Saturday, June 11, 2005
Other larger posts are in the works, but here's the perfect little tidbit to tie you over 'til the next big meal: samosas! Many of you will know that one can find wonderful fresh samosas in the shops around Main St. and 49th, an area sometimes referred to as Little India. When I went to explore the area, I bought veggie samosa at four for a dollar! A yummy treat. How on earth does the shop owner make any money on that? Another wonderful (yet illegal) way to enjoy a samosa in Vancouver is Wreck Beach. Having a strange, naked man bring you a samosa and squeeze a blob of chutney onto it for you while you're lying in the sun at the beach adds something to the whole samosa experience, don't you think? He probably acquires them from Little India, and the extra cost (three for $5 I think) seems quite reasonable from the vantage point of a beach towel in that beautiful place. Sure, everyone talks about the naked bodies at Wreck (the only legally clothing optional beach in Vancouver), but did you know what a great foodie experience it can be? The only beach in Vancouver where you can purchase lovely mixed drinks (how about a sangria or an icy Mojito made with fresh mint) served right to your little plot of beach, from a little tray, complete with bendy straw. All manner of snacks are available, just a nod or wave away, as the vendors call out their wares ("Co-co-nut Bun!"..."Jello Shooters"..."Cold Beer!"). It's a very interesting place. Watch all that unlicensed, roaming food and drink magically vanish as the police make their obligatory rounds every so often. So the question is this - does an illicitly sold samosa taste better than a legit one?