France is a veritable treasure trove of gastronomic greatness. From classic dishes such as Blanquette de Veau and Bouillabaisse, to famous chefs like Escoffier and Paul Bocuse, and bien sûr, the infamous baguette, France gave the world cuisine á la française. You can imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this store…
Any ideas what this is hidden within the walls of this store? Probably not. One more hint.
That is officially the largest snowflake you have ever seen. Period. Maybe you think they sell snow in this store? Snow cones? Snowmen? Snowwomyn (for you Elise)? Close, but no cigar. They DO sell, however, deep-frozen food according to the business name–Picard Les Surgelés literally translates to “deep-frozen inhabitant of the Picardie”. Yikes.
As I walked into the store, I was shocked, bemused, appalled, and slightly turned on all at the same time. This is the country that revolutionized the way we think about food. Yet I am standing in a large freezer where there is enough chilled goods to satiate your frozen food fantasies for a lifetime. Something didn’t quite add up.
I soon realized that Deep-Frozen Inhabitant of the Picardie is not just any old freezer store. This is a French freezer store. There are not just frozen peas and carrots to be had mind you. Forget Julia Child and cooking, you can literally have every single classically prepared French dish ever imagined and never leave the comfort of your couch/microwave/TV dinner induced coma. You can have Chinese one night. Indian the next. Frozen macarons on the weekends!
I couldn’t muster the courage to buy anything, but this store is a perfect starting point for a conversation about our modern food system and how we can get back to eating real food! P.S. The amount of plastic packaging in this store makes environmentalists everywhere weep unicorn tears. Here are a bunch of photos that will sum up what words cannot.
Sorry for the brief hiatus! I have been really busy preparing lesson plans. I have spent most of my time prepping games of Taboo, Jeopardy, I Spy, and internet slang for my uninterested students. LOL. FSATBOME. French Students Are The Bane Of My Existence.