Voila ton receipt, lady.

First week in Paris.

Budget: 30e per week.

Shopping Options.

Monoprix, Carrefour.

Lidl.

Bio C’ Bon.

Le marche de Samedi (the Saturday market)

Naturalia.

So the Monoprix and Carrefour are the averaged-priced, average stock supermarkets.

Observation 1.

There are a lot of canned and ‘jarred’ goods.

This is very much a french thing I have found, and not something to turn your nose up at, as Irish (or at least I) normally do. The quality of preserved goods seems to be higher then at home. Granted, it may just be the excitement of being abroad clouding my judgement but you can’t buy tasty and cheap artichoke hearts at home. Even the pate which looks like catfood tastes quite good.

-sidenote-  I would not normally buy pate (ay) as it’s origins are questionable but it came to pass that I was stranded in a farmhouse in Bourgogne, 10 miles from any village, without transport and only the sparsely filled cupboards to feed me so I dined on a feast of potatoes, canned peas and duck (?) pate. Luckily a car of friends and food arrived the next day so we didn’t have to move on to the freeze-dried mash or ominous ‘duck stew’.

Moving on.

Observation 2.

There are no baked beans but there is a wide fruit and veg selection and a fairly decent bio shelf.

The veg and fruit are average price. You have to weigh it before going to the till. I will be buying my veg in the market. Wash everything after buying it.

Observation 3.

As well as feeding yourself, you can clothe yourself and buy all your household, bathroom and outdoor accessories (including a 15e wok) in Monoprix but not Carrefour.

Lidl.

Lidl in France is not like Lidl in Ireland. It is badly stocked, aggressive and downright scary. I bought olive oil there and then left promptly.

Naturalia, Bio C’ Bon.

Observation 1.

The most expensive shopping choice outside of the speciality shops.

Observation 2.

Bio C’ Bon has a fun self-dispensary unit where you can choose the weight and thus price of dried goods such as quinoa, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds ect. Very, very useful for someone on a budget.

You can buy all alternative products in these shops such as Almond, Coconut and Rice milk. There is in fact more options available then in Ireland.  France is open to more influences and styles of cooking from other regions, climates and countries whereas Ireland is constricted by it’s island status.

You can buy buckwheat, rice and spelt flour but also coconut, maize and chestnut flour.

General Observation: It seems that Asian Markets are not in abundance but I am told that the Asian district is in the 11th arrondisement.

Mon receipt, the week of the 2nd of July.

  • Olive oil, Lidl. 2.70 euro.
  • Eggs, 6. Naturalia. 2.77 euro.
  • Tofu, Bio C’ Bon. 1.67 euro.
  • 100g quinoa, Bio C’ Bon. 1.90 euro.
  • 2 handfulls pumpkin seeds, Bio C’ Bon. 0.99 euro.
  • Large packet dried lentils, Carrefour. 1.99 euro.
  • Large jar tinned chickpeas, Carrefour. 1.76 euro.
  • a green pepper, Carrefour. 0.86 euro
  • a large cucumber, Carrefour. 1.20 euro
  • honeydew melon, Carrefour. 1.40 euro
  • garlic, Bio C’ Bon. 1.20 euro.

total: 18.oo

Lasted me 3 days, 6 meals.

to buy:

  • apples
  • walnuts
  • spring onions (they are MASSIVE here)
  • white/red onions
  • spinach (I miss my iron)
  • apricots
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