A bagel that just recently emerged from a hot brick oven, slices of smoked wild sockeye salmon and some plain cream cheese. That seemed like a nice way to start a market brunch… The bagel was superb, that extra 5-10% of added brilliance probably simply the result of being so recently baked. The cream cheese a foil for the intensely orange wild smoked salmon. Mrs. MM and I had one bagel each. I ate the extra pieces of salmon with my fingers. Yum.
This small package of smoked salmon was roughly $8, plus the bagels, so this set us back just $6 per person. A very reasonably priced starter… :)
If we were heading back to Manila from Vancouver, I would have brought home a kilo or more of smoked salmon!
Just minutes earlier, we watched this man at “Siegel’s” expertly place the bagels on really long narrow wooden paddles and into a hot brick oven. Then when they were ready, he deftly scooped them up, pulled them out of the oven and tossed them all at once into a stainless bin. Kitchen performance art for those who choose to see it that way. Plain bagels were $1 or so each if I recall correctly.
For our “main course” we had some plain and olive rolls, also freshly baked at Terra Breads, along with 100 grams each of thinly sliced jamon iberico chorizo or sausage, and a wild boar sausage, both from Oyama. Both were excellent, and while the characteristic and delicious fattiness of the jamon iberico was classic (just look at the sheen on those babies), I actually marginally enjoyed the subtle and extremely mild flavor of the paler wild boar sausage.
We couldn’t finish all of this sausage, and we took it home with some rolls for a midnight snack or breakfast the next day.
The Terra Breads stall was a visual and olfactory delight. There is just something about the smell of freshly baked bread that is seriously enchanting. Gosh we could have gone further and purchased a couple of kinds of cheese. Some olives, prepared salads, etc. But we just had some fruit to round off the market brunch… we knew there was more food coming later in the day!
The mustardy yellow paint on the walls, the freshly baked bread and the sunlight hitting the shop made for a beautiful sight.
We were sorely tempted by the pastries, cookies and sweets but we had to keep some space to try many of the other things Vancouver had to offer food wise. Look at those belgian chocolate brownies!