"Hey Rosita! Come to my house to eat Tortillas con Chili" Is what Speedy Gonzales used to say! But Mexican Food is not tortillas and chili or TexMex anymore, nowadays Mexican food is a symbol of Fine Cuisine. From August 15th to September 3rd, Mexican producers present their gastronomic specialties in KaDeWe in Berlin, many of them exclusively and for the first time in Germany. And they decided to invited us, influencers and bloggers, to test these delicacies and tempt us with all this Mexican yummy-ness.
The Walk-though started with the cook Jorge Saenz Benavides explaining us how the modern Mexican cuisine has conquered the gastronomic scene and he showed us the moles and sauces KaDeWe has in their Mexico sortiment. We tried different moles and sauces with dark corn tortillas. My favorite was the hot peanut sauce...and damn was it good and spicy. Jorge told us that Mexican dishes are spicy, but not hot as we all think.
The variety of sauces, moles, beans & Co. was huge. Including: Avocado oil, Mango and Habanero Sauce, Many types of beans, Salsa Roja & Verde, Dry Chilis, Mexican Salt, Tamarind sauce, jalapeños and more.
After the Salsas and Moles we walked to the Mezcal booth. Mezcal is spirit with the worm inside. Most people confuse tequila with Mezcal. And it is because Tequila is technically a Mezcal with differences in the production techniques and the types of agave used.
Giancarlo Martello from Mezcal Sierra Madre explained us the process to make Mezcal and how to taste it. After tasting this delicious spirit, we ate a slice of orange with salt. But this wasn't ordinary salt. It was salt with dried mezcal worm in it together with other spices. I am soooo getting that salt for myself.
Who said Tequila???? Mike Labs from Tequila Don Julio let us try the iconic "Don Julio 1942", one of the best Tequilas in the world. It played like a cognac with fiery spice and notes of salted caramel.
We learnt that Tequila is made only with blue agave and can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and in small parts of four other states.
Chocolate has its roots in the ancient Mayan culture and the cocoa trees in the Riviera Maya and in the region Yucatan. What would we do without chocolate? I cannot imagine that! Thank you Mayans!
Fabiola Palma from Vanuato delighted us with loads of chocolate flavours, my favorite was the White chocolate and cinnamon. Just addictive.
The next stop was Mexican Wines, who knew Mexico was a wine producer? We tried some cold L.A. Cetto wines.
Final destination: FOOD & COCKTAILS!
1/2 oz. lime juice
2 oz. Mezcal
4-6 oz. ginger beer
Squeeze lime juice into glass. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, then pour in the Mezcal and fill with cold ginger beer (not ginger ale, although what the hell). Serve with fresh cucumber slices.
So I will recommend you to take the car/tram and go to KaDeWe and Discover Mexico in Germany! Experience it to believe it!
Some of the pictures are made by the awesome Brae Talon
America has the Olsen Twins, and Berlin Food scene has the Power Twins Sophia & Maria. From collaborating with Mit Vergnuegen to This is Jane Wayne and much more! But we were all wondering: When are they going to start something on their own?
And after months of planning and thinking, together with Kai, IN SEARCH OF was born. But IN SEARCH OF is more than a food blog, but lifestyle, travel, Fashion, Fitness, you name it!
When my partner in crime Ailine, told me about the event, I was like woooohhhooo! Death by Burrito with the twins.. best thing to do on a sunny saturday afternoon in Berlin. We went for some shopping first and walked our way to the PopUp Restaurant.
We got way too early, but that meant: more dränks! We were very excited about This Mexican Asian Streetfood fusion. The menu this day was brought to us by Berlin's streetfood legend Truong Phuong aka Monsieur Dope (District Mot),Diana Quach (DQ, UrbanHunger) and Roberto Delucio (Kantine Kohlmann) And I have to say, from now on I will make only wonton nachos! they were delicious!
As the hunger was huge after shopping, we ordered everything on the menu, besides the corn. And it was indeed enough food for us 2. Our favorites were The Sriracha Wings and The Peking Duck Carnitas, though all the food was very good!
Check out their Facebook Page for further events. But as you see in this poster, the next event is this weekend with Gourment Vegan followed by Caribbean Food the 16th of April, Oyster Bar (yummieeee!) the 23rd-24th April and ending with an Open Air on May 1st!
Dont miss it and add them to your Calendar! Ahoi!
Mission Taco opened tonight as the new kitchen of the bar and music venue Revolver in Møllergata. Oslo has a lot of taco places already, but this is to our knowledge the first to be directly influenced by the specific "Mission style" from the Mission District in San Francisco.
The concept at Mission Taco is to offer taco to the people. It is supposed to be an affordable place to eat tacos, in contrast to many of the current taco restaurants in the city, e.g. Taco Republica. You order at the bar, pay in advance, they bring to your table and you eat with your hands.
What we liked about it:
- The prices! Simple tacos at NOK 49-56 and "full package" at NOK 79. We were satisfied by sharing two big and two small ones. Full packages means double tortilla, extra frijoles, sour cream, cheese, lettuce and salsa.
- Mr. Mexican Moose with the sombrero on the wall! As well as other Mexican touches to the interior design.
- The Frijoles Negros for NOK 49. The most affordable option, and in our opinion the best on the menu at the moment. It was juicy, tasty and we didn't really miss the meat much.
- The guacamole. Slightly untraditional in both flavor and texture, but at the same time goes well with the nachos chips. NOK 58 for the chips and guacamole.
- The pickled red onions and carrots. A bit weird with the carrots, but they tasted good.
- Everything on the menu is gluten free at the moment. Everything besides the carnitas can be ordered as vegan and lactose free.
- The music level is just right. Sets the mood, but allows people to talk.
What we hope they will improve:
- Both the carnitas (pork) and the carne asada (beef) were too dry and thus didn't stand out. Slow cooked / pulled types of meat can be some of the best food out there. This did not quite live up to our expectations.
- You should order extra guacamole and salsa! It really is a "must" to add some contrast to the taste of the tacos. We wish they would have told us.
- The place is quite cramped. People struggled getting to their table.
- The wood cutlery sucks. Fair enough, you are supposed to eat with your hands, but if you wanna avoid getting super messy it would be nice with some functional knifes and forks or at least a spoon.
We are looking forward to the upcoming items on the menu, like Baja fish taco, Al Pastor (real Mexican kebab style pork taco) and Sunday breakfast tacos.
Did you visit Mission Taco yet? If so, what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.
I am Andrea, or as my friends call me, Jinx. I am a foodie living in Berlin, eating my way through life. Here are my recipes, cooking events, dining experiences and more...