Alameda Flea Market: Kitchen Loot and Food Report

It seems as if half the Bay Area was at the Alameda Flea Market last Sunday - I've never seen such lines or had to park so far back from the entrance! Our group got a little fretful as we waited in line to pay our $5 entrance fee. What if all the good stuff is already taken? Which, of course, is silly.

The endless aisles and piles (some more "flea", others more antique) are never exhausted and we were delighted to pick up plenty of good loot for the kitchen.

Our strict $25 limit scored us two French antique linen towels, two wooden bowls, six vintage linen napkins, two cup and saucer sets with matching bowls, a sliver fork, a camel cookie cutter and a wee porcelain doe!

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While it's not the main event for most people, I found myself equally enthralled with the food. For $9, I got a delicious lunch from the India Gourmet of Watsonville. The handmade naan, cooked tandoori style and fresh out of the oven, was wrapped around a well-spiced and tender lamb curry and the mango lassi, a lovely shade of creamy orange, was sweet and cooling. The folks at the Feel Good Bakery do a nice scone and those little bread puddings looked tempting, too. But we just couldn't bear the incredibly long lines at the grilled sausage tent or the kettle corn shack. Maybe if we arrive earlier next month…

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.

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