I like his caveat: "We started at the Central Market where we saw the produce, fish, and meat market. Don't look at these photos if you're a vegetarian or if you believe meat magically appears at Ralph's wrapped in cellophane. Seriously."
So, omnivore that I am, I perused his blog again today, specifically the post about his first day there and the market photos.
I have always loved local markets. I believe that you get a sense of a country and the people when you see what they eat, in their own homes not in a restaurant. I dragged my whole crew through the dusty Silician markets to pick up food for dinner. Buying swordfish from the docks on Ustica was an experience my cousins will not forget...ever. Jake, the boys, and I spent hours at the markets in Costa Rica, picking up fruits we'd never seen before, and looking at the whole creatures. My boys are definitely not the kind of kids who think that meat comes wrapped in cellophane.
I want to share a few of these photos from Bahrain because Kevin is a great photog and these really give you a sense of being there. Warning still applies. Sorry. Thanks for letting me use them, Kev.
Photos by Kevin Brookhouser. Bahrain. 2010.
At first I was not sold on making this combination of dishes. The rice sounded too sweet for my tastes, but it was delicious and the perfect flavor foil to the rest of the flavors on the platter.
I made Gahwa (Bahraini Spiced Coffee), finally getting to use some saffron that I got as a Christmas present.