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As Durham Lad said the packet soups are much better than ours, I always load up with Knorr Minestrone, completely different to what we get at home.  Rose D'Anjou wine for me  and Breton Doux Cidre for the wife plus what ever she finds in the Kitchen section, as Shefford said they seem to have different things to what we get.

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14 hours ago, Solo said:

As Durham Lad said the packet soups are much better than ours, I always load up with Knorr Minestrone, completely different to what we get at home.  Rose D'Anjou wine for me  and Breton Doux Cidre for the wife plus what ever she finds in the Kitchen section, as Shefford said they seem to have different things to what we get.

Sorry to be picky but surely it is my Wife and not "the wife" sounds horrible

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1 hour ago, KeynshamKid said:

Sorry to be picky but surely it is my Wife and not "the wife" sounds horrible

To me she is THE WIFE, no other wife matters.  She says she's the Supreme Wife!

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On ‎04‎/‎06‎/‎2017 at 13:18, Millsy said:

Pelfort - the king of beers the beer of kings! Pallets et Gallettes de Bretagne.  Tomme Noir. Rillettes. 

Yes, Pelforth is excellent. I think BF should start selling it - I believe it's owned by Heineken and they are selling that on board again now, as well as Kronenbourg (which was a very pleasant surprise!)

For me it is generally wine and Belgian/French beer. Having visited the various outlets around Calais many times I was very impressed by the wine and beer supermarket just outside Roscoff (the one with the red bus). We spent a small fortune in there but it was a far more pleasant experience than being at Cite Europe or anywhere else in that region.

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Sitting here with the wife we are convinced that someone out there has been rummaging through our boot for the trip home as nearly everything we buy has been listed above. We bought a beer machine quite a few years ago so there are always a few 5 litre beer tinnies in the boot Pelforth blonde or brune if possible along with a selection of 3 & 5 litre wine boxes, why are these not available in the UK?? Biscuits, especially pomme are a must along with gateau breton, prunneau or framboise are worth searching out and some cheeses with morbiere and Trappe de Bricquebec always leaving the car smelling of cheese for at lease a week after we get home, wonderful. A well it is now less than 5 weeks till we board Mont St Michel and then all our cravings will be satisfied.

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1 minute ago, Paully said:

OK having done the wine, whats French coffee like these days. Anyone got any supermarket recommendations??..thanks

last time I was over there, segafredo was dirt cheap, if you like a strong powerful coffee.I'm sure there are is some cracking own brand stuff too, so I'm sure there will be some good recommendations!

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3 hours ago, Paully said:

OK having done the wine, whats French coffee like these days. Anyone got any supermarket recommendations??..thanks

Going over next week to stock up. Personally I like the standard ones, Grand'mere and the like -  4 x 250 g packed together and like penguin, Segafredo is a favourite. We usually stock up on the ones with the best price. The only one I avoid is Carrefour own brand. It's cheap but too bitter for my taste

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Thanks very much, we`ll certainly have a look certainly at Segafredo , we both like strong coffee, essential first thing on a morning :D

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As you can gather its been some time since we were in France,just wondering if anyone knows re the availability of Sugar free products. We have been spoiled by Mercadona in Spain who can supply just about everything sugar and gluten free, bliss.....unlike the UK who supply very little ..Thanks in advance folks, your help so far has been brilliant :D

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22 hours ago, Paully said:

OK having done the wine, whats French coffee like these days. Anyone got any supermarket recommendations??..thanks

Casino (or Geant) have a good quality range of own branded coffees with Fairtrade and organic (labelled "Bio") labels with prices ranging between 2.50 and 3.50 Euros per pack

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If you have a bean-to-cup machine and buy whole roast beans, it is worth trying a selection of packets, often from relatively local artisans. Sometimes these coffees are available in packets of ground coffee, too, but generally in brown packets whether as ground or beans. For the strongest coffees, look at the packaging for the words intense, corsé and perhaps généreux.

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On 2017-6-12 at 08:44, Paully said:

As you can gather its been some time since we were in France,just wondering if anyone knows re the availability of Sugar free products. We have been spoiled by Mercadona in Spain who can supply just about everything sugar and gluten free, bliss.....unlike the UK who supply very little ..Thanks in advance folks, your help so far has been brilliant :D

I agree, Mercadona have an excellent range of sugar free goods. French supermarkets aren't bad, but not wonderful and a bit patchy. The usual zero soft drinks are getting more available, as is Ice Tea zero, a favourite of mine in hot weather. Sugar free fruit syrups (huh?) are also around. Reduced sugar jams (Andros is our choice) are also there, as is a choice of artificial sweeteners. As a treat we also go for s/f caramels or Werthers and s/f Vichy mint pastilles.

I haven't seen s/f jellies are desserts yet. Was there anything else that you would be looking for?

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Many thanks Terry, appreciated, I don`t suppose any of them do the SF Ice Creams, which Mercadona is very good at...As is their Comportillo Rioja priced at 1E 68:D 

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That's our favourite from Mercadona too ;). I haven't noticed s/f ice cream but will look when we go early next week. It may be after we move on, been in the Pyrenees for a week and moving on to Meze next week - a completely new selection of supermarchés to choose from.

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On 6/12/2017 at 07:44, Paully said:

As you can gather its been some time since we were in France,just wondering if anyone knows re the availability of Sugar free products. We have been spoiled by Mercadona in Spain who can supply just about everything sugar and gluten free, bliss.....unlike the UK who supply very little ..Thanks in advance folks, your help so far has been brilliant :D

I know the Carrefour outside Ouistreham has half an aisle dedicated to sugar, dairy & gluten free products.

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Re the sugar free, products containing natural sweeteners such as the stevia plant are quite popular and therefore frequent. even the breton cola (Breizh Cola) is available with stevia.

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DSC_0001.thumb.JPG.e1046acdd9e85a0d9c46d7f1e448a717.JPGI enjoyed my visit to Hyper U at Baule near Orleans today and here are a few essential purchases. I have followed Penguin's recommendation for the Cafe chocolate and am looking forward to trying it out!

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12 minutes ago, Shefford said:

DSC_0001.thumb.JPG.e1046acdd9e85a0d9c46d7f1e448a717.JPGI enjoyed my visit to Hyper U at Baule near Orleans today and here are a few essential purchases. I have followed Penguin's recommendation for the Cafe chocolate and am looking forward to trying it out!

That looks like a great selection. If you like dark chocolate and real coffee, you wont be disapointed!

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I like the Carrefour in St Malo as they do the most amazing hot chocolate for when shopping finished.

 I buy jars of fish soup, some milka chocolate bars and although can probably get them in UK I get some Bonne Maman biscuits, Madelines and Blueberry Jam.

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