We’ve all been there: Running late and in desperate need of [fill in the blank]. Of course we’ve all been there. We live on Miami time, and we’re always running late. Plus we’re usually stuck in traffic.
But here we are, late for [something], and we need [our thing]. Who will save us? Not CVS or Walgreens. Not Navarro. There’s no time to stop, park and wait in an endless line while some fool pulls out 50 coupons.
No, our savior is always the Miami street vendor, who heroically produces what we crave without the benefit of a food truck or even a cart. Sometimes it’s just a bucket and a smile.
Here are just a few of the vital products these Miami heroes provide:
Mother’s Day is coming up, but even if you have it on your Google calendar it doesn’t matter. You’re going to forget to buy flowers for your mama/wife/partner/girlfriend/baby mama. And then on the way to brunch on Sunday it’ll hit you. Who comes to your rescue? The woman at the intersection with a big bucket of cheap roses and sunflowers that may or may not be doomed to wilt in 24 hours.
You’re as hot as the pavement at high noon in Kendall. You’d sell your soul to Derek Jeter for water. Suddenly, a hero arises at the stoplight.
You know how it is. You’re driving home from work and suddenly you recall that you have a desperate need for mamoncillos. This is NOT A PROBLEM! This happens to us all. And someone in Miami is standing on a street corner selling bags of them.
There may be other cities in which you can purchase slightly stale churros on the side of the road without leaving your car. But we believe Hialeah is the epicenter of this phenomenon. And we are grateful for it.
Are you willing to gamble with your intestinal tract? Good. Grab a bag to go and hope for the best.