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Roma Italian Deli – Pasadena

Roma Market - Pasadena

Roma Italian Deli‘s beloved “Sandwich” has been on my list of tasty things to eat since Jonathan Gold touted its merits back in 2012. Ironically, it’s often the food finds closest to my home that take me the longest to try. Go figure.

The Astronomer, June, and I finally stopped in to Roma on a recent Sunday afternoon. We were all in the mood for something low-key, so picking up sandwiches and enjoying them at the park was just our speed.

Roma Market - Pasadena

In addition to a well-stocked deli counter brimming with meats and cheeses, Rosario Mazzeo’s lil’ market boasts produce, wines, and a plethora of imported Italian provisions (pasta, olive oil, and the like). A return visit to peruse the shelves is definitely in order.

Roma Market - Pasadena

Even though “The Sandwich” is quite sizable, we couldn’t resist procuring a trio of cured meats to round out our spread.

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Yulin Comprehensive Market – Chengdu

Yulin Comprehensive Market - Chengdu - Sichuan - China

Exploring local markets, carefully selecting souvenirs and nibbling from stall to stall, is one of my all-time favorite things to do while on the road.

Reflecting on recent trips, my mind drifts to the sunny afternoon The Astronomer and I spent picnicking outside Valencia’s Mercado Central (those strawberries!), and the lovely walk along the canals of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue at the Sunday market in Provence (those sausages!).

Yulin Comprehensive Market - Chengdu - Sichuan - China

While in Chengdu, we made equally splendid memories at Yulin Comprehensive Market, which was tucked behind an extensive housing complex and surrounded by a bustling park.

Just outside the market’s entrance were clusters of local folks sipping tea, chatting, and gambling. Chengdu residents are famous for their laid back lifestyle.

Yulin Comprehensive Market - Chengdu - Sichuan - China

Our first snack of the day was freshly fried and served up warm…

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Yama Seafood – San Gabriel

Yama Seafood - San Gabriel

My Besh friend alerted me to the awesomeness of Yama Seafood in her recent write up, “Yama Seafood L.A. Fish Market is a Godsend for the Sushi Addict” on L.A. Weekly’s Squid Ink blog.

While The Astronomer was away for an out-of-town wedding this past weekend, I made elaborate plans to finally watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi while indulging in pristine sashimi from Yama. What better way to spend a lazy Sunday, right?

Yama Seafood - San Gabriel

Yama ain’t much to look at from the outside, or the inside for that matter, but the people who run the three-decade-old market are super-sweet, and the fishes are as fresh as billed.

Yama Seafood - San Gabriel

I made my way to the fish counter upon arriving at Yama. Three people were ahead of me in line, and it took a solid 20 minutes before I was served because the sashimi here is sliced and assembled to order.

There’s no menu, little signage, and just a bit of English spoken at the market, so I gestured and nodded to indicate the type and size of fish that I desired. I was only buying sushi for one, so two small fillets of salmon and yellowtail were more than enough to satisfy.

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Sunday Market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue


On our final day in Provence, we perused the Sunday market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Located 23 kilometers from Avignon, this small Provençal town is famous for its Venice-like canals, working water wheels, and sprawling Sunday market. As we crisscrossed our way along the waterways, we found hundreds of vendors selling everything from local produce to soaps to espadrilles. I bought some of each.

Sunday Market at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

First, cherries and cantaloupes were procured for a light breakfast. The vendor was nice enough to slice our melon into manageable pieces.

Sunday Market at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

With our fingers sticky with fruit juice, we moseyed over to the sausage vendor, where we purchased three beautiful links for lunch. The Astronomer chose an herb-crusted sausage, while Mom chose a smoked variety. I settled on one made with figs. All three were seriously amazing. The vendor was nice enough to slice our sausages into manageable pieces.

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