Saturday, 6 November 2010

Pop up South American Restaurant

It's hard to beleive it was 1993 when my sister Karen and I would rent movies on a Saturday afternoon and stand in my kitchen in Parkstone, making tamales to serve at Lost Maggies at dinnertime. For those of you who don't know,Lost Maggies or, more formally, Las Margaritas was the Mexican cantina on Poole Quay that I spent ten years of my life running with Eric Bow and Pam Skuce.

Karen was a big fan of Tommy Lee Jones so for a while on Saturday afternoons it was tamales and Tommy- Lee. Tamales take some folding and tying but by the end of the afternoon we would have about sixty of them ready to be steamed for dinner. Then we would dress up for work. In those days it would often be funny dresses from the charity shops and weird hats because we were so overjoyed that we worked for ourselves and we could wear what we wanted.

Lost Maggies has been gone now for seven years. Recently, I have definitely been feeling the urge to have a Pop Up restaurant thingie in my living room. Why not? I ask myself, I have three sinks in the kitchen,a stainless steel table, a health and hygiene certificate, hundreds of vintage aprons and table-cloths. I love to cook.

My sister Karen is back in Canada but I have my lovely 13 year old daughter Raven and her best friend Ellie to serve tables. My husband Bruce Griffin has been roped in to to play the blues for us.

So here goes: December 4th there will be a Pop Up Mexican restaurant in my living room complete with live blues music. There will definitely be tamales and mole poblano and empanadas and maybe mancha mantel. Mmmmm. Three courses of lovley South American food with a slighlty eclectic touch.

Bring your own bottle or two - we will have room to keep it cool.

Suggested dontation will be £10- £12 per person,with tables of two,four and six available.

to book a table email me at


  1. Hello Tansy! I'm so excited about your Pop-up Restaurant, it's not true. Being just around the corner from you it's so tempting, however, finding the necessary cash is going to be something of a challenge. So, much as I'd love to say "book us in now!", I can't. I'll be back, though, if I find the necessary cash. LOL

  2. Can't wait to meet you Jenny. Sam has booked a table for two for you.

  3. Fabulous! She is such a sweetheart! I'm so excited, LOL. :)

  4. Ah, thats so exciting!

  5. wish you could come. I had fun cooking with you
    New menu starts at the cafe this week i will send you a link

  6. Are you doing a secret supper night soon? I live in Bristol and there's a great supper club scene here. My mum would love it, but lives in Bournemouth so I've been looking for ages for a Dorset-based pop up so she can see what all the fuss is about!

  7. Thank you for posting such a useful, impressive and a wicked article./Wow.. looking good!

    Restaurant Kitchen Equipment

  8. Hi Tansy, I would like to start a pop up at my home can you give me any help and advice please

    Many thanks

  9. Hi Tansy,

    when is your pop up event. Please book me into it + at least one other person. Am really looking forward to it.

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