Famous Halal Guys Isn’t the Only Cart to Serve Exotic Beverages
It was just a few days ago that Brownie noticed the bottled mango lassi at the Famous Halal Guys cart. And now, yesterday, I was getting lunch at the Trini Paki Boys cart and as I was reaching into the cooler to grab my bottle of water, I discovered some strange bottles among the Coke and Sprite cans. In addition to Mango Lassi (which Zach tried here a few years ago and lunch’er Formz recently mentioned), they also offer Sorrel juice and something called Mauby Bark – all for $3. I was most intrigued by the latter since I had never seen it before and the photo on the bottle looked like a bunch of sticks.
I did a little research on Wikipedia and it turns out that mauby is a very popular drink in the Caribbean made from a specific tree bark and the flavor is compared to root beer. Upon tasting it, I think that was a little misleading - who can trust Wikipedia anymore? While it has a slight sweetness, it’s quite bitter. It took a while, but after the first few intense sips, the drink began to grow on me. It has an anise flavor that I’m sure would turn many licorice haters off. But ultimately, it reminded me of very aromatic, watered down bitters. It was sweet and bitter practically simultaneously. I don’t think this will be a daily (or weekly) refreshment. But it’s nice to know I can get some authentic and unusual drinks to pair with my doubles.