Coincidentally, the past couple Saturdays I posted about food. More than that though, I posted about little corners of Santiago, the places that make up this city. I don’t think a couple of restaurants and a feria or farmers’ market make Santiago particularly unique, but they’re pieces of the ever-changing puzzle that come together to create the Santiago I’ve come to know.
I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a series focused on those pieces, those glimpses of Santiago, but I’ve been a little scared. I probably won’t do exciting things every week in order to have material for every Saturday. Even if I did manage to do those things, I probably won’t post every single Saturday. How can I possibly start a series that is doomed for failure?
The answer, of course, is that I can lighten the hell up and realize that it’s just a blog, not the fate of the free world which is resting in my hands. So some Saturdays I’m going to talk about things I’ve eaten or seen or done in Santiago. And some Saturdays I won’t. Can we all live with that?
This Saturday, Rodolfo and I went to the feria. We’ve been to plenty of these open-air markets in our day, of course, but we hadn’t been in a while. Even though the produce is cheaper and better there than at the supermarket, the supermarket is just so easy. And with our crazy schedules these days, we love easy.
However, we had some free time this morning, and it was a gorgeous, warm day, and on top of that food prices are high which has made our grocery bills a bit painful lately, so we decided to head over to a new-to-us feria. Enjoying time together, getting yummy things and saving some money sounds like a good combination to me.
All that goodness cost us somewhere around $11.000, which is about US$23 right now. And what did we get? A kilo of strawberries, broccoli, half a kilo of tomatoes, half a kilo of carrots, a bunch of bananas, a dozen free-range eggs, a piece of squash (yes, “a piece” is the technical measurement), a kilo of onions, 3 prepared salads (cabbage, green beans, beetroot), a pineapple, three spring onions, a kilo of pears, a kilo of clementines, one red pepper, a kilo of lemons and three kilos of potatoes. Whew.
The eggs in particular are my favorite, as I think you can really taste the difference between the commercial stuff and huevos del campo. Plus, look how pretty they are! The colors range from cream to brown and even greenish-blue. Yes, I’m a marketer’s dream, I know. Just let me enjoy my colored eggs in peace.
Eggs aside though, I think my favorite part of our excursion today was the feeling of splurging. Although we didn’t spend much, walking around the stalls and allowing ourselves to be tempted – strawberries! ready-to-eat salads! and yes, fancy eggs! – felt like a fun little shopping spree. And even though I’d be lying if I said I preferred food shopping to, say, shoe shopping, a cheap thrill that then becomes many good tasting moments throughout the week isn’t half bad.
More in this series
Saturday in Santiago