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Paris Journal

Staying in an apartment in Paris has given us a chance to take advantage of some of the local markets, and the whole food thing here is very different thing than in the United States.

Yesterday, one set up literally at our front door.  The produce and meat sold there was locally grown and organic.

The chickens still had their heads, and I'm not certain they had been cleaned. They clearly had been scratching around the barnyard they day before. 

At one stall, they had just finished roasting some of these beautiful birds, and last night, we had a couple for dinner last night.  They had skinny legs with meat that melted in my mouth.  The breast meat was the same way.  Compared to Perdue, these birds were pretty flat chested, but oh my!  Were they tasty!  I mean, this was a whole different bird.

There are little markets like this all over town - and you can smell their strawberries from down the street.  There is a conspicuous absence of large chain super markets.  So the food has not been sitting around central distribution for a bunch of days before it hits the counter. 

Produce sold in the states is often picked before it is mature.  It is then put into a truck or train with ethylene gas that turns tomatoes red and makes stuff look great, but because the produce didn't get a chance to mature, it doesn't taste great.

France, on the other hand, breeds it's produce for taste and good nutrition.  And the taste difference is phenomenal. 

One thing that someone told me is that the French have banned imports from the US for any kind of meat or produce because of our processing methods.  Hmmm.

One way you can distinguish between a French man or woman and an American tourist is that French women are thin.  Most of the Americans here are carrying around a few extra pounds.

Of course, the French smoke like chimneys, and I guess I'm not willing to try the Liggett and Myers diet to get thin!

Comment balloon 15 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 21 2009 03:43PM


Chickens with their heads??  Sounds gross, yet intriging.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Patricia - Love this series as I've never been to Paris.  For right now, living vicariously through your post is as close as I will get.  It is definitely on the list of places I want to visit before my soul packs it in:)

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat...I mentioned to my friend, Diane, this afternoon that she needs, absolutely needs, to see Paris and I'm willing to accompany her.

It just might happen.

Your posts are way too appealing!

Have fun, eat hearty, drink moderately (why???), and take millions of pictures.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 11 years ago

Bonjour mon ami, (how's that? LOL) Well, first of all, let me just say, OMG I AM SO HUNGRY! Now that food looks so yummy!!! I had just eaten a few leftovers because I was so hungry, didn't hit the spot and wasn't enough, and to be honest, no food in the house, LOL, and voila! I hit your post! The food looks sooooo good. I love artichokes in the first, second and third place. And I could smell the strawberries, LOL.

Glad you are having so much fun!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Pat - the food displays, whether in a market or a storefront, were one of the things I noticed immeidately. But it was that way in Italy as well. They have such a strong sense of design and the simplest display is wonderful. But of course the way the food is raised and handled is so different too. Oh, and the pastry shops? And the  simple food shops and eateries along the roads too. An amazing visual experience. I am ready to go back.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Years ago two French exchange students spent the summer with my family.  They told me their mothers never snack--I believe I was treating them to an ice cream at the time, and I had just ordered a Rocky Road cone for myself...

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 11 years ago

Patricia I noticed that in general in England too that the women were thin. Amazing the different tastes in foods.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

WooHoo really are immersed in the CULTURE...good for you!!!  While I have not been to France, some of what you say reminds me of a month-long visit I had in New Zealand. I'm a pretty-picky eater...but somehow everything put on my plate in NZ was simply wonderful.  They refused to use the methods we used referencing pesticides and infra-red (?) crap....the result was delicious whatever they served.  Not to mention the wine was glorious :-)  WISH I WAS THERE!!!

Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago

Hi Pat... That picture of the chicken would be enough to make Frank Perdue cry!  He was a tough man, but loved a tender bird!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

I'm checking in on your Journal....oh, it must be heaven.... 

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

There is something about the food in Europe.  It IS better than much of our stuff.  Oh the bread.... the bread.... I can smell it through my computer

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORSĀ®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 11 years ago

Hi Patricia

Sounds like Paris is one great food experience after another, and that would work for me.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

We can't wait for our garden to start producing it is quite a difference from store bought food. Keep enjoying Paris.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Those strawberries look so delicious but not as delicious as some of the pastries you've shown us!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Patricia- I can smell the food from here! I don't buy meat from the plants here either:) Only the ones certified that they are not fed animal parts, no hormones, no steroids.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago