WARM UP WINTER WITH FRIDA KAHLO IN WELLINGTON
LA CASA AZUL – INSPIRED BY THE WRITINGS OF FRIDA KAHLO is a stunning new production on stage at Circa Theatre. It celebrates the life, love and art of Frida Kahlo and runs until 23 July.
The production has created a “Frida Fiesta” excitement in the city and a range of restaurants and retailers have joined together to celebrate the icon that is Frida Kahlo.
Mexican restaurants in the city have crafted “La Casa Azul” specials on their menus for the duration of the play’s season at Circa. “La Casa Azul” or The Blue House was the home where Frida was born, lived with her husband Diego Rivera and also where she died. It’s now a museum dedicated to her life and work in Mexico City.
Mexico on Dixon Street
have embraced the blue theme with specially made blue tortilla shells for their dinner special. They’ve also got an incredible blue margarita drinks special. And don’t forget to get a selfie with the Frida mural on their wall.
LA CASA AZUL TACO:
Blue tortilla shell, poached FR Chicken pipian, red slaw, spiced pepitas, buffalo mozzarella, sliced fresh red chilies and garnished with candied lemon rind and micro coriander.
LA CASA AZUL MARGARITA:
Tequila, lime juice, agave, Blue Cacao, blueberries and basil; with a freeze dried beetroot powder and sherbet rim garnished with edible flowers.
Tequila Joe’s on Vivian Street
have a two courses and drink special for $39.95 and can run that as a pre-show meal too.
Pint Sized Frozen Blue Raspberry Margarita $16.5
Mexicantown Salsa Served with freshly cooked Corn Tortilla Chips GF $11
LA CASA AZUL TACOS:
Pan Seared Buffalo Chicken on fresh Tortillas with Kapiti Bleu Cheese and homemade salsa. Served with Black Beans and Mexican Pickles GF $21.5
Pan de Muerto on Tory Street
have focused on Mexican desserts with a decadent special. Head Chef Jiwon Do has created the blue tinged Pastel Casa Azul.
PASTEL CASA AZUL (BLUE HOUSE CAKE)
Blueberry, Blue agave and blue curacao cake $13.00
Viva Mexico in Newtown
have a special for 2 courses and a drink for $35.
But it’s not just the restaurants getting on board with our Frida Fiesta this winter. A whole variety of Cuba Street retailers are celebrating Frida with window displays celebrating her life and look.
Ziggurat Fashion Emporium (144 Cuba Street),
Mandatory Menswear (108 Cuba Mall),
Iko Iko (118 Cuba Mall)
Unearthed Vintage & Retro Store (219 Cuba Street) all have displays in their windows inspired by Frida’s colourful work and sense of fashion. Unearthed have a range of Frida inspired furnishings including mirrors and lampshades. The book the play is based is Frida Kahlo’s Intimate Diary and can be bought from Iko Iko.
If you’re curious to see what Frida’s private salon may have looked like, look no further than Just Teasing Boutique Hair Salon (274 Willis Street) who have been so inspired by Frida Kahlo they’ve styled their salon in homage to her life and art.
Your Frida Fiesta visit to Wellington wouldn’t be complete without a wander past the mural on Wallace Street in Mount Cook, where Frida is celebrated alongside another female icon Pippi Longstockings in the “Check out Herstory” mural.
La Casa Azul – inspired by the writings of Frida Kahlo
1 Taranaki Street, Wellington
25 June – 23 July
Bookings www.circa.co.nz or phone 04 801 7992