Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Union Square Ethnic Market Tour

I went on a market tour of the North End a few months ago and loved it. Now come to find out there is a Union Square Market Tour. The Somerville Arts Council has developed a guide of the markets that is available in brochure format (from the city hall or any of the participating markets) as well as three group tours.

This guide will tell you where to find squid ink pasta, coxinha (Brazilian cheese dumplings) and 30-pound fish from Bangladesh called Lakka—just for starters.

The ArtsUnion Ethnic Market Guide provides lively short descriptions and key information about Capone’s Foods, Casa de Carnes, Halal Market, La Internacional Foods, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilan Buffet and Reliable Market. Whether you’re looking for exotic, hard-to-find ingredients or simply want to learn more about the cultural and culinary diversity of Union Square, pick up one of these brochures and take a self-guided tour.

There will be three group tours of three markets each. Shop owners will share stories about their market— relating to history, culture and clientele and each will share a favorite recipe.

· Jan. 25: Halal Market (Bangladesh/India), Internacional Market(Latin American and Haitian goods), Casa de Carne (Brazilian butcher) Meet at Halal Market, 380 Somerville Ave., 6pm

· Feb. 15: Little India, Capone’s (Italian), Reliable Market(Asian) Meet at Little India, 77A Bow Street, 6pm

· March 8: Pao de Acucar (Brazilian), New Bombay (Indian), Internacional Foods (Latin American and Haitian goods) Meet at Pao de Acucar, 57 Union Square, 6 p.m.

>> Somerville Arts Council - Cultural Tours
>> Take a tour of Union Square’s ethnic markets - Somerville Journal

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