Carrot Express: Wholesome Food (And a Car Wash?)
|The proud Laufer family behind the counter at Carrot Express: Jessica, Mario, Sara and Manuel.|
"Cleanse yourself with wheat grass while your car gets washed" could be an alternative motto. Some patrons seem to enjoy sitting at the Carrot Express counter and sipping a "power shot," fresh-squeezed fruit or vegetable juice, or a tropical fruit smoothie while their automobile goes through the car wash just outside the door.
"Tasty salads, sandwiches, spinach pies, and fruit juices from the same folks who brought you Gourmet Carrot" is definitely the most accurate way of putting things, even if it doesn't quite roll off the lips like poetry. Gourmet Carrot's own tagline "Serving wholesome food since 1994," isn't bad either, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Mario Laufer, who operates Carrot Express with his parents Manuel and Sara, does tell the whole story behind this new venture. It begins on New Year's Eve, 2012.
|Fresh tuna salad wrapped in whole wheat spinach pie.|
Mario, Manuel and Sara work behind the counter together. Mario was born in Cuba, but his family moved to New York when he was four years old; they moved to Miami in 1971, when he was 12. That was also the age when Mario became a vegetarian. "I had cut a chicken's head off, and that was it. I eat fish, but haven't eaten chicken or meat for 40 some odd years."