By: Donna Anderson
The Frida Taco food truck premiere!
Dressed in all white, I adored the mirrored walls and doors to the elevator as I made my way up to the 24th floor of the Skyhouse in Uptown. It was a perfect night to sip drinks and mingle with great people at a rooftop party.
The Frida Taco food truck premiere was already underway. Swarmed with over 100 people, I could see that the fun was just beginning.
Ricardo Carrasco, a Mexico native moved to Charlotte just a few months prior after working at a bed and breakfast in Punta Cana. He is already making a name for himself in the Queen City and was now presenting us with his signature dishes that would be featured in his new food truck. I was so happy to see so many people there to support him!
I was a loner tonight and ready to embrace new friends and my favorite cuisine, Mexican! I step from the elevator and make my way to the rooftop and was immediately met with the smell of food, beer and shisha. I see a resident I know and he hands me a shot of Japanese whiskey. It's amazing and it's called Hibiki Suntory Whiskey. You’re welcome!
Now that my first shot was underway I knew I had to get some food ASAP!
It shocked me to see the buffet line almost wrapped around the entire rooftop! Luckily I knew the right people and skipped the line quietly, I think. Once I had a plate full of food I couldn’t wait to indulge in what looked like a family feast on my plate!
Who would have thought something so out of the ordinary, at least in American culture, would be so amazing to eat. Despite the thought of how and what a cactus looks like, it tasted divine. It had been smoked and julienne cut so it was nice and tender to enjoy with empanadas and tacos. I drizzled a little of his homemade salsa on top to give it a little kick. POW!
Then I tried my carnita tacos, the pork had so many flavors! The flavors went from smoky to salty and then to the sweetness of the pineapple and avocado drizzle on top. With juices dripping from the handmade tortillas, I couldn’t put it back on the plate! So of course I went back for seconds! I approach the chef and commend his hard work. He told me to stick around because next up were quesadillas stuffed with shrimp, mushrooms and mozzarella. I gave him a quick smile and told him I was in love.
Time to revel in the moment
After that much needed dinner, I ordered my favorite glass of wine from the bar, a hookah and sat by the fire pit to enjoy the skyline.
Who could pass up a view like this AND great vibes?
A local DJ was mixing up a great playlist from Kanye West to Daddy Yankee. Guests began to dance and party. I danced the night away with friends, some new and some old.
So many different cultures and ethnicities were enjoying life that night. That’s one of the things I love about Charlotte. No matter where you are in the city, the people around you are warm and welcoming. We are all from different cities, states and even countries.
Coming together to support one another and enjoy the simple things in life is such a beautiful thing. What a fantastic evening!
Written by Donna Anderson | @missdonnabella
Anejo lover, foodie in training and overall life of the party.