Review: Taco Shack

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Taco Shack is a street food company that is fairly new to Milton Keynes. They started trading in May 2016 and have been busy keeping locals satisfied with their take on fresh Mexican street food since.

Blind folded and let loose with a bottle of rum

Last night I was invited to a media evening/bloggers event at Rev de Cuba in The Theatre District, Milton Keynes. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet some other bloggers who until last night, I’d only corresponded with on social media. Namely, Jo from Girl Eats World and Rob from Robs Ribs, both local food bloggers and really good company. It was also great to catch up with Vicky, The Powderpuff Room beauty blogger and also to see a few MKFM buddies, Lia, Vicki and Darren.

This was a launch event for Rev de Cuba for their new cantina (grub, to me and you) and cocktail menu.

We started the evening with the most delicious, frozen rhubarb cocktails, which tasted as good as they look. We sipped these whilst admiring and getting the low down on the cocktails from their new menu. Rev de Cuba is all about the rum and these new specials specifically focus on golden varieties of rum. All the cocktails are beautifully presented and are a treat for the eyes as much as the tongue. Just look at them!

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I was speaking with one of Rev’s cocktail makers Misan, when I recalled my bad experience trying mojitos. Actually, my first ever mojito put me off the whole idea of them. Mint that was smashed to smithereens that ended up shooting up the straw and destroying my palette with extreme, harsh mint flavours and nothing much else. I didn’t know why everyone was so hell bent on going crazy for them. Misan was so shocked that she marched me straight behind the bar and showed me exactly how she makes a mojito and then got me to make my one for myself. I am by no means a cocktail making expert, although I do find myself well experienced in the enjoyment of drinking them. I was then quite taken back by the subtle and refreshing taste of the classic mojito even made by my own amateur hands. They might not my most favourite drink on offer but they are definitely not the unpleasant experience I remember from all those years back. Thanks Misan!

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Then with three other volunteers, I took part in the most hilarious bar game. Split into pairs, one of us was blind folded and had to stand behind our partner at the bar. The blind folded contestant then had to reach around their team mate to make a mojito whilst not being able to see a single bean. I was the one who was blind folded and it was so hard trying to find everything and make a drink with nothing but my team mate Vicki giving me instructions on where to find things. It was so much fun and I’m so glad that I didn’t pour rum or lime juice all over her!

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We then all sat down with little plates and cutlery (and by this point in the evening, hungry tummies) and was introduced dish by dish to the new Cantina Menu.

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There was a two types of meaty sharing boards followed by a varied selection of tapas dishes. My firm favourite, as mentioned in a post about a previous visit, is the quality of their guacamole. Seriously tasty and moreish, I would come here for the nachos alone. The chicken thighs tapas dish was also good, with nice crispy chicken skin. I also checked out their meat balls and they were also soft and pleasing!

Then it was time for mains, including beef and chicken burritos, burgers and chimichurri chicken skewers (try saying that after a few cocktails). All perfectly acceptable and stomach filling.

Rev de Cuba has such a wonderful ambience inside. It doesn’t pretend to be fine dining so don’t come rocking in and expecting caviar and pan fried duck breasts. However it is the perfect place to meet friends, have a few cocktails and enjoy something different from just typical British pub grub.

As ever, Rev de Cuba. It’s been an absolute pleasure.

 

What do you get when you cross an Indian with a Mexican?

Today I went to Intu shopping centre in Central Milton Keynes for a spot of retail therapy.

First off, whoever said you can’t find a decent bargain on the high street surely hasn’t done their homework. I managed to pick up a beautiful red dress from TopShop for only £22.00 and a true wardrobe staple, a black high waisted mini skirt from New Look for only £3.99. Both items were full price too! Crazy.

My little monster was not disappointed either. Mr LouBou and I had given him a whole load of Duplo toys for Christmas but had struggled to get a baseplate building board for him as they kept selling out but they had some in today. Happy toddler.

The shopping trip had coincided with the opening of a new food outlet in Intu. Wrapchic. An Indian Mexican fusion eatery that had my brain bamboozled. Indian meets Mexican? Burritos with curry? Nachos with mango chutney? I had to see (and taste) what this place was about.

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They have opened just outside Barclays Bank in Intu. I guess you would call this the food court of ‘the new bit’. Wrapchic is simply just chic to look at. Exposed scaffolding with brilliantly coloured fabric canopy ceiling and exotic-looking cushioned chairs. Some of which look like painted crate boxes and some that look like steel bins with cushions on top. It’s something straight out of a street-food bar in India smack bang in the middle of MK.

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Outside Barclays? Exposed behind those ‘fake’ doors which don’t shelter you whatsoever? As us local MK’ers know the new bit can be nippy and you really can suffer the brunt of our changeable beloved British weather there. But thankfully even though Wrapchic is out in the open, you won’t be cold when you visit. Lots of ceiling heaters insure that your visit isn’t a chilly one. I was surprised when I left how the temperature drastically dropped and I instantly wanted to go back under the canopies.

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Now the important bit, the food. I had a burrito. A Chicken Mughlai burrito to be exact. I watched it being made and was impressed how generous the portions are. These burritos sure won’t leave you feeling unsatisfied. First in the toasted tortilla wrap was the authentic Chicken Mughlai curry, then I had my choice of rice, different types of beans, slaw, tikka sauce and chutney.  I opted for white rice, red kidney beans, slaw, mild tikka sauce and mango chutney but there are other choices if you are a bit more adventurous than me!

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As I sat down to eat I must admit I was a little apprehensive but one bite and I instantly saw why this company was born. It worked. It tasted amazing. I think a lot of that is down to the quality and flavouring of the Chicken Mughlai. Without that I think you’d have had trouble selling this to me. The brilliance is, this is fast food. No frills but no compromises on flavours. The chance to eat all those Indian spices and combinations that I love and at a very reasonable price. Burritos come in around a fiver. You’d easily spend that on a processed meat sandwich lunch.

I also tried a Mango Mousse which I found was a brilliant palette cleanser and refreshing after the spice and heat of the burrito.

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So try it for yourself? Tell me what you think. Indian Mexican fusion grub is now here in MK and I for one, hope it is a success.