Mexicante in Lyon!


Spotted at Monoprix: jalapenos, sliced cactus, tomato and kidney bean dip, Mexican spice mix, plus the usual spread of tortillas and salsas. Mexicante has arrived in France, and I say bienvenido!

Sliced cactus

Tomato and kidney bean dip

Mexican spice mix

All-Time Favorite Cheap Foods in Lyon

The Cheapskate Blog over at TIME magazine recently posted an article on America's All-Time Favorite Cheap Foods. Their choices made me chuckle. Can you imagine how much it would cost to buy these items in Lyon? (If you could locate them, of course!)

Rather than get the homesick blues, I decided to come up with a list of my All-Time Favorite Cheap Foods in Lyon.

Instead of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, may I suggest fresh pasta from your local grocery store? I realize it's not as inexpensive as Mac-n-Cheese, but for a couple euros it's a delicious treat.

Who needs Cheerios when you have Muesli? The Carrefour and Ed brands are excellent - and cheap!

PBJ? I think not. I'll have the quintessential jambon-beurre on baguette.

Skip the Ramen and go for nems at your local Vietnamese restaurant. Starting at around 50 centimes each, these lettuce-leaf-wrapped rolls are amazing.

Friday nights are pizza night at our house. Using this recipe, we keep dinner for two under 2.50 euros. (Tip: Ed has 400g blocks of mozzarella for about 2 euros and we use half a block for one pizza.)

Can you say, "Je voudrais le menu kebab, s'il vous plaît"? If you haven't ventured into your nearest kebabery, you are missing out on one of France's adopted culinary treasures.

I think the French equivalent of bologna is a small can of pâté de foie de volaille. Spread on a fresh baguette, the taste will always bring back memories of traveling à la cheap in France.

We do have a nice selection of canned tuna on the shelves in Lyon, but I much prefer a can of maquereaux à la moutarde over a bed of lettuce with some cherry tomatoes.

Spam, meet my friend terrine. Y'all have lots in common to talk about.

Bon appétit!

Found: 1000 Island and Caesar!

Amora presents two salad dressings well-known to Americans.

Sauce Crudités Caesar, 235ml

Sauce Crudités Mille & une îles, 235 ml

Look for them in the condiments aisle at your grocery store. (Spotted at Champion.)

Found: chocolate chips!

Seen today at Ed supermarket, a bag of 100g mini chocolate chips for €1.27.

Also seen at Ed, a box of cookies obviously designed to imitate Oreos. The verdict: not bad cookies, but nothing like Oreos.

Click here to find an Ed near you.

LIDL celebrates America!

From peanut butter to muffin mix, yellow mustard to American-themed napkins, LIDL's got your American needs covered. The following products are available in LIDLs around Lyon during the week of June 10-17.

Click here to find a LIDL near you.

Blue cheese dressing, Caesar dressing, 1000 Island dressing, Ranch dressing and Honey Mustard dressing
300ml for €1.09

Cranberry drink (25% juice)
1 litre for €1.29

Peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
454g for €1.79

Blueberry, chocolate and classic muffins
€1.39 for a packet

American-themed napkins
€.99 for 30

Marshmallows for roasting
€1.09 for 300g

Brownie mix

Hot dog buns
€1.49 for 500g

Microwave popcorn
€.99 for 3 x 100g

Coming soon: Garden State

Garden State Juice Bar & Deli
6 rue de la Charité, 69002 Lyon

Looking for somewhere new to eat in Lyon? Garden State will soon be open for lunch, dinner and tapas. Located just off Bellecour, their menu will include smoothies, organic options and sandwiches from around the world. Perhaps the quintessential American BLT? One can hope!