Yes it's turkey time but not in France. I received a tip from my neighbor Daniel Flores, the pastor of Calvary Chapel in Lyon and Chambery. Last year they were able to get turkeys from Auchan for their church thanksgiving dinners. I went to check it out. Auchan at Port des Alpes near Ikea had no turkeys, so I picked up the poultry help line in the meat section and was received by a nice gentleman named Alain. He said they had had turkeys but no one bought them they went bad, and they stopped ordering them. However, he said if someone really wanted one before december they might be able to get one for them. It was disappointing. I walked around for a while looking for my mother in law who'd wandered off. I must of have looked unhappy because he came back over to me and says, hold on, I'm going to call my supervisor and check. He picks up the phone and calls Philip. The final word is that there will be turkeys the week of Thanksgiving! Alain was very happy and very proud to have put the smile back on my face :) A word of caution though, this year Daniel got the Auchan in St Genis Laval to commit to ordering them a turkey but then they got word back that their provider refuses to kill their turkeys before the 1st of December. So whatever you do, if you plan on getting a whole turkey, keep a plan B in mind.
Some other places to check... over a decade ago I was able to order a whole turkey from a nice man at the daily market off the square at the Croix Rousse. I have heard from others that they have also been able to get whole turkeys there over the years. That market is closed on mondays. I've heard you can also get them at Les Halles. You can check your local butcher, or the poultry stands at the markets, particularly the local producers markets, but you need to start looking right away since it takes time once the order is placed for the turkey to be ready for consumption.
And if you find a whole turkey, make sure it fits in your little french oven before you buy it!!!
You can get a lot of good deals at Babou, it's kind of like the walmart of Lyon. They all kinds of birthday candles, like the ones we are use to seeing in the US for really cheap. It's a good store to check out if you need something, don't need something of super high quality and don't want to pay an arm and a leg. If you don't have a car the twelve goes by there.
You can also usually get some nice ceramic pie plates from stores like Alice Delice, which now has a shop downtown, and from stores like BHV in the Part Dieu.
Last spring, just before Cinco de Mayo, I was at the cheese counter at the Porte des Alpes Auchan and they had real cheddar cheese. It was a sharp cheddar cheese, but not the vintage aged cheddar we usually get. The next time I stopped by, thinking I would get some to put on my chili, it was gone, nothing but the vintage cheddar. So I asked the guy at the cheese counter if they would be getting any back in. He proceeded to tell me they had the yellow kind just because they could get any of the "good" cheddar, and wouldn't be having any more of that "other" cheese. I must have left an impression when I very emphatically and repetitively told him that the "other" cheese WAS the good cheddar cheese, because now they have both all of the time. They are calling them cheddar rouge, and cheddar fermier. Not only that, they now have Mole, Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce, Old El Paso Chili con Carne, Cranberry sauce, and Betty Crocker Bisquick.
For those of us who enjoy authentic mexican food, you will be happy to know that Auchan does indeed have Costeña Mole on it's shelves in the tex-mex section. I had mole last night, it was total heaven! I didn't do rice and beans, because it's too hot, and I'm out of sesame seeds. That's why I have to go back and buy some more, so that I can do it again properly once the 90 degree weather is over :)
I don't go to Carrefour very often, because somehow I always end up spending more money than I counted on. This last time it was because there is a new addition to the cheese isle. There was a nice lady sampling this new product called "fromage à la crème" by Elle & Vire. They have Black Pepper, Chives, and Plain. It's the French answer to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. It comes with a cheese cake recipe on the label and all. Unlike "fromage à tartiner", this cheese has a more robust consistency that should work great in American dessert recipes. I haven't tried it out yet, but I'm pretty sure this one is a winner.
After a lot of reading, I finally figured out that there is an english equivalent to graham crackers, called digestive biscuits. Here in France you can pick get them under the McVitie's brand Sablés Anglais. There are pretty darn close. I think they will work nicely for a graham cracker crust, and they are big enough for smores. It turns out that they're everywhere, however you can always pick them up at Little Britain.
The newest Kentucky Fried Chicken is at the end of the Route de Vienne. It's best gotten to by car, but you can also get there on the 12.
383 route de Vienne 69200 Vénissieux
I haven't been to this one yet. On the map it looks like it's right across from the Carré de Soie shopping center. You can get fairly close to there on the A line or the T3.
257 rue Léon Blum (Carré de Soie) 69100 Villeurbanne
There is also another one:
Rue du Commerce 69700 GIVORS
The event takes place in Fleurie, a lovely village outside of Lyon.
If you have a car, click here for driving directions. If you need transportation, OnTours provides roundtrip services for 15 euros/person. Visit OnTours to book your bus tickets!
(photo by Tomas Sobek)
Where: l'AmphiMidi Cafe at the National Opera of Lyon
Who: Derya Türkan, a young maître of Turkish music
Entrance is free, but these noon concerts tend to be popular. Show up 15 minutes to 1/2 an hour in advance if you can.
For more information about this concert and/or other free performances, click here.
267 Avenue Berthelot 69008
Bagel's Place has an inviting atmosphere, a menu in French AND English! and soon, an American épicerie!
(image by Ezra.Wolfe)
Centre Commercial la Part-Dieu
(top floor of the new part of the mall)
A large variety of bagel sandwiches. Very similar to Best Bagels Company but with slightly friendlier prices!
The Lyon American Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a social cocktail at the Auditorium Orchestre National de Lyon this Thursday, January 6, from 6:00 to 7:30. The event is free and open to the expat community.
Photo by brians 101
If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Alexia Marchetto by tomorrow morning (Wednesday morning).
There will also be a free concert after the cocktail. Unfortunately, the RSVP deadline for the concert has already passed.
These free noon concerts are often VERY popular. If you can, plan to be at the Opera 1/2 hour before showtime. Simply enter the Opera and there will be many friendly ushers to direct you.
January 5 & 7 at 12h30
Performed by percussions students from the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur Musique et Danse (CNSMD) of Lyon.
Jazz Motown Revival
January 19 & 21 at 12h30
Performed by eleven musicians from the department of jazz at the Conservatoire de Lyon.
January 26 & 28 at 12h30
A lovely way to get to know French music and songs. There will be two singing performances by:
Hélène Piris, voice, cello
Frédérik Bertrand, alto
Didier Roguet, violin
Marion Cordier, voice
Juliette Zanon, accordion