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Video: Ilias Delicatessen

by on July 3, 2013
 

Another video from the Leiden market, this time focused on ilias of ilias delicatessen, a born salesman!

I’m walking on the other side of the canal when I spy a platter of dips and olives and 4 young men-students standing fast and eating away.

A phenomenal spread of #olives and #dips - with #crackers and the finest #breads for canvas-only @#ilias's delicatessen

I’m unsure. Students? Food? It must be free, I’m thinking.

Ilias notices me ‘lurking’ and beckons to me, with hands and voice – ‘Come, come’. And when I see his excitement at sharing food and chatting, I make my way to the table.

And eat myself silly happy.

The spread at the table was amazing. Chuck full of dips – aubergine hummus, and pesto, saffron aioli, tzatziki and olives to live for – from Italy, tossed in fresh herbs, spices, with slivers of garlic.

He has a range of the most beautiful breads ever: a curry-paprika ‘naan’, with bright strips of red bell pepper. Date breads, saffron rolls and more. All ‘authentic’ looking and tasting too. I tried them!

Fine #breads, I could easily be in a parisian boulangerie but I'm in the #netherlands where Saturday's #leiden street #market had this on offer - only at #Ilias's delicatessen

The saffron rolls reminded me of yeasted corn-bread which I loved as a child.

#bread, gorgeous #bread @#ilias on the #leiden street #market

If you bought things over 5 euros, you got a bunch of free mint. And you know me….and my mint tea love. I left with stuffed peppers, Italian olives and a bottle of the finest Moroccan Argan oil. And a bunch of free mint.

A free bunch of #mint leaves when you spend over 5 euros! You know I'm a mint tea lover so I didn't duty! @ilias is a true #moroccan! Stop by his delicatessen if in #leiden on a Saturday! He has a gorgeous stand selling #breads and #dips and #arganoil (I

Check him out at the Leiden Market: Saturdays, for sure – don’t know about Wednesdays!

See his website: Ilias Delicatessen: like him on Facebook, or follow him on instagram @iliasdeli and Twitter

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