The Yard. The Food Yard at the Fremantle Markets is Where. It’s. At. The fresh produce is so good, and cheap! There are so many interesting foods to try and so many yummy treats to indulge. To be honest, I’m not much of a foodie, but this place is so gooooood. There’s a bakery selling fresh loaves and baked treats, a butcher selling local meats, a cheese shop with a huge variety of amazing cheeses; So. Much. Goodness.
We stopped at a little place across from the cheese shop (of course) called Palace Patisserie where we tried the Ottoman Burek. The people who run this stall are the loveliest. We sat and chatted with them and watched them make the food right in front of us. We ate and drank Turkish tea and had a grand old time. It was super lovely experiencing food from another culture that these guys obviously love and enjoy sharing with others. We need more of it in this world.
As if we hadn’t spoiled them enough, we told the boys we would get them a ‘special treat’. Lucky for them, I knew of a place at the markets that sell Honey Cake. Lucky for me, I know the boys love Banana’s In Pyjamas and therefore Honey Cake would be a huge hit. I wasn’t wrong, and as it turns out, the lady in the Honey Cake store gets customers all the time who have made their way to her store through their kids’ love for Banana’s In Pyjamas. (For those of you playing at home, there is a character in the show that loves Honey Cake and will do anything to get them. He’s a rat if it interests you). This Honey Cake is awesome sauce. If your ever in the markets, do yourself a favour. It is a traditional Czech layered cake with honey-flavoured layers and creamy caramel topped with walnuts and honey crumbs. Just, yum.
As we were just about at the car, the Hubs made a comment about how reasonably priced the fresh produce was. “Well, why don’t we go back?” I suggested, more than willing to head back into the action. “Nah, our parking is almost expired and we have to go get Harps. We’ll just come back tomorrow” OK then. Yesssss!
So we came back the next day and bought the Munch (one the many weird nicknames I’ve given her over the years. I also call her Chach, Mon-Chacho or Chachi Munch. They all derive from calling her Munchkin…just go with it).
She got to try one of the awesome Roogenic Strawberry Tea Fruit Cup extravaganza so she was pretty stoked about that. We were pretty stoked because it got her mind off the cupcakes she had been whining about since she laid eyes on them.
On our first market trip, we had seen this little Indonesian Street Food stall and wanted to give it a try. It was the coolest. We all sat and watched as our food was prepared, the kids were enthralled, I think the guy liked the audience too, that’s what the screen set up is all about, right? Such a cool little experience and the food was hella good. The kids devoured it in about three seconds. The deal is you can have as much steamed rice as your heart desires, but in the interest of getting the kids out before sunset, we didn’t take him up on the offer.
All in all, weekend Marketpalooza was a raging success. We will be back (there’s plenty more food to be tried).