For ten years, I’ve never given food cart vendors more than a casual glance during my time in Los Angeles. They were scenery to me, in the same league as bus stops, panhandlers and sidewalk prophets. I’d have sooner accepted tickets to a “free show” on Hollywood Boulevard than have stoppped to patronize a street vendor in front of a Bank of America. That is, until I got a hot tip about the fruit carts.
Each vendor has a fresh selection of assorted fruits, peeled and ready for chopping. Depending on your appetite, you can order a three or five dollar bag, (I highly recommend the five dollar bag). Your options are: pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, orange, coconut, mango, papaya, cucumber and jicama. Unless you specify what you want in your mix, he will chop up a bit of each and scoop the whole thing into a plastic bag. Next comes the reason to seek these carts out: chile powder and lime. A quick sprinkling of both over the fruit in the bag creates one of the most addictive, healthy snacks I’ve ever had in my life. It may seem odd to eat fresh fruit and chile powder out of a plastic bag with a plastic fork, but trust me, it’s a treat.
So, now you know. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.