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Food and drink round up (01/04/2011)

The best thing in a glass at Aintree, Mexigo opens properly and H-H_Higsons is back

Published on April 4th 2011.

Food and drink round up (01/04/2011)

First look: Mexigo
MEXIGO is not a Barburrito wannabe, Confidential can confirm, after it was chided last week for a line in its report on the latest fall and rise of fortunes on Bold Street.

Anyway, off we went to the city's latest build-your-own Mexican wrap place last night, to a networking do. At last, a chance to mingle with the sort of businessy folks who never usually find themselves up that part of town – and never usually are they urged to wear false moustaches and sombrero hats either.

Mexigo is owned by Chris “Savina” Hamblin and business partner Victoria Bee. They are aiming at students, they say, offering 20 per cent discounts on the basic £4.50 cost of a filled burrito or taco.

But on closer inspection, don't let that stop you.

We sampled a quesadilla, a toasted flour tortilla which we had filled with hot and spicy everything we could see. Adobo smoked beef, slow roasted, sounded like just the sort of meat to chuck in, and the whole dish was substantial in quantity and zingy taste sensations.

We know exactly what a fiver can buy you, food wise, around Bold St, and this specimen put it way up there with the best.

They make absolutely everything on the premises in here, even their own nachos, which are something else. But we especially like Mexigo because they have dared to make one (of five) salsas so fiery that you have to take them seriously.

So Mexigo is a go-go-go. Just don't mention the B word (unless it's beer).Starters' hors d'oevres
It's just a week until the big event at Aintree. The thundering of hooves, the the vast amounts of money changing hands....

No, refer not not the last screeching call on the Tannoys to get the hell out of Asda NOW, at 4.30pm on a Sunday, but the Grand National.

Confidential was treated to lunch in the presence of the great Ginger McCain himself at the racecourse last week.

“I am not a bettting man,” he told us. “The last time I took a gamble was when I got married. Never again!” quipped the chap who cracked the whip over the legendary Red Rum as well as Amberleigh House.

If our experience is anything to go by, however, there is one dead cert at the 2011 John Smith's meeting: the food.

A special three-course lunch is being served over the three days and again in the May meetings.

Astonishingly it was created by Liverpool schoolchildren in a competition to find a signature dish.

All three courses are given wacky titles: Thus the fishcake starters are “Fish Past The Post”. The main course is a “saddle of lamb with jockeys whips” and the inspired dessert is John Smiths Chocolate Fudge Cake, served in a miniature pub glass and looking exactly like a pint of beer, complete with a head of foaming cream.

All three were winners in our book, and every dish was exceptional, and we aren't just saying that in a “didn't you do well, kids?” kind of way.

It was the exceptionally good melt-in-the-mouth lamb dish that won the vote on the day, created by Luke Mahoney, 15, of Fazakerley High School. If you get the chance, try all of them.

The other contenders in the competition, Nathan Abernethy-More, 16 of Broadgreen International School and Kate Fairbrother, 15, of Broughton Hall with her beer dish, were of course, not bitter.

The ghost of Higsons
Speaking of bitters, Liverpol Organic Brewery revealed about a year ago that they had got the naming rights to Higsons beer, the stuff that your granddad fell out of dozens of pubs on the dock road to, which was concocted in the brewery that is now Cains on Upper Stanhope Street.

There were hundreds of Higgies pubs in the city in the 1970s, yet many ingredients in the original pint are “no longer available”, just like the pubs themselves and many of the punters' brain cells.

And while your old fella would, no doubt, have had no truck with organic anything, at LOB (as it shall be known) they are now brewing a bottle of Higsons with a conscience, to keep you conscious.

You can try it yourself the week after next when LOB hosts the second Waterloo Beer Festival at Christ Church, Waterloo, from Thursday April 14-Sat April 17.

Hic, sorry Higs-quisite, as the advert used to say.

Chance to get your oatsAnd if you are minded to do so, Alma de Cuba is hosting this year’s Official John Smith’s Grand National Winner’s Party (Saturday 9th April 2011) for the fourth year running.

“The multi-award winning restaurant and bar will be opening its doors to the public, giving them exclusive access to one of the most prestigious events in Liverpool’s social calendar,” burbles the excited blurb.

“Guests will have the chance to celebrate with the winning jockeys, owners and trainers as they toast the conclusion of the world’s greatest steeplechase.”

AP McCoy, the 2010 Grand National winning jockey, turned up last year and, of course, the odds are on for a great night with VIPs galore, they say.

“These are certain to be the hottest tickets in town and are available now priced £22.50. Contact Alma de Cuba directly to get your tickets on 0151 702 7394.”

Who knows, ladies, you might even bag off with a rich trainer or jockey, or the day's big betting winner.

It's up to you, but chat up that usually work include “Do you want to inspect my horse box?"

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Pierre HeadApril 1st 2011.

What kind of beer ingredients can be 'no longer available' in this day and age?

Lord StreetApril 1st 2011.

Arsenic? Wormwood? I guess they mean aren't available organically, in which case why bother.

Perfumed creviceApril 1st 2011.

I went to this event too and was surprised to see so many "suits" there. Suits without ties, naturally. I don't know about horse boxes, but I did ask a man who said he was in the construction industry if he would come and look at my crack sometime, and I am happy to report that he has just left.

Otto SpoolApril 2nd 2011.

People who wear suits without ties always look like they are in police custody and they've hade their tie, belt and shoelaces confiscated for their own safety.

Nods sagelyApril 3rd 2011.

Most of them are probably no stranger to that scenario.

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