Market to Pantry #8: Prahran Market, Melbourne, Australia
From Zainil (Plate Licking) in Melbourne:
I shop at the Prahran Market religiously every weekend. It is also one of Melbourne's oldest markets.
My Saturday always starts with croissant from Alison’s followed by flat white at Jasper Coffee. Alison specialises in handmade bread and her croissants are form Melbourne-based third generation French bakery. IMHO, these croissants are the best in Melbourne. I used to live in France I know a good croissant when I see one. You can taste the butter in Alison’s croissants, and they are plumped and moist not at all dry and flaky. All of her breads are prepared from locally sourced ingredients.
Jasper is our caffeine dealer extraordinaire. The company tends to focus on single origin, organic and fair trade beans. All their beans are freshly roasted in house, plus they are also carry in-house blends. Different beans and blends are featured each week for their sit-in/take-away orders. I have not seen the place not packed with regulars queuing for their fix.
Prahran Market caters for all taste and culinary tradition. You can get just about anything from the market. My two main shops are the organic producers; Ripe Organics and Cleanfood Australia. The latter carries more fresh local seasonal organic produce. The former is a larger operation and supplies both fresh and dry goods. Ripe has everything you need for a 100% organic pantry; from spices and condiments to basmati/brown rice, other grains, lentils and pulses.
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