San Antonio Spurs centre-forward Matt Bonner has made what we can only assume is a life-changing discovery.
He ate his first donair.
The two-time NBA champ is also a part-time food vlogger (“The Sandwich Hunter”), so while he was in Halifax in September, naturally, he had to try the city’s ubiquitous late-night go-to snack. The whole transcendent experience was captured in a video posted on NBA.com.
“Oh, my goodness!” He exclaims before congratulating the girl behind the counter on a job well done and giving her a high-five. “I might weigh 400 pounds if I lived here. The meat’s a little different, and the sauce…the sauce just makes it. We need to get this in San Antonio. I don’t know about a pre-game meal, but it’s wicked good.”
The former Toronto Raptor joins millions of others (okay, maybe not millions) in voicing his appreciation for the Lebanese-Canadian East Coast staple. In fact, a Halifax city councillor recently suggested that the unique dish be recognized as the city’s official food. They’re that good!
If you’re not familiar with the donair, imagine spiced beef and lamb cooked together on a spit, shaved onto a pita and coated in a sweet sauce of condensed milk, vinegar, garlic powder and sugar. (“Vinegar?!” you say? “Sugar?!” you say? “Trust us,” we say.) Add diced raw onion and tomatoes, and you have a gift from the gods.
You may have come across donairs in other Canadian cites, but trust us, they are not the same. Perhaps, there should be a nationally mandated official recipe to make sure that everyone has the same, tasty experience. (We’re looking at you, Justin Trudeau.)
Speaking of Canadian delicacies…