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American foods in Paris
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bakerswife



Joined: 16 Jun 2005
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Location: Lyon, France

PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ann wrote:
Thanks for your reply, bakerswife!


Could save you a trip, bakerswife! Why not order your French husband some English cheese for Christmas!!!


LOL maybe I will!!! Thanks for the tip, I will check out that website!! Very Happy
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dbd



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think St Moret is a reasonable substitute for cream cheese, probably not for baking cheesecake but for spreading on bagels, it's pretty good...by the way, Picard has great frozen bagels!! Does anyone find cottage cheese?
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bakerswife



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dbd, how funny that you just posted this! I discovered St Moret last week (after seeing a commercial on TV) and planned to post that it was a good sub for cream cheese! I ate it on a bagel today! Wink

I saw what looked like cottage cheese at Carrefour, but I didn't buy it so I don't know if the taste was right or not. I'm sure I'll try it at some point, though, and I will definitely post what I think.
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dbd



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another good source for "exotic" ingredients like cheddar cheese, which I am surprised to find hasn't been mentioned in these forums (maybe because they are mostly in the South) is a shop called Best of British!

Last weekend we bought a few things we missed like good curry powder, ginger beer (or ale to us Yanks), cranberry juice, cheddar cheese, Dr. Pepper...I saw they have cream of tartar, which I have never seen in France, and a whole variety of British biscuits and such...go to http://www.bestofbritish.fr/
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kamknauss



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: cheese substitutes Reply with quote

I found a great website for cheese substitutes. It is http://www.foodsubs.com/Cheese.html
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bakerswife



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found really excellent mature somerset cheddar at Monoprix last week!! It was in the deli section. I bought a kilo, LOL! Wink

re: St Moret again, I think the taste is pretty close, but I used it in a cream cheese frosting for carrot cake and it definitely seemed "softer" than American cream cheese--something to take into consideration if you are using it in recipes.
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Debbie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a new shop opened on rue Mesnail right next door to the Pompiers station called the English Shop.

All the things mentioned here are available there. I bought philidelphia cream cheese there on thursday. Yum!

It is just around the corner from teh Casino store on rue St Didier which also stocks heaps of English and American foods.
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amelie



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:51 pm    Post subject: leader price is bad bad bad Reply with quote

hi guys
trust me : leader price is cheap for a good reason : because of its really bad quality.
i'm very surprised that food lovers and food bloggers don't make the difference between a good quality product, and crap (or as we say, caca). some of their products are ok, like toilet paper. (et encore...) but it's not healthy to eat there !
and for all of you guys deseperately looking for a substitute to cream cheese, KIRI is the man. (you will find it in any supermarket, cheese section)
once again, trust me : i blind-folded-tasted it against philly cream cheese and was fooled. and i am a bagel-creamcheese lover.
qu'on se le dise.
adios !
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KathyD



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an aside.......Auchan in Rome has real honest-to-God Philadelphia Cream Cheese !! But of course it's a long way from Paris......
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fsutrill



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KathyD wrote:
Just an aside.......Auchan in Rome has real honest-to-God Philadelphia Cream Cheese !! But of course it's a long way from Paris......


Yeah, I somehow think the price of travel could possibly be more than having it shipped!

There's a really good website for food substitutions and French names of common ingredients (how many of us have bought "sucre en poudre" thinking it was powdered sugar?) at http://lyon-eats.blogspot.com/
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Lilia Dignan



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just back from Paris and I saw some Philadelphia cream cheese at Lafayette Gourmet on bd. Hausmann while I was picking up some fleur de sel. They have a lot of holiday goodies as well - so much chocolates but unfortunately, I was too early for the confiture de Noel by Christine Ferber. Tant pis pour moi!
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Poulette



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Easter Hams in Paris? Reply with quote

Does anyone know where you can buy a baking ham in Paris?! Memories of the Honey-Baked Spiral-sliced ham at Easter... Yeah, yeah, I've had Gigot every which way but Sunday, but this year I want my ham at Easter! Polish family roots, you know...

And for that matter? Any good sources for kielbasa or kielbasa-like sausage?

TIA
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minty



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, I think you just have to ask your local butcher for one - he should be able to oblige ! if not, you have to find a charcuterie .
in which part of Paris do you live ? Very Happy
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Andrew le Gourmand



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate to confess that when I started reading this thread my immediate reaction was "why would anyone want American food in Paris?"

Then I thought & I looked back on meals enjoyed over the years and realized, I have had some great meals in the US. When I came back from my first summer in NY, I found I longed for so many things, from hot corned beef sandwiches on rye bread to some amazing gourmet meals... Lucky me, living in Canada I can get those things so easily.

And a good easter ham, I'm starting to drool.

Now if I could only find real bread here.
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ExpatSteve



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A perfect substitute for american cream cheese is a french, fresh cheese readily available at most french supermarkets. It is called "Caprice des Anges" and comes in little diamond-shaped containers.
Another substitute -- for graham crackers -- is a british product called "McVites Digestive Biscuits."
There is a cheesecake recipe posted in the recipe section of C&Z.
Good luck.
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