Comedor meaning dining room in Spanish.
Comedor window sign
The chef aka my cousin with her sous chef and sister.
I guess one of the upsides about being related to the chef is you get to see their "office." It's a very very small space. Like the size of a closet, yet they cook up some really delicious food. Though, being related doesn't mean my being biased. Ok maybe a little, but I really enjoyed the meal. I wish her restaurant well.
The Nagcarlan Market
The market is open 7 days a week. The busiest, of course, being on Sunday. It just so happens during that time children are preparing to go back to school. To many of the stalls and stands are selling school supplies, clothing and other essentials needed for children. Here I'll show you a little photo tour of the market.
The outer stalls lined with clothing shops, eateries, and other necessities.
Each little shop has their own set of regular customers that keep them alive. Suki is the term used for that. Many sell the same items at competitive prices.
Must not forget the abundance of fresh produce as well.
Oh and the rice.
Fresh puto (steamed rice cake) made that morning.
Still warm when my uncle bought a nice hefty slice of it for us to share.
From outside the main market
Crowded walkways make up the large market.
It's almost like a maze just trying to find a specific stall.
This is my aunt's family store. It a one stop litte sari-sari store. I remember when I was a child before moving to America. I would play with the rice bins when I was there. It used to be larger and spacious back them until a fire burnt the market down in the 90s. When they rebuilt it the stalls were smaller and cramped.
Yellow and Indian mangoes
Fresh baked Pandesal
Fresh purple yam! This is what ube is made of. It's literally like a purple sweet potato
Sundays you'd see the extention of the market out in the street. Sort of like a farmer's market. Sometimes vendors set up the night before to stake out a good spot and sleep on the grounds to keep an eye on their produce. It's crowded. Full shoppers looking for their daily ingredients for meals or shopping for school supplies.
A man selling some ice pops. Frozen in cylindrical plastic baggies. You just rip open and lick.
You'll find many vendors selling dried fish like dilis (anchovy)
One of my other faves. Smoked fish. (tinapa)
I just thought these were cute. Little turtle and fishy toys for kids.
Street foods, too. Fish balls. Yum!!!
Fresh calamansi by the bucketful
More mangoes!! -- I practically ate 2-4 of these almost every day when I was there. It's that fresh juicy and delicious. They're really different from the mangoes you'd find in the States.
I love walking around the market. Seeing items and foods you wouldn't normally see. And mostly all for really cheap prices, too. You can't get that anywhere else.
Come back tomorrow for part 6!! :)