Living in Los Angeles I feel incredibly blessed being surrounded by so many diverse cultures on a daily basis. With diverse cultures come diverse eating and I assure you we’re traveling the globe with every meal. No more than a 10 minute drive can zip line me to Thai Town, Little Tokyo or Mariachi Square. Even Ethiopian cuisine is a quick dinner hop away. Heaven!

You know what’s even better than all the little culinary haunts? The street food…and I’m not talking about fancy graphic wrapped gourmet food trucks here. I’m talking about open air, most likely dropped off by a pick up truck, little carts serving up the best flavors I’ve ever eaten. Once I even ate a bacon wrapped hotdog from a woman who mad-scienced a shopping cart into a mobile grill.

1) Genius Move. 2) We’re talking last meal kind of status kinda hotdog.

But if you have to ask me what my all time favorite on the go cart food is in Los Angeles, I would have to tell you: Street Fruit. Holler at me little bags of goodness! Next time you see a little cart filled with fruit and ice standing off the main drag under a rainbow umbrella, do yourself a favor and make a three point turn around and get yourself the goods. Choose from a variety of fresh fruits, sliced up right in front of you. I recommend going “con todos” which will get you a slice of all the fruits, cucumbers and a hefty squirt of lime juice mix and chili powder. Woooo-Weeee!

It’s refreshing, tart and spicy…It’s basically summer in a plastic bag.

For those of you who live on the other coast or parts of this fine world vacant of such street fruit treasures, I encourage you to make this at home. It’s easy, it doesn’t even need the recipe listing below. Even better? it’s BBQ season and this is the PERFECT thing to bring to the party. Unexpected and much appreciated. 

Is it just me, or did I end up making this blog post look like an LA GEAR advertisement from the 80s? I had a pair of these and they were AWESOME. Let’s do this dance!

 

Spicy Lime Fruit Salad

(An Ode To Los Angeles Street Fruit)

Chop up and add the following into a container with lid or plastic bag:

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloup
  • Honeydew (or Gaya Mellon if you can find)
  • Oranges
  • Jicama
  • Coconut
  • Mango
  • Cucumber

Seasoning:

  • Limes (Squeeze and add enough lime juice to coat.
  • Cayenne Pepper (As much as you can handle – but a nice dusting is perfect)
  • Shake well!
  • Talk about a loose “recipe”.
What kind of local food do you do jumping jacks for? Do tell!