the new wave of burrito chains, starting with Daddy Donkey, followed quickly by Chilango, Tortilla and many others; we also witnessed the birth of a new style of Mexican restaurants led by Masterchef winner Tommasina Miers with Wahaca. And right now, we are experiencing the true Mexican and TexMex experiences of the Tacqueria, a casual bar and restaurant featuring great drinks and tacos. On the drinks front, the latest trend is Mezcal, a form of Tequila, but made in more of an artisan way and giving a better quality drink. Whilst Mezcal may be associated with having the worm in the bottle, that is reflective of the 1980s version of Mexican, try the new quality Mezcal, and you wont drink Tequila again! On the food front, tacos are the latest and best thing, with taco specialists springing up such as Breddo’s, El Pastor, Corazon or Bad Sports (all in London), but these new operators are giving us dishes such as: • Sea bream taco on fresh corn tortilla • Crispy chicken thigh with sweet pecan mole • Slow cooked pork carnitas with chipotle mayo • Sea urchin, scallop and peanut on crisp tostada So, don’t hold back on giving your customers a taste of Mexico, but do make sure it’s the 2017 version, not the 1980s! Professional about Business, Passionate about Food. The FoodFellas supplies innovative, authentic, high quality food products from around the world to the foodservice market in the UK and across Europe since 1997. AvoGrande IQF Frozen Avocado Slices 20 x 500g AvoGrande IQF Frozen Avocado Dices 20 x 500g AvoGrande Supreme Guacamole 12 x 500g Damhus Premium Pork Bockwurst 6 x 8 x 90g Carisma Gluten Free Chicken Goujon 1 x 2kg The FoodFellas Ltd, Lakeside House, 1 Furzeground Way, Stockley Park East, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB11 1BD Simon Taylor-Clarke Email: stc@thefoodfellas.co.uk Tel: 07500 966 733


Stir it up magazine AUGUST 2017
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