Carrefour Chocolate Aisle
Chaton, in her comment on Carrefour, reminded me that I have been meaning for some time to torture you with the chocolate aisle at Carrefour.� Yes, I am the kind of person who long-term plans torture like that.
The other reason I made you wait to be tortured is that I had not previously thought to whip out my camera in the Carrefour.� I did so last visit.� This prompted quite a bit of hilarity on the part of several employees, including the man selling oysters and the young man in a fake pastry chef hat selling the SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PLETHORA of Lindt and other chocolates that was taking up half the store.� I like to think the pretend pastry chef might even have been flirting, but then Sébastien and child wandered up and he abandoned me so hastily I never got a picture of him in his hat.
I DID, however, get a picture of a little bit of the SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE THIRD OF THIS GIGANTIC STORE.� But these are not those pictures.� You have to anticipate that torture even longer.
THESE pictures are of the regular old everyday half-kilometer aisle of good quality chocolate that people can find in Carrefour.� Lindt, Côte d’Or, etc.–mass produced, but Much, Much, Much better than any of our major chocolate brands over here, I can tell you that.� Even the Carrefour brand is better than the recent surge of pretend-gourmet chocolates US chocolate manufacturers are putting out.
Carrefour is the French equivalent of Wal-Mart, and one of the reasons Wal-Mart can’t get a foothold in that country.� The primary difference between Carrefour and Wal-Mart is that an entire half of it is SERIOUSLY GOOD FOOD.� Sébastien about gets tears of homesickness in his eyes every time we walk through one.� To kind of give you an idea of how different the French Carrefour shopper is from the American Wal-Mart shopper, the Carrefour has a wide selection of beaten copper pots, as well as nice enamel dishes for serving snails.
Although, personally, I think that THIS would go over just fine in the U.S.
JUST FINE BY ME.
BTW, the first photo is not just me taking a bad photo as usual–it really does go on and on that way until it blurs into the distance.� The second photo, also sadly blurry, is of the teeniest section of the first photo, approximately half a slice of the bars available between two of the red flags on the first photo.� Flavors of Lindt included:� Thé Earl Grey, Cerise, Citron Vert, several varieties of orange not just the kind we get here.� And on and on.
Speaking of which, I’m not telling people anymore when our Target bothers to get some decent chocolate from Europe.� Now every time I go to get the Frey chocolate bars, they are all gone!!!� I’m going to have to learn to be more secretive.
So what do you think?� Do we need a Carrefour here?� Could it beat out Wal-Mart?� I’ll share more photos later, before you make your final decision.