Blog: Hypermarket hype

Catherine Sleep | 18 April 2006

I spent one of my bank holidays zipping across to France through the Eurotunnel. It wasn’t quite as slick as advertised but still remarkably quick and easy. We had a fantastic lunch down in Wimereux; France’s reputation for fine dining seems as justified as ever. Not only was the food fresh, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented; it was good value. Four courses plus an amuse-bouche for €20? Can’t say fairer than that. Chef also obligingly knocked up an off-the-menu omelette for my toddler, which made life easy and gave him a treat.

We then followed this up with the obligatory trolley dash through one of Calais’s many hypermarkets. The quality of fresh produce was still impressive but I did notice more prepared foods on the shelves than on prior visits. Ready meals are clearly gaining a foothold and groceries such as bottled salad dressings and mayonnaise are on the rise. Although perhaps such culinary short cuts are targeted primarily at the region’s many British shoppers?


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