Tuesday, August 17, 2010

French Markets

Ok, ok, I know many places in the world have also amazing street markets and with more impressive products and articles than France. But that's what I have to offer you now. (And it was not always easy to pull out my camera and click amongst people or on the vendors face).  Altought the French supermakets are phenomenal, a French householder will always pay a visit to the local market. Thus... Get you bags/trolley/basket and let's go to the market !
Somewhere in a village in Ile d'Oleron I have spotted such baskets. Mega cute factor ! I have bought a "onion" one and my Dutch friend a "garlic" one - she was looking for a simple clay pot but this is a good alternative.

Oysters anyone ? I pass.

And somewhere in the Dordogne... truffles ! Le diamant noir.
The Dordogne region has great markets where you can buy duck, portions of paella, grilled roasted chicken (bio), several pastries, clothes, hats, plants and flowers...
Dried sausages. Not my favourite but the rest of the cloggie family loves it. We bought 5 of them in a promotion: natural, with goat cheese, with nuts (the best!), with pepper, and wild boar.
Tomatoes of all sizes, colours and shapes... The black ones are very impressive.
All olives you can imagine...
Herbs and dried fruits...

 My favourite French pastry: tarte au noix (caramel and walnuts). Just spectacular !
 Baskets with flexible nets.
 More sausages...
 Lots of stinking cheeses and perfect pink garlic, yummie !!
 And of course it is in the Bordeaux region where the top French wines are, hahaha !! (Boy, I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted that.) Wanna know more about this shit odd concept ? Then go to:  www.levindemerde.com (in French). It doesn't convince me. Once crap, forever crap. A video in English can be found here.

13 comments:

LizzeeB said...

I'm loving the pictorial feest. Mmmm lekker.

Invader_Stu said...

It looks amazing. It's a lot more then you would find in most markets here or in the UK.

Anita said...

Stu: the photos are from different markets. The freshness and taste of fruit/veggies - especially tomatoes, cherries and strawberries - are uncomparable to the Dutch produce.

Pinay in Dutchland said...

Oh the truffles and those cute basket. I want one for my house, especially for summer when fruit flies invade the house when the windows are open. Did they also have wine tasting? I've never been to a French market but I can imagine the different smell, intoxicating and appealing.

Beth Blue said...

Lovely photos!!! And I can only agree with you, there is something special about French markets, maybe because they are such gourmande!!!

I haven´t seen enough of them but de Rue Moufettard in Paris and the street market in Antibes (south of France) are some that I will never forget.

And yes, the fruit absolutely smells and tastes a lot better than here in Holland...sorry to say that, Dutchies! ;-)

Liana said...

mega cute factor! hahaha

Anita said...

Beth: not to worry, the Dutchies know it. Their veggies and fruit are completely emptied of any taste. France is preference number one for Dutch citizens with a vacation house abroad. Everywhere in France the texts on guides, folders, leaflets, maps are also in Dutch. Argh !

Carla Adriana said...

Amiga,

Que bárbaro!
Essas fotos me transportaram para uma feira de rua em Versalles!!!!!Parece que estou sentindo o aroma dos queijos,embutidos e tb das frutas!Me recordo de uma pilha de morangos imensooos!Minha vontade de explorar toda a França só aumenta.
bjs

Carla

Carla Adriana said...

Ana,

Parabéns peles fotos! Estão lindas e praticamente podem ser tradzidas por si só! Tem uma linguagem universal ! Me fazem pensar no aroma, no sabor, no local da feira em si. Os moradores comprando e os feirantes com todo o burburinho.histórias mil passando pela feira.Muito bacana!

bjs,

Carla

Anonymous said...

Ana,

Aqui no Brasil as feiras não são tão interessantes visualmente,porém há um quê de mistério...rs
Gosto de andar no meio de toda aquela gente,cada qual com sua história....rostos interessantes......mereciam fotos incríveis! Maluquice,não?Ahhhhhhh,mas adorei as fotos!Bjs

Aledys Ver said...

A feast for the eyes -unfortunately for us, readers, not a feast for the stomach! :D
I love visiting markets and these you're showing are wonderful, such a variety, such a display! I would like to buy a bit of everything!

Anita said...

Carlinha, tinha me esquecido completamente desse mercado em Versailles que a gente viu. O que eu mais amei foi ver morango e queijo, morango e queijo, morango e queijo...

Efrutik said...

Oh LORD I was in heaven with those pictures! It's insane luck to be in the midst of such glorious display of food. I can only imagine the diversity of aromas and smell in those markets. I have yet to visit a decent one in the USA, what a pity really.

Now about that wine. Umm I feel like I might offend someone if I brought a bottle with me as a present. Oh lovely, so what are we drinking dear...oh it's just "Merde wine". Just sounds a tad bit, you know strange. BUT from a marketing perspective I must say that's a bold move!

Thanks for the sharing with pictures, they are lovely!