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Monthly Archives: August 2015

A Sneaky Peek at a New Cocktail… the Chilipinarita!

You may or may not realise, but there are some exciting happenings at El Camion HQ at the moment. One of these things to watch out for is a brand new revamp of our cocktail list, currently being worked on by the lovely Bea Bradsell and her crew of mixology maestros.

Now, we’re not giving too much away just yet, but we can reveal that THIS will be one of the new drinks available. In fact, you can already order it, as it’s been gracing our Specials Board!

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Here we have Chilipinarita, seen alongside one of our banging burritos. Keep your eyes peeled for its appearance in The Mail online, too! And if you want to know what’s in it… well, you’ll just have to come and taste, won’t you!

The various types of Mexican food we tried On Tour

Here at El Camion, our menu comprises of mostly cuisine from the Baja California region of Mexico. This Northern part of the country has links to the United States, and comprises of lots of fish, tacos, burritos and quesadillas, as well as fish and steak.

So it was fun to explore the other gastronomic delights of Mexican food when we went On Tour to Mexico City recently, and see the dishes that don’t make it as frequently across the seas. Here’s a little round-up of what we found:

CACTUS SALAD

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Yep, that’s right – a salad made from cactus. Actually refreshing and completely delicious. It had the texture of green beans but was much more flavoursome, and was marinated with lime juice, coriander, chilli and onion. Cactus is actually incredibly good for you, having many of the same properties and nutrients as Aloe Vera (it’s from the same genus). We also had cactus pears (very tasty), and wonderful cactus juice.

CHILAQUILES

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Chilaquiles is a traditional breakfast dish in Mexico containing, as many meals do, tortilla chips.The tortilla chips are fried until they start to soften, then placed on a plate and topped with pulled chicken and sour cream, and served with refried beans on the side. To ensure the tortillas remain crisp, the salsa is added last – in this example it is red salsa.

BLUE CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLAS 

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Quesadillas can be eaten at any time of day (we serve some very popular ones at El Camion!) but these particular varieties were eaten at breakfast. They have a variety of fillings, including mushroom, cactus and pulled pork. What makes them quesadillas is the melted cheese inside – the name comes from the Spanish word ‘Queso’, which means cheese. Blue corn (also known as Hopi maize) is a variety of flint maize grown in Mexico. It contains 20 percent more protein than white corn, and has a sweeter, nuttier taste.

TRI-COLOUR ENCHILADA

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Enchiladas, for anyone who hasn’t chowed down on our El Camion variety, is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered in sauce, usually containing rice and a mix of meat and vegetables. This variety has three colours made from green and red salsa and black beans. The sour cream also adds to the impression of colours from the Mexican flag.

TORTILLA SOUP

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These tortillas crop up everywhere! Well, they are a staple item in Mexican food. It’s very popular to have them cut into strips and added to soup, such as this tomato variety made with chicken stock. Other additions include avocado chunks and fried onions.

 

So there you have it – a little gastronomic tour of our visit to Mexico City! If you fancy experiencing the flavours of Mexican Food yourself then come down and visit some day – and here’s a picture of our fabulous Mixed Botanas to tempt you!

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The colours of Mexico City

Here at El Camion, we’re known for being a bright and cheerful kind of establishment. We serve authentic Baja Californian cuisine, and like to bring the joys of warmer climes to Soho with our eye-popping decor.

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And a recent visit to Mexico proved beyond all doubt that this is one of the most colourful and vibrant places we’ve ever encountered.

Take the houses, casually jostling for space in Mexico City centre, right next to historical Spanish churches…

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They’re beautiful! Canary-yellow and cherry red facades, with azure blue awnings on the windows. Why can’t London be a little more cheerful?!

Then there are the famous pieces of artwork…

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This is just a small portion of the incredible mural painted by Diego Rivera, showing the history of Mexico and its people. Literally the most beautiful, intricate and colourful piece of artwork we’ve ever seen.

There are the traditional boats, also known as trajineras, which are found in Xochimilco…

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The spices in the market…

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And even the breakfasts! If we woke up to such colourful food every day, we’re sure we’d be smiling ALL THE TIME!

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Which is why we aim to bring similar happiness with the plates that we serve…

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So, if you can’t get over to Mexico yourself, just remember – we’re on hand to bring the brightness to London!

 

 

Spotlight On: Tequila Arette

Every now and then we like to shine a spotlight onto a particular tequila. It’s almost as if reading our blog will help you transform into a tequila aficionado – and if it does, then we have done what we came here to do. The only condition is that you must make sure that you actually try the tequila we’re banging on about too. This week, we’re looking at Tequila Arette.

 

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Arette is one of the team’s favourite tequilas because it is a superb tequila that doesn’t have a premium price tag to go with it. It’s not about the fancy schmancy bottle or the cool branding – it is literally all about the quality of the tequila.

Arette is made in “EL LLANO”, one of the oldest distilleries in the region, located in the splendid town of Tequila. It’s got the heritage to go with it too, as the distillery is operated by descendents of one of the most recognised families in the tequila Industry, the Orendain Brothers.

Here’s how it’s made:

 

So, what does it taste like?? Well, we recommend the Reposado variety, as it explosively flavoursome without being overpowering. That’s what you get when it’s made from water from the Tequila volcano. (Yes, really.)  It feels quite light and thin, and the initial tasting notes are earthy and floral. Overall mellow and sweet, it is nice mixed into a cocktail, but well-worth sipping straight.

 

Impress the bar team and ask for Arette. No slammin’ this delicate tipple!

 

 

 

El Camion are going on tour!

Well, the day has come… for a while now we’ve been giving you numerous facts and figures and wonderful information about Mexico, and next week El Camion goes on tour!

We’ll be jetting over to Mexico City to experience some of the most famous sites, places of cultural significance, restaurants and, naturally TEQUILA! So make sure to follow us on Twitter @ElCamion_Soho to keep up to date.

Below are an array of the places we’ll be dropping into, in an effort to get thoroughly immersed in the culture of this wonderful city.

A trip to the world heritage site of Xochimilco – place of Aztec canals and brightly coloured boats called trajineras, where we’ll be eating lunch in a traditional manner.

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A visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum – a bright blue house that was the place she was born, lived for some time, and then died. The celebrated Mexican painter was known for her bold, personal and occasionally troubling artwork that pushed boundaries, as well as for her tempestuous love life.

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A visit to the holy city of Teotihuacan (‘the place where the gods were created’) Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D., it is characterized by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. It is one of the most powerful cultural centres in Mesoamerica, and is one the archaeological sites with the longest history of exploration in Mexico.

And naturally we’ll also be stopping off at the Tequila and Mezcal museum, which we’ve already written a blog about!

So make sure to follow us for all the action from Mexico City @ElCamion_Soho – see you there!

 

Try a michelada on International Beer Day!

Mexico’s wayward answer to the Bloody Mary, the michelada is one way to spice up your International Beer Day – and it is also an amazing cure for a hangover (handy for the day after International Beer Day).

If you’ve never had a michelada before – or haven’t even heard of it – then, friends, you’ve been missing out. It’s beer like you’ve never known – it’s fresh, it’s spicy, it’s savoury and it’s darn right addictive!

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So, what is it? Well, it’s a Mexican cerveza preparada – a beer, served in a salt-rimmed glass with ice, with an assortment of sauces, spices and lime juice mixed in. There’s loads of different variations of michelada in Mexico, but we have our special spice mix that we use, made of hot sauces and other secret ingredients (you can use Worcestershire sauce, Maggi sauce, chamoy powder, serrano peppers, Camaronazo, Clamato, or even slices of orange).

It’s a fantastic summer drink – completely refreshing and thirst-quenching. It’s also great alongside food; the spicy savouriness bring your tastebuds alive, making every food taste amazing. Especially Mexican food. Of course.

Want to try one? We’ll be making them all day on International Beer Day and any other day if you ask, because they are awesome. ¡¡¡Salud!!!