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Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

So, I was casually browsing Facebook, which, I fully appreciate, holds a position akin to the Daily Mail according to some forum contributors, but that's another story.

Aaaaanyway, the adverts which now seem to have become an increasingly prominent feature of FB, threw me this, as a "suggested post" which is facebookspeak for an advert:

www.frenchclick.co.uk

Now, out of interest, I followed the link, which promised "a large selection of fine French groceries delivered across the UK". This, in complete contrast to the accompanying photograph, which showed, among other "Fine French groceries", the following:
Bordeau Chesnel rillettes
BN biscuits
Tessier sirop
Bonne Maman jam
And something that looks like a tube of that Marie Rose cream for mozzie bites that doesn't work.
Oh, and a Nestlé thing called "Chokella" which might be some sort of auto-erotic breakfast product if the name is anything to go by.

Anyway, thus far the gourmet credentials of this offering seemed somewhat tenuous, but I ploughed through the comments, hoping to find dozens of irate French people living in the UK, complaining that this was a dreadful indictment, a cruel pastiche, and that, if you move to another country, you should adapt to their produce and cuisine, or at least ensure that Frenchclick UK stuck to hourly imports of baguettes and a regular supply of foie gras.

What, dear reader, did I find? Well. I'll tell you. And I am no Miss Marple, but I'm guessing that these comments on Facebook were written by Real French People residing in the UK. Either that, or there are more people in Essex and Cumbria giving their children French names that anyone knew.

Examples...

"Any compote or 3 minute pasta?"

"There is no point to go back to France now (sic) . Everything is here"

"That's be great if you have rosti (not frozen ones) Save me from bringing them back every time I go to France.

"Just placed my first order. Can't wait for my galette des rois"

"You saved me when my son wanted to drink only Bledidej.."

So, m'lud...if anyone has any objection to migrants to other countries importing, by whatever means, their foodstuffs of choice from their country of origin, it would seem that
A)everyone does it, and
B) there's no accounting for taste.

Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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Re: Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

Must admit that I have looked at these online french shops in the UK and have been surprised by some of the stuff they sell and have wondered why anyone would order such things.

I do miss some things from France, but have never found what I wanted to order at a price that I was prepared to pay............radin-moiWhistles [Www]

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Re: Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

YccmB wrote : So, m'lud...if anyone has any objection to migrants to other countries importing, by whatever means, their foodstuffs of choice from their country of origin, it would seem that
A)everyone does it, and
B) there's no accounting for taste.

After more than half a century living in my birth country and 12 years living here I can cheerfully say that very little surprises me these days.
So, some French living in the UK behave in a very similar manner to how some UK leavers behave here in their adopted country ... nothing surprising there then.
Perhaps it would be more surprising if they didn't.

Sorry Betty it sounds as though I am criticising your post, far from it.

Sue
Computing - it's another world
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Re: Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

Many years ago the French had the contract to staff and train Libyan Arab Airlines which necessitated a load of families being based in Libya (in this case Benghazi). There were daily flights to Paris (amongst other places) which brought over everything they needed, even the daily baguettes. So not so strange.

Most never tasted fresh Arabic bread still hot from the oven, one of the finest tastes in the world.
Ticking over, just about.
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Re: Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

I saw this site 2-3 years ago I think when they first started. I see it is still not updated in French. LOL

I guess all the UK vans delivering to France were returning empty so some Einstein came up with the idea of offering a French food service to the UK.

I guess the UK vans go out to Eymet to deliver them their bacon sarnies and angel delight and then stop off at carrefour (probably in Eymet) for a reload back to the UK.

From what I have seen most reviews are by English numbties who buy French food in order to impress their neighbours I guess. But the reviews are not that good.

Looking at the prices I can't imagine many French paying 4 euros more for a Charal beefsteak. Also, it is not a very pro website. Looks very dodgy.
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Re: Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

The van that delivers to Eymet goes back with a full load of wine that he drops off for Tesco. I think he started with the wine first and the Eymet trip was to guarantee him a load on the way down!
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Re: Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

I find that hard to believe.

The thing about wine is that it is very heavy. A pallet of wine weighs 800 - 1000 kg so there is a limit how much you can carry on a van. Maybe two pallets ???

Now, when we doing the wine runs in France on an artic we were only getting 50-100 euros a pallet back to London. Which is great on an artic but rubbish in a van.

So how does he make money ?
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Re: Those damned "real" French and their superior culinary tastes.

Never kid a kidder Big Smile [:D]
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