Okay, so this post took a little bit of thinking. I wanted to pay tribute to my Canadian roots and acknowledge Canadian Thanksgiving and still come up with a post for Dreaming of France. Initially I thought that maybe I would post about Quebec. While I do enjoy going to Montreal, Quebec is not France and Montreal does not satisfy my Paris yearnings.
So then, I remember the store Thanksgiving, located in the Marais. Thanksgiving is an American food concept store that gives American a little bit of good old-fashioned unhealthy American food in the food capital of the world. Yes, I realize I may be setting myself up for some backlash but let's be serious people. How could you possibly be living in Paris and craving Kraft marshmallows, or Lucky Charm cereal?
On one of my recent trips to Paris, I just happened to be strolling past and decided to stop in and see what was for sale. Cheese in an aerosol container (yuck), Swiss Miss (go to Angelina's), Cinnamon Streusal Muffin Mix (grab a croissant) or learn to bake and much more. I was truly astonished. While I have always lived in English speaking countries I must confess that I would not buy any of this stuff at home let alone abroad. For me part of being in another country is enjoying the food of that country. I am always amazed at people who travel abroad and eat their meals at the same chain restaurants that one can find at home.
Traveling for me is part seeing and experiencing the culture and sights and a lot of enjoying the cuisine of the nation. I would never dream of stepping foot in a chain restaurant and having a meal. If you want the food you eat at home then stay home and eat is my philosophy.
So did I see anyone purchasing food when I was there? No. Rumour has it that the store earns 80 percent of its annual income in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. I am not opposed to buying your turkey from them and a can of cranberry sauce but that is it.
But, there must be a demand for the store as it has been around for a few years. To my fellow Canadians Happy Thanksgiving and to anyone who is craving Cheese in an aerosol container, you really need to visit a fromagerie and a slice of cheese.
This is my contribution to Dreaming of France hosted by Paulita at An Accidental Blog.