5 Days in Paris: Produce
Groceries in Paris
Any good cook or self-respecting foodie knows that great food starts with the freshest ingredients. Most Parisians don’t own a car, don’t drive to the grocery once a week, and don’t purchase prepared, frozen foods. Paris is a very pedestrian city where one walks, bicycles or takes public transport to and from work. They pass numerous shops during their daily commute and have access to fresh produce, fish, meat and baked goods for every meal.
Not only do they have smaller waistlines, consume more wine and have fewer heart attacks than Americans, they demand higher quality products from their local grocery stores. One stop inside the local big chain grocery reveals sights unfamiliar to the typical US shopper…
Why can’t US chain stores take a lesson from their European counterparts and offer the freshest, most beautiful produce and food products that inspire one to actually cook a meal instead of popping a frozen box in the nuker and settle for processed, sodium packed, chemically reproduced flavors that will never come close to resembling the true essence of properly prepared dishes like the Parisians eat on a regular basis?
Our waistlines would be smaller, we would have less heart disease and our food would taste better. Wouldn’t that be a win-win for everyone?