Sunday, November 1, 2009

Where to find American Products in France

Who says the French don't like American food? Check out My American Market's website offering American products, top sellers include Kraft Mac and Cheese, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Jif Peanut Butter.

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.


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