02 Jun2008

Away on Holiday…

by Marketman


Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you know we are currently on our summer holiday trip. I have written daily posts to keep you amused, but for the most part, we are on vacation. I will not have regular access to email nor do I plan to spend much time on my computer, so forgive me if I am less than responsive to comments, emails, enquiries, etc. over the next couple of weeks. For those of you who are bored and hungry for more food, please check the archives of this blog which have nearly 1,700 different posts to keep you busy. As for regular commenters, you can manage to keep each other amused, no? We all hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer holidays (if you are in the Philippines) or the beginning of your summer in most temperate regions of the planet… Thanks! :)


The breathtaking view at 9:30p.m. from the balcony of our hotel room…



  1. chinachix says:

    wow…where in the world is marketman?

    Jun 2, 2008 | 3:29 am


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  3. proteinshake says:

    in greece !! hope he comes back with a wonderful roast lamb recipe !

    Jun 2, 2008 | 5:05 am

  4. enteng says:

    enjoy your vacation with the family MM!!! Yah, i think we will be seeing a lot of Mediterranean dishes.

    έχω έναs καλός ταξίδι.

    Jun 2, 2008 | 6:46 am


    hey MM! are you at the Philippos Hotel???hehehe

    Jun 2, 2008 | 6:47 am

  6. cha says:

    ooo MM!! you are in athens, greece!!!!! m looking forward for your athens posts……

    Jun 2, 2008 | 6:52 am

  7. Roberto Vicencio says:

    met a greek restaurant owner who had a small shop at the quay in Darwin. he introduced me and my shipmates to grilled octupus tentacles and sprinklled with lemon and olive oil. one of the best outdoor eating establishments we’ve been to. the hospitality made simple dishes just so much better.

    Jun 2, 2008 | 6:53 am

  8. kasseopeia says:

    Enjoy your holiday, MM and Family!

    I’m looking forward to some Greek recipes you might be posting when you come back.

    Jun 2, 2008 | 7:03 am

  9. linda says:

    Happy holiday to MM and family!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 7:21 am

  10. Apicio says:

    Everything Greek is Greek to me but there is a good Latin expression to keep in mind when you’re traveling, aspiritate viae noli perturbari which means do not let the little bumps along the way bother you. Have a good time!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 7:55 am

  11. ykmd says:

    Happy travels, MM and family!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 8:24 am

  12. quiapo says:

    Enjoy youir holiday; May all your meals be memorable, a treasure for your later years.

    Jun 2, 2008 | 8:39 am

  13. Jo says:

    Breathtaking indeed! Have a nice holiday with your family!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 8:40 am

  14. rocoi says:

    looking forward to your greek experience posts, mm! have a great holiday!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 8:51 am

  15. nonymous says:

    You’re at the Plaka district in Athens and Syntagma Square is just a walking distance, near the Parliament Building where there’s the Changing of the Guards.

    Jun 2, 2008 | 9:07 am

  16. zena says:

    greek food is my new thing now. have fun MM and family and take lotsa pictures of the food!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 9:26 am

  17. odette says:


    Jun 2, 2008 | 9:30 am

  18. Rachel Sweets says:

    έχετε το θαυμάσιο Mr. άτομο αγοράς διακοπών! Huk! What ever that means!
    Cheeerrrriiiooooo! :-)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 9:48 am

  19. melody says:

    looking forward to your posts after your vacation :)

    έχουν ένα ωραίο διακοπών!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 10:28 am

  20. joy says:

    oh my, ur in greece..thats one of the places i would love to visit someday (wish!)..will definitely wait for the photos…enjoy!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 10:51 am

  21. Raneli says:


    Jun 2, 2008 | 11:49 am

  22. Mike says:

    Have fun with your family. Can’t wait to see your pics!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 12:02 pm

  23. Homebuddy says:

    Have a fun and happy trip with the family, you deserve it!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 12:59 pm

  24. AleXena says:

    Hi MarketMan! I will surely miss checking your site for daily posts and to tell you the truth… I browsed all the archives already hihihi!:) But I’m sure if you have time you’ll post wonderful pictures of the food there.

    I am looking forward to your posts about Greek food! Especially those that involves pork, chicken, fish and desserts. I know I will be educated by your blogs on Greek cuisine because I am also expanding my palate towards this direction.

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe trip!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 1:11 pm

  25. sometime_lurker says:


    Jun 2, 2008 | 1:14 pm

  26. Krizteene says:

    Have a safe and wonderful holiday, MM. We’re all looking forward to your posts about your experience. May you and your family all have fun!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 1:16 pm

  27. Martine D. says:

    Wow, Greece! My dream destination… sigh. I’ve been a lurker on your site for a few weeks only, and have already tried a number of your recipes. Many thanks from a newlywed, hehehehe! Can’t wait to here how your holiday went, and looking forward to pix of grrrrreat food. Opa!!!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 1:57 pm

  28. Denise says:

    ***super inggit!!!!***

    Wow…enjoy your vacation!!!

    I hope I can save enough to go there too! :D

    Jun 2, 2008 | 2:17 pm

  29. erbie says:

    holy Hera!…MM is in Greece…i am green with envy..:). please post pictures..enjoy your vacation..:)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 2:38 pm

  30. Lyna says:

    in the midst of the lechon chronicles I was just wondering when you would take your holiday since you inquired a while ago about Turkey and AThens. Am happy to know now that you are there now and hope you and the family have s great holiday!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 3:03 pm

  31. Katrina says:

    An awesome view, indeed! Have fun, MM, Mrs. MM and The Kid! Eat lots of baklava for me! ;-)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 3:08 pm

  32. lojet says:


    Jun 2, 2008 | 4:55 pm

  33. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    I’m sure you have your hands full with all the suggestions given by everyone for your trip. Enjoy the sight and food with your family!!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 5:17 pm

  34. Avic says:

    Enjoy your trip MM! Looking forward to some Greek recipes that we can try. :)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 6:55 pm

  35. RachelSweets says:

    Bonjour, Monsieur Homme du Marché!

    Ayez un voyage sûr de nouveau à Manille
    bientôt, nous tous nous ennuyons de vous !

    Revenu dans l’une seule pièce, ok ? À la votre ! :)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 7:35 pm

  36. Rachel Sweets says:

    Faites attention beaucoup et espérez vous attraper assez bientôt,
    Monsieur Market Man ! À la votre ! =)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 7:47 pm

  37. Rachel Sweets says:

    Egad! Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! :)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 7:54 pm

  38. Tricia says:

    Please post tons of pictures when you get back!

    And please do a trip report for us readers who can only dream of a Mediterranean vacation :)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 8:43 pm

  39. natie says:

    WOW! enjoy,MM and family

    Jun 2, 2008 | 8:54 pm

  40. Marketman says:

    Rachel, merci pour votre sentiments meilleurs… And to everyone else, will keep track of the trip and will post when I return. Meanwhile, I enjoy the posts I have lined up for you over the next few days… :)

    Jun 2, 2008 | 8:57 pm

  41. ragamuffin girl says:

    are you going to Turkey as well? I hope you stay at the hotel whose balconies overlook the bridge separating the European and Asian parts of Turkey. My friend showed me her pictures. It was way cool. :) enjoy!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 9:25 pm

  42. chunky says:

    wow, greece! my dream vacation spot…have a lemony vacation MM and family. get back with lots of inspired recipes please.

    Jun 2, 2008 | 9:51 pm

  43. corrine says:

    woohoo! We just wrapped up my hubby’s birthday dinner and I served Mediterranean food. I used your recipe for the tatziki. Mediterranean meal gives such a healthy feeling! Have a great summer vacation!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 10:29 pm

  44. thelma says:

    Have a nice trip! there’s nothing more wonderful than being
    with the family when doing sightseeing and enjoying the culinary delights of your destination. i look forward to your stories and
    new recipes from your trip.

    Jun 3, 2008 | 12:10 am

  45. The Steak Lady says:

    What a breathtaking view! Have a great trip MM! =)

    Jun 3, 2008 | 10:30 am

  46. shalimar says:

    Wouldn’t it be so fab if I were home in Athens and take you around…..?
    Kales diakopes as the greeks say!!!!

    Jun 3, 2008 | 11:25 am

  47. Marketman says:

    shalimar, yes, that would have been great. Between the language, alphabet and Greek being Greek, we felt very “fish out of water for a day or so…” but now we have taken the subways and walked all over, the city is really growing on us… and the food is SPECTACULAR. :) Your friend, Jo, has sent fabulous recommendations for eating as well… Thanks!

    Jun 3, 2008 | 11:42 am

  48. Jun says:

    Hi MM, nice shot of Plaka district with the Parthenon in the background. On our recent trip, we were taken aback when a receptionist of a restaurant (forgot the name) somewhere along Adrianou (?) St started talking to us in Tagalog and invited us to try his place. Turns out his lolo is a Filipino from Mandaluyong. Nice anecdote but the food disappointed.
    If you have time to go out of town, make sure you visit the monasteries in Meteora. Enjoy!

    Jun 3, 2008 | 12:46 pm

  49. Carlo says:

    I hope you will post all the food places you have tried since it may be useful for some of us who may be planning a trip to Greece in the future. Thanks.

    Jun 4, 2008 | 11:22 am

  50. Trina says:

    Have a wonderful vacation MM! Stay safe!

    Jun 5, 2008 | 5:38 pm

  51. ging says:

    looking forward to your posts on greek food MM.

    Have a great vacation!

    Jun 5, 2008 | 6:25 pm

  52. Anna says:

    owesome! im really excited to hear you that youre in Greece, a place that i really adore with…from people,place to foods……amazing!
    Gallactuvurico is one of my sweet favorites,have some you wont mess it..
    give my yasou to everyone..kalo taxide!

    Jun 8, 2008 | 7:56 am


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