… and it was my first look at French urban grocery stores. Snap judgment: You can stop your whole “Americans are uncultured and don’t know food” routine right here. The quality of everything, the presentation of everything, the conditions of the store and the shelves and the general feel of the place was Venezuelan-market compared to the grocery stores in downtown Minneapolis. I’m not saying we are a Better People because we have more choices in the snack-cracker genre, but I’ve never seen a grocery store in urban Europe to match the lousiest Food Lion in the states.
No, amend that: my wife and I agreed that the Monop’ reminded us of DC, with its jumbled shelves and pervasive aroma of curdled milk. Although maybe that’s a delicacy here.
Source: LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2016