Blanquette de Veau; Shopping Conundrums — 8 Comments

  1. I’m tickled pink that you’ll have a toilet in the bathroom!!! LOL! and a shower door to match it!
    It seems that at some point in our adult life internal inflation comes to a screeching halt. We start ‘remembering’ what things used to cost and refuse to pay more…. Even though 20 or 40 years have passed.
    Love that.

  2. It’s so true — we are all extravagant about some things and completely and irrationally tightwad about others. But about toilets — well, there you really have to get the one you want, as you will spend lots of time with (on!) it.

  3. a wonderful story – i have similar feelings about not wasting money. i spend very little on paper napkins for the kitchen table – we like to use washable old-fashioned fabric napkins

  4. It is funny how we “draw the line,” isn’t it. I love wine here and usually draw the line at 10 euros for special occasions, because when I’ve gone over I’ve sometimes been disappointed. When my wine merchant tells me a wine is a good deal, he’s almost always right.
    I just splurged on some champagne to celebrate the week’s events, though! I usually never buy champagne, preferring all of the great “crémants” or “méthode champenoise” from other regions that also fall in my under ten euro “budget.”

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only wine scrouge with good taste 🙂 Of course, wine is much cheaper in Europe than the U.S., particularly due to the tariffs. When I am in Germany or England, I can find a perfectly acceptable bottle of white for 5-7 euros. A comparable bottle in the U.S. may be 10-15 dollars, retail. However, I always look for new discounts when at our state-controlled stores, and sometimes can walk away with a wonderful Chardonnay or Shiraz for 7 or 8 dollars. We once found a white Burgundy for 10 dollars — and it was, surprisingly, fantastic. But, there was also that $20 bottle of dry Merlot, on sale, that was well worth the money. It wasn’t a $200 bottle of wine, but it’s a moment when you pride yourself on searching out quality rather than a price sticker and a name.
    As for PJs, I must concur hehe None needed for bed, and if I want to lounge around the house, yoga pants and a hoodie suffice just fine. Besides, PJ availability makes people think it is ok to venture out in public in them.

  6. One year, my husband gave me a wooden toilet seat for Christmas. I was thrilled.
    I prefer to buy almost all my clothes from second-hand stores. But I won’t buy second-hand (foot??) shoes. They have to be new. And invariably, the ones I choose are ridiculously expensive.
    Your blanquette de veau looks lovely, even though for my taste, the carrots are rather large (I’m weird about cooked carrots; it’s a major failing).
    I WISH we could get decent wine for $3 a bottle here! Our every day wine is around $7 for 750ml: a really decent Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (imagine how much it would cost in Chile???). We used to be like you and buy wine for as much as $50 a bottle but now when we splash out, we won’t pay more than $20…. unless we’re buying a Blanquette de Limoux. Which is almost impossible to get here. But it’s oh so good! (It would be very good with your Blanquette de veau.)

  7. Tanna, I’ve heard that eventually we all turn into our mother’s….shudder… (joking)
    Val, and when we lived in Andorra it was even cheaper!
    Lydia, my sentiments, exactly!
    Maria, we haven’t had paper napkins in years… You are so right on that one!
    Betty, we are getting less willing to pay a lot for wine every year we live here. It’s much more fun trying the less expensive, local ones and most are very drinkable; some quite wonderful. When we first moved we were amazed that we could get good wine for under 20… now we’re happy with 6.
    Cymri, I was amazed on my last trip back to see people in public in pajamas…. Have they no sense/taste/pride?
    Elizabeth, I’m with you on the shoes. I have to admit, in my past life I spent rather a lot on clothes… buying quality. I hardly ever buy anthing now, except cheap stuff to paint and garden in… and even that’s rare as stuff gets recycled downward.