Sunday, October 09, 2011

Farmer's Market

I find it a real treat to time my visit to Monterey on the day of the farmer's market. The fact that it was located just two blocks from where I was staying was an extra bonus. I wasn't particularly keen on buying anything in particular, but I was eager to capture some shots.

I was very taken by all the colors.
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Not many farmer's market has fresh seafood.

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Me and my love affair with facades.
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In a couple of hours I was eating at a steak house so I wasn't really planning on sampling anything, but I spotted this Lebanese stall....
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And the zatar piqued my interest and my taste buds.

Zatar (from wiki) also romanized zaatar, za'tar, zatar, zatr, zattr, zahatar, zaktar or satar) is a generic name for a family of related Middle Eastern herbs from the genera Origanum (Oregano), Calamintha (Basil thyme), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) and Satureja (Savory).[1] It is also the name for a condiment made from the dried herb(s), mixed together with sesame seeds, dried sumac, and often salt, as well as other spices.[2] Used in Arab cuisine, both the herb and spice mixture are popular throughout the Middle East

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Zatar is spread over pita bread and baked or cooked over this special gadget :). We tried the vegeterian version and it was very flavorful. I called the restaurant and asked if we could reschedule our dinner reservations to 9 pm that night. The zatar was filling.
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I love to listen to music when in farmer's market.

10 comments:

  1. Good for you for trying the zatar and rescheduling your restaurant reservation. Life is too short to miss out on all the goodies!

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  2. you always have the most exciting and colorful trips, and they're not always far. nakakainggit!

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  3. The flowers are beautiful, but i prefer those fresh seafoods. Hmmm, am hungry now!

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  4. OM i want to visit a farmer's market too! in here these are popular these days. you know, the organic stuff. but i know going to these weekend markets here is expensive. but your photos look awesome! love, love the flowers!

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  5. zatar is quite interesting, i am wondering what it tastes like. the first pic is so beautiful.

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  6. Farmers markets always provide interesting and colorful subjects for the photographer.
    I was interested to see the stall featuring Lebanese food. My Lebanese daughter in law has given me an appreciation for middle eastern food and my guests are often served hummus and baba ganoush.

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  7. The strawberry pic is stunning. It shows how fresh the fruits are. And Zatar is interesting. :-)

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  8. i like strolling at markets too. specially when there are animals around.
    mukhang bet ko yang zatar, parang pesto?

    ps- hotel buffets in manila range from 1,300-2,000. ang mahal no? kaya splurging once in a while for 875 wont hurt. ^_^

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  9. Beautiful photographs, clear and sharp. The Zatar is quite interesting, I wonder if we we have those in Manila, which I doubt ;)

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  10. Flowers are beautiful. I'd like to have some of the strawberries. Oh! I love the zatar especially the Zatar Cheese Manakish, we do have lots of it here in Al Ain.

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