In search of the perfect tomato

And how that lead me to Defense’s Itwaar Bazaar today. Not too long ago, I was struggling to find bruise-free tomatoes in HKB’s fresh food aisle when I heard mention of a sunday bazaar. These women praising the plumpness,taste, and most importantly affordable rate of ‘tamaterr’ to be found at the Itwaar Bazaar got me curious. Then just the other day, I was driving by LUMS when I sighted a blue sign, with an arrow no less pointing me in that particular direction. Being a seasoned salad preparer (an expert if I dare say myself), there is an abnormal amount of importance attached to the variety of greens I have available. I , no rather my fridge, lacked lettuce and tomatoes and with brunch attendees confirmed, I skipped out to get some quick. There was that sign again, and this time I veered the car that-a-way.

Once there, I discovered parking isn’t too ghastly of experience, just snap up a card from the guard (you’ll be paying five rupees on your way out), and carefully manuver the car around the packed dirt lot. What can get you bit ruffled is the haggle of ‘porter’ kids willing to carry your kilos of produce around in the heat. I’d suggest you pick one as soon as you park, so there isn’t a trail of kids behind you, since thats what happened to me. Figure you’ll wait till you purchase the sack of potatoes? Nah, don’t bother, because they are pretty persistant, and why shouldn’t they be? Its understandable, its their ‘rozi roti”, or ‘bread ‘n butter’. With my aid in tow, I gathered plump juicy red tomatoes, the lettuce, and even some gleaming eggplant,a true impulse buy. Now there are definately competitive rates,so thats a benefit for sure, in comparison to your supermarket aisles. There isn’t room to bargain though, which I do not mind, since there are rates clearly indicated on laminated cards atop every pile. I did not have any particular complaints at the time, but there is a tent that reads ‘Suggestions and Complaints’ out front of the bazaar. I really appreciated the fact that the vegatable vendors, fruit vendors, and others all had their separate areas clearly marked, a real time-saver. Twenty minutes into the noon sun, and I was ready to head home with my finds.

Now,if you are interested in heading out there yourself,start off on a sunday. Make your way up to Lalik Chowk, and turn right once you see Mario’s. Then, go straight up until you are facing the university wall, quick right then left onto a wide road with a green median. Quite barren on each side of the road, there are a few work-in-progress homes all along the way. Now when you feel like it can not be any further on, say eight minutes in, on your right are tents flapping in the wind (breezy it is), and you have arrived. I had a salted slice of my two kilo of tomatoes while I wrote this for you, and you know what? It really is divine. So go on then, swing by the neighborhood bazaar today, because I have a salad to prepare.

5 Comments so far

  1. Darwaish (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

    perfect tomato :D .. really enjoyed reading this post. thank you :)

  2. ToastyTea (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 1:20 am

    Umm it’s great that you’re a salad expert..but at the same time it is kinda crazy that you posted a two page long essay on your hunt for vegetables. I mean in that time you could have made another salad for all I know. But, yes thank you for posting. Have a great day.

  3. Detox (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 1:40 am

    Eik tamaatar k leay itni khawaari?? :D

    Ive a better idea. Grow some in your own backyard. Nothing beats home grown veggies. Not even ITWAAR BAZAAR :P

  4. Saadu (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 2:28 am

    I give her points for at least trying to keep the blog alive. Come on post more content here people! I love reading about Lahore.

  5. Sally (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 1:07 am

    Great work!
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