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IT’S NEARLY MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Next Wednesday – September 16th – signals a very important date in the Mexican calendar. It is, after all, MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Now, there will no doubt be a few people thinking ‘hang on, wasn’t that back in May?’, but as we explained in a previous post, Cinco de Mayo is a very different thing.

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th as, on this date back in 1810, the ‘Cry of Dolores’ (Grito de Dolores) was sounded from the small town of Dolores in Mexico.  This event marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, where a priest named Hidalgo revolted against the Spanish Colonial Government.  Despite this, Mexico’s independence would not be effectively declared from Spain until September 28, 1821 – a decade later. This would become the Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire.

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In foodie terms, the world also recognises this day as National Guacamole Day (well, why not?) So if you’re in Soho, then do pop in for a dose of the green stuff – and we’ll keep you updated on what offers we plan.

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The Health Benefits of Avocado

Continuing our theme of how Mexican food is actually one of the best types of food you can put past your lips BAR NONE (kind of), we move away from looking at chillies and on to that Superfood that is the Avocado Pear.

Do you know when Sainsburys first introduced the avocado in 1962, it had to come with instructions – people just didn’t know how to approach this exotic and mystical elliptical green object. And back then they were also not aware that, beneath the rough, scaly skin, not only was there a smooth and buttery green taste-sensation but also a fruit that was packed full of nutrients.

In fact, it’s claimed by some that you can live off of avocado alone – there are that many vitamins and healthy fats crammed in there.

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In fact, it’s claimed by some that you can live off of avocado alone – there are that many vitamins and healthy fats crammed in there.

So, in homage to this most super of foods, here are the top 5 health benefits of avocados:

1.) Avocados are high-fibre foods that provide nearly 20 essential nutrients. Vitamins include A, C, D, E, K and B.

2) Avocados are sodium and cholesterol free – in fact, numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors

3) They have more potassium than bananas – and a high potassium intake is linked to lowering blood pressure, which reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure

4) Studies have shown that an extract from avocado can significantly reduce symptoms of arthritis.

5) Avocados are high in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important for eye health and lower the risk of cataracts.

 

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So why not come in and make the most of this Superman of the fresh fruit aisle by chowing down on some of our guacamole? Not only is it lip-smackingly tasty but, because we only use fresh produce, it’s wickedly good for you too. Because of the perishability of avocados, most store-bought guac is bulked out with chemicals and preservatives, whereas we only use nature’s bounty. Yet another reason to come chow-down at El Camion and feel good about yourself.

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day in Mexican Style with El Camion

Grab your greens, chuck your chicken and step away from the steak – today is World Vegetarian Day! And while we love a bit of animal flesh as much as the next person, we also offer some absolutely awesome options for those wanting to avoid meat.

 

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Feeling Hot, Hot, (Hot Sauce)

We all know what it’s like heading to your local Mexican restaurant for dinner. There are a few things that are pretty much guaranteed – there will be food envy from the person who ordered salad not fajitas; someone will drink too many margaritas and slump into a tequila-coma in the corner; you’ll be fighting for the last guacamole-laden nacho. And also at least two people are going to have a Scoville Sauce-Off.

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