- 7 bottles of wine, most 4 euros or less each
- 8 bars of 85% dark chocolate, for about 1 euro apiece
- 5 tubs of fresh cheese with walnuts
- 4 cans of sardines packed in olive oil and lemons
- 3 jars of different pâtés
- Various cheeses– Mozzarella, Comté, Feta, Tomme Noir des Pyrénées and fresh French Emmentaler
- Olive oil
- Sausages– one with hazel nuts, one herbal, and a bundle of sausage sticks
- Mixed marinated olives (wish I had bought twice as much!)
- And a hearty bunch of thyme
Unbelievably, all of this only cost us about £80, €100 euros, or $132.
Fromage à Tartiner aux Noix. I discovered this serious revelation when I was in a supermarket in the suburbs of Paris last year. I couldn’t believe how good it was, and made a point of going back to the store before we left to pick up a few more to stuff into my luggage. It’s like whipped cream cheese imbued with the most aromatic walnut flavor– it’s not sweetened at all, but tastes kind of dessert-like. If you ever come across it, you should definitely try it! And from the looks of the package, you might be able to find it in German-speaking countries, although I never did.
So far, everything has been really wonderful– no disappointments whatsoever. Of course, we haven’t tried everything yet, and I’m still a little iffy on thepâté– I am not a huge fan, but I have tried a few that were so good that they made me willing to keep sampling in case I could find others that were so wonderful. We’ll see!
If you could visit a grocery store in any country, where would it be? What would you buy?