|the business district of Melbourne to the left with the Yarra River flowing in the middle|
We really are Down Under with the seasonal changes being all back to front! The leaves are turning on the trees and I confess to a huge feeling of relief that back home in Turkey we will be going right into summer.
Victoria Market is described as 'Victoria's premier open-air market' and has been around since 1878. Just mention the word market to me and I'm all set so on Saturday morning off we went to see what it was all about.
We had an early start so first things first: breakfast in one of the small cafes inside the market.
They don't do things by halves here: portions are generous and the coffee is universally excellent but it all comes at a price.
|a warm croissant with ham and cheese, plus a 'skinny flat white' on the side - just perfect!|
We had fun strolling through the Fruit & Vegetable section, eager to spot those items that were either unknown to us or else just 'different'!
For example, these yellow beetroot..
followed by yellow carrots...
.....nestling next to purple carrots which we occasionally see in Istanbul.
Not cheap though!
|different from English rhubarb and of course it doesn't grow in Turkey at all. Spelling here a bit Aussie!!|
|no idea whatsoever about these ...|
|these are white inside and sprinkled with black dots - they don't taste as good as their name implies!|
|and these are kumquats|
I thought of my recent Bodrum post re loquats: I see now that they resemble each other in size and colour, that's all!
Everything that was proclaimed organic was, I thought, probably just that: really organic, unlike in Turkey where we are all too familiar with the market cry of 'organik!' when the produce is most probably not.
From the fresh produce, we wandered down to what is picturesquely described as the Deli Hall. And what a paradise that proved to be :))
|lobsters to make your eyes water ...|
|and as for those steaks .... well!!|
|breads to die for ...|
but then we got on to home ground:
|can you see? it says Turkish bread and very expensive it is too!|
|it was Hellenic but never mind: it was something we could identify with! I did think that this display was very creative, more so than we get back in Istanbul|
|a mouth-watering display|
50% of this market is devoted to the sale of fresh produce including fruit & veg, fish, meat, cheeses and breads.
The rest - ah the rest! - is devoted to all sorts of tempting stuff at very reasonable prices. Take it from me, it was a LOT of fun!
If you like market posts, why don't you check out these links?
- 50 Shades of Green at Selçuk Saturday Market
- London's Borough Market
- Cooling Cucumbers and a Bit of Market Life
- Springtime in Istanbul: how do we know?