Eat local: Ōmi-chō Market and Morimori Sushi, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

One of the 170 vendors in the famed Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan, that has been supporting Kanazawa’s gastronomic culture since the middle of the 18th century

One of the 170 vendors in the famed Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan, that has been supporting Kanazawa’s gastronomic culture since the middle of the 18th century

 

From our ship in the port, one day in Kanazawa we headed downtown mid-day and went to the famed Ōmi-chō Market where there is a dizzying array of local produce and fresh seafood.  We planned our time there so we could get a number at Morimori Sushi (restaurant) and shop while we waited for our turn to be seated (see below).  The market has directly supported Kanazawa’s gastronomic culture since the middle of the 18th century.  It has more than 170 vendors selling local delicacies, clothing, fruits, Kaga vegetables, seafood and meats.  Additionally, there are several restaurants and ramen shops within the market building.  We splurged at the market and bought some beautiful sliced wagy-like beef for a home cooked dinner in our apartment, with special local mushrooms and fresh vegetables.

 

An array of beautiful (and colorful) fresh produce at a vendor’s stall in Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

An array of beautiful (and colorful) fresh produce at a vendor’s stall in Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

Notice the packaging of these melons – quite special, with prices to match (US$18 to US$30, EACH!) -- Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

Notice the packaging of these melons – quite special, with prices to match (US$18 to US$30, EACH!) — Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

While you’re splurging, how about one crab for US$80? -- Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

While you’re splurging, how about one crab for US$80? — Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

Then there’s the wagyu-like beef slices, which are about US$40 per pound (it’s actually priced in Japanese Yen per kilogram (2.2 pounds)), Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

Then there’s the wagyu-like beef slices, which are about US$40 per pound (it’s actually priced in Japanese Yen per kilogram (2.2 pounds)), Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

We ended up paying about US7.50 for one of these special local mushrooms to accompany our lightly pan seared (in lard in a cast iron skillet) wagyu-like beef

We ended up paying about US7.50 for one of these special local mushrooms to accompany our lightly pan seared (in lard in a cast iron skillet) wagyu-like beef slices – it was quite different from button mushrooms and porcini and king mushrooms, and had a nice spiciness; Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

Morimori Sushi is Kanazawa’s most recommended conveyer-belt sushi restaurant, offering sushi of outstanding freshness; Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

Morimori Sushi is Kanazawa’s most recommended conveyer-belt sushi restaurant, offering sushi of outstanding freshness; Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan – here the intrepid traveler is receiving a platter of specially ordered tuna (maguro and toro) for lunch

 

Morimori Sushi is Kanazawa’s most recommended conveyer-belt sushi restaurant, offering sushi of outstanding freshness.  We were forewarned that there is always a line to get in, so we arrived earlier than our desired luncheon time, put in our names, got a ticket with a number, and then shopped in Ōmi-chō market for a half hour before our turn came up to be seated at the counter.  In addition to selecting items from the conveyer belt, diners can (and we mostly did) order from an online iPad menu.

 

Tuna (five kinds, including toro (fatty tuna belly)) on a platter at Morimori Sushi, Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

Tuna (five kinds, including toro (fatty tuna belly)) on a platter at Morimori Sushi, Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

Delicious, sweet shrimp (ebi) sushi at Morimori Sushi, Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

Delicious, sweet shrimp (ebi) sushi at Morimori Sushi, Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

It has to be special when you pay US$23 for five nicely boxed apple pears at the Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

It has to be special when you pay US$23 for five nicely boxed apple pears at the Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

Local seafood delicacies and other prepared foods, including tofu; Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

Local seafood delicacies and other prepared foods, including tofu; Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

We saw only one sake store in all of Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

We saw only one sake store in all of Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan

 

We returned to our favorite food vendor from our previous visit, selling yellowtail tataki and salmon tataki, which we had thoroughly enjoyed – this time we bought several (frozen and vacuum packed, so it travels well!); Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa

We returned to our favorite food vendor from our previous visit, selling yellowtail tataki and salmon tataki, which we had thoroughly enjoyed – this time we bought several (frozen and vacuum packed, so it travels well!); Ōmi-chō Market, Kanazawa, Honshu Island, Japan [Tataki is a Japanese food preparation method where the meat or fish is very briefly seared over a hot flame (or in a pan) and then thinly sliced and seasoned with ginger (ground or pounded) and served with soy sauce and garnishes, like sashimi.]

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Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

Jelée de la Citadelle (the harbor by the Citadel in Old Town), Ajaccio, Corsica (France); the capital of Corsica, Ajaccio, with a population of 50,000, is on the rugged isle's western

Jelée de la Citadelle (the harbor by the Citadel in Old Town), Ajaccio, Corsica (France); the capital of Corsica, Ajaccio, with a population of 50,000, is on the rugged isle’s western coast

 

Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean Sea.  A port city (population 50,000) on the rugged isle’s western coast, it was the birthplace of French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte in 1769.  His ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is now a museum displaying family heirlooms.  The baroque, 16th-century Notre-Dame Cathedral, where Napoléon was baptized, contains paintings by Delacroix and Tintoretto.  The Old Town’s colorful Mediterranean houses and remnants of Ajaccio’s time as a Genoese colony speak to its intriguing past.   The town has wood covered mountains circling it to the rear, and the port and citadelle towards the sea, on the Gulf of Ajaccio.  This combination means that the climate in Ajaccio remains mild even during the winter months — hence the town is popular with tourists for much of the year around.

 

Fortress La Citadelle, built in 1492, on the waterfront corner of Vielle Ville (the Old City), Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

Fortress La Citadelle, built in 1492, on the waterfront corner of Vielle Ville (the Old City), Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

 

A panorama taken along the coast adjacent to Boulevard Pascal Rossini, featuring residences and a few hotels on the waterfront, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

A panorama taken along the coast adjacent to Boulevard Pascal Rossini, featuring residences and a few hotels on the waterfront, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

 

The white marble statue of Napoléon dressed as a Roman Consul, surrounded by four lions and a fountain, is a focal point of the centrally located square, Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (

The white marble statue of Napoléon dressed as a Roman Consul, surrounded by four lions and a fountain, is a focal point of the centrally located square, Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

 

We bought several cheeses (fromages) at the Central Market in Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

We bought several cheeses (fromages) at the Central Market in Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

 

Fresh fruit at the Central Market in Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

Fresh fruit at the Central Market in Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

 

Charcuterie at the Central Market in Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

Charcuterie at the, Central Market in Place Foch, Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

 

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Eat local, shop local, make local: Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, best known for its Public Market, is one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, best known for its Public Market, is one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver – a self-sustaining redevelopment project that is now home to more than 300 businesses, marinas, fish-mongers, studios and cultural facilities, employing a total of more than 3,000 people

 

“In the early 1900s, Granville Island [inside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada] was home to factories, plants and sawmills.  Things are a little different today — Granville Island is both a locals’ favorite and a huge draw for visitors.  Technically a sandspit and not an island, the neighbourhood sits just south of the downtown peninsula, right under the Granville Bridge.  The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, but it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios.” – http://www.tourismvancouver.com

 

The “silos” that are part of the cement factory on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have been painted whimsically by a local artist

The “silos” that are part of the cement factory on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have been painted whimsically by a local artist

 

“What the Government of Canada developed in Granville Island is simply the most successful urban redevelopment in North America, which has drawn — and continues to draw — international attention from planners globally.  In 2002, Great Markets Great Cities presented Granville Island with a PPS Award of Merit for its contribution to the social, economic, and environmental health of Vancouver.  In 2004, Project for Public Spaces, a New York-based nonprofit, named Granville Island the “Best Neighborhood in North America” because of its successful transformation in the 1970s from an industrial wasteland to one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver.  The Island is a jewel in the Canadian government’s development crown but it’s just as treasured by locals and tourists for its unique offerings.  Granville Island, itself a piece of art and a destination for more than 10 million people who visit the Island annually, provides a rare example of government as an urban redevelopment standard-setter, creative marketer, and manager in one complete package.  CMHC still manages the operationally self-sustaining Granville Island, now home to more than 300 businesses, marinas, fish-mongers, studios and cultural facilities, employing a total of more than 3,000 people.” – http://www.granvilleisland.com

 

The Public Market on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is probably the island_s best know attraction with a diverse range of vendors offering both fresh produce an

The Public Market on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is probably the island’s best know attraction with a diverse range of vendors offering both fresh produce and fish along with numerous artisinal products

 

“The market itself is often described as a “food lover’s paradise,” and an impromptu picnic is easily picked up between vendors offering cheese, charcuterie, bread and fresh produce.  If you’re looking for something casual but already put together, try the popular food court at the end of the market building.  If a restaurant is more your style, there are some great seafood offerings down here, and there’s nothing like dining by the waterfront.  Don’t forget to fill your glass while you’re down here!  The area is home to an artisan sake maker (the first in Canada), a spirits distillery, and two breweries.” — www.tourismvancouver.com

 

Our early summer visit coincided with the arrival of beautiful local (British Columbia) fruit and produce at the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Our early summer visit coincided with the arrival of beautiful local (British Columbia) fruit and produce at the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

On our small group (7 of us) tour, we had the opportunity to sample fresh offerings from numerous vendors in the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

On our small group (7 of us) tour, we had the opportunity to sample fresh offerings from numerous vendors in the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

While many of us consider the northeastern sections of the U.S. and Canada as prime maple syrup country (e.g., Vermont, Quebec), British Columbia produces some excellent edible maple pro

While many of us consider the northeastern sections of the U.S. and Canada as prime maple syrup country (e.g., Vermont, Quebec), British Columbia produces some excellent edible maple products, Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; these syrups were at Maples’ Sugar Shack in the Public Market

 

These interesting fruit “caviars” for use in drinks (such as a glass of Champagne) and desserts are produced by Bubble Bombs Specialty Foods in British Columbia, Granville Island, Va

These interesting fruit “caviars” for use in drinks (such as a glass of Champagne) and desserts are produced by Bubble Bombs Specialty Foods in British Columbia, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; we tasted several and they are authentic fruit flavors in small “caviar”-shaped balls created from a kelp extract

 

Terra Breads Bakery is regarded as one of the best in Vancouver – at the Public Market on Granville Island they sell a broad array of their breads and pastries

Terra Breads Bakery is regarded as one of the best in Vancouver – at the Public Market on Granville Island they sell a broad array of their breads and pastries

 

We tasted one of Terra Breads_ savory “flatbreads” which was excellent – the day we visited they were selling roasted red pepper + spinach focaccia, cheese + herb focaccia and bl

We tasted one of Terra Breads’ savory “flatbreads” which was excellent – the day we visited they were selling roasted red pepper + spinach focaccia, cheese + herb focaccia and black olive + tomato focaccia; Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

The Green movement is very strong at both the national government, local community and individual level in British Columbia-Canada -- this free bicycle "valet" parking service is typical

The Green movement is very strong at both the national government, local community and individual level in British Columbia-Canada — this free bicycle “valet” parking service is typical of the support “Greenies” have, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is celebrating 30 years on the island with local weavers; the store has live silkworms munching away on

The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is celebrating 30 years on the island with local weavers; the store has live silkworms munching away on their favorites, mulberry leaves

 

“With a mix of unique crafts, skilled artisans, outdoor outfitters and deluxe gourmet stores, Granville Island is one of the best places in the city to purchase souvenirs for back home.  The public market is a great place to start; pick up smoked salmon, exclusive teas, and other gourmet goodies.  Check out the stores in the Net Loft building for First Nations artworks, B.C. wines, and other unique gifts.   Take a stroll along Railspur Alley and the far end of the island to peek into artisan studios where glassblowers, potters, jewellers and even a broom maker ply their crafts.” – www.tourismvancouver.com

 

Your blogger bought this beautiful black and white silk scarf woven by the founder of the Silk Weaving Studio, Diana Sanderson, for the intrepid explorer, Granville Island, Vancouver, Br

Your blogger bought this beautiful black and white silk scarf woven by the founder of the Silk Weaving Studio, Diana Sanderson, for the intrepid explorer, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Granville Island Broom Co. specializes in the traditional art of handcrafted broom making – the brooms are woven using Shaker methods and are designed to withstand years with regular u

Granville Island Broom Co. specializes in the traditional art of handcrafted broom making – the brooms are woven using Shaker methods and are designed to withstand years with regular use. Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Sisters Mary and Sarah (pictured) Schwieger learned to make brooms from their family while growing up in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia and strive to combine beauty, function an

Sisters Mary and Sarah (pictured) Schwieger, founders of the Granville Island Broom Co., learned to make brooms from their family while growing up in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia and strive to combine beauty, function and tradition in their unique products, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Artisan Sake Maker at Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, is Canada_s first boutique sake maker producing sustainable and fresh premium sake made from rice 100% grown in fie

Artisan Sake Maker at Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, is Canada’s first boutique sake maker producing sustainable and fresh premium sake made from rice 100% grown in fields in British Columbia; we enjoyed several different styles of sake (including one sparking sake, a first for us!) at their studio on Railspur Alley

 

The Liberty Distillery, established in 2010 on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, ferments and distills on site using 100% British Columbia grains; no neutral grain s

The Liberty Distillery, established in 2010 on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, ferments and distills on site using 100% British Columbia grains; no neutral grain spirits, additives, preservatives, artificial flavors or GMO’s are used

 

The Liberty Distillery on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces a broad lineup of hand crafted, traditional spirits including vodka, unaged “whiskey”, “Tr

The Liberty Distillery on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces a broad lineup of hand crafted, traditional spirits including vodka, unaged “whiskey”, “Trust Whiskey” and gin; the whole lineup is in the front row of the photograph

 

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Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

Panorama of Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan, taken from the top of Mt. Hakodate -- renowned for its view of the surrounding bay and city -- that we climbed early in the morning on the o

Panorama of Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan, taken from the top of Mt. Hakodate — renowned for its view of the surrounding bay and city — that we climbed early in the morning on the one clear day of our visit

 

Sprawled across the southern tip of Hokkaido prefecture’s peninsula, Hakodate was one of the first ports to open up to foreign trade after the end of Japan’s era of isolation.  Traders moved in and foreign influences are still visible in constructions such as the Russian Orthodox Church, the Chinese Memorial Hall, and the Old British Consulate.  Western-style homes from that era mark the Motomachi District, located at the foot of wooded Mount Hakodate.  The top of the mountain entices with spectacular views of town, especially on clear days and in the evenings.  Japan’s first Western-style fortress, star-shaped Fort Goryokakucho (now known as Goryokaku Park), is a popular spot during cherry blossom time.  The morning market near the city’s main station is a great place to explore for fresh produce and a variety of seafood such as sea urchin, salmon eggs and crabs.

 

The trail up Mt. Hakadote (1,096 feet - 334 meters high) in early April was covered with snow on the third of the trail that was shaded, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

The trail up Mt. Hakodate (1,096 feet / 334 meters high) in early April was covered with snow on the third of the trail that was shaded, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

 

A view of the west bay from Mt. Hakadote with our ship docked (mid-left, above the large, red, right-hand crane in the foreground), Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan; note the snow on the

A view of the west bay from Mt. Hakodate with our ship docked (mid-left, above the large, red, right-hand crane in the foreground), Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan; note the snow on the mountains surrounding the city

 

Two red Torii gates in front of miniature Shinto shrines on the hillside below Mt. Hakodate, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

Two red Torii gates in front of miniature Shinto shrines on the hillside below Mt. Hakodate, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

 

The Hakodate Orthodox Church was founded by the Russian Consulate in 1859 with the existing church, adorned with distinctive copper domes and spires, dating back to 1916; Hakodate, Hokka

The Hakodate Orthodox Church was founded by the Russian Consulate in 1859 with the existing church, adorned with distinctive copper domes and spires, dating back to 1916; Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

 

A panorama of the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward -- a beautiful example of colonial-style architecture from 1910; the majestic main hall and rooms are reserved for special guests such

A panorama of the Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward — a beautiful example of colonial-style architecture from 1910; the majestic main hall and rooms are reserved for special guests such as members of the imperial family and the emperor; Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

 

The view from The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward‘s main hall_s balcony, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

The view from The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward‘s main hall’s balcony, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan

 

The colorful inside of one of Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan_s main retail seafood, fish and food stores

The colorful inside of one of Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan’s main retail seafood, fish and food stores

 

At the morning market, giant local crabs for sale were alive and trying to climb out of their outdoor tanks, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan; later for lunch at Gaya Restaurant we had a

At the morning market, giant local crabs for sale were alive and trying to climb out of their outdoor tanks, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan; later for lunch at Gaya Restaurant we had a cooked crab leg that was around 24 inches (61 cm) long and delicious

 

These sweet and quite tasty “hairy crabs” are very popular in Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan; a medium size crab sells for approximately US$40 and a larger crab can go for as much

These sweet and quite tasty “hairy crabs” are very popular in Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan; a medium size crab sells for approximately US$40 and a larger crab can go for as much as US$70 to US$90!

 

A panorama of Goryokaku Fort taken from the top of the modern, concrete Goryokaku Tower; the pentagon-style citadel was Japan_s first Western-style fort and the site is now home to an

A panorama of Goryokaku Fort taken from the top of the modern, concrete Goryokaku Tower; the pentagon-style citadel was Japan’s first Western-style fort and the site is now home to an urban park, Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan; in about a month the 1,600 cherry trees planted in the fort during the Taisho era will come into full bloom

 

Sunset on our last evening in Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan, before sailing south to Honshu Island for our next port, Tokyo

Sunset on our last evening in Hakodate, Hokkaido Island, Japan, before sailing south to Honshu Island for our next port, Tokyo

 

Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

One of the aisles of the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea_s largest seafood market

One of the aisles of the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea’s largest seafood market

 

Jagalchi Market is Busan, South Korea’s fish market. Traditionally, the majority of vendors are female, earning the market’s nickname Ajumma (married women).  Delectable samples of raw fish and tasty sauces are often provided by the vendors to entice buyers.  The market retains innumerable traces of the city’s past.  Famous for its catchphrase, “Oiso, boiso, saiso (Come, look, buy)” in the local dialect, the Jagalchi Market is Korea’s largest seafood market.

 

Fish filets artfully arranged for sale outside the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

Fish fillets artfully arranged for sale outside the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

Sea “pineapples” are cut open to reveal a mussel-like edible seafood, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea; some vendors were sitting in their stalls cutting up the shellfish to

Sea “pineapples” are cut open to reveal a mussel-like edible seafood, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea; some vendors were sitting in their stalls cutting up the shellfish to sell the insides to customers

 

An artful display of fish outside the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

An artful display of fish outside the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

A few of the vendors had huge fish tanks with interesting specimens for sale, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

A few of the vendors had huge fish tanks with interesting specimens for sale, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

Crabs are prized and quite expensive at the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

Crabs are prized and quite expensive at the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

Large dried squid are very popular, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

Large dried squid are very popular, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

Dried white bait is used in both Korea and Japan was a topping with rice and in cooked dishes, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

Dried white bait is used in both Korea and Japan was a topping with rice and in cooked dishes, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

Many different kinds of crustaceans were on sale at this stall and many others, throughout the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

Many different kinds of crustaceans were on sale at this stall and many others, throughout the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

An interesting shape for seaweed for sale outside of the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

An interesting shape for seaweed for sale outside of the Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, South Korea

 

Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

The Central Market in Gizo, on Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands, is adjacent to the main pier

The Central Market in Gizo, on Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands, is adjacent to the main pier

 

The islands of the New Georgia group in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands are rugged and lushly forested islets scattered in an intricate maze of winding waterways and turquoise lagoons.  Ghizo Island is no exception.  The small (population around 6,000) provincial town of Gizo is the second largest in the country and the capital of the Western Province.

 

Coconuts, yams, bananas, betel nuts, oil, etc. are popular products for sale in the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

Coconuts, yams, bananas, betel nuts, oil, etc. are popular products for sale in the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

 

“This area of Solomon Islands has had a history of headhunting.  According to local stories the Gizo tribe were notorious in this activity.  As a consequence the surrounding local tribes took the unusual step of joining together to obliterate the Gizo tribe.  The stories further relate that the only survivors were a Gizo woman and her son.  This event led to Ghizo island being declared as a property of the state, rather than the usual customary ownership prevalent in much of the rest of the Solomons.  As a secondary consequence becoming an administrative and business centre because of the relative ease with which registered land titles could be obtained.” — Wikipedia

 

Relaxing adjacent to the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

Relaxing adjacent to the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

 

We had the opportunity to walk around town and did some shopping at both the open air central market and, strangely enough, at the Gizo dive shop (Dive Gizo) — which deserves its reputation for offering the best arts and crafts (particularly wood carvings) that have been collected from all over the northern Solomon Islands, including the outstanding sculptures by the artisans living on the islands in Marovo Lagoon [see our previous post, “Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands”].

 

Very popular throughout the region, betel nuts are chewed with a touch of lime wrapped in a betel pepper leaf, Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

Very popular throughout the region, betel nuts are chewed with a touch of lime wrapped in a betel pepper leaf, Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

 

Adjacent to the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands, is this small dry goods store

Adjacent to the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands, is this small dry goods store

 

Separate groups of men and ladies were playing cards on the side of the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

Separate groups of men and ladies were playing cards on the side of the Central Market, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

 

Walking into Dive Gizo on Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands, visitors who aren_t aware that this is the island_s premier arts and crafts store are surprised

Walking into Dive Gizo on Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands, visitors who aren’t aware that this is the island’s premier arts and crafts store are surprised

 

The selection of wood carved masks and sea life sculptures is quite broad, Dive Gizo, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

The selection of wood carved masks and sea life sculptures is quite broad, Dive Gizo, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

 

A stylized shark, carved by the islanders, for sale at Dive Gizo, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

A stylized shark, carved by the islanders, for sale at Dive Gizo, Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

 

Eat local: Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Cooking traditional Moroccan pancakes that will be filled and rolled up for eating like “wraps” in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Cooking traditional Moroccan pancakes that will be filled and rolled up for eating like “wraps” in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

A short stroll or tram ride from United Nations Place, in the heart of Casablanca city center, the Marché Central de Casablanca (Central Market) is the city’s main market, located along the busy shopping street of Muhammad V Boulevard.  Crammed with locals, the daily market is fascinating place to get a taste of local culture, as well as pick up bargains, with everything from food to fresh flowers and traditional clothing on sale.

 

Boucherie Geneve (butcher shop) in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Boucherie Geneve (butcher shop) in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

 

A boucherie (butcher shop) specializing in skinned rabbits (hanging, left) and poultry and eggs in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

A boucherie (butcher shop) specializing in skinned rabbits (hanging, left) and poultry and eggs in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

The vibrant stalls serve up a myriad of fresh produce, with mounds of fruit and vegetables, a vast array of fish and shellfish, and a rainbow of spices filling the senses with exotic sights and smells.

 

Fresh crabs and oysters at a fish monger's stall in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Fresh crabs and oysters at a fish monger’s stall in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

Langoustines rouges (red prawns) and other shrimp at a fish monger's stall in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Langoustines rouges (red prawns) and other shrimp at a fish monger’s stall in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

Fresh ray fish and other fresh fish for sale at a fish monger's stall in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Fresh ray fish and other fresh fish for sale at a fish monger’s stall in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

Very nice looking fresh vegetables for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Very nice looking fresh vegetables for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

Assorted baskets and kitchen ware for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Assorted baskets and kitchen ware for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

Grains for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Grains for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

Beautiful local fresh strawberries for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Beautiful local fresh strawberries for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

Fresh local mint and herbs for sale by green grocer in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

Fresh local mint and herbs for sale by green grocer in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

 

A pretty tajine (Moroccan cooking pot with conical lid for stews) and other ceramics for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco

A pretty tajine (Moroccan cooking pot with conical lid for stews) and other ceramics for sale in Marché Central (Central Market), Casablanca, Morocco