This week at the local market: Porter’s Market, Cape Town, South Africa

This week’s posting is by guest blogger Stiv, my man on the street in Cape Town.  Stay tuned for more of his wonderfully descriptive postings of the South African culinary scene. Enjoy! When I first started travelling the world, I learned that when you come from a place like South Africa, you are the exotic,… Read More This week at the local market: Porter’s Market, Cape Town, South Africa

Last week in Budapest – some culinary highlights

My decade-old culinary memories from my first trip to Budapest et environs are twofold. First, the lukewarm “capuccino” two parts whipped cream to one part coffee sipped endlessly on chilly November days on the southern shore of Lake Balaton.  We were bunking at Club Aliga – a then just-post-socialist elite retreat that is now, I… Read More Last week in Budapest – some culinary highlights

This week at the local market: Mainufer Fest in Offenbach

The town of Offenbach has gained my respect. For the last week, I’ve been walking my 600 meters to work across the dreary chain-cheap store, chain-bakery, chain-mobile phone shop dotted pedestrian area of downtown Offenbach.  The coffee is lousy, the ambiance is grey.   The chain stores seem to have made a pact to suffocate and… Read More This week at the local market: Mainufer Fest in Offenbach

This week at the local market: the Turkish market, Maybachufer, Berlin

Like an undulating famished snake the Turkish market at the Maybachufer in Berlin swallows you whole; the peristaltic wave of female marketers young and old (but nearly all with baby carriages) gently pushing you forward through its one narrow aisle along the southern bank of the city canal.  Once you’re in, you’re in. You might… Read More This week at the local market: the Turkish market, Maybachufer, Berlin

This week at the local market – Wittenbergplatz Berlin

When I’m in Berlin on a Thursday, I go to the Brandenburg Farmers Market at the Wittenbergplatz, right across from the world-famous KaDeWe department store.  There are about 12-15 local organic farmers who participate in this market, all from the state of Brandenburg which borders the city perimeter.  In addition, there are organic cheese, meat,… Read More This week at the local market – Wittenbergplatz Berlin