I was in Divisoria earlier today. Searched several side streets around the burned down Divisoria Mall building in search of tin (not aluminum, plastic or stainless steel) bañeras or wide fish pails. It took the better part of an hour to find one store that sold the bañeras, and only in one size, but I got 6 of them anyway. I want to use them in our restaurants to display some retail goods. If anyone knows where I can get more sizes of plain old-fashioned tin bañeras, please leave me a comment below. At any rate, as the it got hotter and more humid before an odd summer shower, I spied this ambulant vendor with a cart that contained four bottles — one with ripe mango fruit in a sugary sweet liquid, some macerated baguio strawberries, some peeled avocados and some guyabano pulp.
I followed her until she set up shop on a corner and the first customer came up… Into a small plastic cup the vendor added say an inch and a half worth of avocado, then poured in some milk/condensed milk and topped this all with shaved ice and handed the customer a spoon. I forgot to ask how much she was charging but I was somewhat intrigued. I normally see the “bottled” halo-halo’s on offer in busy places like Divisoria but the fresh fruit mash just seemed so smart, refreshing, and a throwback to decades past, before everything came bottled or artificially colored. I didn’t buy myself a cup, worried about the street-cootie factor, what with the ice and the fruit in some mystery water.
So back at home, I immediately went to work. Into a ball jar, I added the flesh of one ripe avocado (too much for one person frankly), some shaved ice, some condensed milk, some fresh milk and topped this all with a scoop of Haagen Daz Vanilla ice cream. It was DELICIOUS. Nothing earth shattering in the idea, see old posts on avocado ice cream, shakes or pops here, here, here and here, but it was a pleasant treat nonetheless.
On a roll, I pulled out some beautiful fresh strawberries that were in the fridge from a weekend foray to the markets, and added say 8 large berries, chopped up, to a Ball jar, then ice, condensed milk, milk and vanilla ice cream. This was terrific as well. Just fresh bits of fruit with an icy cold creamy bath. Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that bring the greatest joy.