04 Dec2014


Mid-morning and we had already had two meals since 5pm the day before… but we were HUNGRY. :) So this is the meal we cobbled together from the Raspail market purchases. First up, a fantastic salad of heirloom tomatoes (how do they get them this ripe in November?! in a hothouse?) with mixed olives and two kinds of anchovies (plain and spicy). Splashed with a simple bottled vinaigrette, this salad was utterly delicious.


The tomatoes that were just brilliantly ripe for late November… I had to wonder if they were imported from warmer climates.


The mixed olives in a “small container” that we barely managed to consume half of in 4 days of munching on them.


A large whole roast chicken with tomatoes and onions, which cost just Euro6.50 and we only managed to eat half of the chicken at this meal, I ate the rest of it early the next morning shredded on salad greens.


For dessert, some sweet clementines from Spain. These kinds of meals were so satisfying, and yet, cost no more than Euro5-6 per person or roughly PHP300-350! Now that we were fortified and adjusted to the local setting, we set off to conquer Paris with our long list of to-do’s and must-eats!



  1. ami says:

    I would have made short work of those olives since I love them.

    Dec 4, 2014 | 11:28 am


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  3. Natie says:

    It’s nice to have a furnished kitchen.. That’s the best way to travel if you love markets and enjoy cooking.

    Dec 4, 2014 | 11:32 am

  4. Khew says:

    Hazarding a guess, I would say the lovely tomatoes were from Provence. Average November daytime temperature there would be a nice 16C with around 5 hours of sunshine.

    Dec 4, 2014 | 3:16 pm

  5. Betchay says:

    My kind of a cheap but delicious meal!

    To everyone in the path of super typhoon Ruby: Keep safe!

    Dec 4, 2014 | 4:50 pm

  6. Kasseopeia says:

    Those olives would not last 24 hours with me. But then again, that means I’ll be munching on those tomatoes tossed with those olives, alternating with bites of those spicy anchovies.

    Someday, someday!

    Dec 4, 2014 | 6:00 pm

  7. corrine says:

    Those are gorgeous tomatoes. Haven’t eaten tomatoes that good for many years!

    Dec 4, 2014 | 9:33 pm

  8. millet says:

    Dec 4, 2014 | 10:07 pm

  9. Marketman says:

    millet, yup, saw that in my mail box, a bit of artistic license with the dish, me thinks… But I am always happy to see Filipino dishes on their pages. They’ve had adobo and sinigang as well.

    Dec 4, 2014 | 10:21 pm

  10. erehwon says:

    I should not be reading this at 11:15 AM. I guess I’ll have an early lunch! :)

    Dec 5, 2014 | 12:17 am

  11. rp says:

    being hungry in Paris is not a bad thing; it should be a pre-requisite to visiting…

    “We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” Ernest Hemingway, A Movable Feast

    Dec 5, 2014 | 3:36 am

  12. pinkytab says:

    About that Saveur article, why is vinegar served with the fried rice?

    Dec 5, 2014 | 4:31 am

  13. ariel says:

    I love antipasto style salads..olives, pimientos, artichokes..good in between meals

    Dec 5, 2014 | 8:19 am

  14. Mandy says:

    Clementines, my favorite citrus fruit. A question, are the kiat-kiat (mini ponkan) they sell here, clementines or they are just both small kinds of oranges?

    Dec 10, 2014 | 1:48 pm

  15. Marketman says:

    Mandy, I think kist-kiat are a type of mandarin orange, and clementines are also a type of mandarin oranges, though perhaps slight different… this link explains some of the overlap or relationships… great question.

    This other googled entry suggest a clementine is a cross between a mandarin and a sweet orange, here.

    Dec 10, 2014 | 9:38 pm


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