This painting is called “The Vucciria” and is by Renato Guttuso, is large (300 cm x 300 cm) painted in 1974 while he was living in Lombardy. I have read that he ordered food to be shipped by air to him from Palermo, including a side of beef in order to paint food from life!
His work is a visual representation of the feelings I had while exploring the local markets a maze of food, smells, sights, sounds and people, and an inspiration for my images.
Market Street Palermo Sicily
The term Vucciria derives from the French word boucherie, or butcher shop, but in Sicily the meaning encompasses noise, confusion, chaos, reflecting the atmosphere that dwells along the streets of the market. Sicilians say “It was a vucciria” the way we in English say “It was bedlam” or “It was a madhouse”.
Lucky for Bill and I there are several street markets in Palermo, as old as the Vucciria, which are a frenzied mass of people buying fruits, vegetables and fish and meat, men on motorbikes piled high squeezing through the crowds delivering more merchandise to the stalls, and men shouting out to sell their wares. We returned to the markets many times to shop for local food and enjoy the vucciria!
It is Saturday, and it sunny, so I expect the beaches and the beach bbq restaurants near the Malaga Beach will be busy at lunch time. Sardines on a stick, the heat and smoke rising from the pit. I am not one to eat fish very often, but this looks worth a try.
What do you think? have you been tempted to try a new food or a new recipe recently? I find that when I travel, break my usual routine I am more likely to try something on the menu. Over the last year, travelling around to different countries, the menu’s not always in English, I have at time surprised myself! I realized after the food arrived I had no idea what I was going to get. I don’t care how they cook tripe or sweetbread I cannot eat them!
We are off to the beach today, maybe I will try a Barbecued Sardine, I haven’t yet decided………..
Bill and I have spent the last month travelling around Germany, visiting several Christmas Markets, and while each is unique in location and presentation, they all seem to have a few things in common. Two things you will find at every market, food and children’s rides.
Bill and I have done our best to test and taste sample as many different varieties of Frankfurt, sausage sandwiches and wine as we can! The Coburg sausage is a 12 inch sausage with a 3 inch bun! I love their little ceramic mugs. It was set in a beautiful square in the center of town. It was raining, but we found a beautiful little spot with log tables where we could stand and savour our lunch.
After a month of Christmas Markets we are off to Amsterdam. I think they have a Christmas Market that we will visit, and there will be more photos of Christmas Markets and the cities we have visited. But it is time for a change both of scenery and of diet.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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