A short tour of a French supermarket. First you pass the bakery, for those who have not stopped at the 57 boulangeries that were passed on the way to the store. Then there is the long walk to the one gated entrance into the store. You have to want to get in. The first thing one encounters after the gate is, surprise, bread products! In case you failed to get what you required at the in store bakery, you can now fulfill your baguette, banette, americain, croissant, brioche, pre-made crepes, beignet, madeleine, belgian waffle, pain au chocolat, etc., etc. needs here.
One then moves on to the produce aisle. These are not huge because I think that most people buy their produce at village markets which has been really nice. You know everything tastes wonderful when this is heard at the dinner table: "This broccoli tastes great!" "Can we have sweet potatoes again for dinner?"May I have more leek soup, please?" Amazing.
Next is the meat, fish etc. Oh my. There are a lot of interesting things -- tongue? brain? a whole head? We move quickly past. The boucherie has cheeses and sausages galore and then there are two more aisles of already prepackaged deli meats followed by another only cheese aisle with nary a cheddar to be found.
::cheese, cheese, cheese on both sides. "Hmmm," she thinks in French
Behind these aisles and tucked way in the back along the wall is where one can find milk and eggs. No refrigeration necessary. Grab some cardboard and move on to the yogurt.
This is all yogurt! I am not a fan of yogurt in the U.S. because it is mushy and gaggy, but here it is firm and lovely as it should be. Japan wisely copied the French and not the Americans in this case and their yogurt is fab!
Just in case you didn't get enough, there is a third aisle dedicated to yogurt along with some butter, of course. It would take a lifetime to try all of the yogurts and cheeses.
Some other aisles are the "All Breakfast All the Time," which includes an assortment of chocolate items with added fiber for good measure, and the "Snack" row which also offers some new and exciting ways of consuming chocolate. There is also a row for, yes, chocolate -- shelf upon shelf upon shelf. We just go for the basic dark.
I suppose I won't worry about why French women aren't fat and just take that bite of my madeleine. Oh, it transports me back to spending time with my Grandmother as a child... wait, those are Marcel's memories, not mine.