{A late afternoon lunch at the Farmers Market}

This was definitely a weekend to stay indoors in cowtown. The sub -20 celsius temperatures have returned as well as multiple snow fall warnings. On Sunday morning I spent over an hour shoveling my mom’s driveway. And it wasn’t the light fluffy snow either, oh no, it was the heavy, dense, break-your-back snow where you have to stop every few minutes and let out a huge agonizing sigh, wishing you had a giant tractor shovel that could save you from this annoying chore.

I guess on the bright side I got a great arm workout, although it would have been easier if I hadn’t just attended a 75 minute yoga core class just earlier with more-than-the-usual number of chaturangas thrown into the mix.

Alright, enough whining, onto the food..

My mom lives super close to the Kingsland Farmers Market (about 5 min walking distance), so me and the boy headed over late in the afternoon for some midday fuel.

The boy went with sandwich at Wayne’s bagels – specializing in Montreal-style bagels boiled in honeyed water then baked in a wood-fired oven to create their signature chewy and dense bagels.

He ordered the black forest ham bagel sandwichstacked between layers of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheddar cheese and smears of cream cheese between a dense and chewy multigrain bagel. This was served with a side of chips (a bit on the greasy side..) and a crunchy pickle split in two.

The picture says it all. Fresh and piled high with sandwich goodness. The boy said it was one of the best sandwiches he’s had in a while.

Other popular choices here are the lox bagel topped with layers of smoked salmon, capers and luscious cream cheese or the Montreal smoked meat sandwich.

I decided to go with a platter from Kaffir Lime Indonesia Grill. I was greeted by a friendly women and the chef who told us all the items are made fresh daily and that the meat was made from organic, free-range, antibiotic-free meat. They told me their most popular dish was the Rendang, a flavourful beef stew that is cooked for hours to create the flake-with-your-fork tender meat.

My large platter came with a side of bright yellow coconut rice, a fresh salad of multi-coloured peppers and cucumbers and topped with what looked like prawn chips and a small spoonful of spicy sriracha sauce for some heat.

The beef was beautifully aromatic with Indonesian spices and seasonings. The salad was a nice fresh addition to the rich hearty stew. I did not detect any coconut in the rice (like in Thai cuisine), but it was still good. I could have done without the “chips” on top which were quite stale and flavorless and added nothing to the dish. Overall, a really filling meal and a pretty good deal for about $8.

This loaf was calling my name from behind the glass at the Rustic Sourdough Bakery stall..

Behold this beautiful German walnut coffee cake loaf ($6.50)…

Soft and airy brioche like dough twisted around layers of a rich and nutty spiced walnut mixture and drizzled with a sugary glaze…oh my..

This cake had just the right amount of sweetness, no need for butter or any other condiment here, this is best enjoyed on its own. Dare I say this would make an incredibly tasty french toast.. A slice of this makes the perfect mid afternoon snack this week with a cup of genmaicha green tea..

2 Responses to “{A late afternoon lunch at the Farmers Market}”
  1. Tatiana says:

    Love this post. I haven’t had a chance to eat at the market, but I surely will. And may I also strongly recommend the duck confit from Greens, Eggs + Ham? I am heating it up right now, and it is wonderful. Would not recommend their duck prosciutto though, too much seasoning.

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