Day of The Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

Day of the dead is a Mexican tradition that remembers and celebrates those who have passed away. El dia de los muertos is celebrated on November 1 & 2 of each year. On the 1st of November “el dia de los innocentes” or the day of the children is celebrated and on the 2nd of November celebrates “el dia de todas las almas” or all souls day.

What happens?

Makeup inspired by “sugar skulls” is worn by women and some men. The makeup consists of using bright colours, distinctive floral patterns and miscellaneous shapes to honour their loved ones.

As part of this tradition, Mexican’s believe their loved one’s spirits return. Those who are living place offerings at the cemetery or alter (created in an empty room in the home). Offerings such as the spirits personal belongs, favourite food, beverages, cigarette or toys for children. This gives a time for the living to share these items with them. Other items such as photos, wreaths, crosses, candles, flowers (marigolds) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead) are also used.

What does this represent?

It is believed, the spirits need food and light to guide them. The offerings are also suggested to represent four elements earth, wind, water and fire.

To celebrate el dia de los muertos at Fiesta, we will be offering special cocktails, so don’t miss out!

Want to learn how to create a sugar skull makeup look? Watch below.

Revolution Day in Mexico (Día de la Revolución)

The Mexican revolution began in 1910 to remove the president, Porfirio Dias. In 1911, the Mexican public was heard and Francisco Madero was elected president.

A rebel named Pancho Villas played an important role in starting the Mexican revolution. He robbed the rich and shared his stolen goods with the local poor.

Until the year 2005 Revolution Day was always celebrated on November 20. However, there was a change in Mexico’s labour law and now across the country, it is celebrated on the third Monday of November.

To learn more about Pancho Villas click here.

Fiesta After The Races – Melbourne Cup

Spring racing is a renowned event for ladies to wear colour fascinators, beautiful dresses, tailored pants, skirts and tops. Men in suits with colourful shirts and ties watching million dollar horses gallop down the racecourse. On November 4th, the race that stops the nation will be held at Flemington racecourse. Gatherings of family and friends will be hoping to pick the winning horse in the Emirates race for Melbourne Cup Day.

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The winners of the day will be celebrating their winnings with tequila shots and flowing margaritas at Fiesta from 5 PM to 11:00 PM. Tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas and churros with delicious chocolate dipping sauce, will be ready for you to order. With function rooms upstairs at Fiesta, there is plenty of space to celebrate for small or large groups! There will be colourful Piñatas available for bookings with wrapped lollies waiting to burst.

IMG_6840Visit fiestamexican.com.au for an online booking.

See you there amigos!

Mexican Entrees

Did you know, the first entree was created in 1555? It was known as the first french meal for the upper class society. Entree, meaning entrance.

So what is an entree?

An entree can be considered as an excuse to have a small dish before your main meal. It is also known as an appetiser, starter or street eat/s. In Spanish you say “entremeses, aperitivos or antojitos”.

Fiesta has a wide selection of aperitivos and antojitos including, seafood, chicken, beef and vegetables choices. Many guests have enjoyed, pollo al limon, flautas, wingettes, explosion de jalapeno and quesadillas.

Fiesta’s aperitivos and antojitos were inspired by the main ingredients Mexican culture has used for many centuries. Ingredients such as chilli, lemon, roast peppers and salsa. These elements are very important, to creating famous authentic Mexican flavours.

Entrees are also a great idea to share after work with your colleagues. Entrees allows you to try many smaller sized dishes and are perfect in delivering you with lots of variety. Entrees are best enjoyed with your favourite Mexican drink e.g. a cold Mexican beer or a frozen Margarita click here for more drink options.

Some of the entrees at Fiesta are served as mains. If you enjoyed your entree on your first visit you certainly won’t be disappointed to have your entree as a main.

If meat or gluten isn’t your thing, there are also gluten free Mexican and vegetarian options available for everyone to enjoy. Look out for (V) and (GF) on Fiesta’s dine in menu.

Enough about all this entree talk and more eating, which entree will you be having tonight?

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Melbourne Restaurant Guide

If you are looking for a restaurant to visit during your stay in Melbourne the inner city is a great place to start. Another great location to try is Toorak road located in South Yarra. Toorak road has a wide selection of different cuisines including Mexican, Japanese, French, Thai and more. Toorak road is a short walk from South Yarra Train Station.

Fiesta Mexican Restaurant Melbourne (175 Toorak Road, South Yarra).

Fiesta has been operating for over 30 years and is a local favourite to many guest celebrities.

Visit Fiesta’s website here: http://www.fiestamexican.com.au/
Opening Hours are 5:00pm – 11:00pm each night.

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For more photos follow Fiesta’s Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/fiestamexicanrestaurant/

Warning it might make you feel hungry.

Fiesta Mexican Restaurant has a wide Mexican menu selection including Nachos, Fajitas, Burritos, Chimichangas and Tacos.

The menu includes aperitivos and antojitos, dips, seafood, chicken, beef and vegetables dishes. Many guests have enjoyed, pollo al limon, flautas, wingettes, explosion de jalapeno and quesadillas. Don’t worry not all the entrees are spicy like the explosion de jalapeno see Fiesta Dine In Menu.

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Fiesta’s aperitivos and antojitos were inspired by the main ingredients Mexican culture has used for many centuries. Ingredients such as chilli, lemon, roast peppers and salsa. These elements are very important to create famous authentic Mexican flavours.

Entrees are also a great idea to share after work with your colleagues. Ordering entrees allows you to try many smaller dishes with your favourite Mexican drink. Giving you lots of variety.

Some of the entrees at Fiesta are served as mains. If you enjoyed your entree it is a get excuse to return and have it as a main. For example, enchilada de pollo and enchilada de carne.

There are also gluten free Mexican and vegetarian options available for everyone to enjoy.

Fiesta Dinner with Sol

Mexican Drinks

Love Mexican food? What about Mexican drinks?

If bebidas or cervezas sound familiar to you then you probably do. Popular bebidas in Mexican cuisine in Melbourne, are Margaritas, Tequila, Mezcal, Sangria, Mexican Beers and liqueur coffee.

These drinks are a part of the cultural experience and help compliment the spicy Mexican flavours from a variety of popular Mexican dishes. Fiesta described how the Margarita was named on their Facebook page and a previous blog post on The Origin of Tequila.

Melbourne Mexican restaurants have a range of different beverages for you to enjoy however, you are probably wondering what makes Fiesta different? It is their infused tequila with flavours such as Pomegranate, Watermelon, Strawberry, Mango & Melon but also their Mega Margaritas (great to share). The margaritas have a variety of choices including sour, anise or sweet. The mega margaritas are great for banquette groups as they are served in a fishbowl glass or jug.

For those who are wanting something non-alcoholic,  Fiesta has drinks such as Mexican Punch, Virgin Daiquiri, Virgin Margarita and traditional soft drinks, mineral water and juices for you to enjoy.

Fiesta also has an extensive range of Australian and New Zealand varietals for our wine lovers including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigo, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Merlot; with labels such as Rothbury Estate, Bay of Stone and Lindeman. A traditional Mexican drink made using wine is Sangria. At Fiesta they make a red wine based sangria with apple juice, orange juice, fresh fruit, lemonade and ice. If you haven’t tried their sangria you are certainly missing out!

To quench your thirst during spring and summer, Fiesta has a selection of Mexican cervezas (beers) including Dos Equis, Sol, Corona and Pacifico. If you haven’t tried a Mexican beer before in Melbourne Dos Equis has ‘a crisp, refreshing, light-bodied malt-flavour’, Sol has ‘a crisp, clean taste and is perfect with spicy foods’, Corona has ‘a smooth refreshing taste with a malt and hop aroma, great with a lime or lemon wedge’ and Pacifico is a ‘bright and aromatic with lashing of lemon zest beer’.

So next time you are feeling thirsty, stop by Fiesta in South Yarra, Melbourne and follow fiestamexicanrestaurant on Instagram and tag your Mexican drink/s photos #fiestamexican

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Mexican Food in Melbourne

When it comes to finding Mexican food in Melbourne, you do not have to look or venture far. Popular locations in Melbourne include South Yarra, St Kilda and Melbourne CBD. Fiesta located in South Yarra has an extensive Mexican food menu loved by many Melbourne locals. Whether you are after something small or a macho dish Fiesta has a lot to offer. Stand outs are their guacamole dip, explosion de jalapeno and Fiesta autentica. If you need some more inspiration,  view their Instagram page here. Feeling hungry now?
If you have a specific dietary requirement Fiesta caters to vegetarians, halal, vegan and gluten-free guests click here to view the full dine-in menu. For groups they have delicious and affordable banquet options, banquet 1 includes corn chips and salsa, nachos de especiale, burritos, lime chicken, brown rice and beef and chicken fajitas.Fiesta delivers to areas including Toorak, Prahran and South Yarra. To make it even easier you can place your order online or from the touch of a button on your phone! There is no delivery fee, just a minimum order of $20.00 too easy! We can even deliver your favourite dessert. Were you thinking a sticky date pudding?

Not only is Fiesta’s food amazing they have infused tequila. Flavours include Pomegranate, Watermelon, Strawberry, Mango & Melon. Fiesta is also well known for their Mega Margaritas. The mega margaritas are great for banquette groups as they are served in a fishbowl glass or jug. For those who are wanting something non-alcoholic, Fiesta has drinks such as, Mexican Punch, Virgin Daiquiri, Virgin Margarita and traditional soft drinks, mineral water and juices for you to enjoy.

So what are you waiting for?

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Cinco de Mayo

(5th of May)

Cinco de Mayo symbolises the “Mexican resistance to the foreign domination of Emperor Maximilian” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2014). In 1862 on the 5th of May, the Mexicans gained victory over the French military who served Napoleon III. This great battle took place at Puebla, located southeast of Mexico City. On this day approximately 1,000 French soldiers were killed by General, Ignacio Zaragoza’s small army.

The city was later renamed as “Puebla de Zaragoza” and a museum was dedicated to this historic battle. In honour of General Ignacio Zaragoza a statue was built and now stands near the famous battle site which was later restored into a commemorative park. 83b77d21-48a5-44aa-98cd-cf19a2b8f30a

The 5th of May was then turned into is a significant national holiday in Mexico to remember the great battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo today, is a festive holiday celebrated in Mexico and large Mexican American populations. It is a day to celebrate and remember those who were led by the victorious Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza but also celebrating “the Mexican way of life”. Some communities celebrate Cinco de Mayo over an entire week with parades and festivals.

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At these spectacular events delicious authentic Mexican food is served or sold, music is played and people dance. People also enjoy Mariachi bands, drinks such as Dos Equis and Corona Beer.

At Fiesta we will be celebrating with our signature Citrus Mojito, House Infused Tequila, Tecate and Corona!

Open from 5:00 PM until late!
175 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Las armas nacionales se han cubierto de gloria, “The national arms have been covered with glory” (General Ignacio Zaragoza 1892 – 1962)

How to get here?
South Yarra Train Station
Tram 8 (Moreland to Toorak)

What is on our menu?
http://www.fiestamexican.com.au/food_menu.php

Join our Birthday club:
http://www.fiestamexican.com.au/

Grito de Dolores –Mexican Independence Day

On September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores the parish priest, Miguel Hidalgo declared himself in an ‘open revolt against Spanish rule from the pulpit of his church’, beginning the Mexican War of Independence. The term Grito de Dolores in English means, Cry of Dolores.hidalgo_2

He began his fight against the injustices of the Spanish colonial system, he had an army up to six hundred men. Father Miguel Hidalgo was seen as a leading religious mind of Mexico, as he served the San Nicolas Obisbo academy. Miguel Hidalgo was banished to Dolores for his questionable record in the church. Under the Spanish system, his family had been ruined when the crown forced the church to call in debts’.  He believed in the new philosophy that suggested it was allowable to overthrow unjust tyrants.

The leader of Queretaro, Ignacio Allende felt the group needed someone with moral authority to further their conspiracy. Miguel Hidalgo was recruited earlier in the year. They recruited royal soldiers, officers, royalist barracks and garrisons to join their cause, talking about what a post-Spanish society would be like in Mexico.

Unfortunately, on September 15, 1810, their conspiracy of having a post-Spanish society in Mexico was discovered. At the time Ignacio Allende was in the town of Dolores and he didn’t know what to do other than to go into hiding. Miguel Hidalgo instilled that he should go forward and not hide in Dolores. The next morning on September 15, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bells, receiving attention from the workers in the nearby fields. Miguel Hidalgo introduced the notion, “Know this, my children, that knowing your patriotism, I have put myself at the head of a movement begun some hours ago, to wrest away power from the Europeans and give it to you.” The workers responded enthusiastically towards his words.

Miguel Hidalgo fought the royalist forces to the gates of Mexico City. Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende were later captured and executed approximately ten months after the “Cry of Dolores”. Even though his revolution was short-lived, many people soon picked up his beliefs.

Today in Mexico, people celebrate Mexican Independence Day with, Mexican food, flags, dancing, fireworks, re-enactments and colourful decorations.

Will you be celebrating at Fiesta with a Margarita, or Mexican beer for Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende?

Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May)

Cinco de Mayo symbolises the “Mexican resistance to foreign domination of Emperor Maximilian” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2014). In 1862, on the 5th of May, the Mexicans gained victory over the French military who served Napoleon III. This great battle took place at Puebla, located southeast of Mexico City. On this day approximately 1,000 French soldiers were killed by General, Ignacio Zaragoza’s small army.Cinco de Mayo today is a festival holiday celebrated in Mexico and large Mexican American populations. It is a day to celebrate and remember those who were led by the victorious Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza but also celebrating “the Mexican way of life”. Some communities celebrate Cinco de Mayo over an entire week with parades and festivals.At these spectacular events delicious authentic Mexican food is served or sold, music is played and people dance. People also enjoy Mariachi bands, drinks such as Dos Equis and Corona Beer.At Fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo we are offering $5 Sol beers for everyone to enjoy.https://www.facebook.com/MexicanRestaurantMelbourne Vamos, bring your sombreros, wear your colourful attire and celebrate with us this Thursday,  May 5 2016.

 

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