Restaurant Showcase – Mohujos Mexican

To showcase some of the hidden gems where you can use your Restaurant Choice vouchers, we will be interviewing the owners of our finest independent restaurants to find out a little bit more their delicious dishes.

First up is Mohujos Mexican Restaurant in Stockton on Tees run by the lovely Wendy. Let’s find out more!

 

Could you tell us a little about the history of your restaurant?

We opened in 2007. Research suggested Mexican Cuisine was going to be a growing trend over the following 5 years so we took a chance on it being a success. We did a lot of doorstep questionnaires to understand the needs and habits of our local market which really helped in the early days given that it was my first venture and I had no experience in the industry.

We wanted to focus on a fresh prepared menu with lots of flavour and local produce where possible, with a personal and friendly service in a relaxed environment. We have succeeded in sticking to our ethos to this day and get excellent reviews and feedback.

 Mohujos Chilli Dish

What initially attracted you to the idea of opening a restaurant?

I was made redundant from my Sales Managers job and wanted a complete change of career. It was a sweeping idea that turned in to my dream job!

 

Do you have a signature dish?

We sell a chicken Parmesan which is a local tradition in Teesside, we added a Mexican twist and it became our best seller. We have recently won an award for the best Parmo in the world and recently were mystery shopped by the Parmo Hunters on facebook who gave a glowing report and 5/5. Our signature Mexican dish has to be our pulled pork burrito.

 Jalapenos at Mohujos

What’s your favourite dish to prepare?

We do a Jambalaya Mexicana which requires careful preparation to ensure the right consistency and taste.

 

Do you have a variety of vegetarian options?

We have a fantastic variety of Veg dishes, including enchiladas, Fajitas and burritos – we use fresh vegetables and have the option of quorn. We also cater well for Gluten free.

 

Mohujos Salad

Is there a children’s menu?

Kids menu is 4.25 for Main, dessert and drink…includes mini versions of all our classic dishes.

 

What about your drinks menu – what are the favourites there?

We have an excellent range of exclusive Mexican beers such as Chilli beer, Mexicali and Red Pig ale. My favourite drinks are our margaritas and Mojitos.

 

Mohujos beers

Describe your restaurant in 5 words!

Fun, casual, friendly, tasty, authentic

 

Tell us a little bit about the décor and the inspiration for this!

It’s bright and colourful with lots of Mexican artifacts, blankets. Inspired by the Mexican culture and the big fuss they make of sharing meal times with family and friends.

 

Mohujos restaurant interiors

What’s the best piece of customer feedback you’ve ever received?

We have a Mexican lady who said our Sea bass Veracruz was as good as any she had eaten in Mexico and in general she gave us an authenticity stamp of approval on all aspects of our decor and food.

 

 Have you won any awards? If so could you tell us a little about it?

We won the Worlds best Parmo, were shortlisted for Restaurant of the year North East and Shortlisted for Gordon Ramsey’s F word.

 Delicious desserts at Mohujos

And a couple of fun questions!

Have you ever had any famous customers? If so could you tell us a little bit about that?

Yes, lots! Kevin Richardson, ex England/Everton player who is a coach at Newcastle United is a regular here as is Graham Kavanagh who played for Middlesbrough and is currently the Carlisle United Manager.

 

Mohujos

 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

A fried egg sandwich with ketchup and black pepper.

 

If you could have a dinner party with 5 celebrity guests dead or alive who would you invite?

Marco Pierre White, Keith lemon, Richard Branson, Theo Paphitis, Bob Mortimer

 

Thanks for joining us Mohujos! If you’d like to find out more about this charming Mexican restaurant then visit the Mohujos website.

 

 

 

Unique Places to Dine – The Best Themed Restaurants in Japan

Tokyo is a city with a huge and varied population, and the varied demographics in the city are clearly reflected in the sheer number and variety of restaurants that it is home to. There are more than 160,000 restaurants in the city, serving almost every food that you can imagine. The most interesting restaurants, however, are memorable for more than just food. If you thought London had some fantastic themed restaurants then you’ll be astonished by Japan’s offerings.
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The World’s Weirdest Food Festivals

Food festivals are a great way to learn about an area’s culture, sample their favourite foods, and enjoy a party too. Most food festivals focus on locally grown produce and local cheeses, wines or other delicacies. If you’re looking for something with a bit of a twist, why not try a traditional food fight, celebrate your love of Spam, or head to Iceland to sample ram’s testicles and fermented shark? There’s a whole new world out there of exotic foods and food-related fun.
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The Best London Restaurants with a View

It’s hard to beat the experience of dining at a fine restaurant that offers a beautiful view. Gazing out at the sunset while enjoying a luxurious meal and a glass of wine makes for a wonderful evening. Here’s a quick look at some of the best places to go for a meal with a view in the London.

 

1. Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows view

This Michelin Star calibre restaurant is located in the heart of Mayfair. Diners can enjoy delicious British sea food while taking in the sights of London thanks to the breathtaking 360 degree views offered from the dining area. The restaurant is located on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane, and the views are spectacular on a clear day. Expect to spend about £70 per person.

 
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The UK’s best food and drink festivals 2014

Summer is fast approaching and with it comes an amazing array of food festivals to experience. Whether you delight in sampling the best seafood offerings or enjoy perusing the dishes of luxury restaurants, there is sure to be a festival for you. Here’s our guide to the best food and drink festivals in the UK.

 

1. The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

brightonfoodfestival.com

16th to 27th April & 4th to 14th September 2014.

The largest festival in the south of England, this huge event plays host to over 300 food and drink businesses. It’s not just stalls showcasing incredible food that draws huge crowds but also the events that go alongside these two main festival dates. Restaurant week is one such popular events which allows diners to try special dishes and discounts at some of the best restaurants in the area.

Brighton Food and drink festivalPhoto Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

 

2. The Ludlow Food Festival

foodfestival.co.uk

12th to 14th September 2014.

Featuring over 160 independent food producers from the local areas, The Ludlow Food Festival is an event not to be missed. There are also fun activities including demonstrations, food trails and others both in and outside of the castle. A great day out for a foodie family!

Ludlow food festival

Photo Credit: http://www.foodfestival.co.uk

 

3. Dorset Seafood Festival

dorsetseafood.co.uk

12th & 13th July 2014.

This festival offers more than food alone, with competitions, celebrity chefs and demonstrations. Last year saw the exciting Dorset Young Seafood Master Chef of the Year competition alongside over 80 wonderful stalls. Keep an eye on the website for more information about the upcoming festival.

Dorset seafood festival

Photo Credit: http://www.dorsetseafood.co.uk/

 

4. Feast London

wefeast.co.uk

2014 Dates to be announced.

Feast combines a wonderful mix of street food, music and art. Every year the festival turns a London venue into a beautifully atmospheric location for festival goers to experience. Previous events have been held all over London including Islington Square, Tobacco Dock and Brick Lane Yard.

Feast LondonPhoto Credit: http://www.wefeast.co.uk/feast-past/

 

5. BBC Good Food Show

bbcgoodfoodshow.com

25th April to 30th November across various venues. See the link for more details.

Appearing throughout the year in 4 different venues, the BBC Good Food Show events offer something for everyone. The Supertheatre will see top chefs performing live onstage as well as sharing their secrets in live interviews. You can also sample and purchase fresh produce and speciality foods from a huge range of vendors.

BBC good food showPhoto Credit: http://londonist.com/

 

6. Leeds Food and Drink Festival

23rd May to 8th June 2014.

With last year’s show bringing over 60,000 food fanatics together to enjoy the festival, organisers have decided to make this year even bigger and better. Last year saw attendees sample amazing food from Leeds’ best restaurants and local farmers, as well as taking part in workshops and watching chef demonstrations.

leeds food and drink festiva

Photo Credit: http://leeds-list.com/

 

7. The Big Feastival

http://www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival/

29th August to 31st August

Presented by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and musician Alex James, The Big Feastival is quite literally a festival! Set on a Cotswold farm, festival goers can camp out and enjoy a full weekend of food and festivities. Live music accompanies chef Q&A’s, live demonstrations and of course food stands featuring local producers. The festival also raises funds for The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation – even more reason to go!

the big feastival

Photo Credit: http://oxfordshireguardian.co.uk

 

Will you be adding any of these foodie festivals to your calendar?

Extravagent Easter – 9 of the Best Luxury Easter Eggs

Easter is just around the corner and this year there is no short supply of beautiful and extravagant chocolate gifts. Here’s a look at a selection of the finest luxury eggs, from delicate handcrafted pieces to playful picks for children.

Fortnum and Mason easter eggs

Fortnum & Mason – Hand Decorated Milk Chocolate Egg

Price: £39.95

Available at: fortnumandmason.com

This adorable handcrafted egg is one of the simplest yet most beautiful choices on offer this year. Created with Tercentenary-blend milk chocolate and filled with chocolate shapes, this is a great buy for anyone who likes their Easter eggs simple and traditional with a dash of luxury.

 

Charbonnel et Walker easter egg

Charbonnel et Walker – English Rose & Violet Cream Dark Chocolate Easter Egg

Price: £35.00

Available at: charbonnel.co.uk

This is the perfect Easter treat for those who like to indulge in rich dark chocolate and beautiful floral flavours. Luxuriously presented and packaged, this egg follows the current trend of filling an egg with decadent surprises.

 

Chocolate Society luxury easter egg

The Chocolate Society – Gravity White Chocolate Egg

Price: £25

Available at: chocolate.co.uk

For the white chocolate lover, The Chocolate Society have created this stunning yet simple Gravity Egg. This work of art is created with fine Valrhona chocolate and is accompanied by white chocolate truffles. The egg also comes in other varieties of chocolate, each equally as beautiful and unusual.

 

rebuchet giant chocolate rabbit

Trebuchet – Giant Chocolate Rabbit

Price: £39.99

Available at: selfridges.com

This quirky little guy is sure to be a hit with any child this Easter. Made from fine milk chocolate, this egg weighs in at almost 800 grams, making it a perfect present for a family to share.

 

Hotel Chocolat easter egg

Hotel Chocolat – The Facet Luxury Milk Chocolate Easter Egg

Price: £20.00

Available at: hotelchocolat.com

This is a wonderfully sophisticated egg that would be perfect for any art and style lovers. Made with Hotel Chocolat’s chosen medium: 40% milk chocolate, this delicious egg features jewel-like patterns which add interest to a simpler chocolate base.

 

Farga Easter Egg

Farga – Dark Chocolate Easter Egg

Price: £39.99

Available at: selfridges.com

This gift from Farga not only contains a rich dark chocolate egg but also a sweetly decorated case that can be cherished for years. It’s a refreshingly traditional and simple piece that is sure to go down well with both children and adults alike.

 

Artisan du chocolat easter egg

Artisan du Chocolat

Price: £26.99

Available at: artisanduchocolat.com

If you’re looking for a quirky and unique egg this Easter, look no further than Artisan du Chocolat’s tropical inspired eggs. Shaped like carved coconut cocktails, these eggs are adorned with edible orchid, candied orange and a bamboo straw. Cheers!

 

Riverbank easter egg

Bettys Riverbank Egg

Price: £75.00

Available at: bettys.co.uk

This incredible handcrafted egg depicts a springtime scene complete with otter, mushrooms and moss. This is a truly covetable Easter gift and only 25 have been created, so if you want to indulge in this delightful little work of art you should order early.

 

Booja Booja champagne easter egg

Booja-Booja Fine de Champagne Large Easter Egg

Price: £22.99

Available at: ocado.com

Buying dairy free, gluten free or organic doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looks this Easter with this stunning offering from Booja-Booja. These hand painted and varnished eggs contain dark chocolate and Organic Fine de Champagne truffles which add a touch of luxury.

 

Which of these luxury Easter Eggs tickles your taste-buds?

Dining Etiquette Around the World

Around the world people have adopted unique traditions and etiquette when it comes to dining. It’s important to respect these customs, so what kind of things do you need to be conscious of when you dine in another country?

 
Tipping

Not all countries expect you to leave a tip after a meal, in fact in Japan it is seen as rude! China even has restaurants with a no tipping policy. This isn’t always the case though – in Portugal you should leave a tip of around 10%. Other countries like France and Italy tend to include a service charge but you can also choose to tip extra.

 
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Restaurant table manners and fine dining etiquette

Do you dread the thought of visiting a fine restaurant because your table etiquette is a little rusty? If so, these simple tips will help you to avoid the most embarrassing fine dining faux pas.

 

Do: Work from the outside in when selecting cutlery

Tables are set with forks on the left hand side and knives and spoons on the right. Usually, the cutlery furthest away from the plate is intended for the first course. If you have any doubts, wait for the host to start eating and follow their lead.
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Top Michelin star restaurants in London 2014

The list of Michelin Star restaurants has been updated for 2014. This year sees some interesting new additions to the world’s most prestigious list of dining establishments, as well as some old names proving that they are still worthy of recognition. Here is a quick overview of the best places to eat in London.

1. Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea

Gordon Ramsey's restaurant

The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is the flagship restaurant in the Gordon Ramsay group which was founded by the popular celebrity chef. This restaurant has held a three Michelin star rating since 2001. Head chef Clare Smyth has been a fixture at the restaurant since 2008, and serves a mixture of classic Gordon Ramsay dishes and modern French dishes made in her own signature style.
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