Taco Feast

img_7507What to cook when friends are coming over? I’m sure that if it doesn’t have to be too formal, a Taco Feast will be just what you’re looking for. Make it a complete Mexican themed evening if you like! By making everything separate and serving it in nice looking bowls, everybody can make their own taco. It might even be a nice idea to let everybody make and bring something. Especially when you’re with a big group. Also.. are taco’s not the best? They’re super messy to eat, but they taste so goodddd.. I don’t even eat them that often, but if I do I am really enjoying it and I always tell myself to eat it again soon. So tell your friends to bring their sombrero’s and go Mexican this weekend!

img_7509TACO FEAST

Serves: 4

-8 tortilla wraps
-300 gr mince
-1 onion
-1 clove garlic
-1 tbs olive oil
-1 tsp oregano
-1/2 tsp smoked paprika
-1/2 tsp chili flakes
-1/2 tsp cumin
-salt/pepper (to taste)
-2 cups tomatoes (chopped)
-1/4 onion (chopped)
-1/2 clove garlic (minced)
-bunch of coriander leafs (chopped)
-1 tsp lime juice
-salt (to taste)
-2 avocado’s (smashed)
-1/4 red bell pepper (chopped)
-2 cloves garlic (minced)
-2 tsp lemon juice
-salt/pepper (to taste)
-1/2 iceberg lettuce (chopped)
-1/4 cucumber (chopped)
-4 babycorns (chopped)
-1 tbs olive oil
-salt (to taste)
-2 cups black beans
-corn cobs
-jalapeño peppers

-Preheat the oven at 180C (for the taco’s).
-For the mince: Fry the onion in the olive oil for about 4 minutes on a medium fire. Mix in the garlic for another minute.
-Add the mince (I used the mince form Fry’s) and fry on a high fire, until hot and until it’s a slightly darker colour.
img_7508-Mix in all the spices and fry for another 2 minutes. Add salt to taste.
-For the salsa: Mix all the ingredients of the salsa in a bowl. If you like a sauce consistency better, you could also put it all in the food processor or blender.
-For the guacamole: Mix all the guacamole ingredients together and add salt/pepper to taste.
-Mix up the salad ingredients.
-Make the tortilla’s wet and then hang them, upside down, over the oven rack, so that they form a taco shell. Take them out of the oven after 5-8 minutes, when they’re a little darker. Let them cool down, so they get crispy.
-Put everything in nice looking bowls and let everybody make their own taco.

Do you like Mexican food? I’m sure you at least like taco’s, especially when you can make them yourself. Please let me know when you’ve tried it. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X



lLast Thursday I didn’t post a hotspot, silly me! That’s why I’ll give you one today: Lupita! When I was planning to go to ‘Giraffe’ in High Street Kensington, I couldn’t find it. Apparently it’s gone. Instead I found Lupita. I actually did see it before, because it’s quite the eye-catcher. I looked at the menu and there was no reason to put them on my hotspot list as there was basically nothing vegan. But because I was there anyway, I went inside and asked if they are willing to make me anything vegan. The staff was so friendly and helped me straight away. Together we veganised a vegetarian burrito and I ordered a side salad. In the meantime they gave me 2 dressings, 1 a little spicier than the other, but both really tasty! When my burrito was in front of me I was very content, it looked fabulous. I ate it all together, the burrito with the avocado, the dressings and the very fresh crispy salad. It was a really good meal for a restaurant that doesn’t offer anything vegan.

lupI’d say Lupita is a very good option if you want to go to a restaurant with people who’re not vegan. Personally I’d rather go to a vegan or vegetarian restaurant btw. I wouldn’t feel comfortable or at ease with somebody who’s eating meat in front of me. But I know that there are people who are ok with it and that’s why I think it’s good to review restaurants like this. Also I think the more ask for vegan options they get, the more vegan the world is going to be. Hurrah for that! At least the staff was very helpful and I actually had a very nice mature conversation with one of the waiters about veganism. I recommended to put something vegan dishes on the menu, but it wasn’t really a traditional Mexican thing he said. Though I do think they can at least give vegan options, because the burrito they made me, was lovely.

luLupita has 2 other branches. One in central London (13 – 15 Villiers Street WC2N 6ND) and one close to Liverpool Street (60-62 Commercial Street E1 6LT). They also do delivery and take away. For more information about that, you can go to their website.
The interior is very nice. It all looks absolutely attractive. Like I said, a real eye-catcher on the high street. The colours are very different, outspoken and they have very nice things hanging on the wall. It’s all very decorative, very Mexican. Oh and did I mention it has the coolest wallpaper in the toilet? You should check it out!

WHO? Lupita.
WHERE? 7 Kensington High Street W8 5NP.
CUISINE? Authentic Mexican.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? 6 (could have been higher with vegan options on the menu)

What do you think of Lupita? Would you like to go for a yummy burrito or do you rather go to vegan restaurants? Please let me know in a comment below or show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X