Florence was utterly enchanting. Also beautiful, captivating, soul-liftingâ€¦you name the superlative, and it probably applies to that wonderful city. It has zoomed up my list of Top 10 cities with just this recent visit for a week last May. I got sidetracked from my European posts for the past month but I intend to post many more entries on both Florence and Rome in the days aheadâ€¦ I hope to intersperse the posts with easy â€œcan doâ€ recipes of Italian food or Italian inspired dishes, and if anything jumps out of the local markets in Manila, squeeze those in as well. Barely an hour after checking into our 13th Century Tower Suite at a Bed & Breakfast near the Ponte Vecchio, we were out exploring the neighborhood and came across this wonderful produce shop just 5 minutes away by foot. My photos of this particular vendor turned out pretty goodâ€¦not sure if it was the light, my hunger or just luck so I will pretty much let the photos do the talkingâ€¦ Up top, a small crate of the freshest looking squash flowers I have ever seen. I wanted to rush to a cheese shop and buy some mozzarella to stuff them with, perhaps some good chopped anchovies and a light batterâ€¦ah, fried squash blossoms are heavenly. The tomatoes and artichokes on offer looked brilliant, the juxtaposition of the red and freshest purple green colors would make even a Polaroid photo successful!
Though just a few square meters big, with a lot of frontage on the street (or cobblestoned passageway, really), this fruit and vegetable shop had topnotch produceâ€¦
There were at least 5 different kinds of tomatoes and all looked vine ripened despite the early dateâ€¦many were still probably imported from the Southern provinces of Italy or grown in greenhouses but they looked superb nonethelessâ€¦
Cherries and plumsâ€¦
Pears and are those passionfruit?â€¦
A selection of berriesâ€¦