Deli owner Salam Kahil is an art collector, a former male escort, an amateur musician, and a sandwich maker to the homeless in Vancouver’s poorest neighborhood but his true passion is talking about sex. Born in Beddawi, Lebanon in 1958, Salam Kahil lived in 18 different countries illegally - working predominantly as a male escort - before settling in Canada in 1979. At the age of 29, he retired from the escort world and opened the first of several delis specializing in Scandinavian imports and obscenely large sandwiches. With a 4.5 star ratings on Trip Advisor and Yelp, and a list of rules on the door insisting on good manners and a lack of prudery, Salam’s La Charcuterie Delicatessen has earned a reputation as a great place to get Danish pickled asparagus, wildly entertaining stories of his escorting past, and unsolicited full frontal male nudity.

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