I read about this on Polly Vous Francais's blog, and thought the comments were kinda funny. There are very few food items that I miss. Luckily, I can get Sour Cream and Onion Pringles at my local MonoP' - the small grocery by the department store, Monoprix.
At a author's talk last week, Alex Lobrano, (Hungry for Paris) spoke about the American influence on French patisserie, and showed the top sellers of bread and cookies in French groceries: Harry's American Sandwich bread, and Pepperidge Farm cookies! I am not sure if it because they are good, or if it because they are cheaper than French products. Next time I am at the grocery store, I will check the prices and the labels, rumor has it that there is no high-fructose corn syrup allowed!
I had a Big Mac last week, and felt so sick afterwards that I might never eat one again. With a huge orange soda/Coke mixture, It used to my go-to hangover cure, but since I rarely get hungover anymore - French wine must be agree with me - I think I am off American fast food for good. Which is helpful, as my meals lately have consisted of: French bread, bacon jam (made by Rebecca) and Boursin cheese, washed down with a glass of wine - I have switched over to red for the season, love my newest pick - The Old Farm.
I know there are some things that I will really miss about France while I am home for the holidays:
- The sesame baguette from the hole in the wall bakery across the street.
- Sitting at my window and watching life in my courtyard
- The cheap grocery store wine (can't let a blog go by without mentioning it)
- Waking up and realizing that I live in Paris - it still makes me smile
- Paris moments - seeing the Eiffel tower sparkle after a long day in class
- Walking in the Marais, and having a fallafel
- My chefs and classmates, especially JJ and Rebecca
- My six-year old neighbor Nicolas, who draws me pictures of rainbows with doors and airplanes dropping lollipops.