This morning I took a 20-minute taxi ride up to Kathmandu to check out the weekly farmers' market at 1905 Restaurant. The restaurant occupies a lovely complex that in the past hosted one royal coronation, Queen Elizabeth II during her 1961 visit, and the now defunct International Club, whose members were the "elite & influential of Kathmandu." The architecture suggests a colonial influence even though Nepal was never a colony.
The entrance, with a wooden footbridge that passes over a moat:
And the restaurant itself:
Every Saturday from 9am to 12pm approximately 20 vendors set up tables on the restaurant grounds to sell an impressive range of local products, from rotisserie chickens to nettle tea, and everything in between.
As they mill about, people might get a bite to eat at the omelet station and fresh coffee from the barista:
And then they shop. For organic fruits like fresh strawberries:
And fresh vegetables like the local pumpkin:
And mustard greens:
There are homemade juices and jams:
Fresh goat cheese:
And non-edible products like Wild Himalayan Bee Balm:
Finally, I spied this homemade pomegranate salsa, made fresh every Friday by another local blogger, Brian Smith. The sample below was delicious, so I bought a jar to take home.
Forgot the avocados, though -- next time. Maybe next time I will also try a game at the bowling alley next door.
Although the local league may be a bit intense for me.