Noshing at the Naschmarkt

Today we went by the Naschmarkt for well, some nosh! We just wanted to check it out, so didn’t buy a huge amount of stuff. But we will be back!

I realize that I am spoiled by Virginia farmer’s markets, but I haven’t been super-impressed with the grocery store produce here. Especially considering it’s summer right now. There are certainly some nice things–berries in particular–but also quite a few items that look they’ve been around a little too long. And the peaches are the same rock-hard grocery store peaches I refuse to buy at home.

The Naschmarkt was a major step up. Really nice, fresh produce of all kinds, and lots of specialty items, particularly Middle Eastern food. We bought dolmades, feta-stuffed peppers, olives and pita bread for dinner. I would have bought more, especially meat and cheese, but we didn’t have any way to keep the food cold and we had more errands to run afterwards in the 90-degree heat. So, we just bought a few vegetables.

Before we left, we stopped at a Vietnamese restaurant for lunch. This was a a big thing for us in NoVA, so we were excited to find one. Unfortunately, though the food was fresh, it was definitely “dumbed down” for the Austrian clientele. No spicy basil at all as far as I can tell. Oh well, it wasn’t bad, and it was a nice change. There are lots of little ethnic restaurants in the market. We’ll just try a different one next time.

I’m definitely going back later in the week and bringing my rolly cart to stock up!

The Naschmarkt is pretty unassuming from the outside.  Just a street market located in a big median between two streets.  (With the ubiquitous recycling bins out front.)
The Naschmarkt is pretty unassuming from the outside. Just a street market located in a big median between two streets. (With the ubiquitous recycling bins out front.)
A gourmet vinegar bar.
A gourmet vinegar bar.
More vinegar.
More vinegar.
Cheese Land.
Cheese Land.
And, of course, lots of MEAT.
And, of course, lots of MEAT.
Now I know where to find the really good produce around here.
Now I know where to find the really good produce around here.
The Naschmarkt is overcrowded but undeniably has nice produce.
The Naschmarkt is overcrowded but undeniably has nice produce.
Hot peppers! Probably from Italy.
Hot peppers! Probably from Italy.
There are some pretty exotic fruits.  I think jackfruit is Australian.
There are some pretty exotic fruits. I think jackfruit is Australian.
Dragon Fruit?
Dragon Fruit?
Any kind of spice you like. The smell walking past  these stands is pretty awesome.
Any kind of spice you like. The smell walking past these stands is pretty awesome.
Sweet potatoes for about $6 per kilo....so much for my favorite cheap side dish!
Sweet potatoes for about $6 per kilo….so much for my favorite cheap side dish!
Various kinds of spiced nuts.
Various kinds of spiced nuts.
Okra! Just $10 a kilo.
Okra! Just $10 a kilo.
Pumpkins are a local specialty.
Pumpkins are a local specialty.
One end of the market is non-grocery stuff.  I bought a fan--standard summer accessory here.
One end of the market is non-grocery stuff. I bought a fan–standard summer accessory here.
These little teapots are really cute. WANT.
These little teapots are really cute. WANT.
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