Cours Saleya – A Charming and Colorful Market

French Riviera is often associated with sunny skies, sandy beaches, soft sea breezes, and streets bustled with tourists. A farmers’ market right next to the sun-drenched seafront? It will surely strike you with sweet surprises.

During a recent trip to Nice, France, I got a chance to visit Cours Saleya, the famed food market that attracts tourists from far and near. Situated in the Old Town just blocks from the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Cours Saleya is famous for its fresh flowers, fruits, fish, and vegetables. Year round, locals and travelers alike take pleasure in the produce and pavement cafes under the striped awnings at the market. Food is an important part of French culture–often times, the French will spend hours socializing over a carefully cooked meal, or simply cheese, wine, and baguettes. In France, the Michelin guide and haute cuisine coexist with classic dishes and simple, flavorful ingredients. There are also influences from nearby Italy, which likewise boasts rich culinary traditions, making Nice a perfect crossroads for exotic and fresh ingredients.

A pleasant morning at the Cours Saleya market.

Enjoying the colorfulness and charm of the market, I could not help but embrace the warmth, exuberance, and above all, originality of Cours Saleya. Perhaps, this is what food markets are really about, what traveling is really about.

9 Farmers’ Market Foods I Can’t Find in Grocery Stores

Summer is around the corner with the lure of outdoor fun. While I can get almost all the groceries I need from a typical grocery store, I love walking leisurely under the sun through stands of fresh foods in a farmers’ market and hopefully, coming across a few interesting items that I can’t find in most grocery stores.

Today, while visiting the Irvington Framers’ Market in Fremont, I caught sight of the following nine items:  Continue reading

Four Reasons I Love to Visit the Farmers Market

It’s Sunday again. Strolling on a street filled with stands of savory produce on a sunny Sunday is always a good idea. At the farmers market, I can pick up fresh produce at a bargain price and get tasty and healthy ingredients for cooking. But aside from taste and health considerations, there are more why I love to visit the farmers market.  Continue reading

Snapshots from the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Alice Waters, the chef credited for pioneering the California cuisine’s “farm-to-table” philosophy, once said, “My Saturday morning trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is one of my most beloved rituals.” Today, I visited the famed Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.  Continue reading