Clark's Pies - A rite of passage in Cardiff Wales
|The famous Clark's Pies shop.|
|A real meat pie from Clark's|
We only needed to ask the public bus driver "where is Clarkies?" to make him turn around to us with a smile and say "Take a seat darlings, and I'll get you there in not time." As if his sole purpose in life was to serve American girls who were keen enough to participate in what can only be called a Welsh baptismal. Our entry into the ranks of the Welsh's most treasured meat pies was nearing moment by moment. When we finally arrived our chauffeur who seemed to know everyone on board his bus by first name, leaned over gleaming with pride and pointed to the shop about half a block away. I glanced back only to realize the entire bus of passengers had been carefully listening in on the conversation and were now smiling, even encouraging us on our journey with hand gestures, like we were their children on a rite of passage.
|Shannon is trying to take it all in.|
The next day while visiting the Cardiff Market, we stumbled upon a butcher who just happened to be selling.... you guessed it, Clarkies Pies! At just over a £1.50 a piece we waited patiently for them to be warmed in the oven. Again I think we shocked the vendor just by asking for them. The people of Cardiff get real excited to watch people eat a Clark's meat pie for the first time. Like that scene in the 'Wedding Singer' where the grandmother wants to watch Adam Sandler's character eat the meatball.
A Clark's Tash - The nickname given to burning the upper lip with the hot filling.So here it was, moments after we lost our Clark's virginity:
|I'm sorry, it doesn't get much better than this.|
No fork needed, you just grab it in your hand and shove it in your (excuse the reference) pie hole. The pie crust is very versatile and handles well without crumbling. The taste is amazing. The crust was buttery and flaky and melted in your mouth. The filling? Like heaven itself. How can something so simple, the art of food, become so lost in America? Here a little meat pie, unknown to most of the world exemplifies exactly what's been lost in our modern society of brand name foods. The predicament of realizing such a thing of course, when you don't live remotely near a Clark's Pies, is that nothing will ever taste quite good enough again.