Friday, 11 November 2011

FOOD & DRINK REVIEW · The Green Park Express in Bath Launches a Mexican Panini!

Inspired by the traditional Mexican breakfast of "molletes", The Green Park Express in Bath's Green Park Station launches a delicious toasted sandwich filled with refried beans, melted cheese and homemade pico de gallo salsa (onion, tomatoes, coriander, green chillies and lime juice with a dash of garlic). Deliciously creamy and filling, yet zingy. A fantastic choice for a veggie lunch as well. 

Saturday, 20 August 2011

PHOTO · New mom Selma Blair wears a lovely "huipil"-like embroidered dress!

About the Huipil:

"A huipil (from the Nahuatl uipilli, meaning "blouse"`- "dress") is a form of Maya textile andtunic or blouse worn by indigenous MayanZapotec, and other women in central to southern MexicoGuatemalaBelizeEl Salvador, and western Honduras, in the northern part of Central America. The elaborate design and patterns of a traditional woman's huipil may convey the wearer's village, marital status, and personal beliefs. They are usually made from two or three woven panels joined with decorative stitching, then doubled over and a hole cut in the center panel for the neck (unless woven in during the weaving) and decorated with stitchery. The sides are joined together with more decorative stitching, allowing openings for the arms and in the more ceremonial pieces, ribbons run down the length of the sides of the middle panel, sometimes with the ribbon forming a serrated collar ornament with two loose lengths of ribbons in the front, often in two colors. The length of the huipil varies from a simple sleeveless top extending to the waist or slightly below to a knee- or calf-length tunic forming draping scapular sleeves because of the width"

via Wikipedia

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

VIDEO · Mexican Nyan Cat

Nyan Cat (also known as Pop Tart Cat) is an internet meme, referring to an 8-bit animated gif of a cat with the body of a cherry Pop-Tart flying through space, leaving a rainbow trail behind the cat. But I digress, here's the Mexican version complete with the body of a burrito and "El Mariachi Loco" playing in the background. Adorable!

VIDEO · Mariachi Connecticut Serenades a Beluga Whale

Mariachi Connecticut, "Los Trovadores de América" performing for a beluga whale at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, where they were performing during a wedding.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

FASHION · Frida and La Virgen de Guadalupe, trendier than ever

Two icons of Mexican culture recently spotted in a couple of window displays in Italy.

Reminiscence, the French jewellery boutique is using Frida's image in their Venice branch windows.

Spotted in the shop Sisley, in Verona, Italy

Saturday, 14 May 2011

ART · Top Ten Mexican Contemporary Artists

A  tattoo artist living in Oaxaca, Dr. Lakra alters magazine tear sheets of wrestlers and pin-up girls, as well as anatomical illustrations and found objects, with cartoon drawings that reference sex, death, demons, and historical themes.

An exciting mix of contemporary Mexican artists who are becoming world renowned. Rooted in folklore, social issues, and popular culture, these artists — ranging from Gabriel Orozco, who’s been canonized at MoMA, and Damián Ortega, a standout at London’sWhite Cube, to Julieta Aranda, a rising star who has tricked out the Guggenheim — turn the local into the conceptual for international appetites.

Vía @

Thursday, 28 April 2011

CULTURE · Dita Von Teese refashions the traditional Mexican cocktail: who wants some 'Margaditas' (chipotle included)?

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the summer soirée season with the Cointreau MargaDita – the latest collaboration from Dita Von Teese, International Queen of Burlesque, and Cointreau, the original French triple sec. As the global Cointreauversial ambassador since 2007, Dita Von Teese proudly introduces her latest namesake cocktail, the Cointreau MargaDita, a bold and seductive reinvention of the classic Margarita, the #1 selling cocktail in America. Dita Von Teese’s tasty new libation is a homage to Margarita Sames, the bon vivante Dallas socialite who created the original recipe in 1948 while vacationing at her Acapulco cliffside hacienda. According to Dita Von Teese, "The Cointreau MargaDita is a tantalizing haute-cocktail with a spicy twist."
“Margarita Sames was clearly a strong, confident, and stylish woman well known for her entertaining prowess - qualities that I both admire and, hopefully, embody,” says Dita Von Teese. “Her Margarita recipe has been enjoyed for over 60 years and it seemed only natural for me to create my own cocktail as a tribute to this glamorous and charismatic woman.”
Dita Von Teese toasts this alluring woman, who unfortunately passed away this past year, by using the classic margarita ingredients as a base for her Cointreau MargaDita cocktail: Cointreau, tequila and fresh lime juice. “I wanted to keep the integrity of the original margarita recipe, but add a personal touch of my own. The juxtaposition of floral notes with spicy elements makes for a seductive twist: aromatic Monin Rose Syrup for a hint of floral, feminine perfume, and a dash of chipotle powder for an unexpected spicy smack. I think Margarita Sames would approve,” says Dita Von Teese.

Cointreau MargaDita
  • 1.5 oz Cointreau
  • 1.5 oz Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Monin Rose Syrup
  • 1 pinch Chipotle Spice
Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coup glass. Garnish with floating organic yellow rose petals. For an added kick, add a chipotle and salt rim.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

CULTURE · "La Fuerza de Frida" a Vogue México photo shoot in La Casa Azul featuring model Renata Sozzi

Click here to view all the pictures via Vogue Mexico. Also, have a look at the making of video, Renata does a really good job channeling the Frida vibe. 

Saturday, 9 April 2011

CULTURE · Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Masterpieces of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection in the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Via (Irish Museum of Modern Art)

Masterpieces of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, presents the iconic paintings of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the two central figures of Mexican Modernism. Few artists have captured the public's imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957). The myths that surrounded them in their lifetime arose not only from their significant body of work, but also from their active participation in the life of their time, their friendships (and conflicts) with leading figures, their imposing physical appearance and spirited natures. 
The paintings exhibited include key images by Kahlo such as Self Portrait with Monkeys, and Self Portrait as a Tehuana or Diego in My Thoughts, and the major work by Rivera, Calla Lily Vendors (all 1943). The paintings are supplemented by other works including diaries, lithographs, drawings, pastels and collages – all offering a rich visual experience for the visitor. Also included are striking photographs of Kahlo and Rivera by Lucienne Bloch, Héctor García, Martin Munkacsi, Nickolas Muray and Bernard Silberstein. 
The exhibition is further extended by the inclusion of photographs by Frida Kahlo’s father Guillermo Kahlo, of churches and cloisters around Mexico City and Tepotzlan, alongside views from the Palace in Chapultepec Park. Also included is Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura’s conceptual film Dialogue with Myself (Encounter), 2001, which pays homage to Frida Kahlo and is part of a series of works entitled An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo, in which Morimura talks the role of Kahlo to reveal her world. 
The Gelman Collection is a significant collection of more than 300 works of Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art which is housed in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and was established by Jacques and Natasha Gelman in 1943 to support Mexican artists. Not only does the Collection include works by Kahlo and Rivera, it holds major works by David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Leonora Carrington, Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo, among others. 
The exhibition has already been shown at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, and it will travel to the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England, where it can be seen from 9 July to 11 October 2011. An exhibition guide accompanies the show 
The exhibition is curated by Seán Kissane, Head of Exhibitions 
The exhibition is sponsored by BNY Mellon and supported by The Irish Times, RTÉ and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport 
Admission: €5.00 Concession: €3.00 Admission Free to all on Fridays.Admission Free for under-18s, those in full-time education, those on organised Museum programmes and IMMA Members.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

CULTURE · Meet "La Reata"

"La Reata" or "The Rope" is a sexy and mysterious lady that works along Brozo (the  Creepy Clown), a Mexican host, comedian and political commentator in his news show El Mañanero. If you thought about Krusty the Clown you're spot on.

Anyway, she doesn't talk and no one really knows who she is as she is always wearing a rather cute and ladylike luchador mask. She only acts as Brozo's secretary "assisting" him in VERY skimpy outfits and high heels. The whole thing is quite sexist for sure but it's just really about lightening up the mood while reading the news and discussing current events. She's got a huge fanbase and only last year appeared in the cover and the main spread of Playboy México in a cheeky series of photographs featuring several Mexican icons such as the bell of Dolores, la Diana Cazadora, a reenactment of  Diego Rivera's famous painting "Desnudo con Alcatraces" and just wearing a Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz habit and not much else (well, that and her mask, naturally).

To see all the pictures, click here. Warning NSFW!

Monday, 28 March 2011

FOOD & DRINK REVIEW · All You can Eat Sunday Brunch @ Mestizo, London

"Mestizo is the concept of a group of Mexicans to bring to London a restaurant-bar offering a fine and authentic Mexican cuisine"
Mestizo, London

About every Mexican restaurant out there claims this, but very few deliver. Mestizo does. And it's easy to tell because it's filled with Mexicans! This may come as a surprise to some, but real Mexicans abroad don't go burrito-hunting when they miss their food. They go looking for the authentic food and that's exactly what Mestizo has on offer.

Cuitlacoche Chicken, Tamales, Rice and Totopos Real Mexican Food Buffet · Mestizo, London
From top left to right clockwise: Tamales, pollo en cuitlacoche, totopos, rice and salsa verde.
The Sunday Brunch (from 12:00 to 16:00) offer was indeed pricey at £20 a head, but it's so worth it if you really have a craving for the real deal. Besides, it's all you can eat, so we were more than happy to pig out on chicken in cuitlacoche (corn truffle) sauce, pepper and cheese tamales, Mexican white rice, pozole, quesadillas, totopos, tostadas, black beans and peppers stuffed with cheese, all washed down with horchata water (a very sweet soft drink made of rice, vanilla and cinnamon). Also, there was a choice of two desserts and we went for the "Bienmesabe de coco" a delicious coconut sponge cake drenched in condensed milk and topped with fluffy whipped cream.

Bienmesabe de Coco · Mestizo, London
Horchata water and "bienmesabe" de coco. It literally means "tastes good to me"
The place was packed and apparently it is best to make a reservation. The brunch deal is a buffet, which gets quite busy so you may have to queue to  order your quesadillas, which are filled with whatever you fancy and cooked on the spot. The waitresses were kind of coy and not too engaging at all, but hey, it's self service and it's all you can eat so who cares!

Real Mexican Food Buffet · Mestizo, London
Vegetales al ajillo (garlic seasoned vegetables), pastel de espinacas (spinach bake), pescado (fish)

Mestizo : 103 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3EL T 020 7387 4064

Monday, 21 March 2011

RECIPE · How to make a cheeky chili sauce drenched sandwich, otherwise known as "pambazo"

Pambazos are a very special kind of antojito (snack) because although being Mexican, they don't involve corn at all! They are often compared to sandwiches because they're basically white bread with a filling. But that's just the beginning of the story, because where's the oomph in that?

Well, the bread is first dipped into a rich guajillo salsa and then shallow fried to make it crispy, and that's where the yum factor is! Also, in the filling. It can be chicken in green mole or potato and chorizo.

They are one of the cornerstones of Mexican street food along with esquites, garnachas, gorditas, quesadillas and tostadas, and very popular at public celebrations.

Street Pambazo
Pambazos on a street stall in Toluca during the Independence festivities
Here's what you need to make them at home. It's worth noting that you can't just use any kind of bread, as most rolls are so crispy on the outside that when covered in salsa they become rubbery, so it's best to make your own rolls.

For the Bread Rolls
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp milk powder
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 200 C pre heated oven
  • Bread-maker (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in order. You can knead and knead until you get a smooth dough and then let it rise (covered) in a warm place until it triples its size, but it's a lot easier to use a bread machine and set it for it to make only dough (same deal as if you were preparing pizza dough).

Once it's ready, cover a clean surface in flour and spread the dough. Divide it into 5 chunks and shape them like an ovoid. Place on a tray and bake for 8-10 minutes.

For the Filling and Shallow Frying
Chop the chorizo into small squares and mash the potatos. Mix them up and shallow fry until they begin to look gold and crispy. Set aside.

Preheat 1/3 of a cup of vegetable oil in the pan or wok. Pour the contents of the Salsa de Guajillo jar in the bowl. Slice the rolls but not all the way through (both halves should remain attached like some sort of clam). Dip the bread in the guajillo salsa, holding it with the tongs (A). Once it's completely covered, pan fry it until crispy (B). Set aside and stuff the pambazo with the potato filling. You may want to keep them inside a warm oven while you finish with the rest.


For Serving
  • 150 ml  soured cream
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 50 gr grated Parmesan cheese
Simply pour a few spoonfuls of soured cream on top of the pambazo, and sprinkle with lettuce and grated cheese. It should look something like this:

Home Made Pambazo Stuffed with Potato and Chorizo

CULTURE · México's Lincoln

An interesting article that explores the similarities between Lincoln and Juárez:

If we're looking for a true "Lincoln," one who resembled the Emancipator in spirit as well as in his political role, it is instructive to look at the life and career of Benito Juárez. Outwardly, they were a quintessential "odd couple," as dissimilar in appearance and ethnic background as two people can be. Lincoln was tall and angular; Juárez short and stocky. Lincoln was of old American stock; Juárez a full-blooded Indian. 
The similarities were in chronology and background. Lincoln lived between 1809-1865 and Juárez between 1806-1872. Both were born poor, both cared more for political power than riches, and both believed law was the best preparation for a political career. Though neither was conventionally handsome, both compensated for a lack of matinee idol looks by radiating an impressive charisma and commanding presence. Though they never met personally, they formed a lifetime mutual admiration society and helped each other whenever they could. Instances of their interaction will be recorded as this narrative develops.


Read the entire article here.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

SHOPPING · Mexican Spice Sweet Chili Tea... wait, what?!

Just came across a tea called Sweet Chili Yogi Tea Mexican Spice.

It's for sale in for 2 quid a box here and according to their blurb:
Sweet Chili combines the treasures of the Orient with the rich culture and traditions of Mexico. This unique and delicious infusion is sure to make your heart sing and your feet dance. Yogi Tea© has always appreciated and honoured the various tea ceremonies of the world. Sweet Chili is inspired by the Mexican tradition of combining chocolate with spices and chili. Traditional Yogi Tea© herbs and spices are blended with a dash of chili to lift the spirits and awaken vitality while Fair Trade cacao shells provide the flavour and aroma of chocolate. Enjoy every sip of this tea as the flavours curl playfully around your mouth and let it warm your inner-being like the friendly Mexican sun. 
Ingredients: Liquorice, cocoa shells, spearmint, fennel, anise, ginger, peppermint, nettle, chili pepper(2%), cinnamon*, cardamom, cloves, black pepper. Box 15 tea bags

PRODUCT REVIEW · A few bits and bobs from Otomí

Comal, Prensa and Botanero from Otomí Bristol

Otomí recently inaugurated their online shop. They got a little bit of everything, from food and kitchenware to gifts, souvenirs and novelty items, all imported from México. These three artifacts, a hand painted clay botanero -which includes a large plate plus 6 ramekins-, a comal (smooth flat griddle for cooking or re heating tortillas) and a tortilla press are really good value for money. 

The comal is specially sturdy. It cooks the tortillas like no regular pan could do, and the press works really well once you get the hang of it. The clay botanero  is really pretty to look at, but above all it's very handy when you have visits and want to offer them a good selection of bites and dips (even more so if you put in it some guacamole, pico de gallo, soured cream, refried beans and totopos, yum).

Order online or go visit their little Mexican grotto in Clifton Arcade if you live in the southwest, it's well worth it!

Monday, 14 March 2011

RECIPE · The Corn Dough Quesadilla Tutorial! Yummy quesadillas stuffed with two different fillings

Because, funny enough, a quesadilla doesn't necessarily imply cheese! They come in different shapes and have different fillings. They can be simply a pre-prepared tortilla folded in two, or you can make them from scratch using corn dough. These are usually way tastier and a lot of fun to cook.

Quesadillas · Flor de Calabaza & Papa con Chorizo (Zucchini Flower and Chorizo with Potato)

Here's what you need:

For the Dough
  • 250 gm Maseca Corn Flour (available here or here)
  • Warm water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 30 gr lard (optional)
Grab a bowl and add the Maseca and salt. Add the lard (optional) and start mixing with your hands. Add the warm water very slowly, as you work the mixture into a soft dough. Keep adding the fluid until you get a smooth and moist dough. You'll know when it's ready because it'll stop sticking to your hands. The consistency should be very similar to Play-Doh. If the dough is too mushy, add some more Maseca until you achieve the right consistency. Cover with a damp cloth while you cook the fillings.

For Cooking the Quesadillas and the Fillings 
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 of a small onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • Pinch of dried epazote (available here)
  • 1 can of flor de calabaza -AKA zucchini flower or squash blossoms- (available here)
  • 1 Medium Potato (peeled, boiled and mashed lightly)
  • 100 gr Spanish chorizo
Mix the mashed potatoes with the chorizo and shallow fry until golden. 

Mix the Zucchini Flower with the diced tomatoes, epazote and onion. Shallow fry until it stops looking soggy.

Once both fillings are ready, it's time to 'sculpt' the quesadillas. This can be done entirely by hand and it's like playing with clay really. A)Tear a piece of dough and make it into a golf ball.  B) Then squeeze it between your hands  until you get a thickish circle about the size of a CD. It's OK if it turns out a bit smaller or if it's not perfectly round. C) Place about a spoonful of filling near the edge. Don't put too much or it will leak!  D) Close the quesadilla by pressing the edges gently together with your fingertips or with a fork (it looks a lot like a Cornish pasty actually!)  E)Shallow fry until golden on both sides.

A) B)

C) D)


Makes about 10, sufficient for two people.

For serving
  • 150 ml soured cream
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Green or Guajillo salsa (optional)
Put a spoonful of soured cream on each, cover with  shredded lettuce and sprinke with parmesan cheese. For extra oomph, add Salsa Verde La Costeña (hot) or Salsa Guajillo Sabores Aztecas (nice and mild), both available here.

If you like it cheesy, you can add a little grated mozzarella along with the cooked fillings. It'll melt and mix nicely with the other ingredients while you shallow fry the quesadilla.

Even more quesadilla know-how!

Here's a very enlightening wikiarticle on the different types of quesadillas and the difference between genuine Mexican ones and the Americanised versions.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

SHOPPING · A Mexican Classic Corona Extra Tray on Ebay!

Completely fortuitous find: classic Corona Extra tray featuring the  classic pin-up-esque china poblana.

You can buy right here from Blendboutique UK.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

PRODUCT REVIEW · Viva la Frida, specialists in Mexican oilcloth in the UK

How curious is that. So many tables whether at home or at restaurants and markets in Mexico are covered in colourful manteles de hule and no one gives it a second thought. It might even be regarded as slightly tacky. But not over here, oh no. Kitsch is good, kitsch is trendy, bring on the kitsch!

Viva la Frida offers a variety of patterns and colours from .5 meters to full rolls. To give it a try, we ordered  a few remnants to check them out and they're fantastic. You can choose either warm colours, cool colours or a mix of both.

By the way, the cute Frida stamp in the envelope is just to die for.

Viva La Frida · Mexican Oilcloth for Sale in the UK

Viva La Frida · Mexican Oilcloth for Sale in the UK

Thursday, 3 March 2011

ART · Las Señoritas Fabric by Alexander Henry Made into a Handbag and a Cushion Cover!

The fabric in itself is wonderful but once it's been made into something, it's just awesome! What Goes Around, from Folksy is responsible for these beauties:

Made from 100% cotton. Fully lined with a pocket more than big enough to take your mobile.
The bag is28cm wide X 18cm high (fabric part, not including handles) 
100% cotton, high quality designer fabric with a hollow fibre cushion pad.
The back is 100% cotton in a plain cream colour, with an overlap.
Approx. 43cmX43cm.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

FOOD & DRINK REVIEW · £50 Worth of Authentic Mexican Ingredients from

£50 Worth of Authentic Mexican Ingredients from

So this is what £50 worth of authentic Mexican looks like. Only available online, this little batch of goodness was bought off 

MexGrocer was founded in 2006 and operated by Mestizo Restaurant since 2009. These guys really know their stuff. Not cheap, but delivery is free after fifty pounds, so we took a chance.

Our shopping list, from left to right and top to bottom:

  • Flor de Calabaza (Courgette or Zucchinni  Flowers) - Yes, edible flowers! 
  • La Costeña Salsa Verde (Green Salsa) - The next best thing after Sabores Aztecas Green Salsa
  • Nopalitos (Tender Cactus Leaves) - Guess what, cactuses are also edible and real scrummy. 
  • Maseca (Dried Corn Dough for Handmade Tortillas) - Self explanatory.
  • Corn Husks for Tamales - A tamal is a fatty and fluffy lump made of corn dough, lard, spices and meat that is actually steam cooked inside a corn husk. 
  • Liquid Achiote (Condiment/Marinade for Taco Meat) - Traditional seasoning from Yucatán in south east México.
  • Rajas de Chile Problano (Sliced Poblano Peppers
  • Cuitlacoche (Corn Truffle) - The consumption of corn smut originates from ancient Aztec cuisine and is still considered a delicacy in Mexico, even being preserved and sold for a significantly higher price than corn.
  • Oaxacan Mole Paste
  • Green Mole Paste
  • Pipián Mole Paste
  • Adobo Mole Paste
Think of mole (moe·lay) as some sort of Mexican "curry". It's made of dry chillies, nuts, seeds and spices with very rich flavours and eaten with chicken, pork or beef with a serving of savoury rice on the side. Only thing is, tortillas are served instead of naan bread!
  • Small Plastic Traditional Molcajete (Mortar)
  • Pozole Can (Hominy or maiz kernels for making a traditional soup or stew)

So far we are pleased with the price and a very speedy delivery. 

Recipes and advice on how and what to cook with these ingredients to follow!

Friday, 25 February 2011

ART · Alexander Henry Fabrics Folklorico Collection Inspired in Mexican Motifs

Alexander Henry, a design studio located in Burbank, California created an amazing collection of fabrics with very Mexican motifs, from Frida all the way to Día de Muertos and Virgen de Guadalupe. Check them out!
"Welcome to the land of perfect sunsets. Colors are brighter here, and so are you. You’re tan and your new huaraches feel like old friends. Que mas quieres?"
Las Señoritas

Frida's Garden
Virgin of Guadalupe

RECIPE · Molletes. Think about them as your run of the mill cheese on toast with a Mexican twist!

Pronounced moe·ye·tay

Molletes are a yummy breakfast or brunch option in México: they are cheap and cheerful, easy to make and you can get all the ingredients in your local supermarket. Molletes are traditionally made with a type of bread called bolillo (very similar to a crusty roll) sliced lengthwise and spread with refried beans and melted Chihuahua cheese. They're usually eaten with salsa pico de gallo which is very mild and refreshing although you can always dip them in salsa verde, chipotle or even habanero salsa as well (these are super hot). 


What you need:
  • Preheated oven (180 C)
  • 2 White Continental Rolls (sold in Sainsbury's, very similar to bolillos)
  • Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • Sainsbury's Basics Grated Mozzarella
  • Butter or spread
  • Homemade pico de gallo salsa (recipe here)
Makes 4 molletes, enough for two people.

Cut the rolls lengthwise and spread with butter.
Spread the refried beans on top of this.
Add the grated cheese on top of the beans.
Stick them in the preheated oven until the cheese begins to melt and bubble (about 7 minutes, but don't trust the timer, keep an eye on them!)
Put some freshly made pico de gallo on top and eat immediately.  

Thursday, 24 February 2011

CULTURE · Today in México Día de la Bandera (Flag Day) is Celebrated

Flag Day · Día de la Bandera

Flag Day, or Dia de la Bandera, in Mexico symbolizes the pride that Mexicans have in their flag. Although they were colonized by Spain in the 1500s, the deep running pride for their country remains the same. The origin of the flag comes from the Aztecs, who believed that when they found the eagle perched on a nopal (prickly pear cactus) with a serpent in his talons that is where they were supposed to settle. That’s exactly what they did! The flags colors are green, white, and red. The green stands for hope and victory, and white stands for purity, and the red band represents the blood that was shed by their ancestors. The eagle on the cactus with the snake sits in the middle of the white band. Flag day is a day that Mexicans take to remember their country and how it came into being. In the schools, they teach the children about the origins of the flag and the nation anthem, and they often focus on the subject via TV shows and special programs. . Flag Day in Mexico is a special day that families can get together and celebrate their pride in their country. There are often parades and contests for people to enter with the most creative Mexico Flag idea for the day. 

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

NEWS · Banksy Transforms Migrant Road Sign into DREAM Crossing

British street artist Banksy is back. And so are repurposed versions of the iconic yellow traffic signs with a silhouetted family that line roads near the U.S.-Mexico border in California.
The first signs popped up near Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA, the site of dozens of accidents where immigrants attempting to enter the country by crossing an interstate highway were struck by motorists.
The signs show three silhouettes sprinting across the frame — a father figure leading the way for his wife and daughter. They look like they’re running so fast that they’re leaning forward as if they were mid flight and about to take off in to the air.
Now Banksy has given the road signs new meaning by adding a kite to the design.

ART · Lotería Cards Made into Pretty Pendants

A really cute find in Folksy. Haninia makes silver plated pendants featuring lotería card illustrations.

La Sirena

La Rosa

La Sandía

El Nopal

All images via Haninia's shop in Folksy.

Monday, 21 February 2011

RECIPE · Classic Mexican Pico de Gallo Salsa (Ripe Tomato, Onions and Green Chilli)

Pronounced pee·ko day ga·yo

This refreshing salsa is so typically Mexican that it even bears the colours of the flag. What's really wonderful about it is that you don't need to hunt for exotic ingredients. Serrano chillies are originally used but can be easily substituted by plain green chillies.

One thing to bear in mind about pico de gallo is that it must have a chunky consistency. It mustn't be pureed or look like curry sauce. You should be able to see bits of red, green and white clearly.

Salsa Pico De Gallo

Here's how to make it.


  • 1/2 a small (50g)  white onion  (we used Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Sweet Onions)
  • 4 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 10 sprigs of coriander
  • 1 medium green chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt,
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4  teaspoon salt

Makes 1 cup.

You can core the tomatoes or if you don't want the seeds. Then, either dice all ingredients finely (onions and tomatoes should be made into small cubes 5 mm thick) or simply toss them into a food processor and chop until you get this chunky consistency (Remember, do not puree!)

Can be enjoyed as a dip with tortilla or as a topping for cheese quesadillas.

CULTURE · Fashion Inspired by Papel Picado (Traditional Mexican Paper Cuts)

Found via  The Crafty Chica 

Ronaldo Fraga SS2010 2
Ronaldo Fraga ·

Paper-Cut Dress by Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan ·

Laser cut dress by Alexander McQueen FW08
Laser Cut Dress by Alexander McQueen FW08

Laser cut dress Emilio Pucci 2
Laser Cut Dress by Emilio Pucci

All images from Outsapop 

Saturday, 19 February 2011

COMMENT · A deliciously tongue in cheek article about how Mexican food is ruining Gringos' lives

This is more like the sort of educated humour we were expecting from Top Gear's trio grande. Oh well nevermind.
Stop Making Delicious Food I Can't Stop Eating And Go Back To Mexico 
By James Whittington AUGUST 24, 2010This isn't the country I grew up in anymore. It used to be a place where hardworking Americans could make an honest living, support their families, and feel safe walking the streets. It used to be a place that rewarded decency and fairness. But now, thanks to the millions of illegal immigrants crossing our borders every year, all that's changed—and I for one have had enough. So listen up, Mexicans: Stop cooking all that mouthwatering food that I cannot stop consuming and go home!I am dead serious. We didn't invite you here, and it's high time you quit making all those rich, complex mole sauces that seem to fire every taste bud on my tongue and return to your native land. There's no room for you here.Yes, your sauces satisfy the body as well as the soul. But does that excuse the throngs of day laborers waiting on the corner every morning for jobs that rightfully belong to someone born in the USA? Even if that heavenly sauce is drizzled over seared duck breast and is studded with ripe avocados?No, sir. Not in my book...
Full article from The Onion here

RECIPE · The Magic of the Plain Quesadilla

With Mexican food, sometimes less is more.

People outside México are often led to believe that food is always overelaborate, showy and real gooey. That's not always the case and quesadillas are an example of that. A true quesadilla is nothing but a corn tortilla folded in half, filled with oaxacan cheese and warmed up on a hot pan until the cheese melts. Quick, cheap and really easy to make.

Plain Cheese Quesadilla and Jalapeños

You might need some extra oomph though, so you can add a lick of refried beans, dip it in guacamole, salsa verde or salsa pico de gallo, or even just have some jalapeño chilies on the side to nibble on between bites (that's SUCH a Mexican thing to do).

So in order to prepare a plain quesadilla making do with stuff available in most supermarkets in the UK you need:

We've found that this cheese is the most similar to Oaxacan cheese (cheddar tends to be a bit too strong even in its mildest variety). Also, pictured are some Mexican Discovery Green Jalapeños.

Then all you need to do is to heat up a pan (no need to add oil), warm up the tortilla and add the grated cheese. Fold it in half and keep cooking until the cheese has melted. Eat immediately!

Again, this isn't proper Mexican as such. Ideally the tortillas would be 100% corn (Old El Paso Corn Tortillas are only 27% corn flour and the rest is wheat flour).

OK, so where on Earth to get proper tortillas and salsas you ask?

That proves a bit more difficult than simply popping down to your local Sainsbury's but it's not impossible. Cool Chile sells packs of a dozen corn tortillas here, and we just found out about Rico Mexican Kitchen who have an impressive array of salsas right here. If you live in London, go to Wholefoods Market and ask for Sabores Aztecas Green Salsa for the most amazing tomatillo salsa imported directly from México.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

CULTURE · El Santo, the Silver Masked Man (September 1917 - February 1984)

Santo, el enmascarado de plata, originally uploaded by Stregoika.
On February the 5th ( so sorry Santo, better late than never!) Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, el Enmascarado de Plata died 27 years ago.

But what is so special about a guy who wears turtlenecks, fights against sorry looking monsters and stars in downright silly and tatty low budget movies?

Well, he is the epitome of the populace's dreams and hopes. He always saved the day and rescued the damsels in distress using cutting edge James Bond-esque technology, and never failed to kick the baddie's arse. He was a flesh and bone super hero that, unlike Batman or Superman, you could actually go see fighting live at the Arena Mexico's ring.

It is fair to say that his silver mask became a fetish to all his followers. For them, it symbolizes occult qualities, mysterious agencies but most importantly it is a token of justice for the common man.

Long live the legend of El Santo.