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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Fiesta’s Highlights for 2013

  • Starting the downstairs renovation for a fresh new look in 2014.
  • Introducing new staff members to our team.
  • Receiving the Top rated Mexican badge on Dimmi in 2013.
  • Renovating the upstairs function area.
  • Introducing churros to the food menu and offering more regional dishes.
  • Seeing Andy Murray win the men’s Wimbledon Tennis.
  • Joining the Twitter society.
  • Seeing many celebrities and sports stars enjoying our food.
  • Being mentioned in the Melbourne Official Visitor Guide and various Melbourne publications.
  • Starting our Mexican Restaurant Blog.

We look forward to seeing you for a margarita in 2014!

Piñatas

The piñata was first recognised in Spain and then later brought to Mexico in the early 16thcentury. It was used to attract converts at their ceremonies. The piñatas were a clay pot decorated with feathers attached to a pole in a temple. It was seen as an offering to the feet of the god’s image when the treasures fell from the piñata. The treasures were released by the force of someone hitting the piñata with a stick.

The blindfold was later introduced by the Mayans. The piñata was also used “to attract converts to their religion.” They did not use feathers, instead it was decorated with coloured paper.  The Mayans believed the piñata was symbol of the devil. Most piñatas were made with seven points to symbolise the “seven deadly sins, greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust”.  The treasures inside the piñatas were seen a reward for keeping their religious faith.

Traditional Mexican piñatas are clay pots decorated with coloured paper, ribbon and tinsel. They were filled with lollies, confetti and fruit. They were used at birthday parties, fiestas and Christmas celebrations. Children would take turns at hitting the pinata with a stick as they sang the pinata song. “Dale, dale, no pierdas el tino, porque si lo pierdes, pierdes el camino” or in English “Hit it, hit it, hit it don’t let your aim go astray, because if you lose it, you lose your way.”
Once the piñata released its treasures the children rush in to collect as many lollies or fruit as they could.

Today the piñata is a symbol of entertainment and is used all around the world. At Fiesta our piñatas are colourful donkeys filled with delicious lollies awaiting to be released.

For more information about our functions visit http://www.fiestamexican.com.au/function.php

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Celebrities at Fiesta

Celebrities at Fiesta

Mexican Recipes

Have you ever wondered why Mexican food tastes so good? At Fiesta, we offer an array of Mexican dishes. We cannot tell you our secret Mexican recipes but we can enlighten you on its history and our favourite Mexican food.

Our first favourite is the Burrito. Did you know the Burrito originated in a taco street stand in Mexico, by a man named Juan Mendez in 1910-1921? It is suggested he tried to find a way to keep his food warm for his taco street stand. In doing so he came up with the idea to wrap a homemade flour tortilla with a napkin.

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Such a simple idea, right?

It was believed Juan Mendez’s food was a hit, in his local town. Burritos were then sold in areas of Northern Mexico using two main ingredients i.e. meat, beans, potatoes, chile rajas (green chilli & onion) or cheese in the burrito wrapped in a flour tortilla. In Mexico, the burrito was called “tacos de harina” or “flour wheat tacos”. At Fiesta, we serve burrito especiales with main ingredients including poached chicken, frijole & corn, spicy beef or chilli con carne.

Another favourite classic Mexican dish of Fiesta is Fajitas. They are often associated with the idea of “make it yourself tacos” with ingredients used such as beef, vegetables, chicken or fish with onion and pepper cooked in a skillet. In Tex Mex terms fajita are referred to as “little strap”. This is because the steak used is carved into long and thin pieces.

In the 1950’s Mexican cowboys called “Vaqueros” ate skirt steak. The vaqueros experimented different ways in which they could cook or prepare the meat. Their favourite way was to marinate the steak in tequila or lime juice. They found this made the steak tender and was sliced across the grain to prevent it from becoming tough. However, it was not until later that the first Fajita was publicly revealed at the Boerne Bergestfest. After that, during the next 20 years, the world became a Fajita craze!

Our last favourite dish is Quesadillas or “little cheesy things”. This dish got its name from the Spanish word “queso” meaning cheese. A quesadilla is a tortilla that is filled with ingredients such as cheese, beans, potato, chicken or beef and is then folded over. After it has then been folded over it is heated on a griddle to ooze the melted cheese with the rest of the ingredients.  In other words, it is a pretty fancy delicious Mexican toasted sandwich!

Now that you know the history of our favourite dishes you may be feeling a little bit hungry.

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Don’t forget to join us today to try our classic Mexican food.
We are open from 5 PM to late located in South Yarra, Victoria.

See you there!

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