Picture of the Week

28 January 2018

Week 04: buying veggies in Muchavista, Danish lunch at the office

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It was good to be back in Alicante after a rather exhausting week 3. Most of this week’s photos were taken while buying and consuming food and drink, the latter in good company.

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On Sunday morning, my wife and I went to a nearby fruit and vegetable market to do some shopping. Like most people, we buy most of our food in supermarkets. But these farmers markets have a better selection of locally grown produce, at better prices too. This particular market is held every Friday and Sunday in a parking lot near the Muchavista beach. Some of the vendors do not even have proper stands–they just set up some boxes, like this vendor of citrus fruits. This is buying locally in the best sense of the word:
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This is more of a proper stand, even accepting card payments:
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Root vegetables:
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Tomatoes that look, smell and taste like nature intended:
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Oranges are in season now:
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Oldtimers, relaxing while their sons and daughters are doing the selling:
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This market is mostly about fruit and veg, but there are also a couple of stands selling meat and cheese products. The substance with the wooden spoon is called sobrasada, basically a Spanish version of the French rillettes:
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There is also a shoes vendor:
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And these two cute dogs are strays who have been adopted by the owners of one of the stands and now have a good home:
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During the week our office hosted yet another event attended by representatives from Member States, among them my good friend Linda from the Latvian Ministry of Culture. In the evening, I went with her and a couple of others to have a beer at Malatesta. A Tripel Karmeliet on tap is a thing of beauty in every respect:
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Linda in conversation with my colleague Alexandra and a lady from the French Ministry of Culture:
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Informal portrait of Linda in very marginal light:
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On Wednesday we had the traditional Danish Christmas lunch in the office restaurant. For a variety of reasons, we did not manage to organise it in December, so we decided to have it in January instead. We are about 20 Danes in the office, and 14 of us were in attendance:
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The food on the menu was just the regular food at our restaurant, nothing special Danish. This is a risotto with chicken and mushrooms, very nice:
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And a very nice piece of fish. This, plus dessert, is part of a menu for which you pay around €15, very reasonable:
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But we did have the Danish essentials, various types of akvavit that I had contributed:
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Birgit raises a toast:
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A misty morning in Alicante, as seen from our office terrace:
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Then Friday arrived, and as it was the last Friday of January, we had our usual drink-and-snack meeting:
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Analysis of Greek wine, brought to us by a visiting judge from Greece some weeks earlier:
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Conversation, not too serious:
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And that was the end of a quiet week.

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