Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Still in Europe, still eating...

Markets in Europe are such a fun way to experience local culture. On our way home from Namur we went to the Sunday market in Liege. It was a huge and colorful market, situated right next to the Meuse river. Joe and I split up from my family, and just soaked up the atmosphere. Even after numerous trips to Europe, I still have that "I'm in Europe" moment on every trip.

This stand was full of Italian products, and we had to pick up some balsamic vinegar to take home.

We were very proud of ourselves after we used our rusty french to buy olives from this stand.

Frites are an important part of any visit to Belgium, and the mayo is part of the experience :)

These birds are sold alive, then salughtered at home. Kinda creepy if you ask me!

It killed me that I couldn't bring any of the produce home with me. I would love to cook with the veggies at these markets!


You need some espresso after a day at the market.


suze said...

i've been seriously wanting to get back to brussels sometime soon...it makes me think of you! :) and, of course, nothing is better than a street vendor belgian waffle. oh, i had escargot in paris. it was really tasty because it was in a pesto sauce instead of the garlic cream sauce. i was also amused by the tongs you use to hold the shell while you peel the meat out. it was much tastier than the red fish i ordered, which still had scales and eyes. yipes.

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Craig (mars-hill) said...

It's so good to see other people praising Europe's markets. In Sofia the other day we couldn't believe how good and fresh everything was. Unfortunately we didn't have a kitchen to use it in, but we had some great raw fruit and veges.

Do you have any tips to add to my thoughts on eating cheaply in Europe? They'd be much appreciated.

Enjoy the rest of your time in Europe -- it's a great place to be travelling, huh?