Comments on: How We Shop & Eat in France – Follow Up http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 01 Jun 2014 06:54:52 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Colleen http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-879935 Colleen Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:43:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-879935 Hello,

I read in your post today that you are picky about bread and yogurt after France. I am so curious to know if you have found a yogurt similar to French yogurt! I have been searching!

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By: cloudyday http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-603682 cloudyday Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:10:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-603682 What are you talking about? There are plenty of vegan and vegetarians in Normandy… and elsewhere…

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By: Ellen http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-547352 Ellen Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:20:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-547352 Interesting… it must depend where in Canada, because I’m in Ottawa and have only seen that cart system at the discount/unappealing grocery store. Not the norm.

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By: Mersey http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-513676 Mersey Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:42:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-513676 When I stayed in the Paris hostel, the only thing offered for breakfast was cornflakes with room temperature milk! I was shocked that the milk was room temperature and shocked at how much it affected the taste of my cereal. I loved every food I tried in France, but I absolutely could not get past that room temperature milk!!

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By: S http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-511758 S Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:24:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-511758 I tried to think if I know any French who are vegetarian and came up empty. Honestly, after spending 3 years in Africa, I thought in Paris I’d be able to cook & eat my childhood food (i.e. Asian food) to my heart’s content but it has proven much more challenging than I thought. Cooking what the locals eat is much simpler. Sure the supermarkets carry the basic stuff but I still need to go to little Japan/Korea/India or to Indonesian embassy if I want to make gyoza, if I need chickpeas flour, lemongrass, tempeh, kecap manis etc. But once a month, I’d go on a pilgrimage and hunt the ingredients I would need.

I’d like to think that my taste buds have embraced flavors from all corners, I truly enjoy food, but nothing tastes sweeter, better, richer, more indulgent than a bite of food wrapped in a fond memory of home.

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By: Swissmama http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-510734 Swissmama Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:52:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-510734 Just a fun fact – Aldi is owned by the same family that owns Trader Joes. But much less chic.

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By: Melissa@Julia's Bookbag http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-510567 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:01:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-510567 Thank you for writing this post Gabrielle! It’s so fascinating to hear your stories about how you actually live in France, and how people eat their food is an endlessly interesting topic to me…:)

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By: Hayley http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-510443 Hayley Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:59:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-510443 While I agree with what Liss said about processed foods, and not eating fresh, whole foods – portions ARE bigger in the US. At least in restaurants. I also think that many people do not have self-control. While you could clean your plate at a Cheesecake Factory, doesn’t mean you should. Even splitting their portions is cutting it close.

I lived in London a few years ago and you just don’t get as much food on your plate. Even when you order a soda, it is not “small, medium, or Big Gulp” it is a small drinking glass size, or (if you’re lucky) a can of soda. BUT (and that is a big but) it is made with real ingredients (read, real cane sugar and not HFCS). And you get used to that. Your stomach gets used to that.

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By: Liss http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-510324 Liss Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:53:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-510324 No, that’s not why we have such issues. That’s an assumption that hasn’t stood up to research. What has been found through evidences is that our food is a lot of not-food. We don’t eat fresh, whole foods and for many people, it’s very difficult to find and buy (food deserts are the worst places for this). We are sold processed food items which are much cheaper than whole foods. And yet, even our whole foods are GMOs and altered so much. We started getting fatter when we were sold low-fat items in every stores. There is a lot at work here, and you can’t judge someone’s eating habits by looking at them. Nor can you judge their health status by looks.

To blame the individuals for a huge, systemic problem isn’t very helpful.

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By: nicole http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-510242 nicole Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:18:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-510242 So true! My biggest regret from the 3 weeks I spent in Vietnam is trying so hard to find American food. Hamburgers, BLTs, and Spaghetti will never be the same! It’s not what they do there so it would be like me trying to whip up a traditional Vietnamese dish. I don’t know why I didn’t realize it at the time but I totally should have been searching for my favorite Vietnamese foods! Duh, right? My Vietnamese husband could have told me that! Anyway I learned that the hard way when my spaghetti turned out to be noodles covered in ketchup, my BLT was made with 1 inch thick chunks of pork and my hamburger gave me INSTANT digestive issues. But what can I say I was 19, if I could go back I would have a totally different mindset!

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By: Elisabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-510043 Elisabeth Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:45:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-510043 I’m not sure if there are Aldi stores all across the US, but we have one in a town nearby and they use the same cart system and also don’t have any types of bags! You just put in a quarter and then when you return the cart, you get your quarter back.

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By: Colleen K http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509890 Colleen K Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:57:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509890 Plastic bags are banned here in Oakland, so bring your reusable ones back with you (especially if they’re cute)! ;) You can still buy paper ones for 10 cents in case you forget, though. Most of our neighbors and friends just keep a stash in their car.

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By: Makayla Sampson http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509673 Makayla Sampson Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:46:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509673 What is healthy about the French diet, is that they eat in moderation. Americans tend to overeat, and that is why we have weight problems and health issues like diabetes, heart problems, ect.

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By: marie http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509612 marie Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:04:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509612 When I spend time in the north of France I usually add huîtres to my list of food. Never do that at home. But in the Normandy or Bretagne it just naturally ‘belongs’ to my menu.

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By: giselle taminez http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509597 giselle taminez Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:43:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509597 It’s actually not new. There are some states where purchasing/selling raw milk is as bad as selling illegal drugs!

The demand is definitely increasing, interesting to see if policy changes.

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By: Jen http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509593 Jen Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:35:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509593 We are halfway through living in Switzerland for a year. I tried to cook the same meals as I did in Australia when we first got here but quickly realised it was nearly impossible. Australia has a very multi-cultural diet and I just couldn’t find the ingredients. The Swiss diet is also very fresh but has lots of cheese and cream. Despite that, the people here are very healthy as they lead a very outdoor, active life and there is much less obesity and also very little snacking.

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By: chrissie http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509546 chrissie Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:30:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509546 we have lived in london for the past two years and my four kids have been in the british school system which, not surprisingly, feeds the kids loads of british foods — curries, lamb stew, shepherds pie, bangers and mash, baked beans, fish and chips to name a few. we’ve adopted these into our regular meals as well, and probably will continue to include them upon our return to NY in a few months.

by the way, how are your children feeling about the move?
best of luck with everything!

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By: Lila Rose http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509408 Lila Rose Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:59:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509408 Bonjour, je découvre votre blog, je suis française, et je trouve très intéressant de voir comment des personnes étrangères voient nos habitudes :-)

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509396 Design Mom Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:48:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509396 I hope you do write a similar post! I’d love to read it.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/how-we-shop-eat-in-france-follow-up/comment-page-1/#comment-509395 Design Mom Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:48:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37620#comment-509395 Oh you’re right! They last for ages on the counter. It’s just my dumb habits that have me putting them in the fridge.

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