8 hours ago
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Most people have the opinion that Paris is very expensive.
In fact, it is much cheaper to eat here than in most U.S. cities.
We bring in food everyday for breakfast, fresh pastries and quiches from the local boulangerie. It costs about 8 euros per day, including a fresh baguette, not too bad, and worth the calories, believe me.
Lunch is usually a sandwich on the go or we share a salad. We eat dinner at a local bistro, light traditional French fare with excellent cheap wine. I use the word "cheap" loosely. I mean A BARGAIN!
A bottle of good A.O.C. French wine from Burgundy or Rhone is about 4 euros. That's 6 bucks. No sulfites, and delicious. A white Pouilly Fuisse is 3 euros!
Cheese is the biggest treat in France, though not cheap.
I found a fantastic cheese shop (supposed to be the best fromagerie in Paris) in our neighborhood. It is called Barthelemy. The lady who runs it was not very friendly and spoke no English. In fact, she was a bit abrasive, but their cheese is the best that has ever touched my lips. Worth the punishment.
I made the mistake of picking up a wedge of Brie and smelling it, and the annoyed woman grabbed it out of my hands and wrapped it up immediately for me to purchase.
I should've remembered the rule. DON'T TOUCH UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO BUY.
It was worth the smell. A nutty, triple creme Brie swiped on a fresh baguette.
Glad for my faux pas.
There are bargains to be had in Paris for sure.
I bought this huge crock of Pommery mustard that usually costs $20. in the States and it was only $4.!
The wine was 3 euros.....and the BEST butter you will ever eat is $1.50. I could eat it out of the package, sans bread.
The yogurts are also a bargain, at 2 euros for a 6 pack of the very best yogurt w/ vanilla bean specks. All natural and full fat. I wait 358 days every year until I am reunited with this yogurt, Le Fermiere. I am in love with it. It is the first thing I buy when I get off the plane, and my husband thinks I am nuts.
Last night, we stayed in and grazed.
More random bites from Paris tomorrow!