johanne and Canadian, just take some the next time you go. Interestingly in the Netherlands, every supermarket (at least the ubiquitous Albert Heijn chain) carries peanut butter at very pedestrian prices.
I only like peanut butter in Southeast Asian sauces and West African stews, and other dishes of that nature. Hate how it sticks to the roof of my mouth, on bread.
Nutella and derivatives are common in Montréal now. I actually rather liked the taste but swore off things that sweet several years ago; think they would nauseate me now.
Canadian, nobody on earth will make cookies like your mother's.
Thank you for the many photos of the Markets, exceptionally done. The photos of the Flea Markets have made me feel anxious for our trip to Toronto in 2 weeks. (This vacation was supposed to be a trip in Europe for markets, however, trip savings went to help out a nephew in need, we will have the same opportunity next year, I can be patient). Therefore, my vacation will be to the Toronto area this year instead. My sister has promised me 2 great Flea Markets in the Cookstown area, north of Toronto. I am eager to find a silver brush and hand mirror for my bedroom/bathroom suite that we recently renovated, inspired by our trips to Paris. The other highlight will be to the Zoo so I can finally see a hippopautamus (spelling??) Also, to my fellow Canadian, I had raisin bread toast with Peanut butter for my brakfast this morning, along with my tea. I have not had it with honey in many years, honey will be on my shopping list for the weekend. Threre are 2 spare jars of peanut butter in the pantry at all times! My husband eats in daily. Thank you for the pictures and commentary! Regards!
Post by Je ne sais quoi on Mar 30, 2013 23:05:52 GMT
I know I'm late to this thread, but I am desperate to find out where those vintage dresses are, at St-Ouen. I am glad the mystery of the box is solved, but I had heard that there's one market/building in particular where one can see those vintage dresses and I want to, so badly.
I am a huge admirer of all things Kerouac, which led me to this delightful forum. I will be grateful for any help in navigating Les Puces so that I can find those dresses (just to look at, not to buy).
I knew it would be completely different at this time of year, but I decided to take a quick trip to the flea market around 5pm. The first thing I saw was that a lot of people pack up their stuff the moment that night falls. During the summer, they would stay much longer. I took the bus to the crummy end with the ragpickers (Porte de Montmartre where buses 60 and 95 terminate), because I like to see the merchants improve rather than go downhill whenever I visit, so the direction of my walk has a certain amount of importance. I did not buy anything but I am already regretting it, because at the cheap end there was an absolutely huge stand of "everything for 1 euro" and I am thinking about all sorts of little items that I ought to have bought. Really, that little set of 10 tiny screwdrivers was a fabulous deal for one euro! I have a huge stockpile of batteries, but I was also surprised at all of the name brand battery packs on sale for one euro. I could only imagine that if they were not counterfeits, they were nearing their expiration date, but I had no reason to check.
The appropriate decorative use of such items is a) not to buy them and b) toss them in the recycling bin.
I've been there in almost winter, but not quite so late in the day.
As for the upper flats and lane housing, there is really a shortage of affordable housing in Paris proper and the inner suburbs, and strange and noisy as it might be, I'd prefer that to an hour's commute to the middle of nowhere.
Post by cheerypeabrain on May 27, 2017 20:28:21 GMT
I think that I'd feel quite at home visiting these stalls goodness knows what I'd come home with tho...I do get carried away by all the exciting (at the time) bargains... I can shop to Olympic gold medal standard me... Fabulous thread, great pics Kerouac.
I have one of those plastic colanders! Only .30€? Dang.
I'm glad you take the time to go to the Puces once a year, Kerouac. I haven't been there for donkey's years and feel no desire to go there on my (now) rare excursions to Paris. If you like junk and low prices, you could also check out the market on Sunday mornings at Porte de Montreuil. Low prices on "real" stuff, plus people selling things on old blankets on the sidewalk. As soon as they see a cop, they roll it up and pretend they are just standing there.
I have to say I'm not really sure about the "bulk-food storage bin" explanation for "the Box". In my experience, sellers (on markets or in shops) often have no idea what they're selling (or even what's in the shop). I would say that "the Box" looks like an antique set of industrial test sieves. They're still made and used today (and yes, sometimes for "céréales") but modern ones are usually metal. Easy to prove or disprove by taking out a few of the wooden "rings".