Feasting at the Centara Friday Fiesta

Feasting at the Centara Friday Fiesta
Feasting at the Centara Friday Fiesta

Authentic Mexican food is a rich, enchanting mix of flavour, colour and texture. With a diverse history, Mexico’s cultural heritage began with the native Aztec Indian tribes and was touched by Spain, France and, eventually, America. Likewise, today’s Mexican food inherits these multiple influences.

Spanish conquistadors introduced many spices into Mexico. However, the use of spices is still different in their cuisines. Mexico favours chilli powders, such as ancho, chipotle and cumin. Both cuisines often use garlic, oregano and cinnamon. Pungent and bursting with flavour, garlic lends special qualities to the final cuisine flavoring everything from meat and rice, to salsas, tortillas and sauces.

Or as spoken in a Mexican accent by Pat Boone in his classic recording of Speedy Gonzales: “Hey, Rosita-I hafta go shopping downtown for my mudder-she needs some tortillas and chili peppers”! On a balmy evening at sunset, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting to savour the delights of a Mexican fiesta. The subdued sounds of the ‘mood DJ’ (no Mexican Hat Dancing), with attentive wait-staff always ready to refresh our cocktail glasses resulted in a great finish to the working week. Executive Chef Steffan has a passion for Mexican food and wanted to offer something just a little different and perhaps less formal than the usual Centara dining experience. Eating Mexican is a casual dining experience, it’s ‘hands-on’, but as Centara staff Member Khun Ning quickly discovered; to eat with dignity always make sure the taco is held over a plate! At some point you are going to spill some of the contents, but that’s OK. Khun Ning joined our table and was having her first Mexican food experience. She now understands why this cuisine is so popular across the world. Not the tidiest food, but definitely one of the tastiest.

If you are not familiar with Mexican food or the bebidas (drinks) which make the fiesta (feast), here’s a quick guide to the Friday Fiesta offerings: Tacos are crisp-fried corn tortillas filled with seasoned ground beef, cheese, lettuce, and sometimes tomato, onion, salsa, sour cream, and avocado or guacamole. Nachos is a dish composed of tortilla chips covered with cheese or cheese-based sauce. First created in about 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, the original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeño peppers. Quesadillas are a flat circle of soft, thin flatbread, warmed to soften it enough to be folded in half, and then filled with a Mexican cheese and served with green or red salsa, chopped onion, and guacamole.

Margarita cocktail ingredients are: 1 ounce tequila, a dash of Triple Sec, the juice of 1/2 lime or lemon. Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime and spin in salt. Mojitos are cocktails that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and garnished with a sprig of mint. Caipirinha is made with cachaça, sugar and lime. Cachaça is made by the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice that is then distilled. About The Friday Fiesta: Enjoy Mexican nachos, tacos and quesadillas plus a pitcher of margarita, mojito (the COAST signature cocktail) or caipirinha for 1,690 THB ++ per couple.

Where: COAST Beach Club & Bistro at
The Centara Grand Beach Resort
& Villas Hua Hin
When: Fridays, 6.00 – 10.00 PM
Contact: Phone 0 3251 2021-38