Monday, March 03, 2014


If I start eating Bufala Mozzarella with tomato, you know summer must be coming soon.
LIDL, a European discount grocery chain, has some massive specials on Italian food stuff on this week.

I already bought some really good Olive Oil last week and today they had these giant nods of Mozza on the shelf. At a price that at first made me skeptical,, but I am heading back tomorrow to buy more. That's ho good it is.
I should trust this company by now, but the stigma is there. Discount. No Name. How good can it be? Maybe 30 years ago this was a valid argument, today not so much anymore. Well, the Italian specials are excellent. And most other things we buy there, are good too. Not all, but plenty.


Nadege said...

I think the big difference between Europe and the US is that a lot of bloggers always comment about the weather and finding deals with food. In SoCal, the weather is pretty even (sun and more sun 99 % of the time) and I never look at prices when I buy something. If I feel like eating it, I buy it. If it happens to be on sale, fine, otherwise I am not going to run from store to store just to save a couple of $. Maybe it is because we don't have as many choices as you do, or the quality is really the same. I mostly shop at Whole Foods (organic), Trader Joe's and Costco and the open air market in summer.
Yes, Los Angeles is not as sophisticated as New-York or Chicago when it comes to food, but it is different in may aspects because of all the different cultures we are blessed with. I love it!

H.Peter said...

Maybe it's because of my importing where I am privy to first cost information, that I detest paying full retail. FOR ANYTHING.
We love a deal, no matter the product. That very same Bufala at the fresh market is 9.00, compared to 2.99 at LIDL......

L.A. versus NY. The never ending debate. I never lived in NY, but spent some really good times in Orange County. The weather alone puts you ahead out west in my eyes.
And the proximity to Central America makes for some very very interesting food stuff.

Trader Joe's is the US subsidiary of the largest German discount grocery store. I miss that store and Costco.

In the end, the grass is NEVER greener on the other side, it just smells different.

Ken Broadhurst said...

The fact that we really have only two stores within easy distance here in the Saint-Aignan area probably makes a big difference. Driving 10 miles to buy groceries seems so extravagant. And we don't have traffic as in L.A. Life here is on a much smaller scale than in California, and there's something comforting about that. Smaller is better, for the environment and the stress levels.

H.Peter said...

I walk to the two grocery stores of my choice. 1,6 km each way. When I want bigger selection, Auchan Cognac is about 17 km away.
While I am fine with what we have here in rural France, once in a while, especially after reading about the US stores, I do still think about the things left behind.