As part of my dramatic life change to leave NA, travel the world and create an online presence, my newest personal mantra "Work Mobile. Consume Local. Live Global." builds on my overarching objectives of "Health, Wealth & Learning".
Since my arrival in TJ China, I've made an effort to purchase local goods and food to live up to the "Consume Local" portion of my mantra. Recently I came across two young guys who had opened up a little sandwich shop beside several larger restaurants.
The shop is nothing more than some panels for walls, a griddle, deep fryer, icebox and a few kitchen utensils. They had prepped food portions which was presumably done at home, given there wasn't much food or room in this tiny space (perhaps the size of 3 hot dog carts in Toronto).
The menu has perhaps less than 12-15 items. Most of which are variants of a larger item ie. Kabobs with different meat options, fries, combos etc.
The two guys look young enough to be in school or fresh out of it. I was proud of their effort, friendly service and fair prices.
I've been fortunate enough to receive a decent paying income while starting off here in China and I feel a responsibility to help support those locals around me. It doesn't take a genius to make sandwiches and fries, but it does take courage to run your own little shop and do a decent job! That's worth something in my books. Many people I know are too afraid to run a lemonade state let alone their own shop.
Not bad for $5. Topped it off with an ice cream for $0.80: