After I discovered El Galpon online, I decided that Tomas and I should go to check it out, not necessarily to buy anything, but for the earthy experience. This market is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so one Saturday morning we headed over to Chacarita with Tomas' parents. It was a little difficult to find---not many people seem to know about. I'm not sure whether that is because organic food is not as high in demand here or because the market is hidden behind a train station, next to the old abandoned train cars. Really could be either one. Maybe the abandoned train cars turn some people away. To me, it's art...with people living inside.
It is a tiny market....very quaint, but they have everything you could possibly need or want that's organic. From cheeses and meats, to fruits and vegetables, breads, spices, pastas and even beauty products. There is also a cafe at the market where you have the option to eat either inside or out. We sat inside and I had a pizzita integral c/ queso, rucula, y tomate (small whole grain pizza with cheese, arugula and tomato). I felt so healthy eating it, washing it down with my fresh squeezed ginger lemonade. Then I went on to eat a chorizo sandwich for dinner. Hey, you win some, you lose some. At least it was organic chorizo! Which by the way, if you have never tried a chorizo sandwich before, you are missing out on one of the greatest joys of life.
We have made some delicious dinners from ingredients we have bought at El Galpon, and as far as prices go it is really not that expensive! Tomas and I have been back a couple of times since we discovered it. It's a nice way to spend a Saturday morning and is only a short subway ride away.
In case any of you were wondering, El Galpon means "the barn." And indeed this market does have a "barn" feel to it. And lots of people with unwashed hair, but I am in no place to judge. To my knowledge, dry shampoo has still not made it's way south of the equator.
|frolicking down the cobblestones with my reusable shopping bag|
|I got a backpack a couple of months ago. I use it everyday.|
Doesn't it look great in pictures?
|Cooking the mini chorizos...|
|...with a side of shiitake mushrooms.|
|The final product: a delicious choripan (chorizo sandwich) with the|
traditional chimichurri sauce.
|For breakfast, some organic vanilla yogurt|
in an old fashioned milk bottle.
(I made the pic black and white to really
give it that 50's feel).
|...and the next weekend, we picked up these extra large chicken wings|
and doused them in some Frank's Red Hot, thanks to my parents.
|I know the key to Tomas' heart.|
Until next time,