As the economic crisis continues to hit our pockets we can't all afford to eat out as often as we'd like
As the economic crisis continues to hit our pockets we can't all afford to eat out as often as we'd like or used to, but there are alternatives available thanks to some of Palma's fine young chefs.
The fabulous Santa Catalina market, which is already foodie heaven, has just seen the opening of a relatively cheap prêt-à-porter fast food outlet which features one of Mallorca's classic 'dishes'
the Coca – a sort of savoury pizza.
Called La Coqueria it's the brainchild of two female chefs, Maria Solivellas from Ca na Toneta, and Katya Wöhr ex Flor de
Sal, who use only ecologically produced xeixa flour and olive oil in their cocas and also serve up tasty seasonal soups.
They say that they produce made to order healthy street food – a complete contrast with today's industrially produced fast food which is a little unhealthy. The food, and some pick-me-up fruit
juices, is available to eat at the bar whilst enjoying the buzzing atmosphere of the market, or to take away.
Meanwhile, the market will also be home to chef Tomeu Martí, the owner of one of Palma's best Japanese restaurants, Arume. He'll shortly
set up a stall selling sushi, sashimi and dim sum which will be made to order before clients very eyes and available for take away. A former fish stall, his new shop will also sell Japanese cooking
utensils as well as his fabulous food.
If you enjoy gastronomy, then Santa Catalina market is a perfect place to spend browsing and buying meat, fish, oils, wines and vegetables to eat in your apartment or take home as souvenirs. Give
it a try!