meta name="p:domain_verify" content="8b08da541f8a920e6 Marie Z Johnston: Winter in Paris

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Winter in Paris

It is 7:30 am and still the sun has not risen. Winter in Paris is cold and dark. Yet out there in the obscurity, there are farmers and merchants busy setting up their stalls for the discerning and hungry people who will soon descend upon the fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken and cheese, beautifully laid out for sale.

While the dead of winter is hardly the romantic, visually riotous, delicious time to be leasurly wandering outdoor markets in search of dinner (or lunch) it is a good time to see what Parisians like to eat. People are bundled up and in a hurry to get their shopping done... none of the lingering of the summer months. Still, there is so much choice - who knew winter vegetables could be so varied and so lush?

The choice of potatoes (not to mention oysters) is staggering, and people buy! If you are late in arriving, or a dawdler (like me) 1:30 comes along and half the merchants are packing up what little remains of their once full to the brim stands.

Each market is different, representing the taste of the surrounding neighborhood and it's inhabitants. There are stands with hand made breads, artisanal cheeses from small farms and hot prepared foods from around the world.

So begins an adventure in Paris, exploring the 65 markets in 18 arrondissements. From the typically parisian to the ethnic neighborhoods, the weekly open air and the more permanent covered markets to the shopping streets, Paris is filled with food... glorious food!


Alex said...

and it begins!

Bromography said...

Looks like the start of a marvelous adventure1

Zabie said...

Thanks Alex and Bromography!

Anonymous said...

ah... the feasts ahead...... fabulous ...... great photos and tantalizing prose, CONGRATULATIONS!

Jonathan said...

Those oysters make me hungry for Paris.

Zabie said...

Don't worry Jonathan, there are plenty here for when you return!

shizuokagourmet said...

Dear Marie!
Greetings at last!LOL
Thank you so much for amending your comment box!
incidenally did you know that it is a law in France that Municipalities have to take care of installing, "folding away" and cleaning officially desgnated market locations from 7:30 to 13:30 on market days?
Probably the only county to have such a law!
Don't forget there are markets everywhere in France down the smallest village!

Zabie said...

Robert-Gilles: Didn't know about that law... thanks!

Having lived in France (thanks to my French Maman) on and off for my entire life, I have seen and eaten from/at many markets in many towns in France.. and intend on sharing about them as well... (thus the 'French MM, not the Parisian MM)

Of course, there are markets all over the world I would love to visit and share about... Perhaps someday Japan?