Craze in the Supermarket

I can't believe it's the last day of 2013!

As we drove past boulangeries, charcuteries and supermarkets filled with people preparing to buy ingredients for tonight's supper despite the freezing temperature, I enjoyed the enthusiasm in the air watching everyone clutching bottles of champagne while they argued which aperitif to serve this evening.  The three men of the house, my husband, father-in-law, and nephew went about the grocery aisle of L'Eclerc, a massive hypermarket chain popular in their area pushing un chariot - a grocery cart. 

Like a typical gourmande, I was salivating on the oysters and lobsters and smoked salmon and langoustes I can't eat.  I browsed through the wine section for all the bottles I can't drink and perused the large cheese section wondering whether camembert and brie are safe enough to devour even just for this evening.

We have a few days left in France and a quick stop in a discount grocery called Lidl is due. According to my husband, it's a place where one can buy really cheap food and stuff, not necessarily the best in quality but with several known brands, one can't really go wrong.

True enough, once we passed the pork section, I went nuts!  Pork is the most expensive thing you can ever buy in the Middle East second to alcohol.  The bacon prices were three times cheaper for example. We could hardly believe it like a kid in a candy store once we started converting and comparing prices.

With future raclette dinners in mind, we started piling on packets of ham, bacon and sausages and included a few cans of cassoulet too.

Happy cooking everyone! To those who are celebrating the New Year's Eve in advance, I raise my glass of apple juice to you!

Happy 2014!

Love and light,

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  1. Lidl is preparing to come to my country as well. I do love me a good supermarket chain :)
    Happy New Year to you and the hubs and the upcoming baby :) !

  2. I love grocery shopping and discovering new things !
    Thanks for your lovely comments, now catching up on your lovely blog.
    I wish a VERY Happy New Year !

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  3. Isn't it tough when you're pregnant and you see all this delicious food you can't eat? Ugh! At least it only lasts nine months!

    Have a very Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2014! It's going to be a big, exciting year for you!

  4. Happy 2014, Arni! May it be a wonderful year.


  5. Mmm mmm raclette - you're making me drool. Happy new year Arni!

  6. Sounds delightful! Charles' Swiss grandma is giving us an old raclette... excited to use it!