06 May 2010

Road Trip Torino: Day 5

Rain. It’s still raining. So, today we’re going to visit a market.

As we walk to school every day, we walk through an enormous market. There are several large buildings to house the indoor part of the market, and all around these is the outdoor part of the market. For the most part, the outdoor part sells housewares and fruits and vegetables. The indoor part sells meat and cheese and some bread.

So today we’re going to go inside one of the markets. I wish you could see the whole scene and hear the vendors talking to each other and to their customers. I wish you could smell the herbs in the outdoor market. We’ll save that for another day—today we’re going to go inside to get out of the rain.

The first thing you notice is that there’s meat everywhere. This is not a place for vegetarians. There are all sorts of animals: beef and pigs and lambs of course, and chickens. But there are also rabbits and pheasant and duck and quail and boar and even horse meat. They use every part of the animals as well. Here you can buy the muscle meat that we’re used to eating, and also the liver of course. You can also buy all the inner organs. I won’t go into any more detail, because this is a family blog, but suffice it to say that I even saw a couple of…ahem… organs that I’ve NEVER seen in a butcher shop (don't worry, I did't take photos of those…)

What’s not eaten fresh is preserved for the future.

There are also all sorts of cheeses. For dinner we bought a local cheese called Toma. We ate it with some bread and some sausage. It was lovely.

Our shopping done, we stopped by the bar for an espresso to fortify us before we once again braved the weather outside. It was a dreary day, but we had some lively lessons in the morning, and an art history class in the afternoon.

The weather prediction is for more rain tomorrow, but I really think it’s going to clear up. This is Italy, after all!

To be continued…


Kim said...

I loved all the photos of the market, amazing all the variety of meats. I can't imagine seeing all that organ meat - yikes! Do you have a kitchen so that you can cook while you're there?

Kate said...

What a market. I have never seen/heard of such a variety of meats and "parts". Would certainly make for an interesting cookbook!

I appreciate your sharing the trip. It is fun for me to accompany you!

Pam said...

It all looks so wonderful!

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

These pictures are making me hungry!

Susan @ The Spice Garden said...

May not comment every day ... BUT ... I am loving this!

The Gypsy Chef said...

The market looks wonderful. How nice to have an apartment and be able to cook with all these super ingredients.
Have fun, and my fingers are still crossed.

Junglefrog said...

That looks like a wonderful market to visit. I love markets and am really looking forward to seeing them all in june..!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I am enjoying your trip as well. My favorite part of traveling is shopping!


My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great market Kate. Don't you hate it when it rains while you're on vacation? Looks like you made the best of it by visiting food markets.