Paris is now in that lull between two big Hawaii size waves of feasting – the Christmas meal and New Year’s Eve meal. The particular problem this year for Paris residents who are planning on entertaining at home is the fact that Christmas and New Year’s Eve fall on a Sunday night – which means that they have few options to pick up those last minute forgotten items. (Most big grocery stores and supermarkets close on Sundays even the day before Christmas and New Year’s Eve).
Some outdoor markets are held on Sundays including the ‘marché bio’ on Boulevard Raspail (Metro: Rennes) If you’re planning on inviting friends over for New Year’s Eve, do your grocery shopping now! Here is Angelique’s report on the scene of chaos at her local supermarket on the day before Christmas:
“Christmas shopping is a very stressful and very pleasant at the same time. There was a crowd at Auchan in Issy-les-Moulineaux. I couldn’t recognize the supermarket; they put three times the usual stuff; there were all kinds of ready foods for Christmas: foie gras, cocktail appetizers, a big selection of oysters, lobsters, langoustes, salmon…. then the big selection for wine, champagne, aperitif drinks…. At each stand, there is one specialist greeting the customers with free samples, advice, and suggestions…. in addition to the usual staff providing constantly restocking goods. So can you imagine, all these people added to the crowd with their big shopping carts -everybody has to go in the same direction, otherwise you can’t move.
Anyway, I found my capon with chestnut and cognac stuffing. Plus the foie gras and the Montbazillac to go with and the Pommery champagne. Ouf !”