Feeding the family in France!
As a foodie one my favorite parts of travelling is the food - shopping for ingredients, discovering markets and shops and seeing how and what the locals eat. Fresh food markets are everywhere in France, every town boasts local fresh fruit and vegetable markets that's a given. But going to a local grocery store is also interesting. In Aix-les-Bains there are 2 chain grocery stores Carrefour Market and Monoprix. Not nearly as large as North American grocery stores but you have to remember that we are a town of just over 25,000 locals. My biggest surprise was the yogurt aisle, whatever you style or flavor, yogurt is a cheap and very accessible snack. Mireille Giuliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, noted that it's a French secret to staying trim and controlling hunger, it's clear that this is taken quite seriously in France! I suppose yogurt balances the baguette carbs. And while we're on the subject of baguette, I cannot believe how inexpensive bread is in this country. You can get a large fresh non-gmo baguette for as low as .38 "centimes", that's French for Euro cents. You will not go hungry in this country.
My grocery bill might have increased 10 fold but that is of my own doing because i'm trying everything under the sun. Everyday items such as milk, cheese, eggs are extremely inexpensive, even with the conversion my Euros are going a lot further. For example 1 litre of milk is .67€, a carton of eggs 1.02€, and most cheeses for under 2€. Fruit and veggies are very very c
heap, today I went to the market, purchased a bunch of cilantro, 1 celery stalk, 1 red pepper, 3 apples, a pineapple, and 2 seedless cucumbers for 6€. And this produce is huge, these apples are the size of my daughter's head, celery stalks that don't fit in your bag and a enormous rep pepper. BUT it doesn't last, you must eat it right away because within 2-3 days it's gone bad, I guess there are no chemicals keeping it fresh. I'm not complaining.
I do the conversion of all my purchases and it still turns out to be about half the cost of Canadian prices. It's all part of the charm of living here and enjoying the simpler ways in which the French live. Next up restaurants, stay tuned!