Okay, so I’m back in Toronto and was really worried that I would get super depressed from the lack of good food after being exposed to all the great fresh, local and gourmet food in Paris. So for my first grocery store visit, I went to my local Sobey’s grocery store (because it resembles a market whereas my neighbourhood Metro is a little ghetto). Okay, so the deli isn’t quite the same with the ‘balloon’ strand sausages that are hanging up for decoration (and not the real thing) but there are places in Toronto that have that (St. Lawrence Market, for example). But the produce looks great and the cheese section wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! We do have very good variety (although we’ve got nothing on the amount and variety of goat cheese that’s available in France). But I hear there are some great cheeses coming out of Quebec.
But lo and behold, to my surprise, I found two of my favourite cheeses while I was in Paris! Bleu D’Auvergne and Compte are both carried at the major grocery stores! Gruyere Grotte (which is from Switzerland and which I first tried when I was in Paris) is also carried in the stores here. Thank goodness for the import/export industry.
However, I have been spoiled by good baguettes while in Paris and I still have to find a good baguette in Toronto. I am optimistic that I will be able to find it if I look hard enough (although they may not be available every 5 blocks).