Let’s get right to first things first. Being in Florence for a month means we need food so top priority is going to a market.
First, I went to the big market, Mercato Centrale, which had dizzying arrays of everything
from pasta to cheese to meat to olives to sweets to seafood to fresh produce. I was too far from “home” to carry a load so my purchases were few.
Much closer, I discovered Mercato Sant’Ambrogio, not quite as fancy nor as touristy. There I plunged right in.
While food was the calling card, how could I resist buying a wonderful leather bag for only $20E? It’s for my daughter, but today it came in very handy as a carry bag.
Now on to the produce. I actually came prepared with a list so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy everything in sight.
Even so, I couldn’t pass up these little artichokes. Now if I can just figure out how to prepare them. Any suggestions?
Trying to decide what cheese to buy is always a challenge, but after sampling this soft gorgonzola the decision got a whole lot easier. That is one of the best cheeses I’ve ever tasted.
I don’t know how many euros I ended up spending, but I felt like the market was a lot less than shopping at Whole Foods and twice as much fun!
Thankfully, the hubby was with me or I would never gotten home with all my purchases. Would you believe those two humongous bunches of flowers were 5E? I’m in heaven!
Getting home and putting everything out was just as much fun as the purchasing. Isn’t this a beautiful still life?
I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and start filling the apartment with tantalizing food smells.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind
P.S. It’s hard for me to keep up with your posts right now, but I look forward to catching up later.