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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Bucket List Market

James Beard once said, “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” Therefore, if you have never experienced the Jean-Talon Market (French: Marché Jean-Talon) in Montreal, it is a bucket list must. It takes farmers markets to another level. It’s not just about crisp produce or attractive floral displays. This culinary heaven is surrounded by a few key store fronts, fish in particular, which taste and smell so fresh you might think it just came off the hook. You can also visit the Italian shop with its many varieties of meats, cheeses and unusual olive oils to bathe your fresh vegetables and dress your salads. All you need is the kitchen. Visiting Montreal in the past, you realize you cannot experience the true essence of a place unless you become fully immersed in the culture. It’s the reason we rented a flat for a week with full cooking capacity.

So no excuses – this is a great jaunt for the foodie traveler. Twelve months of the year, this place is hopping. Atwater is also a cool market (it’s along the Canal) but Jean-Talon has the display aspect and eye appeal figured out. With our own veggie and flower gardens looking a bit parched and tired, there is no fatigue showing at Jean-Talon. So take Julia Child’s advice. “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” Support your farmers. They make freshness possible!

A few shots at the marketplace taken by Greg Bilowz
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