Caen Market

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Just a few images from the Caen Market, full of the most amazing food, fresh vegetables, flowers, seafood, cheeses and breads. Held every Saturday Morning, rain or shine. it had rained earlier in the morning, and everyone was carrying umbrella’s as well as their baskets.

It was wonderful to walk around, smelling and tasting all the fresh bread, crepes, cheeses, and of course the strawberries.

One of the great things about the trip we have been on is all the different Markets we have visited.Each one very unique from the last. This one outdoors, the vendor’s truck full of goods parked behind their stall.

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Caen France, garden market; copyright jmeyersforeman

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Asturian Cider in Ovieda Spain

Asturian Cider; Sider Natural; copyright jmeyersforeman

Asturian Cider; Sider Natural; copyright jmeyersforeman

While visiting Ovieda Spain we learned that the area is famous for their natural ciders or sidra natural as they are known in the area. The hotel suggested that drinking Sidra Natural was high on the list of  “must do” while visiting the city, they recommended a Sideria not far from the hotel that was also good for lunch. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sitting on a patio and tasting local cider.  We had a great lunch and were treated to quite a show each time we wanted another pour of cider from the bottle.

Sidra Pour; Cider Pour; Asturian Spain

Sidra Pour; Cider Pour; Asturian Spain

We have since learned that the “pour” is not just for show, the customary method, known as escanciar, involves pouring the cider from high above one’s head and allowing the free-flowing stream, of about three feet, it to fall into the glass. But pouring this way is not just for show, it breaks up the bonds which release the naturally occurring esters and unleash the aromas, if you pour the cider normally, it ends up flat. The other important lesson, cider oxidizes quickly and the entire bottle must be drank in one sitting, on that note we were happy to oblige, twice, once for us and once on behalf of all our cider loving friends!!!

Mercat Central de Valencia; Central Market of Valencia

Central Market, Valencia Spain

Central Market, Valencia Spain 

In each of the cities and towns we have visited we visit the central market, always a hub of activity and fresh food  the Mercat Central de Valencia is not exception. It is considered one of the oldest markets in Europe that still running. According tourist information the market began as an outdoor market on this site around 1839.  Construction of the current building in 1928 it is over 8000 square meters, and home to about 400 traders. Below are just some of the items for sale, and some interior images of the market.  We spent about two hours wandering between stalls, checking out the food items and the beautiful building.

central market, Valencia

central market, Valencia 

central market, Valencia, pastry and deserts

central market, Valencia, pastry and deserts 

central market, Valencia, ham, jamon, deli meats,

central market, Valencia, ham, jamon, deli meats, 

central market, Valencia

central market, Valencia 

central market, Valencia

cheeses, central market, Valencia 

central market, Valencia

central market, Valencia 

oranges so fresh they still have the leaves! central market, Valencia

oranges so fresh they still have the leaves! central market, Valencia 

paprika and spices

paprika and spices 

snails, central market, Valencia

snails, central market, Valencia 

fresh herbs, for the table, and or the balcony garden

fresh herbs, for the table, and or the balcony garden 

fresh bread and pastry central market, Valencia

fresh bread and pastry central market, Valencia 

of course always available but not shown, fresh beef, horse, lamb, poultry, pork, fish, and seafood. There were just too many photos to show them all in one blog post.

Do you have a favourite market that you like to visit?

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto Ontario

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto Ontario

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto Ontario

We have had a few days in Toronto and area over the last few days visiting family and friends, and it has been wonderful seeing everyone. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to see everyone.  During our time in Toronto we were staying only blocks from the St. Lawrence Market. The National Geographic has ranked this market as the #1 food market in the world, so we thought it was time we paid the market a visit.

The main and lower levels of the South Market contain over 120 specialty vendors.  Below a few simple snapshots taken of the food; some we enjoyed and at some wanted to enjoy.

macaroons

macaroons

cakes

cakes

olives

olives

green groceries

green groceries

It crisp and cool outside, warm and lovely by the fire with my mulled wine!

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mulled wine

Mulled Spice from the Silk Road Spice Merchant here in Calgary makes the perfect blend for mulling wine. The store in Inglewood is a lovely place to visist.

Spices and Wine

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For more creative views and still life images: Still life 

Chantilly Creme filled Cream Puffs from Cruffs, Pure Deaminess!

We were at the Calgary Farmer’s Market and found that Cruff’s has opened a location, and a trip to the farmer’s market will never be the same, as theses could become a favorite indulgence. First you pick your shell, and there are lots of different toppings, candies, nuts, icing, chocolate and several combinations of those; then pick your filling –  Chantilly Cream, Hazelnut Chocolate, Strawberry, Coconut, Baileys are just a few of the fillings, and then a  friendly staff member will fill your cream puff, there is almost an endless variety, which can be a problem for the waistline!.  Give them a try, you won’t regret a little indugence!

1886 Buffalo Cafe, Calgary Alberta

I love breakfast, it is my favorite meal of the day, and I have to admit, while I don’t often indulge in a breakfast like this, it is one of my favorites.  Ed Benedict – two eggs, grilled tomatoes, lots of cheese on whole wheat toast, and  hashbrown potatoes , not exactly the healthiest breakfast in town, but every once in a while………………

Service has always been good.  On the weekend, unless you get there early, you are likely to face a line up at the door,  The building has been around for about 119 years; for a little history checkout calgarykiosk.ca

Coffee and almond croissant, the perfect breakfast…….

okay this might not be the perfect breakfast in a nutritional sense, but there are mornings that it is essential……….somedays it is the reason to get out of bed and go on with the day.

wordpress photo challenge – breakfast.

Spaghetteria Toni, Dubrovnik Crotia Restaurant

During our stay in Dubrovnik Toni’s Spagetti was highly recommended, off one of the little laneways just off the Stratun it is easy to find – but you do have to pass at least one pizza joint – and it is hard to tell where one restaurant stops and another one starts, it is worth the time to find.  The food is fresh, well cooked and simple, and a great idea when looking for something other than seafood!  The staff is very friendly, give it a try and tell them I sent you!

Good Morning Coffee,

Great days start with a great cup of coffee……..I hope you have a great day.

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