the third course in a french meal–cheese
“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ―
“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” ―
“I don’t have much patience for people who are self-conscious about the act of eating, and it irritates me when someone denies themselves the pleasure of a bloody hunk of steak or a pungent French cheese because of some outdated nonsense about what’s appropriate or attractive.” –Anthony Bourdain
Once upon a time I spent a week in Toulouse. I have fond memories of the city. When asked to tell a story about my stay there, I start always with a description of Les Halles in central Toulouse.
Les Halles in many cities in France is a “shopping mall,” a covered food market, with many many stations where different kinds of foods are offered. One can find cheese there, of course, but also charcuterie; there will be butchers, fish mongers, fruit and vegetable stands, wine and beer, chocolate, ready-made foods, and so forth.
At one time Paris had the largest one in France, Les Halles de Paris, which was demolished in 1971 and replaced with the Forum des Halles, now a center for boutiques. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.) But wait, there’s more!