Archive for August 10th, 2011

S1While scouring around for one of favorite things – artesian soaps – we came across Saipua, a Brooklyn, NY-based maker and seller of specialty soaps and flowers.

About Saipua:  “Saipua has been making olive oil based soap since 1999…and flowers since 2004. We are a small family owned business located in Brooklyn. Our soaps are carefully crafted in small batches using food-grade vegetable oils, butters, herbs and extracts. Each bar is hand cut, air dried and cured in our workshop.”

A quick visit to the Saipua website will demonstrate to you how cool and imaginative their soaps are. 

S2We are going to order the Basil soap, described as: “scented with straight Hungarian pressed basil and sweetened with a bit of lime oil. The scent is deeply herbal; a bit on the masculine side.” Sounds good to us.

The good news is that Saipua sells their soaps online.  The bad news is their flower service is for special occasions – but check out the flower galleries on the Saipua website, you will be impressed.

Check out Saipua’s flower galleries here.

Visit Saipua’s online shop here.

BL.1There was a time not long ago when if you wanted to eat something sold out of a truck, your choices were mostly limited to carnival fare like French fries, ice cream and fried dough; or pre-made snacks, doughnuts and sandwiches via the “roach coaches” that made the rounds of workplaces.

However, in the past few years there has been a renaissance in the whole word of mobile food vendors – the food truck movement – which has made eating from a new breed of mobile vendors exciting, hip, and most of all delicious.

The last place you might expect the mobile truck movement to have gained traction is rural New Hampshire – least of all expect to find exceptional quality served out of a mobile unit.  But that is exactly what we have stumbled upon with Sandwich, NH- based Big Love Mexican Diner.

We had heard about Big Love and were delighted to stumble upon it recently at the Tamworth (NH) Farmers’ Market.  You may recall my recent post about stuffing plum lemon tomatoes with chorizo hash – the Big Love Mexican Diner is where I purchased the hash, and it was yummy.

Big Love makes excellent Mexican food with locally grown and produced ingredients.  The result is a perfect combination ensuring great taste and freshness.

Lost Cowboy is not intended to be a locally-focused blog, but if you happen to be in the central NH area and have the opportunity to check-out the Big Love Mexican Diner, I highly recommend that you do.  However, in general, I really encourage you to check out the mobile food scene in your hometown, there is probably something really cool and interesting pulling into a space near you soon. 

If you have a pre-conceived notion that mobile food is blah at best and risky at worst, I ask that you take a look at the new breed of mobile food vendors making the rounds.  There are many established chefs and up-and-coming restaurateurs taking their creative talents to the streets.  So take a chance and support them when you can – you never know – you may become one of the growing number or food truck aficionados.