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New Amsterdam Market Closing?

DSCN2379Welcome to the market!

Photo from July 2011 market visit post

On Monday, amid all the Bastille Day revelry, you might have heard a wailing “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” coming from the throats of food lovers in the city.  That morning, an email heard ’round the neighborhoods hit our in boxes.  The founder of the New Amsterdam Market, Robert LaValva, had sent a message to subscribers with the sad, sad news that the market would be closing down, effective immediately.  The final market was to be the one that had been held in June of this year.

New Amsterdam Market overviewScene from market season opening day 2o12

Here is the information from their website:

Founded in 2005, New Amsterdam Market was first held at the site of the Old Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan on December 16, 2007. Over the ensuing seven years, the market grew in frequency and scope while nurturing an evolving community of small businesses dedicated to sustainable food production, regional economies, and fair trade.

Through our steadfast presence under every adversity, we also championed the preservation of New York City’s oldest commons, where public trade has been conducted since 1642. But in 2013 the community was betrayed by elected officials who had professed their support but were ultimately swayed by the demands of the suburban shopping mall developer, Howard Hughes. As a result, Lower Manhattan has already lost one acre of irreplaceable public space and is now seeing its most precious public asset ruined by inappropriate programming.

Our last market at this location was held on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

We thank all who participated in this endeavor.

New Amsterdam Market ice cream socialIce Cream Sunday – one of my favorite events at the market!

(see recaps from 2010, 2011, 2012)

The market was held on the site of the former Fulton Fish Market, which has been a battle scene for the past few years between preservationists and those who would like more commercial redevelopment of the South Street Seaport area.  I attended a few town meetings and a City Hall session where there were passionate discussions about this topic.  Vendors, regular market-goers, neighborhood residents, and local food suppliers were all in support of the market having some kind of presence in whatever plans were being draw up to revamp and revitalize this piece of waterfront property.

Hard Cider Revival at New Amsterdam MarketHard Cider Revival – just one of the many locally-themed food events at the market

A food market, which would draw foot traffic to this part of the city, as well as bring in tourists, and highlight the culinary bounty and diversity of this region has been a topic I’ve heard discussed pretty much since I moved here almost fifteen years ago.  The Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, Pike Place Market in Seattle, and others have been mentioned in the same conversation that asks, “Why doesn’t a city like New York have a major destination food market?”

P n H Soda - Candy Cap Mushroom & Toasted Almond Egg CreamP&H Soda Co. – Candy Cap Mushroom & Toasted Almond Egg Cream

(photo from June 2013 market post)

Smorgasburg, Hester Street Fair, and other venues are all seasonal alternatives, but the combination of farmer, artisan, and special regional-focused culinary events that the New Amsterdam Market held each year, made it a special place to go.  As I wrote in June of 2013, after the first market of that season, that I ran in to so many friends that it really did feel as though the Big Apple was just a small, intimate town.  Stopping by to see the vendors whom I had gotten to know over the years and swapping stories and the most recent gossip was just a plus, as I loaded up my shopping bag with jams, meats, bread, cheese, sweets, and other goodies, often while sipping a drink from P&H Soda Co., looping back around the market for a snack from Lonestar Taco, and saving room for a treat from Liddabit Sweets or La Newyorkina.

Fulton Fish Market - NAMFor more posts, and plenty of pictures of market days, please visit the New Amsterdam Market tag on this website or visit The Experimental Gourmand Flickr photostream.

So, I’m dedicating this #TBT post to the New Amsterdam Market.  I’m hoping that, even as I type these words, the news that I saw last night that the board members are working to save the market and to figure out a solution for its future are true.  Here’s my offer to them, if you need any assistance getting a petition together or rallying support for the market to survive and to be considered an integral part of the redevelopment process of the South Street Seaport area, just reach out and ask.  This market has so many fans and supporters and has been a huge contributor to what makes NYC a special place to live, even in the short time that it has been in operation.

Buon appetito!

“New Amsterdam Market is Finished on South Street” from Grub Street (07/14/14)

“New Amsterdam Market’s Board May Try to Resume Operations” from Grub Street (07/16/14)

New Amsterdam Market – June 2013 Market

New-Amsterdam-Market-sign1New Amsterdam Market – Information table to greet visitors

Sunday was the much-anticipated market day for the New Amsterdam Market.  At one time, I’d seen it advertised as the opening day for the summer season for this market, but it turns out, it is going to be the only one held for the next few months.  I wrote here previously about the hearings that took place at City Hall in support of the market, as the city reviews a proposal by developers for how to revamp the entire South Street Seaport area.  There is overwhelming support for the market from New York City residents, farmers, food artisans, and chefs, many of whom came out in droves on Sunday to shop, buy, eat, and to hang out and to catch up with friends.

P n H Soda - Candy Cap Mushroom & Toasted Almond Egg Cream

 P&H Soda Co. – Candy Cap Mushroom and Toasted Almond Egg Cream

One of my first stops was to grab a soda from P&H Soda Co. to pick up something refreshing to drink.  While there, I ran into Anton Nocito’s wife Erica and their adorable little guy.  Anton had on display his new book about how to make syrups and sodas at home using seasonal ingredients and experimenting with flavor combinations.  I also saw some of the group from Serious Eats hanging out nearby, enjoying some market treats, too.  I asked them what they recommended, and they pointed me in the direction of Lonestar Taco.

Lonestar Tacos - Carnitas Taco
Lonestar Taco – Carnitas Taco

They did not steer me wrong.  Although there was a bit of a wait for the taco, as they were one of the busier stands on Sunday, it was well worth it.  I opted to go with the Carnitas Taco with lots of perfectly-seasoned, rich chunks of pork nestled in a corn tortilla and dressed with mouth-puckering pickled onions and a sprinkle of cilantro which balanced out the rich, luscious meat.  It was great to see them doing so well at the market, like so many of the other prepared food vendors.  Several folks, like Luke’s Lobster and Mosefund Farms also had lines and sold out of many items before the end of the day.

Suleiman Goods - Zatar Pita
Suleiman Goods – Zatar Pita

The market on Sunday also highlighted many local farmers and food producers.  At one end, there was a bread pavilion with displays from Hot Bread Kitchen, Orwasher’s Bakery, and Runner & Stone, to name a few vendors.  There were cheese selections and other dairy products to sample and for sale, lots of gorgeous fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from area farms, and even regionally-caught fish to take home.  It was also wonderful to catch up with some of my favorite food entrepreneur folks like Jen and Liz from Liddabit Sweets, Cyrilla from Nuts+Nuts, Scott from Brooklyn CuredChris from Kings County Jerky, and Leana from Anarchy in a Jar.  This was a terrific chance to stock up on some of their terrific products, which I had been used to seeing on a weekly basis at this market the past couple of seasons.

Spicy 'N Sweet - display
Spicy ‘N Sweet – Try their new smoky sauce!

The energy and the vibrancy of the market was palpable on Sunday, and its contribution to the community, to feeding it and to creating and fostering it was really in evidence to anyone who stopped by.  Everyone seemed really happy to be a part of this effort to revitalize the downtown area, which was so hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.  It was almost as though it was a reunion with vendors, food writers, photographers, bloggers, NYC-ers, and first-time visitors all milling around enjoying themselves amidst all the vast selection of products and nibbles to try, lots of hugs, and tidbits of local news being exchanged.  This is one of the truest expressions of how New York City is really just a large small town at heart with folks coming out to lend support to the folks who make this a more enjoyable place to live.

La Newyorkina - ice cream
La Newyorkina – Strawberry & Creamy Lime Ice Creams

At the same time, however, as I slurped down my last bite of the day, the fantastic ice cream by Fany Gerson of La La Newyorkina (who also had to rebuild her business after the storm), I felt that this gathering was somehow bittersweet.  Several of the folks with whom I spoke also seemed a bit wistful, too.  The future of this wonderful market and all the hard work that has been done to keep it going is still in jeopardy.  I don’t know that there’s a fixed date for another session, although from what I heard, there might be another one in September.  The fate of the Fulton Fish Market and the old market buildings is still being disputed as well.  I’m definitely keeping my hopes up for my friends who are vendors there and for all of us who enjoy being able to eat great food and to be able to talk to the people who produce what we consume, that there are many more wonderful days for the New Amsterdam Market like the one on this past Sunday.

Buon appetito!

For more information about New Amsterdam Market and what is going on with regards to the re-development of the former Fulton Fish Market site, you can visit their website.

Support the New Amsterdam Market

New Amsterdam Market Opening Day 2012

Regular readers of this website know that I’m a huge fan of the seasonal markets here in New York City.  They are the perfect way to kick around a different part of town on a sunny, weekend afternoon.  Taking a little stroll around the market stalls, nibbling on a sweet treat or noshing on a plate of something while enjoying people watching and the pleasures of the vibrant NYC food scene gives this bustling city a more relaxed, small town feel.  One of my favorite markets to visit is the New Amsterdam Market, founded by Robert LaValva.

New Amsterdam Market at the Fulton Fish Market

Right now, the market takes place in a parking lot on the site of the former Fulton Fish Market.  For years, Robert and his supporters have been requesting that they be granted space in the abandoned fish market buildings, the development rights for which are owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation, who also holds the lease on Pier 17 in the Seaport area.  I’ve attended two hearings about this project.  One of them was last week, where a large number of people gathered to show that they are in favor of the market being included in the redevelopment plans for the area. In fact, so many folks came to support the market that the meeting had to be postponed so that it could be moved to the city council hearing room at City Hall itself, and the room was still packed.  Here’s one article summarizing the proceedings.

NAM street sign

The time to act on this project is now, while the City Council is in the public review process.  Here’s how you can help:

    • Sign the petition the New Amsterdam Market website.  Add your name to those of the thousands of other New Yorkers who would hate to see this market go away
    • Contact your city council member to let him/her know that you would like to see this market continue and to have it find a place in the re-development plans for the Seaport area.  (At the meeting on Thursday, March 14, the council people who spoke said that their constituents had told them how much having this market in the city adds to their quality of life, and is it a revenue generator and job creator, which is also important to the council)
    • Participate in the rally at City Hall tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19, from noon until 1:00 p.m. to add your voice to the others that would like to keep alive this valuable public assetRally postponed due to inclement weather.

See what chefs and others who support the market are saying about it.  Hopefully, we can all pull together to find a permanent home for the market and to have it as a integrated part of a new, dynamic South Street Seaport area that all New Yorkers will want to use.

Buon appetito!

New Amsterdam Market’s Third Annual Ice Cream Sunday

New Amsterdam Market Ice Cream Sunday poster

Today was, finally, one of the days I’ve anticipated all summer long, the Third Annual Ice Cream Sunday at the New Amsterdam Market.  Each year, local artisan ice cream makers get to strut their stuff and feed the sweet-toothed among us.  I signed up for the early-bird package, which meant that at noon today I got to collect my 10 tickets to go around the market and pick up mini-cones of different flavors of ice cream from among the 11 vendors who were there.  In addition, it was possible to buy scoops of ice cream without having to purchase tickets, and a few vendors also had ice cream sandwiches for sale alongside cones and cups.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Caramelized Honey with Candied Black Walnuts

Can an ice cream taste woodsy and earthy?  Those were the thoughts that came to mind after taking my first bite of Van Leeuwen‘s Caramelized Honey with Candied Black Walnuts flavor.  A few weeks ago, I’d visited the market and had seen black walnuts brought in by the Wild Food Gatherers Guild.  I was really intrigued, as I’m completely familiar with these nuts from growing up in Virginia, but I’d never seen them around here.  They lent an interesting depth of character to the ice cream while the caramelized honey left warm, lingering toffee notes on my tongue.

Dream Scoops

Tri-Star Strawberry

“This is like the best strawberry ice cream I’ve ever had,” said the woman standing next to me as I took a photo of this cone.  She wasn’t far off of the mark on that.  This Tri-Star Strawberry from Dream Scoops was made with that second, brief round of strawberries that come in at the end of New York summers.  The tartness of the tri-stars meant that none of that deep, berry flavor that you get from biting into one of these ruby jewels was lost in the dairy-ness of the ice cream itself.  This could make me fall in love with strawberry ice cream, which, as a child, I’d usually cut away meticulously from the vanilla and chocolate squares on a slab of a Neapolitan confection.

Steve’s Ice Cream

Wölffer Rosé Sangria Sorbet

Made with Wölffer Estate Rosé, from Long Island, this sorbet by Steve’s Ice Cream was the perfect palate cleanser part way into this dairy-filled extravaganza.  Light, refreshing, a little wine-ish, and full of chunks of apples, berries, and other fruit, just like you’d find in the drink for which it was named.  I really enjoyed that someone brought a wine ice cream with them to this event, as they’ve been getting more and more popular each year.

Marlow & Sons

Summertime Basil

You know how when you get to the end of a Caprese Salad and you tear off a big hunk of bread to sop up all the leftover juices created by the tomato, olive oil, and mozzarella?  This ice cream captured all those milky-herbal flavors in every bite.  It almost made me feel as though I could be hanging out in a trattoria on the Ligurian coastline with the fragrance of herbs wafting through the breezy Mediterranean air where the ripest tomatoes and freshest, just-made cheese are put on your plate for the simplest yet most delicious of salads.

La Newyorkina

Mole

Ice cream with a kick?  Yes, please!  The Mole flavor created by La Newyorkina for this event was fantastic.  Subtle hints of cocoa, light spice notes, and then a wallop of heat made this a dynamite tasting.  I also sampled her Lime-Chia ice cream which was full of tart, refreshing citrus and crunchy seeds.  I would welcome either one of these in her regular rotation of paleta flavors, although that’s not really a hint or anything.

The Bent Spoon

Ostrich, Duck, and Quail Eggs

The Fowl Triple

One of my favorite ice cream vendors to check out any time they come to this market are the folks at The Bent Spoon.  They are not only amazing frozen confections artisans, but they are also super creative and come up with flavors that I always like and didn’t know that my life was incomplete without trying.  The Fowl Triple with scoops of the richest, custardiest ice cream I’ve ever eaten was what they brought with them today.  The bottom one is made with duck eggs, the middle with ostrich eggs, and the top with quail eggs.  It was pretty incredible to taste all these ice creams made with different eggs, each delivering the same creamy consistency.

Rouge Tomate

Coconut-Lemongrass

After the intense creaminess of the last flavor I sampled and the heat of the flavor I tried before that, I was in the mood for something a bit lighter and cooler on the palate.  I found it in the Coconut-Lemongrass flavor at Rouge Tomate, with hints of Asian cuisine woven throughout each bite.  The ice cream base, I found out, was made by using a combination of coconut and cow milk, so it had a lighter texture and mouthfeel, a bit more like ice milk or sorbet.  Lemon juice and lemongrass were used as well in the base infusion to give it strong, floral and citrus notes.  My one regret is that I didn’t have an extra ticket to use at this stand so that I could have also had a sample of their Coffee-Green Cardamom flavor, too, which I overheard was really delicious.

Esca

Strawberry-Wild Fennel

I have to start out by saying that I really don’t like licorice or fruit-licorice things.  This Strawberry-Wild Fennel ice cream by Esca, however, I can only describe by saying that it was beautiful.  The fennel was delicate and brought out the floral notes of the berries.  In my notes, I wrote down that I could eat a whole bowl of this one, just letting my tastebuds linger over the harmony of the lightly perfumed anise and fruit flavors.

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Bitter Almonds and Roasted Apricots

This Bitter Almonds and Roasted Apricots ice cream by Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria went over to the opposite spectrum from my previous tasting.  Big, bold almond flavor, almost marzipan-like, and big pieces of sharp, sweet roasted apricots came together in this sample.  It was as though a summertime apricot-almond tart with a scoop of ice cream had been turned on its head and re-invented.  I really enjoyed it, but I did think that the almond ice cream was so intense and flavorful that it could have also stood completely on its own.

Luca & Bosco

Everyone deserves a little ice cream treat – even man’s best friend

Goats Cheese with Blueberries

My last ticket of the day was redeemed at Luca & Bosco, a newcomer on the NYC ice cream scene.  I’d first tried their product at Smorgasburg several weeks back, so I was really interested to see what they’d bring today.  While several vendors had goats cheese ice creams on their menus, I hadn’t yet tried any of them.  This one was tangy and luscious, swirled with deep violet ribbons of sweet-tart blueberries that just wrapped around my tongue.  It was rich and refreshing at the same time and was the perfect note on which to end my ice cream explorations.

Early Bird Cookery

The only table that I didn’t get to today was that for Early Bird Cookery.  The tasting package for the event had 10 tickets to use at each of the 11 stands.  Unfortunately, I had to make a decision to leave one of these great vendors out of my rounds, which was really disappointing.  Their Hay Ice Cream seemed to be another huge hit this year.  I remember it as a stand-out from the first year of the ice cream festival.

A real ice cream social

Today’s event was also a fundraiser for the market, so it was really encouraging to see so many people turn out for ice cream and to support the hard work that all the vendors do each week.  In walking around between the strollers, standing on the quick-moving lines, seeing groups of folks strategizing how to use their tickets to maximize the number of flavors that they could get at any one table, and bumping into several friends while I was slurping down samples from the different vendors, it occurred to me that the folks at the New Amsterdam Market had re-created an old-fashioned, small town Ice Cream Social in bustling Lower Manhattan.  I’m looking forward to next year’s gathering already.

Buon appetito!

For a few more photos of this event, please check out my Flickr photostream.

Schoolhouse Kitchen Closes Its Doors

Part of what I like so much about going out and exploring the New York City foodscape is that I have the opportunity to meet genuinely amazing and passionate people who have created fantastic edible products for us to enjoy.  So, it is a bit sad to share this news today.  About a couple of weeks ago, Wendy Smith, President of Schoolhouse Kitchen, announced that they would be closing down their business effective the end of May 2012.

Samples at New Amsterdam Market

This post, however, is not to mourn, but, rather to let you know that for fans of their products, supplies of their spreadable fruits, chutneys, and vinaigrettes are still available by ordering via Schoolhouse Kitchen’s website, through this Friday, May 18.  I haven’t been over to the Whole Foods stores in the city as yet to see if some of their products are still on hand there.  You might also look to the website to see what other stores have stocked them to see if they still have some on the shelves as well.  Once they are sold out, these delicious items are gone for good.

Thai-Inspired Chicken Skewers

I had developed a few Recipes for the Schoolhouse Kitchen website, as well as featured several items in Product Giveaways and the company in a Product Spotlight back in November of 2010.  These recipes are still available on line, as of this writing.  One of my all-time favorites is the Thai-Inspired Chicken Skewers, which are a perfect summertime dinner starting point.  Over the next few months, I’m going to try to adapt this recipe to see if I can create a similar dish now that her incredible Citrus Coconut Vinaigrette is in limited supply.  I wish Wendy and her family well.  It was a real pleasure getting to  know them and in meeting her mother Patsy at the Fancy Food Show last year.  I hope that all of their future endeavors bring them joy and happiness, and I look forward to our culinary paths meeting again.

Buon appetito!

New Amsterdam Market – Opening Day 2012

Yesterday marked the opening of what is probably my favorite local market in New York City: New Amsterdam Market.  To kick off their 2012 season, they featured breads made with locally-grown grains.  I love to eat good bread, especially ones with personality and heft, so this was a wonderful edible exploration for me.  It was so difficult to choose only a few loaves to bring home at the end of the day, especially as I also had to make room in my shopping bag for the other fantastic-tasting items that were also for sale in the market.

 Local grains on display

For those bakers and chefs who are interested in finding out more about working with locally-grown grains and in learning additional details about how to source these products, there was a table at the market by Greenmarket Regional Grains Project and Organic Growers Research & Information Network.  Also check out the stand that Cayuga Pure Organics has at the Union Square Greenmarket.

Bakeri Baguettes

How cute would your bike look all decked out with one of these French baguettes from Bakeri in Brooklyn nestled in the basket?  A nibble of this bread might even make you feel as though you’d skipped off to Paris, albeit without the jet lag.

Bien Cuit Display

I haven’t yet made it over to this Brooklyn bakery, but I keep hearing rave reviews about it from the Twitterverse and others.  This was probably one of the most intricate baked displays that I saw all day.

BR Guest Rosemary-Raisin Rye Sourdough

One bite of this slightly tangy, deeply flavorful bread with woodsy and sweet notes combined, and my brain cells were musing, “So, could I really fit another loaf of bread in the freezer to have on standby?”  Alas, I couldn’t figure out how to do that just yet, but this bread is high on my list of ones to try to cram in there the next time I find it.

Lovely loaves from Bread Alone

I’ve long been a fan of the array of products made by Bread Alone, which I can find at the Greenmarkets, so I was glad to see them yesterday.  This Apple Cider Levain (made with local cider as well as locally-grown grains), would be idea for bringing along on a picnic.  I also encourage you to track down their other fantastic products as well.

Dean & Deluca Baguette Du Perche

Made of barley flour, this baguette had the perfect crisp exterior and fluffy interior.  It was light and delicate-tasting inside, and I never would have known that it wasn’t made with regular wheat.

Pane Integrale Regionale by Grandaisy Bakery

Hands down, one of my favorite, portable snacks to have when I’m on the go is a slice of potato, mushroom or zucchini pizza from Grandaisy Bakery in Soho.  Their whole wheat bread is tasty as well, so it was hard to resist picking up a loaf to tuck away in my freezer.

Fresh Tortillas from Hot Bread Kitchen

Almost every week, I stop by and pick up a Multi-grain Boule from Hot Bread Kitchen to keep on hand for toast and sandwiches.  They also have other kinds of breads, including another favorite of mine, the M’smen, and packets of tortillas, which would be a key ingredient to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend.

Ciabatta loaves from Il Buco Alimentari

Just looking at these incredible loaves of Ciabatta from Il Buco Alimentari, and I was whisked back to my life in Italy where a simple panino could be the tastiest of creations, especially when made on bread that looks as amazing as this.

Janet’s Quality Baked Goods Country Pain d’Oro

If I heard correctly when she was talking to one of my friends, Janet will be at New Amsterdam Market on other Sundays as well.  This is fantastic news as her soft, crispy loaves were another of the ones that I just wanted to pick up and stash away for later.  She said she also makes croissants and focaccia and other breads to sell at the markets.

Nordic Breads Finnish Rye Bread

This is another staple for my freezer, and I was badly in need of stocking up on some of the hearty and tangy Finnish Rye Bread by Nordic Breads.  Perfect with cheese, butter and jam, or smoked fish, these are a great platform for many culinary creations.  I used them as the base for the Smoked Salmon with Mustard Crème Fraîche appetizers for my holiday party last year.

Levain Locale by Orwasher’s Bakery

Would you look at these beauties?  Just seeing these incredible loaves made me stop in my tracks, even after I’d snapped this photo, to gaze at their loveliness.  It was a bit embarrassing as the person behind the table at Orwasher’s knows me from many a food event where they so graciously supply their rich, dense breads.  Eating locally?  This bread is made about 16 blocks from where I live, which is pretty local in this day and age.

Le Pain Quotidien‘s Sunflower Seed-Rye Fougasse

Perfect for grabbing a breakfast pastry or for having an afternoon coffee meeting, I’ve long enjoyed visiting Le Pain Quotidien‘s many locations in the city.  This is one bread I’ve never seen there, but after tasting it at the market, I’m going to be keeping my eyes peeled to find it again.  For those looking to learn how to make their breads at home, they are now offering baking classes.

Whole Wheat Olive Oil Brioche by Roberta’s 

I know it probably sounds as though I enjoyed all the breads that were at the market yesterday, and the truth is that every one I tried was pretty great.  That said, however, this Whole Wheat Olive Oil Brioche was in a league of its own.  It was phenomenal!  What didn’t hurt, of course, was that the samples of this fragrant, light, supple loaf were served alongside Anarchy in a Jar fruit spread.  What a perfect marriage of sweet and savory flavors!

Runner & Stone‘s Roasted Potato & Garlic Chive Levain

Dense and hearty, this bread didn’t have the super strong garlicy-chive taste I was expecting, which would make it a great all-around bread to keep on hand.  I’ve been tasting this company’s products at a few markets lately, so I was glad to see that New Amsterdam Market will be a regular location for them.  It will be interesting to see what they come up with next to tempt our tastebuds.

Pizza by Co. coming out of the oven

Remember the No-Knead Pizza Dough recipe I tested out several weeks back?  The creator of it, as well as the No-Knead Bread Recipe, Jim Lahey was at the market yesterday doing a pizza-making demo.  Looking at my photos now and comparing it to what was pulled out of their portable oven, I can see a real difference that technique makes in pulling together this dish.  It would probably also help if my home oven could get up to the 800 degrees Fahrenheit (no, that is not a typo) that the one they used yesterday can generate to get that perfect char on the crust.

As much as I love baked things, even I cannot live on bread alone. The market yesterday was also filled with local produce, jams, preserves, meats, fish, sweets, and other edible delights. It was so much that I created a photostream in Flickr so that I could share my excursion with you.

Buon appetito!