The Simple Things in Life: A Petit Pot de Creme


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Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007

In France, the word ‘little’ is very big – ‘a little favor’ – ‘a little hello’.
And there’s the ‘petit pot de crème’.

If you are working on a tight budget for your trip to France (the dollar buys fewer and fewer Euros these days), I would strongly recommend foregoing desserts in cafes and brasseries which can add an extra five to eight Euros to your bill.

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Instead, go to the closest supermarché(Champion, Attac, Franprix, Monoprix), for example, and take a look at the vast array of produits laitiéres i.e dairy products that the French grocery shoppers take as a given.

For the paltry sum of 1.60 Euros, you can buy a 4-pack of Nestle’s Petit Pot de Crème Saveur Pistache. That comes to 40 centimes (less than $1) for a delicious dessert.

Perhaps it was thanks to American au paires living in Europe that products like Nutella made their way over the ocean. Undoubtedly, these little treasures squirreled away in visitors’ suitcases have to be cause for amusement to locals (in the same way that some of us were amazed to see how Spam is considered a treat in certain Pacific island nations.)

So, when in France, if you’re looking for that certain petite quelque chose around teatime, you know where to look.