Friday, 23 September 2011

Chilango tops Zagat's Mexican category for 2nd year running

Last week saw the results of the 2012 Zagat Restaurant Guide, compiled from the ratings and reviews of 5497 diners across 1187 restaurants in Greater London.

Even though the average price of a meal went up a staggering 6% (from ₤40.84 to ₤43.40), Londoners are eating out more often – an average of 2.4 times per week - the first rise in 3 years.

When it comes to Mexican food, Chilango was once again named the best Mexican restaurant, as well as topping the 'Bust Buy' category. Mexican food also came eight in the top ten favourite cuisines, with 4% of diners voting it as their preferred choice of cuisine.

For the full results, see this link. Here are a couple of interesting stats which caught my eye:

only 35% of Zagat reviewers are female (being one myself)...
over 50% still think it's rude to use a mobile phone (whether talking, tweeting or texting) in a restaurant.

I wonder how these compare with cities elsewhere?!

Zagat Guide

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Sainsbury's to launch 'complete' Mexican food range

You can now walk into any large supermarket and find a variety of Mexican dishes and products. Sainsbury's are taking it one step further with (according to them) the launch of the FIRST complete chilled Mexican food range in the UK.

Available in 545 stores across the country from last week, featured dishes include Chicken Tinga Quesadillas, Vegetable Naked Burrito Bowl and Prawn Veracruz.

There are 20 dishes in the range, priced from £1.50 to £6.00. As they've been developed with the help of a Mexican chef, I'll be interested to see how 'authentic' they taste!

For further information, visit Sainsbury's website.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Chipotle opens 2nd UK site in London

It's been over a year since Chipotle opened their first London restaurant on Charing Cross Road but this week sees the long-awaited second site open its doors on Baker Street. The company plans to open another 4-5 sites over the coming year - still a little way off the States, where the company has in excess of 1000 outlets!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

From Hay to Jalapeño - the international Hay Festival in Mexico

What do Hay-on-Wye and Xalapa, Mexico have in common? Why, the annual Hay Festival of course! Over the last 10 years, the Hay Festival has become a global organisation with events and projects around the world. From Bogota to Beirut, this literary and musical celebration stretches right across the globe and it's exactly a month (6th - 9th October) until the second Mexican gathering which takes place this year in Xalapa, the state capital of Veracruz.

Xalapa (pronounced Ha-LA-pa), known as the home of the jalapeño (the most ubiquitous of all Mexican chillies) should be on any foodie's itinerary for a trip to Mexico. If you'd like to read further about the city's attractions and the upcoming festival, check out this recent article in the Telegraph. Richard Ford, Martin Amis and Ricardo Piglia are among several of the international literary stars attending Hay Xalapa.