Down by the Bieu

There weren’t as many people around at the time we walked in (it was past lunchtime) but through its doors, we could see the bright patterned tablecloths and chef’s bustling at their stations as their shift was ending. Pots of all sizes were piled up ready to be cleaned and the remains of the day’s feasts were waiting for their last bidders – and we were among them.

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Morning Market

When we were in Bali last April, we signed up for a cooking class that included a morning market visit with Casa Luna in Ubud. Casa Luna is run by Janet de Neefe, an Australian writer and entrepreneur who fell in love with a Balinese man following her second visit to Bali in the early 80s and has since moved there, started a family and launched several business ventures. Alongside Casa Luna, a restaurant and bakery, she also runs a guesthouse (which she also lives in). While for most Australians hers is a household name, we only recently got to know about her through the workshop and the books she’s published that include a beautiful Balinese cookbook.

The morning of the class, we walked over to Casa Luna to meet with the other fellow travellers who had signed up for her class (the majority of which were from Australia and New Zealand, but there was also a nice couple from Mexico on honeymoon and an American family of four). Once everyone had arrived, we all walked over to the market a few blocks away.

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Faros Market

John and I stopped by Faros Market on our way back from watching the sunset by the lighthouse at the southern tip of Santorini (epic view from there by the way). We had no idea it was a farmer’s market until we pulled up and were originally going to pop by for a coffee before heading back to Fira where we were staying.

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1905 Farmer’s Market

I curiously stumbled into the 1905 Restaurant‘s Farmer’s Market on accident one day while strolling through the outer roads of Thamel.

The market was buzzing with both foreigners and locals selling home-made, organic food in little booths organized neatly around a tranquil outdoor garden. The prices are a bit more expensive there than elsewhere in the city but you can find higher quality items to add to your dishes or to take home as souvenirs, like yak cheese, candles and homemade chap-sticks.

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