Sunday, August 8, 2010

Market In Arles

An outdoor market that stretches from one end of Arles to the other is held every Wednesday (and Saturday, I think). The variety of things is astounding, from cheap clothing, shoes, bags to veggies, cheeses, cooked food and kitchen utensils. A quick walk through the market, which is actually a long street, can take at least 2 hours.  I enjoyed the market for the variety and freshness of the produce and if I lived there, I'd shop there every market day.




I just LOVE tomatoes.



This looks like the postelein in The Netherlands and something similar that we have here.

A rocket (arugula) that looks like a cross between the regular rocket and the wild rocket.

Artichokes that look pretty enough for the flower vase.

Green-skin mangoes? Could these be my favorite Luzon mangoes?


These are round zucchini.



Fresh soft cheeses that look like dessert. Maybe they are.

I bought one and it was yummy, mild, fresh and so soft it melted in my warm palm.

If I had more luggage space, I'd buy more of these flavored salt which are truly worth their, er, salt.


These are lamb legs but I bought a whole roasted chicken for 6 euros. We think Europe is expensive yet we can't get the same things for the same price here. It's only when we convert the currency that we think Europe is expensive but I think food in Malaysia is much more expensive. Can we get a whole cooked chicken for RM6 and what veg is below RM2 per kg? Dollar for dollar, can we eat as well as the Europeans in terms of freshness and quality?


Tapenade, a yummy spread famous in the southern region of France, is made of olive and anchovies.

This paella pan was about 1 m or 3 feet in diameter and there are some that are even bigger.

I can't remember how much these fast-going baguettes were but croissants were 1 euro for 4 and some stalls were selling 1 euro for 6 but those weren't necessarily made of butter, surprisingly, because I thought the French only use butter in their croissants. I found that croissants didn't have to be from Paul's or fancy restaurants. The croissants I bought in ordinary bakeries and 711-like shops were just as good.

The Chinese saying "There's always a mountain higher" is so true.  I thought all the food in the world was  in the US or Australia. Then I went to Europe and found that (continental) Europeans have much more in quantity, variety and quality. So if you see me looking like this in our local supermarkets, please excuse me:

p.s. The watermelons were the sweetest I've ever eaten (plenty of samples and if you eat one piece from each stall, you don't need to buy any...) and their texture was different because they were so dense and crunchy . Absolutely heavenly, especially on a hot day. The rock melons were super super delicious although I found Italian rock melons (and tomatoes) better than any in Europe.


Heather said...

Haven't tried Italian rock melons, but the Basque rock melons are heaven to me! Had one every single day I was there, and still missing it this very moment.
Sigh. Never enough.

red | hongyi said...

SIGH. I'm looking at all these pictures and like u, I'm missing Europe SO much! :( Heather, you are so lucky to be living there!!!

Mummy, thanks for jotting all these little details down - brings back such good memories. Let's hope I win that archi comp (got through first round!), and I'll get return airfares, accommodation and spending money all paid in full...and then u can come with me! HEHEHE

red | hongyi said...

and you're right about europe being cheaper, dollar-to-dollar. I'm finding food and grocery shopping here so expensive; it's ridiculous. A bunch of spinach is $3.90 from Safeway. And I told u about the price for cheeses here right?? Ming and I bought grocery for the week for AU$60 - which is considered pretty cheap coz we got lots of canned food, but I doubt it'll be enough to last us for the week. Back in Delft, my weekly supplies would be around 20euroes... AHH...

Lianne said...

the melons were gorgeouss ... sweetest I have ever tasted and was really cheap when i was there last week. i tried their local cheese too, very creamy but prefered some supermarket stuff called aux moines instead. carting home a few big ones haha .. under hot summer weather lol but what to do, a foodie is a foodie. have to bring food home after vacation :-) i think groceries are in general cheaper in europe and it made sense that many people cook at home unlike in malaysia where most people actually go enjoy a plate of chap fun or a bowl of noodle. if you ask me, i still prefer the malaysian way lah .. coz after a while, really ... too lazy to cook lol. btw, germany´s grocery is the cheapest in europe so if you get a chance to come here one day, you know what to do :-)

Smart Payment Plan said...

Nothing I love more than farmers markets and rustic, authentic food.

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