My love Affair with Farmers’ Market

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Anyone who hates farmers’ markets may never be my friend.  Yes, visiting farmers’ markets is one of my ultimate sources of amusement.  For me, this place is a reliable source of fun and excitement.  How can someone be not fascinated with the buzz, the people (and our furry friends are welcome too), the variety of fresh produce, the smell of food, the festive feeling and the whole atmosphere?  That my friend is how I love Farmers Market, if it’s still not obvious yet why this blog was created.

Dallas Farmers Market

Dallas Farmers Market

In Manila, we also have some weekend/farmers market that operates just the same like the one in Salcedo, the Legaspi Sunday weekend market and the one in Eton, QC. I had a chance to visit 3 Farmers market in the US, just maybe a grain representation of Farmers Market in the country but enough for me to observe as a visitor.  I visited 2 in Dallas (Downtown Dallas, Whiterock Lake Farmers Market and Fort Mason in San Fran). Imagine my excitement comparable to a kid visiting Disneyland for the first time.

Fort Mason Center Farmers' Market

Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market

So, I took a moment to note the things I like about it and why I became an avid Farmers Market fan.

  • Great Food. As you walk through the market, you’ll be greeted by the smell of roasted corn, baked cookies, hotdogs and what have you. Who doesn’t want free samples of freshly picked strawberries, blueberries, mangoes and the likes?
farmers' market food

farmers’ market food

  • Festive. You may bring your kids and pets and have it as a family bonding activity. There are usually special events for the kids like music and dancing, pet shows, face painting etc. They get to also meet new friends, excited to pet a dog or just learn something new. The market is usually set up outdoors, so you usually enjoy the good sunny weather while shopping.
Farmers Market Pets

Farmers Market Pets

family events

family events

  • Learning. There’s an opportunity for us to learn things like the importance of farming, nutrition/healthy living, social skills and entrepreneurship. It’s always good to know where our products came from and how well they were treated.  Were the animals free-ranged, from the wild, or were they fed organic food too?
farmers market

farmers market

  • Freshness. You can buy organic and healthy products like vegetables, pickles, honey, fruits and different artisan products. The produce are usually fresh from a local’s backyard or from just around the town. Although some produce maybe expensive because of some costs to farm organically, they’re usually in season so most are cheaper compared to imported/shipped produce.
local produce

local produce

  • Win-win. Good for the environment, good for you as a consumer, and good for the farmer and community.  So cutting down on chemicals is beneficial to the environment, while we are consuming healthy, fresh and safe food.  Purchasing in a farmers market helps the farmers business sustainability, and eventually contributes to the local economy.
local farmers market/ whiterock lake

local farmers market/ whiterock lake

Dallas and Whiterock Lake Farmers’ Market

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Port Mason/Bay Area Farmers’ Market 

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Supporting the Farmers Market  is good for us, for our health, for the farmers and the community.  I tell you, it’s way better to shop here than in the big groceries.  Don’t miss the fun- visit your local farmer’s market today! We have a couple of them on weekends here in Metro Manila.

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21 Days Dallas Food Challenge

Hooray! I’ll be here in Dallas for 21 days. I’m staying in Addison. There’s not much to see here they say aside from Downtown Dallas where JFK was shot dead. Seriously? Well, not true. According to google, there are several things you can enjoy in Dallas. Weekends can be exciting with special events like plays and musicals, movie shows at the park, festivals, museums, outdoor and events, and my favorite – food.

The ultimate proof to impugn the above notion is the food, where you could choose from wide array of restaurants to indulge in. Looking at the statistics, there are more than 170 restaurants which accordingly, each restaurant can cater to 79 Addison residents. The place is surrounded by many hotels thereby tourist-crowded.

So low and behold, my 21 days gastronomic indulgence. I’m gonna update this each day while I sample each restaurant.

Whole Food

Whole Foods

Whole Food

Whole Food

Hyatt

Hyatt

Sushi Plate

Sushi Plate

Gloria's

Gloria’s

Chili's

Chili’s

Hyatt

Hyatt

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies Pei Wei

Gloria's Mexican Restaurant

Gloria’s Mexican Restaurant

Pei Wei Asian Food

Pei Wei Asian Food

Yard House Dallas

Yard House Dallas

Yard House Dallas

Yard House Dallas

Yard House Dallas

Yard House Dallas

Yard House Dallas- Cheesy Spinach

Yard House Dallas Cheesy Spinach

Hyatt House Salad

Hyatt House Salad

Hyatt House Salad

Hyatt House Salad

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Pei Wei

Pei Wei

Pei Wei

Pei Wei

Pei Wei

Mr Sushi

Mr Sushi

Mr Sushi

Mr Sushi

Outback

Outback

Outback

Outback

Outback

Outback

Outback

Outback

Thai Box

Thai Box

Thai Box

Thai Box

Thai Box

Thai Box

The Londoner

The Londoner

The Londoner

The Londoner

The Londoner

The Londoner

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Gengis Grill

Hyatt Breakfast

Hyatt Breakfast

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Outback Addison

Outback Addison

On The Border

On The Border

On The Border

On The Border

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Pho Que Huong

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Bangkok Street Food

Street Food is the heart and soul of one’s culture. Street vendors showcase various morsels matched to local’s palate.   Reliable and fast –those we can grab at a sidewalk when restaurants are closing and when stomachs are rumbling. It is also someone’s national pride. Often passed from generations to generations, oftentimes with the original recipe but some would infuse a twist. Restaurants attempted to imitate and serve street food, but we all know that they taste well on sticks, brown paper, plastics/wax wrappers, or by hand. And eaten standing up, on the go, on the streets with the stains all over your hand along with other busy people who as much as you do, doesn’t give a damn.

pad thai

Pad Thai

Call me bias, but I suppose Asia is one of the best if not the top street food haven in the universe. I’ve yet to conquer Vietnam, Korea, India and Taiwan streets to sample the food their streets have to offer, but I’d say Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and Thailand have proven enough of my contention. To be fair, I’ve seen the Western counterparts of street food through the telly – food travel shows from the likes of Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain. I’d love to try them all however bizarre they may be. But at this point I’m all crazy about Asia. But who knows, my opinion might change when I get to try them all – be it Mexican tacos, US hotdog and hamburgers (eww), Ireland blood sausage (we have them here), New York sandwich, and all.

pork bbq street food

Bangkok Street food is one of my favorites. I visited Thailand for a business meeting for a week, the good part was, I had one weekend to wander their streets. No, I am not an expert Bangkok wanderer, but I can say I am learning about their food. So I sampled some of their best and took photos to show how colorful and awesome their streets can be to food lovers like me.

JW Marriott

JW Marriott

I had to eat at the hotel’s buffet breakfast every day.  The food was great, but you see, I was in Bangkok so I might as well eat what and where their people eat.

On that weekend, I decided to ditch the posh menu and headed to the nooks of their streets. You can literally experience authentic Thai food on the city streets or just in every corner of their MRT(if they call it MRT).

bangkok streets

Bangkok Street Food

Verdict: 4.9/5 stars. Thai food needs no introductory. The harmonious combination of sweet, sour, spicy and salty flavors is what makes it unique and exceptional. The spice alone offers variety, hell yeah – from mild, to deliciously to deliriously hot.  The cultural and background of Thai cuisine is entirely a different subject –which I don’t have a resource at this point.

So without further ado, here are some of the popular street foods I found.

Colorful Fruits and Vegetables in just every corner of the streets.

Bangkok Fruits

Bangkok Fruits

Bangkok Mangoes

Bangkok Mangoes

Bangkok Coconut

Bangkok Coconut

Bangkok Rose Apple

Bangkok Rose Apple

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bangkok Street Food

bangkok Street Food

Bangkok Street Food

Bangkok Street Food

Bangkok Street Food

Pork Delights inside Chatuchak Weekend market

Pork Delights inside Chatuchak Weekend market

Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Thin Crepe-Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Thin Crepe-Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Thin Crepe-Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Thin Crepe-Along Chatuchak Weekend Market

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

Street Food- Along Nana Red lights District

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Nana Place

Mango Salad

Mango Salad

Shrimp Dessert

Shrimp Dessert

Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup

Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp

mangostickyrice

Mango Sticky Rice

 I’m pretty sure I just scratched the back of an elephant so to speak.  I came to Bangkok innocent and ignorant, I left just the same.  I can’t even pronounce most of the food names. But I rave everything about the street food, the flavors, the colors, the people and all.