One thing I love is fresh produce, lots of vibrant colors, and knowing the quality of what I am buying. Here in Palma there are lots of markets all over the place, to provide you with every colour of the spectrum!! From endless types of Fruit and Vegetables, to Olives, Cheese, all your tasty Mediterranean delicacies, the different cured hams that Spain is known for, not to mention fresh butchery’s if that is what you fancy, and fresh fish and seafood. Happy Days with this beautiful array of endless fresh options!! Well at least I sure think so…
Today we went on a nice little adventure to the Mercat de L’Olivar, the biggest market in Palma, located just through the old town, well that’s not the only way to get there. It’s really just nice to stroll through the streets of the old town, with the narrow streets, the very European building’s, all the shops and cafes…. You never know what you will find around the next corner, there are always things going on around Ptown. Love it! That just means there is always some sort of little surprise excitement just waiting to be found, and I am always seeking it:)
After our little stroll, we arrived at the Market.
It’s amazing how unimpressive it appears from the outside, and the drab looking day doesn’t help…. But just remember, ‘Looks can be deceiving’. Just take a peek at what was awaiting us inside!?
Immediately we were greeted with all those wonderful colors I mentioned earlier, just in time to give our eye’s a nice little massage. How could you not want to take it all in?? I will admit though, the fact that I can speak Spanish really does come in handy in these moments, as not so many people here speak English.
But other then the language barrier the process is quite simple. You walk up, tell them what and how much of each product you want, and they weigh it, bag it, and give you a bill. Just like riding a bicycle. Come here in the summer and its super packed, but another beauty of the winter is you have all the space in the world.
So after we bought all the food we had came for(and a little more), of course we couldn’t finish off our market experience without trying some of the Sushi and Oysters from the seafood side. Now that our eye’s are feeling thoroughly relaxed, it’s time to put our palette to work, and see if it awakens our senses even more. First stop, we decided to have some Sushi! There are a few sushi stalls, but they weren’t all open, so with the art of elimination, and our keen sense of observation, we narrowed it down, to the one that was open. Bar del Piex.
All of these little stalls make their sushi from the fresh fish from the market, and they are constantly filling up the display case. You just need to walk up and pick out all the morsels you want, they are yours for the taking, at about one euro a piece. We picked out a nice little selection, sided it with some edamame, and 1 wonton, that we intended to share, not knowing why we would share ‘A’ wonton and not just have our own… Sometimes though, one too many wontons, and you spoil the next course that you are looking forward to trying, Good ol’Oysters. We decided though, it would be a good idea to wash our sushi down with a glass of the house white. The wine was nice, and the Sushi was for sure good, but I wouldn’t put it down to the best I have ever had, but it was worth trying and did the job quite well.
Next up, it’s time to slurp down some Oysters to finish off our little market adventure. Conveniently located right next to the sushi stall, IS?? Well yes, you guessed it, it was none other than the oyster stall! You get a menu with a selection of 4 types of Oysters, and on the side you have some lemon, tabasco, and pepper, to create your taste. So you can either act like you know what you’re talking about and pick one confidently, or ask for assistance on choosing… However if you actually are an oyster connoisseur, then just get in there! But before you do that you need to order a beverage, and well, as its quite typical to have Champagne and oysters, we decided to wash ours down with some Cava. Which just so happens to be a kind of Spanish version of Champagne, almost the same, but still a bit different, none the less, bubbly and refreshing, and its from an actual region in Spain called Cava. Huh, who would have thought. Nothing like a good random fact;) This little combo, was delicious!
Is there even a way to make this look classy???
Well now that we have had our fill of food sampling, it’s time to do some more meandering around, before heading home later and preparing a deliciously beautiful dinner with all these fresh ingredients. Thank you Mercat de L’Olivar for a fantastic and fun filled afternoon!
Happy Palma Days:)