not THE diagon alley, and not the center of wizarding, but a diagon alley of sorts, and certainly the center of street food cravings in phuket, thailand. during the day, this alley would remain open but it had a sleepy quality- mostly functioning as a shady respite for anyone walking by and seeking a cold coconut. but at night, the alley came alive with lights, people, and scooters pushing through. the center area of each stall seemed to offer a secondary function as a tv lounge for the owners, which seemed quite useful. the flickering light from the tvs as one walked by, along with an olfactory tunnel of grilling foods, all add to the mysterious quality at night.
i guess it's more winter than fall now. but i do love the colors of fall, especially when they are reflected in food...
back in the day when i was just a kid, before the proliferation of the corner indian market in just about every suburb of socal, my mom would schlep all of us kids out to artesia boulevard in cerritoes to stock up on the myriad of fresh spices required for cooking down home pakistani food.
as kids we were pretty uncooperative. the drive was a 45 min haul, the store smelled too strongly of pungent spices and the requisite browsing that took place in jewelry shops was just too much to bear. frankly we were bored and fidgety.
but- as my mother says, how times have changed. the spices now smell amazing and jewelry is truly to die for. and to top it all off, the endless array of sweet and spicy snacks simply cannot be denied. of course dragging my friends out to test their tolerance of spicy foods made it even more fun.
maybe not the very last. but certainly the last monthly installment of artwalk downtown la as we know it. i'm not sure when the event will return, but it's rumoured to be sometime next year most likely as a quarterly event. so i met some friends and we ended up at a parking lot near the arcade building on spring street where music, food trucks and crowds collided providing all the elements we sought in one convenient location. this band- sounds of asteroth definitely had the best moves- and hair of the night. probably the best high waisted pants too. and to top it all off i got to try a free latka potato taco from the taKosher truck.