Bargain Bonanza

This is what the streets of a particular quarter in Old Manama look like on the weekend. The well-known “Bangali Gali” (lane of the Bengalis) is a favourite haunt for workers of all hues as well as families eager to strike a bargain – be it to buy vegetables and other fresh produce, or sundry…

Bahrain’s Greens

We visited the local Central Vegetable Market this morning. Normally, we would do the grocery shopping from one of the supermarkets but looked towards Bahrain’s local winter produce this time round – at least for the vegetables. What we got was very fresh and ‘life-like’, particularly the celery, the tomatoes and the baby tomatoes. Though…

Going Green

Last night I accompanied a friend to the old Manama Suq where he had to run an errand, and ended up buying a lot of fish – something that I relish but am never confident enough to cook. Also came across this impressive array of vegetables in one of the lanes in the ancient part…

Tea Time Tales

Traders, workers and shoppers take a break from their schedule over cups of tea, Arabic coffee and gossip in Bahrain’s bustling Central Market. The country’s only facility where fruits and vegetables from all over the region and beyond first arrive is a must-visit for anyone looking for the freshest-possible produce at affordable cost.

Fruit ‘punch’

It’s the summer and no better time to have watermelons. There are plenty available in Bahrain, and all year round. But when the sudden urge to have some came this morning, there were none found on the roadsides where they are usually sold, perhaps because of the beginning of the five-day Eid holiday. So I…