How The Kiwis and French enjoy food

6 Feb

I’m back! It’s been a while again! Excited to come back though from my gastronomic adventure this weekend. Today is Waitangi Day which gives the whole of NZ an extra day of recreation.

And at last! I finally got the courage to go down to the city of sails and head straight to the french market in Parnell. It was a fantastic experience!! It stimulated all my senses!! The colours of the fruits and veggies are so alive!!

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Sundrop apricots

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Interesting splash of colours on the chilis

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Yellow cucumbers

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But even before I did all these shots, I had to fuel myself first with the market’s ever popular paella. The stall had four humongous pans that could feed the whole market.

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I had the seafood paella and it was good! It had fish, prawn, mussel and squid. The lemon squeeze made the whole package tastier.

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Amidst the wonderful chaos of people searching for what could satisfy their stomachs, there was a spot for
musicians who rendered french upbeat and magical music. As it was to bewitch the crowd to buy some more food. I enjoyed the ambience and regardless of this live music, I was really bound to buy food.

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Each stall had their own specialty.
Coldcuts

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Bread dips

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Cucumber and pepper stand perhaps

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Sausages obviously

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I think this is spiced salt

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Freshly made raviollis bathed in flour

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And there will always, always be a flower stand

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Shrimp kebabs

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French crepes. I had nutella and my friend had the apple and cinnamon syrup

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The indoor market was more relaxed and it catered to people who preferred to sit down, eat, drink and chat to their heart’s delight. Or maybe those who were already finished shopping, ran out of money or to just grab a bite before hitting the stalls again.

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Of course! Who would like to miss their wine?? In here, it’s the official H2O.

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Danish pastries

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The one on the right looked like it had an egg yolk in it. It must have been peach or another yellow flesh fruit.

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And this is where I bought my cheese.

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Condiments and other sorts of goodness 🙂

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This was where I found the “eggyolk” pastry

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They also had water for self-service

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And this very exclusive and expensive shop which I also enjoyed checking out.
Tagine

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The goodness pans or Spanish’s bestfriend in the kitchen

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Hanging chairs

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Home decors

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No more pictures to share! That was a lot though!
I guess I will definitely go back there with my other friends who haven’t been to that spot of heaven in Parnell. My assignment is to find out again the name of the cheese that I bought and to take photographs of the other stalls that I missed.
I think that French and Kiwi people enjoy a lot of similar food from cheese to wine, crepes, paella, dips, spreads, delis, pastries, kebabs, etc. This is what brings them together. Two very different cultures but sharing one passion. Food.

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