- Corn Starch
- Chocolate Chips
- A wide variety of ice cream (think plan vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and pistachio flavors) I truly miss the occasional bowl of chunky, mint cookies and cream ice cream. You can buy Ben and Jerry's over here if you want to take out a loan.
- Peanut Butter is not impossible to find, but it is not easy or cheap. We do have some Eastern foods stores that sell some "ok" priced natural peanut butter, but we miss our natural peanut butter from the States.
- BBQ Sauce. Right now I make my own but we miss the good, spicy stuff from Kansas City.
- Mayonnaise without dijon mustard added. It can be found, but for me it is in one store hidden on the bottom shelf.
- Canned pumpkin.
- Bottled salad dressing. The French are masters at making their own vinaigrettes. They really have no need for the bottled stuff (much to my husband's disappointment). We have found some bottled dressings, but they really should just stick to making their own.
- Mountain Dew (I'm happy about this, and Jonathan is not). :)
- Good plastic wrap!
- Ziplock bags. All of our Ziplocks get washed until they have holes in them.
Honestly, there is not a lot on our list anymore! Each month we seem to find something new that we had missed before, and it makes our day! Also, if we are in a big bind, we can find most "American" items at a store near the Eiffel Tower. However, walking into that store to buy chocolate chips at around $6.00 a bag is quite outrageous. I was excited when I saw that they had Cheerios there, and quickly withdrew my excitement when I saw the 7 euro ($10) price tag on them. Oh la la!
To continue, I think have given you a fairly good idea of what we buy over here in my last two posts. It really is quite easy (after the initial culture shock and first year fog have lifted) to find "familiar" cooking ingredients here. In my smaller stores, we do not have very many choices. However, it is not hard to cook like I would in the US.
Here are some links from Google maps that will help you better see where we shop.
Franprix is where we buy our eggs, jelly, American bread, and a few other odds and ends.
Lidl is comparable to an Aldi in the States, and I buy quite a few groceries here.
Monoprix is where we get our milk and our coffee and teas. Any kind of school supplies are usually bought here also. This particular Monoprix is only a grocery store. However, there are many that carry household items as well as a large selection of clothing items and even a book section.
Picard is a frozen food store. It's great in a pinch, and actually has very good food. It is right across the street from our building.
This is our local fruit and vegetable market around the corner from us. I love shopping there.
If you would like to explore our neighborhood a little more, here is our apartment building that you can start from (1 rue François Coppée). Our apartment is on the right side, 3rd floor with the shutters opened, and above the blue car. Enjoy!!