Delivery tends to be bland and wasteful.
Sure, there are some spots that will bring flavorful fare, but the good ones are few and far between.
And the carbon footprint is a whole issue of its own.
One Sun Emporium resolves all of the above. Owner James Newman makes bold dishes from around the world (with old family recipes) and transports it on his bicycle to different areas of Fort Lauderdale.
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After working in restaurants and catering for most of his life, Newman decided to start up his own company just over two years ago.
With just a bicycle, a box of recipes from his grandmother, and a love of healthy global fare, he started up a delivery route through different areas of Fort Lauderdale.
According to Newman, his specialties are Asian and African cuisines, but he does a little of everything.
"I make food from all over the world," he says. "Every week it's a different continent."
On a recent stop by Next Door, Newman offered everything from homemade scones and brownies to chicken and beef empanadas to Thai red curry soup to chicken with an Indian spice rub over kale and squash salad with a tahini dressing.
Both the empanada and the chicken were light and well-seasoned; the two items came out to around ten bucks.
"I've been an athlete for a long time, over twelve years," says Newman. "It's simple food, but I make sure it's good."
He also offers Brazilian coffee and Indian chai tea.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, he travels to Fat Village with stops at Next Door and Helium Creative.
Thursdays and Saturdays, he travels through Victoria Park and Bayview; however, he does make special deliveries by request.
After going through the economic downturn in the catering industry, Newman decided he needed a break. With a box of 100 recipes passed down from his grandmother, he determined it was time to follow her bold nature and branch off on his own.
"She was an amazing women," says Newman. "She came from the hollers of Kentucky, but she had an adventurous spirit. She married a serviceman during the war and was shipped off to San Francisco. She went from fried chicken and okra to learning to make Chinese food."
Newman couldn't be more pleased with his business. Since starting Newman has gained such a strong following that he is now looking to bring on additional help.
"I love to make this food," he says. "I love to be out on a bicycle. I love to be around people."
The positive vibes show in his food.
For special deliveries or more information, call 954-549-0969, or visit facebook.com/pages/One-Sun-Emporium.
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