They say any free meal is a good meal, but one homeless man who enjoyed four helpings of "krishnatarian" kai at Whangarei's newest food kitchen yesterday reckoned he'd had a freebie better than most.
\tDiners who descended upon the Hare Krishna Food For Life kitchen on Water St for its opening day on Tuesday enjoyed a "prasadam" meal of curried rice, vegetarian kofta and potato salad, served with mango lassi, and finished off with a helping of sweet semolina pudding replete with cream and strawberries - all on the house.
\tAaron Bartlett of Otangarei said he usually spent his days diving for kina and paua to feed his young children, but poor weather had brought him into the city where he had snapped up the healthy fare.
\t"When I'm not out at the coast, I'll be here," he said, contemplating his vegetarian lunch. "What you are is what you eat, that's what I heard."
Whangarei's first Food for Life is set to open daily, supplying meals to people in need, while also providing deliveries to the city's Women's Refuges.