Monday, 18 April 2011

Chag Sameach! Big Train Drink Mixes are Kosher.

Kosher Certified Drink and Cookie, Brownie, Waffle Mixes

Big Train Mixes are Kosher Certified

With Passover fast approaching, we wanted to let you know that our Big Train beverage and smoothie mixes and brownie, cookie and waffle mixes are Kosher certified. If you are looking for delicious easy to make beverages and baked desserts to complement your Passover recipes, consider trying some of Big Train’s products.

Big Train kosher item categories of products include: Chai Teas, Blended Ice Coffees, Iced Teas, Lemonade, Hot Cocoa – Hot Chocolates, Blended Crèmes, Low Carb Brownie, Cookie, Waffle – Pancake Mixes, Soft Serve and flavor mixes, Smoothies, and Nutritional Supplements.

Just about all of Big Train’s products have the Orthodox Union seal of approval by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Our OU certified products have either the dairy certification or the Pareve certification. Our real fruit Smoothie

How do you know if a product is Kosher certified? Look for certification symbols such as the OU or Kof-K Kosher symbols:

Orthodox Union Kosher Certified Logo

Orthodox Union Kosher Certified

Kof-K Kosher Supervision Big Train

Big Train also works with Kof-K Kosher

Big Train is proud to work with OU (Orthodox Union) Kosher, the world’s largest and most widely recognized kosher certification agency, certifying more than 500,000 products produced in over 6,000 plants located in 80 countries around the world. The OU logo is one of the world’s best-known trademarks. Big Train also works with internationally recognized Kof-K Kosher Supervision, one of the foremost Kosher certification agencies in the United States.

Whether or not you purchase kosher products, the Orthodox Union or Kof-K Kosher Supervision seals of approval, are a reflection of a brand’s commitment to quality. For more information on OU certification, check out their website here. For information about Kof-K Kosher Supervision, click here.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Mad Hungry Woman Unveils Her Secret Lover.


SoHo Taco Event

Anita Lau, aka Mad Hungry Woman, the #2 Yelper in the world (according to the OC Register), Zagat featured blogger, and Orange County Food critic/social media foodie celebrity,  invited Big Train to supply Mexican beverages at an invite-only event entitled: Anita Unveils Her Secret Lover. We were intrigued and jumped at the chance to participate.

The event was held earlier this week at the acclaimed Break of Dawn Restaurant (Fox LA’s Best Breakfast 2008; Orange Coast Magazine’s Top 10 Restaurants 2009; Restaurant of the Year Orange County Business Journal). Just how much pull does the Mad Hungry Woman have?

Break of Dawn Chef Dee Nguyen

Chef Dee Nguyen and Anita Lau

Chef Dee Nguyen, owner of Break of Dawn, graciously opened his restaurant to host Anita and her select foodie and social media friends.

The purpose of the event was to help Anita raise awareness for her secret lover. Just who is this incognito inamorato paramour? As it turned out, Anita’s flame is (…drum roll…) SoHo Taco, caterers of Gourmet Tacos.


SoHo Taco Team

SoHo Taco comes prepared with a huge stainless steel taco stand and lots of carefully prepared fresh ingredients. Their staff shows great attention to detail. We knew from the start we were in for a treat. The pre-marinated shrimp tacos were cooked to perfection. The tortillas were hand-made right in front of us and even the mango salsa (and guac) was terrific. The veggie tacos were stellar too. To see more descriptions of SoHo’s excellent food by the Loco Hambriento Mujer herself, click here.

Big Train served up three Mexican inspired drinks to complement the menu:

  • Big Train Vivaz Horchata
  • Big Train Vivaz Jamaica
  • Big Train Shaken Mango Passion Green Tea

Not a drop was wasted as attendees literally tilted the serving containers to get more Big Train drinks. We were happy with the feedback on our products. But more importantly we met some phenomenal amigos, and were thrilled to meet the SoHo Team and Chef Nguyen from Break of Dawn. So the secret is out. If you’re in southern California and are planning a fiesta fantastico, contact my new amigo, Andy Zambrano at 951-642-0633 for gourmet taco catering. For more information go to their website at

hand made tortillas for SoHo gourmet tacos

Angelica, La Maestra de la Tortilla

SoHo Taco Rig

Taco Fixins


Big Train Jamaica, Horchata, Passion Mango Tea

Big Train Beverage Mix Samples

Big Train Drink Mix Samples

Big Train Horchata Vivaz Mexican Beverage Mix

Zeke: Horchata; @soysauce714 Mango Passion Tea

Jeff Friend and Ulrich Urhan

Jeff Friend and Ulrich Urhan

Gourmet Veggie Vegan Taco

SoHo Veggie Taco Delicioso

SoHo Taco Gourmet Taco Catering Team

SoHo Gourmet Taco Catering Team

Special Thanks to Albert Evangelista for his photographs.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Gringo Bandito Blended Carne Asada Recipe

The weather is heating up in southern California. It’s the first of April and with Spring Break in full stride, it’s time to clean those BBQ grills and dust off the blenders.

We’d like to thank Big Train fan Jeffrey M. from Rancho Santa Margarita for submitting this excellent drink recipe. Who would have thought blending beef cheese hot sauce and beans would taste so good? It’s a flavor fiesta like no other:

Gringo Bandito Blended Ice Carne Asada Recipe

Carne Asada Frappe Recipe April Fools

Blended Carne Asada

Blended Carne Asada Ingredients:

gringo bandito hot sauce

The Perfect Hot Sauce for a Blended Carne Asada Frappe

  • 1/2 pound BBQ’d carne asada premarinated in lime juice and garlic
  • 1/2 can of frijoles refritos (refried pinto beans)
  • 2 avocados
  • diced tomatoes
  • Gringo Bandito hot sauce ( a LOT of it)
  • Sour cream
  • CilantroQueso Fresco
  • Ice
  • AsomBroso 100% Agave Tequila

Put all ingredients in a blender (leave some for garnish). Whip until smooth. Top with Queso Fresco. Then add sour cream. Top with chopped cilantro. Garnish with avocoado, tomatoes and lime. Top it off with a few more drops of Gringo Bandito hot sauce. Take a shot of Ambroso Tequila, then enjoy. Serves 4 – 6 amigos. For dessert, follow it up with a Big Train Vivaz Horchata Mexican inspired beverage.

Yum or should we say Bueno Frio Picante – a cold and frothy carne asada frappe. It’s like fire and ice in a cup. Enjoy!!