A Local's view of Tahiti (picture heavy)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by justpassingthru, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey all, last Sunday we had a family reunion on the island Moorea, the sister island of Tahiti.  Thought you might like to see the Tahiti that the tourists don’t see, Mrs JPT cousins cooked the food in an underground fire pit called a hima’a (hē-ma-ā), we had some time in the morning before the ferry left so we took some shots of the Farmer’s Market, you will see that some of the pics are a little low, that is because the sellers don’t like locals taking their pics, also please excuse the quality of the photos, our camera is an very inexpensive model.

    The Farmer’s Market is the building behind the red shirt, we will go around the other side and enter in.

    Stands outside of the Market.

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    One watermelon $10, 2 cantaloupe for $15.

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    Locally produced eggs, they are never refrigerated.

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    The red fruits are rambutans, the wood is excellent for smoking.

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    Tied up in bundles are taro, bean sprouts in the garbage can.

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    The brown fruit come from a tree and are called “mape” (mā-pay), they are cooked in a pressure cooker.

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    "Umara" yellow yams, limes and tomatoes.

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    More umara, yams, white and purple, the white ones turn purple when they are cooked, that's my bride on the left, she's very camera shy. 

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    Now we’ll go inside.

    Char siu, this is why it impossible for me to buy butt in the stores, all of it goes for Sunday char siu, there are probably 20 stands in the Market.

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    Tropical flower bouquets.

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    Flower of the ginger plant.

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    Fruit trees and plants.

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    Birds of paradise.

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    Our local butcher shops, very hygienic, you notice none are refrigerated.  

    This man is very proud of his meat.

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    On the top shelf is lagoon fish run through a grinder, we stuff bell peppers with it.

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    Sugar cane mashed for the juice.

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    Mrs JPT’s aunt’s stand.

    The biscuits are called “ipo” (ē-pō), flour, coconut milk and sugar cooked in a steamer.

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    Cooked bananas, the yellow is manioc, purple in the front row is the “taro,” the purple in the second row are the purple yams, and in the same tray is “uru” (ou-rū) breadfruit.

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    In the white bottle is coconut milk and sea water fermented, “mitihui” (mĭ-tē-who-ē), “poi” (pō-ē) in the plastic containers, pumpkin, papaya, taro, banana, the fruit is mashed and mixed with tapioca flour and sugar and then cooked in an oven or hima’a, coco bread on top.   

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    The Fish Market

    Tuna, about $10 per kilo-2.2 pounds.

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    Lagoon fish, he's 'negotiating'.

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    Assorted Shell fish.

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    More lagoon fish

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    Tuna, he's not happy I took his picture.

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    The famous Breadfruit.

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    A couple of “regimes” of bananas.

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    We have gone through the Farmers Market and come out where we started, it was time for us to leave so we went back to the ferry, I’ll post the reunion on Moorea in another thread.

    Gene
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2011
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very Cool Gene.... Thanks for the tour!!!
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Gene! Boy the tuna looks good.
     
  4. Very nice Gene - thanks for sharing that with us. Nice to see another world from the one we're in.

    John
     
  5. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great pics, thanks for sharing
     
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Thanks Gene!!

      Craig
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome Pics Gene!

    Thanks for showing!

    Bear
     
  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks for the tour Gene and also  for putting yourself at risk in confrontations path from the vendors to give us some behind the scenes of tahiti...... it was great. I am always interested so see the way people really live. Not what I see on tv....

    Joe
     
  9. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    Very cool, thanks for sharing!
     
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gene, Thanks for sharing your neighborhood.
     
  11. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now that's a farmer's market!!!
     
  12. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Thanks that is great... I really enjoyed the pic`s...
     
  13. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow Gene that is very cool. Thanks for taking the time to share the great pics with me. Start putting your list together so we can get another box out to you.  
     
  14. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you for the tour.  A vast improvement over my farmer's market.  I don't see anything wrong with your camera's performance.  Wish I could get tuna slabs for around $5 USD a lb.  They smoke up real nice.
     
  15. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job, Gene.  Thanks for posting.  You quoted some outrageous prices, but that tuna I could handle.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  16. mco

    mco Smoke Blower

    Great pictures thanks for posting
     
  17. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thank you all for the kind words, I'll post the rest of the trip tonight.

    Gene
     
  18. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    One more thing, do you see the difference in the color of the tuna in the case and the guy that wasn't happy I took his photo, his tuna is fresh, it sells for 1500 francs a kilo.

    Gene
     
  19. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Gene
     
  20. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man that is a cool market! Thanks for sharing! [​IMG]
     

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