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Super Bowl is a special game for sports fans everywhere

Where to watch and enjoy Super Bowl in style or get the food ready at home

It’s Super Bowl time and I can hardly wait for the kick-off tomorrow (Sunday, February 2, Groundhog Day) at 11.30pm UK time. I’m a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and I think the Niners have a real chance of claiming the trophy for the first time since 1995. Let’s hope I’m not jinxing them.

Their opponents, The Kansas City Chiefs, will be no walkover. In their previous two games with Patrick Mahomes at the helm they have come back each time from substantial deficits. I think they have the more capable offence but the Niners are strong on defence. Let’s see.

It’s been a very barren time for San Fran fans. They were the team of the 80s winning three times with Joe Montana at quarter-back and coached by Joe Walsh, the creator of the West Coast Offence. Two wins in the 90s, but nowt since.

They did get to the Super Bowl back in 2013 when they suffered a narrow defeat (34-31) at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens but it’s a quarter of a century since they won it. In 2013, they had Colin Kaepernick at quarter-back. Sadly for Kaepernick he is probably better known for taking a knee during the playing of the American National Anthem in protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the States. Since being ostracised for this act he has failed to find another team.

So why write about Super Bowl on a website about London? Well, I believe interest in the American game is growing in the capital and the fact that this season the NFL staged four sell-out games (two each at Wembley and the Spurs ground) seems to back that claim.

And let’s not forget that some London venues are keen to keep their doors open until the early hours of Monday morning to accommodate fans of the American game.

For example, Bad Sports is throwing the ultimate Super Bowl live screening live from Miami, Florida, in partnership with Bulleit Whiskey and Hop House 13 at Moth Club, to create an unmissable party for the screening of the big game.

The event will kick off at 10pm with the party going until 5am. From drag queens to live music to DJs, Bad Sports has got this year’s Super Bowl covered. Tickets can be bought in three tiers from entry tickets to the full works, including a drink and a table.

The bar menu includes a selection of Bulleit Whiskey cocktails from ‘The 2 Minute Warning’ a Bulleit Whiskey Sour, to ‘I am the Walrus’ a classic combo of Bulleit Bourbon and ginger ale. The bar will also be offering Bulleit Boilermakers consisting of a Hop House 13 beer accompanied by a shot of Bulleit Whisky throughout the evening. 

Picture: Jade Nina Sarkhel


To accompany the drinks, Big Miami Bass-inspired tunes from the Prosection Boyz will keep the party going alongside a strong food offering from Visions Canteen. Drag queens will bring in half-time entertainment and relief from the ‘Nerd Zone’ – where a number of TV screens will mean that guests won’t miss a moment of the Super Bowl action. 


Ticket available from DesignMyNight here

  • Entry – £5
  • Entry into the private ‘nerd zone’ bar, a free commemorative cup, a free Bulleit Cocktail on entry – £20
  • Reserved table in the main room with space for x8 including a bottle of Bulleit Whiskey and Hop House Beers for the table – £200

Address: The Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.

Looking to stay home but want to get into the American vibe with some great half-time snacks? Well, Old El Paso, the UK Mexican food brand has joined forces with NFL as the official UK partner of Super Bowl LIV.

Ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl clash between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, NFL UK Ambassador and former Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants cornerback Jason Bell will launch three Mexican-inspired Super Bowl recipes as part of an online content series ‘Make Some Noise for Super Bowl’.

Bell, who is part of the team on the NFL Show on BBC, will be introducing his Old El Paso recipes to inspire anyone to create them at home: ‘the fans favourite’ First Down Chicken Fajitas, the Half-time Halloumi Fajitas ‘the veggie way’ and the Touchdown Tacos ‘perfect for celebrating with amigos’ in a three-part content series.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most highly anticipated sporting event in the US and one of the highest viewed around the world with more than 160 million viewers. Mexican-style food is great for sharing and easy to prepare, making an Old El Paso recipe the perfect food to bring friends and family together over Super Bowl to ‘make some noise’ for one of the biggest sporting and cultural events of the year.

Speaking of his involvement in the content series, Jason Bell added: “Great food goes hand in hand with Super Bowl and our Old El Paso NFL-inspired recipes will be the perfect way to get the party started.”

The social media recipe videos will be promoted on @NFLUK and @Old ElPasoUK Instagram channels as well as on Facebook while special Super Bowl promotions for Old El Paso kits will run on Amazon UK and Ocado.

The videos demonstrate how to use the popular Old El Paso dinner kits to make quick and easy meals, suitable for any Super Bowl party, from a big gathering to a night in with close friends or the family.

First Down Fajitas by Old El Paso

Griddled chicken with OEP Smokey BBQ seasoning, with colourful, griddled peppers (bell peppers), sweet red onion and to give this something extra, really garlicky mushrooms – using sliced, large portobello mushrooms.

With the traditional accompaniments, such as salsa, creamy avocadosour cream etc.

  1. Slice the mushrooms into 1cm thick slices
  2. Add a splash of oil to a sizzling hot pan with a pinch of salt, add the mushrooms and allow to cook until lightly golden. Reduce the heat, add a crushed, fat clove of garlic and a knob of butter, mix through the mushrooms for a minute before taking off the heat.
  3. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
  4. Slice tender chicken breast, crunchy peppers and red onion into thin strips.
  5. Add a splash of oil to a sizzling hot pan and stir-fry the chicken until thoroughly cooked.
  6. Throw in the onion, peppers and smoky BBQ Fajita Spice Mix.
  7. Sizzle away, stirring or tossing until the chicken is browned keeping the veg crunchy. Add the garlicky mushrooms to the pan and mix together.
  8. Warm the tortillas by piercing the packaging and microwave on full power for 35-40 seconds (cooking time may vary depending on microwave).To heat in the oven, remove packaging, separate tortillas and wrap in foil. Crank the oven to 200°C (180°C for fan assisted ovens), gas mark 4 and slide in the tortillas for 10 minutes. Keep them covered and warm until ready to serve.
  9. Round up your amigos and load up the warm, soft tortillas with the smoky chicken, peppers, onion and tasty mushrooms!

Half-time Halloumi Fajitas by Old El Paso

Halloumi pan fried in Crispy Chicken Old El Paso seasoning, with black beans and avocado.

Are you hot, or are you not? If spicy jalapenos are your thing, or you want to cool things down with sour cream, this tasty Old El Paso combo will hit the mark!

  1. Slice the haloumi into 1cm thick slices.
  2. Throw the haloumi, 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and the Old El Paso Crispy Crumb Seasoning Mix into the shaker bag and shake until the haloumi is coated in the rich spices.
  3. Add a splash of oil to a sizzling hot pan add the haloumi and pan fry until lightly golden and crispy on each side.
  4. brown and crispy.
  5. Pierce the Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas packaging and microwave on full power for 35-40 seconds. To heat in the oven, remove the packaging, separate the tortillas and wrap them in foil. 10 minutes at 200°C (180°C for fan assisted ovens), gas mark 4 should do it. Keep them covered until ready to serve.
  6. Lay the crispy haloumi on the warm flour tortillas, add black beans, avocado and spoon over the cooling sour cream. For a real kick, add a scattering of jalapenos. Finish with your favourite toppings and serve

Touch Down Tacos by Old El Paso

Old El Paso Stand n’ Stuff Taco Boat Kits filled with tender and juicy steak mince, cooked to perfection with Smoky BBQ Old El Paso seasoning! Topped with hot jalapenoscool sour cream, crisp lettuce…. simple, but delicious!

  1. Swirl oil in hot pan
  2. Add minced beef to fry and allow to colour, stir occasionally
  3. Add Old El Paso Smoky BBQ seasoning mix and stir through
  4. Fill the Stand n’ Stuff taco with crisp lettuce and mince
  5. Get creative with toppings-shredded cheese, cherry tomatos, jalapenos, sour cream, creamy avocado

Enjoy sports fans!

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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