Cocina de Mama

There comes a point when you have to stop talking and start cooking. On Sunday, with the help of our friends Matt and Jackie, Carlos and I did just that. In our first attempt at a pop-up Mexican taco stand in Tasmania (ok, anywhere), we sold 63 tacos over two hours. It was amazing. We’ve just taken Tassie living to a new level…

Inspired by our longing for home-cooked meals and Maria's tortillas we called it Cocina de Mama

Inspired by our longing for home-cooked meals and Maria’s tortillas we called our pop-up stand “Cocina de Mama.” 

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The menu featured a slow roasted Tassie pork shoulder that made even the staunchest of vegetarians salivate.

Verdura + Carnitas

But we also offered a killer Verdura option (refried beens, zucchini, pico de gallo and cheese) to complement the carnitas. 

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We posted up at the front of The Westend Pumphouse restaurant in Hobart with a few pots, a couple of induction burners and three types of salsas of various heat. We made tortillas to order and plated them in reusable bowls– taqueria style. You would have thought we were in Mexico.

Our customers were a combination of people who saw us from the street and came over, Pumphouse patrons who wanted a taco with their beer and of course our supportive friends who came back for seconds.

Our customers were a combination of people who saw us from the street and came over, Pumphouse patrons who wanted a taco with their beer and of course our supportive friends who scheduled their Sundays accordingly.

Carlos and Matt made corn and flour tortillas to order and I assembled the tacos. We couldn't have pulled it off without the help of Jackie-- Matt's girlfriend-- who jumped in as hostess, waitress and bookkeeper.

Carlos and Matt made corn and flour tortillas to order and I assembled the tacos. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of Jackie– Matt’s girlfriend– who jumped in as hostess, waitress and bookkeeper.

Towards the end we ran out of masa for tortillas and started selling taco bowls with all the fixings. Those were a huge hit.

Towards the end we ran out of masa for tortillas and started selling taco bowls with all the fixings. Those were a huge hit and I reckon we’ll want to add that option to the menu next time…

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2 responses to “Cocina de Mama

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