Eating hearty with a Fiesta ST

Krystyna Lagowski Fiesta STFrom the book that got judged by its cover to the glitter that wasn’t gold, nothing gets people in trouble faster than underestimating something. If it looks like a duck, walks like  duck, it must be – a duck.

Take, for example, the Ford Fiesta ST. It’s a friendly looking little 5-door hatchback, a fun little berry of a car. And it comes in sweet and fruity colours like cherry, lime green, blueberry and orange. The one I picked up a couple of weeks ago looked like it had just chugged too much green gatorade, and might need burping. With its rounded contours and a slightly bucktooth grill, the Fiesta ST seemed more like a candidate for going apple-picking than eating Corvettes.Fiesta ST wheel

But that’s exactly what we did. Quietly cruising behind a spanking new Z06 in the middle lane, I waited for the driver to finish his cellphone pow-wow or Popeye’s Chicken, whatever. But with a deadline waiting at home, I ran out of patience, mashed the throttle, and skimmed by on the left.  Peeking in the rearview mirror, I couldn’t see his jaw and guessed it was somewhere on his lap.

The next day I headed up north, to find some winding roads off Highway 7. With all 197 ponies chomping at the bit, I had to keep watching my speed. And did I mention the ST comes standard with a standard? I’m talking 6-speed, for all you gearshift fankids out there. It was like driving an aphid on acid. The ST velcroed around corners like a champ, conquering hills and screaming down dusty trails with verve.

Fiesta ST gearshiftOf course, every great ride needs a steamy soundtrack, so it didn’t hurt that I could tune into  SoulTown on Sirius – and yes, I did go a little nutso when the theme from Shaft came on. Was there ever a better driving song?!

So it was no surprise I started feeling particularly carnivorous, and stopped in at the Centre Street Deli in Vaughan. Those in the know will tell you, it’s the best place west of Montreal and north of New York to find good old fashioned smoked meat. Hand cut, too, and fatty with flavour. Best way to devour it is platter-style, with kimmel rye and hot mustard, and a side of slaw.

Reinforced with nitrates and kibbitz, I was ready to rock. Maybe it was the Fiesta ST grillpastrami, but I was mesmerized by how huge the ST was inside. I mean, there were actually three seats in the back. And five doors in total, including the rear hatch. Wrapped in the leather trimmed Recaro driver’s seat, I might have felt racier, if I had not been quite so full and sitting quite so high.

But never mind. I backed out and slammed my tush into gear. Enough already, with the corned beef and brisket.

I had Corvettes to eat.

Fiesta ST Rear

23 Comments on "Eating hearty with a Fiesta ST"

  1. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) June 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm · Reply

    Okay…you had me at little berry of a car. Sounds like great fun, though the color would make me cringe a bit. Surprising this little dyno-mite has so much power! Oh and my mouth watered at the corned beef, and my feet started moving when you mentioned the theme from Shaft!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:16 am · Reply

      That’s the perfect name for it – “dyno-mite” – why didn’t I think of that? Well, I’m glad one of us did. It’s hard to beat old fashioned smoked meat and Isaac Hayes, and you can bet I made the most of it.

  2. Tim June 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm · Reply

    Big back seat, meat sandwich, sporty, and with Shaft on the radio; that’s a road trip.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:33 am · Reply

      I was incredulous at the size of the back seat! It’s one of those cars that looks tiny, but is actually quite roomy inside. The headspace, even with a sunroof, was most impressive.

  3. Susan Cooper June 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm · Reply

    I LOVE that color… Seriously it’s a really cool color and it has spunk too. Put good food with music while driving this cool machine and you have the making for a very fun day.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:32 am · Reply

      Oh, thanks, Susan, it was quite the wacky machine. I had it for a whole week and every day was fantastic. Although the day that I went to Centre Street was probably the best – confluence of good food, Shaft, and working the twisty sideroads.

  4. Paul Graham June 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm · Reply

    Haven’t had a hearty meal at the Centre Street Deli for months. I am green with envy … but not quite that green !

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:30 am · Reply

      Well, I’m glad you’re not that green because there’d be more than envy at work. Love Centre St, great food and always hilarious wait staff – also a wonderful place to eavesdrop.

  5. Arleen June 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm · Reply

    You made me jealous as I haven’t been to a good deli years. I used to go into Manhattan and have a hot pastrami on rye at Carnegie Deli. Now to eat that in the car and buzz a around now that is a dream come true,

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:29 am · Reply

      Manhattan has the best deli, maybe even better than Centre Street or Montreal. I went to Katz’s on the lower east side and had an incredible corned beef platter with their house mustard. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

  6. Beth Niebuhr June 4, 2014 at 7:27 am · Reply

    It is so much fun to fall in love with a pleasing car. It sounds like yours is perfect for you. Yay!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:27 am · Reply

      It’s easy to fall in love with cars … I do it all the time. Some, of course, are easier to fall in love with than others. Just like men.

  7. Carl June 4, 2014 at 8:09 am · Reply

    I could really go for a good deli. And a fast car. Thanks for sharing this and making this expat jealous.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:25 am · Reply

      You know, Carl, you don’t have to wait for a fast car to have deli. I say any time is a great time for smoked meat. And if there’s a cool car, so much the better.

  8. Lenie June 4, 2014 at 10:03 am · Reply

    Your Ford Fiesta sounds really neat and I love the colour. I also really enjoyed the way you drive. Sounds like me. I’ve been a senior for a few years now but love surprising and passing those slow-pokes driving the exact speed-limit. I guess its unnecessary to tell you to have fun with your car. Thanks for this fun post.
    Lenie

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:24 am · Reply

      Thanks, Lenie! The Fiesta was a blast to drive, and I think the colour really misled other drivers into thinking it was a gaudy little econobox. Not! And it’s always fun to sneak up on drivers who underestimate what you can do with your car – as long as you stay within the law, ahem.

  9. Mina Joshi June 4, 2014 at 11:45 am · Reply

    Wow – that’s one cool car with a stunning colour. Have fun driving this beauty!! BTW Drivelikeagirl is the name of an insurance company in UK!!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:22 am · Reply

      Yes, I know about the drivelikeagirl insurance company. I think some people get confused and wind up on my blog. And “stunning” is as good a description of the colour as any!

  10. Mina Joshi June 4, 2014 at 11:47 am · Reply

    That’s one cool car with a stunning colour. Enjoy the ride.

  11. Jeri June 6, 2014 at 3:57 am · Reply

    I’ve always liked Fiestas in a cute car kind of way. Considering my first new car years ago was a purple Neon. The slogan where the car simply said “Hi” totally sucked me in.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:20 am · Reply

      It’s funny how this car managed to be cute and a terror at the same time! I remember the ads for the Neon, they did a fabulous job of making the car look very friendly. But the Neon was quite the peppy little car, if I recall, more so than you’d think. I wonder what happened to them? Don’t see any on the road …

  12. Michele Harvey June 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm · Reply

    What a fun and sporty looking vehicle. I would love to see photos of the other colors it comes in. Blueberry would probably be my pick.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 10, 2014 at 2:18 am · Reply

      Well, Michele, while the other colours are engaging, there’s nothing quite as arresting as the lime green. There are a couple of different shades of blue – a turquoise, and a deep blue. If you’re going to bomb around in a car like this, might as well turn a few heads!

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