Felipe Donnelly has got energy for days, which makes sense as the chef and mastermind behind the much loved Colonia Verde in New York. His latest endeavor that we love is Disco Taco, a mobile taco truck serving up eats, beats, churros and margaritas on-the-go all while wearing some fabulous pink wigs and masks to set the vibe.
The best part? We’ve partnered with party planner powerhouse, Mimi Brown, to bring Disco Taco paired with our Wonder Woman kit, straight to your front yard. Email Mimi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to book! Now read on to learn about how Felipe parties on down (and a roasted cauliflower and salsa recipe to whip up this week when you need a little pep in your step!).
Colonia Verde’s Roasted Cauliflower & Salsa Macha Recipe:
Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees. Cut out the florets of the cauliflower into small pieces and place in a big bowl. Add paprika, salt and olive oil and toss until evenly coated. Place cauliflower in a baking pan and cook for 25 minutes or until golden with a touch brown on the tips.
The Salsa Macha:
Remove the stems and seeds from the anchos, guajillos and chiles de arbol. Chop or cut them into very small pieces, about 1/4 inch or smaller. Set them aside.
Add the peanuts, garlic, sesame seeds and oil in a medium pot. Heat to medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until the garlic starts to to crisp up and the seeds turn golden brown. Remove from heat and stir in the chili pepper bits. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Stir in the vinegar, salt and Mexican oregano. Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and pulse several times until the salsa is nicely combined. Don’t over-process the salsa macha, as you want to have nice crispy bits, not a puree.
The Pickled Red Onions:
Cut the red onion in half from end to end and cut into thin slices. Place them into a jar. Add vinegar, cloves, anise, salt and sugar to a pot and bring to a boil. Immediately pour contents into jar with onions. Let cool and place in fridge.
Assemble Your Tacos:
The tortilla is really important here. Try using nixtamal tortillas, or corn tortillas that have gone through the traditional nixtamalization process. Warm your torillas, add the salsa macha as a base, then add the warm cauliflower and finish with the pickled onions on top. ENJOY!
Party Song? Voy a Vivir by Marc Anthony
Party Dress Code? Feeling good makes your party better! Wear what you love. I’m loving natural fibers. Got this incredible shirt made of agave fibers in Oaxaca. Perfect Party Shirt. So dress well, be comfortable but sharp!
Party Trick? COOKING! I mean… that’s what always helped me.
Party Cocktail? Dry Martini, I know, a bit of a cliche. But seriously, a good dry gin martini can be the perfect cocktail.
Late Night Snack? TACOS! I grew up with them. Crawling out of a party late at night, going to the corner taco stand and having the best food I can remember. Let me rephrase that – TACOS WITH SPICY SALSA!
Best Party Ever Attended? Have you ever been to one of our Sunday Asados at Colonia Verde? 5 years running and still some of the best parties I’ve been to.
Welcome back to Ask Ash! I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want to see some stars, roast some marshmallows, and tell some spooky stories…
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We’ve been noticing a slew of cool non-alcoholic drinks popping onto the beverage market. Gone are the days where Coke and Sprite sufficed as refreshments for the DD. Meet the new refreshments, sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. And pro tip, some of these double as excellent mixers for those who are imbibing…
1. Fever Tree: Fever Tree is know for being a great mixer but we love drinking the Sparkling Lemon and Ginger Beer over ice.
2. Ghia: We can’t say enough about Ghia, satisfyingly bitter, drink it over ice and add a slice of fruit if you’re feeling frisky.
3. Kin Euphorics: Billed as a “social tonic” we are here to feel euphoric when we sip on Kin.
4. Casamara Club: They call themselves a leisure soda and we feel like we are lounging on the Italian coast whenever we crack one open.
5. Avec: Another beverage meant to be mixed with liquor but trust us, they’re good enough to enjoy solo.
If you’re wondering what food to savor while you sip on one (or more!) of the aforementioned beverages, may we suggest this All-American classic.
Welcome back! On this week’s Ask Ashley (@ashleyroseny), I’m sharing gift ideas for what to send when you’re forced to miss milestones in your family and friends’ lives. Here are some suggestions to let them know you’re thinking of them!
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