Nice one. My daughter asked me to get pringles in. We basically have a Christmas dinner and then for about 3 days after we just have lighter, snack meals. Bagels are great for these, as well as nuts and coleslaw, pasta salads etc
There are lots of good North American cheeses, but you have to go to the specialty section of the store to find them as well as imported cheeses. You only find the cheap commercial grade stuff in the regular cheese aisle. Cheese boards aren’t as popular here.
I think there are also differences in taste depending on the country, depending also on the way the cheese is made.
I had eaten a camembert outside of France, it had no taste. Like a very industrial cheese.
Cheese is quite cultural.
For example, here I buy mozzarella in the supermarket, it’s tasteless. It’s just refreshing in a salad, but that’s it.
I’m sure that in the region where it is produced in Italy it is very good (by the way I have a grocery store that sells artisanal and imported it is delicious (and toooo expensive.).
Some people like bland cheeses but I love it when it has a lot of smell and taste.
It’s also a matter of taste education because I ate strong cheese at a very young age.
Here, I must confess… We like our food culture, especially the local cheeses…
It’s something I would have a hard time doing without (even though I don’t eat it that often.)
When I talk about cheeses, it’s because I would love to make you taste these so “special” cheeses, that you can never find in supermarkets.
Lyon is a pretty city.
Some restaurants in Paris are hoaxes for tourists.
It doesn’t give a great image of the city, but there are also excellent restaurants! You have to read the guidebooks.
It’s true that there are lots of small restaurants in all the regions, it’s nice.
Often you can eat well there.
On the other hand, I think that it is rather expensive (compared to Germany for example.)
Life in Paris is expensive, I imagine like in London or New York or other big cities.
I live in the suburbs of Paris, it’s not bad, I have space for myself but I can go to Paris if I want to (and if I have the courage.)
I would love to visit New York and London too. I was in New York in 1996 and I have a very good memory of it but I was only there for a while.
I’ve been to London as a child, but I don’t really remember it.
Cheese boards are pretty common at highbrow parties here in america, but not so common at casual hangouts. Ive met enough cheese enthusiasts here to assure you that it’s definitely a thing, and every grocery store in the US has at least the basics (dubliner cheddar, several bries, camembert). It’s a specialty but a pretty popular specialty.
Coincidentally, my sister works as a cheese manager at a grocery store and is putting together a cheese board for our family new years eve.
The blocks of mozza most popular here in Canada are nasty. Even the full fat mozza is nasty. I prefer to make my own. The problem is that the Pasteurization process damages the proteins in much of the milk sold in stores. You either need to get your hands on stuff straight from the cow or use the powdered skim milk hack (you take a hit to the taste).
Ultra Pasteurized milk doesn’t form proper curds and the texture of the curds you get is all wrong. The curd is dry and crumbly after the whey is separted, not nice and elastic like you get from real milk.