Get a sense of place through taste during your travels
I also want to introduce ingredient and wine retailers in the United States so you can live the Mediterranean Summer lifestyle at home.
FOOD TOURS AND COOKING CLASSES
Make a food tour or cooking class a part of your trip, especially at the beginning of your stay. You’ll gain insight into what to eat, learn how or from whom it’s made, and where to find the best local dining.
You can eat at most of the markets and it’s a good idea to explore the neighborhood around them for restaurants, café’s, food stores, bakeries, wine and cookware shops. Many market halls are also architectural gems.
Go where the people are! Immerse yourself into some food shopping. You will have direct access to many delectable foodstuffs that are difficult to find at home, if at all. And of course, keep room in your checked baggage to bring food souvenirs home. I guarantee, every time you open the jar, box, or can after your travels, you’ll think about the day you bought it and smile.
COOKWARE AND HOUSEWARE STORES
Cookware stores provide all kinds of clues of what you should be eating in a particular place. Tagine. Paella. Cous cous. Griglia. Cataplana. Kabob. It goes on. They’re also wonderful souvenir stores for hand tools, gadgets, and tabletop items for your home. Just remember to pack them well in your checked baggage.
You’ll eat very well at any one of the fine establishments listed here that feature a style of cooking indicative of where they are. There are also associations like the Ristoranti Della Buona Accoglienza in Venice and the Premiate Trattorie Italiane of which the member restaurants subscribe to reflecting local tradition and authentic dishes in their menus.
Treat yourself and stay somewhere nice. Why not? Many hotels are also getting into the local food scene by having culinary programs on their premises or featuring classic and regional dishes in their restaurant menus comprised of local ingredients.
recommendations by country
Mercado da Ribiera
Av. 24 de Julho s/n, 1200-481 Lisbon
Mercado dos Lavradores
R. Latino Coelho 38, 9060-155, Funchal, Madeira Island
Mercado Central Cádiz
Plaza de la Libertad, 11005 Cádiz
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
Calle Atarazanas 10, 29005 Malaga
Mercado Central de Alicante
Av. Alfonso el Sabio, 03002 Alicante
Mercat de l’Olivar
Plaça de l’Olivar, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears, Mallorca
Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, 46001 Valencia
Mercat Sant Antoni
Carrer del Comte d’Urgell 1, 08011 Barcelona
Les Halles De Sète
Rue Gambetta, 34200 Sète
18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon
Cours Masséna, 06600 Antibes
Marché du Cours Saleya
Cours Saleya, 06300 Nice
826 Chemin de la Pounchounière, 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence
33 4 93 32 74 21
Mercato Centrale Firenze
Piazza del Mercato Central, 50123 Florence
Via Buontalenti 57, 57126 Livorno
Via Beniamino Franklin, 00153 Rome
Mercato di Rialto
Calle de la Pescaria, 30122 Venice
Via del Pian dei Giullari 47, 50125 Firenze (FI)
Tel. 39 055 220 053
Via Giuseppe Mazzini 120, 55049 Viareggio (LU)
Tel. 39 0584 31382
Ristorante Don Alfonso
Corso Sant’ Agata 11, 80061 Sant’ Agata sui Due Golfi (NA)
Tel. 39 081 878 0026
Lo Scoglio da Tommaso
Piazza delle Sirene 15, Marina del Cantone (NA)
Tel. 39 081 808 1026
Grand Hotel Miramare
Via Milite Ignoto 30, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure (GE)
39 0185 287013
Hotel Villa Franca
Viale Pasitea 318, 84017 Positano (SA)
39 089 875655
Baglio Soria Resort and Wine Experience
Contrada, Via Soria, 91100 Trapani (TP), Sicily
39 0923 861679
Varvakios Central Market
Athinas 42, 105 51 Athens
Hatzikelis Seafood Restaurant
Solomou Alchadef 9, Rhodes Island 851 00
Tel. 30 2241 027215
Witt Hotel Istanbul
Kılınç Ali Paşa Mahallesi, Defterdar Ykş. No:26, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
90 212 293 15 00
Mehane Yehuda Market
Mehane Yeduda Street, et. al., Jerusalem
MAIL ORDER INGREDIENTS IN THE UNITED STATES
Great eating is all about the quality of the ingredients. After your travels, these resources offer wonderful selections of authentic food products and kitchen wares for your Mediterranean cooking at home.
WINE IMPORTERS AND RETAILERS IN THE UNITED STATES
The harmony of a cooking style paired with the wine making style of the same area makes for a very satisfying dining experience. These retailers offer a wide range of wines from the entire Mediterranean region.
1440 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205
K&L Wine Merchants
855 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
1605 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Italian Wine Merchant
108 E 16th Street, New York, NY 10003
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