An American in Chengdu

Canned cheese | November 21, 2009

A few nights ago I took the bus to Carrefour, the French supermarket, to stock up on long underwear (which turns out to be completely necessary in “subtropical” Chengdu, but that’s for another post) and other things. While there I picked up a baguette and a bottle of olive oil, and stopped by the tiny cheese section to pick out one of the overpriced, hermetically sealed European cheeses. I’d been by the cheese section on previous trips but hadn’t bought anything. It was enough to know these well-traveled morsels were there when I needed them. Now, having braved the cold all day, not to mention the sardine conditions of a city bus at rush hour, I felt entitled to a treat.

I settled on a small box of Camembert. At a little over $4, it was half the price of the other Camemberts, so it felt like a more reasonable indulgence. On getting it home, I discovered that 1.) it was made in Germany (which seems like the kind of thing the EU would have banned), and 2.) it came in a can reminiscent of cat food. I ate it anyway, of course. It didn’t exactly transport me to the Mediterranean, but it was edible enough.


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    I've come to Sichuan in search of adventure, fluency in Chinese, and awesome vegetarian food. I have to concede that the baby pandas are very cute.
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