Here's part of what I bought at the market yesterday... A bag of the best dried figs ever made anywhere in the world, a bunch of delicious and juicy green grapes, and two yellow-green bell peppers. These peppers are the most commonly found around here, although red ones are also available, and I had one of those too. I just thought that all of these goodies looked so nice together. These dried figs are absolutely sublime. $2.50 for the whole bag. I went back this morning and bought two more bags. Delicate and sweet and chewy and moist and just so perfect.
Sometimes when we are travelling around, I am a bit envious of my omnivorous boyfriend who can be adventurous and eat local specialties. I would love to do that very much, but I love being vegan much more... so that's that. I realized though, that I can express my adventurousness at the market, interacting with vendors and trying new produce on the rare opportunities that I find it. Mostly the produce here is quite familiar to anything we have at home... but every once in a while I find something special or a bit new. And, tonight I had a great exprience... after days of eating plain cucumber tomato salads with too much vinegar while my bf ate two or three courses of food, I oversaw someone at another table being served something that looked an awful lot like spinach! I asked, and it was vegan! Better yet, it was AMAZING. I will try to recreate it for myself, and for all of you, when I get home. Spinach (actually something else, but similar), potatoes, garlic, salt, and olive oil, cooked into a tasty mush. Delish!
This morning's breakfast. a banana, some dried figs, half a piece of pumpernickel bread, an oat cookie, grapes, and the last little bit of my apricot-apple-peach juice. Yum! What a great way to start the day... especially considering that I ate in on a little balcony overlooking the adriatic sea!