This week's spotlight: Bahadourian

You may be surprised to find that one of Lyon's greatest sources for groceries and fun ingredients is...a Middle Eastern supermarket! Bahadourian is a one-stop shop for staples such as dried beans (think black bean soup), nuts, flours (think flaky pie crusts), granola ingredients, cornmeal (think cornbread), spices and seasonings. And of course, it's great place if you're wanting to try something new and a little exotic.

20, Rue Villeroy, 69003 Lyon
04 78 60 32 10‎

166, Grande rue Guillotière, 69007 Lyon
08 72 98 85 55‎

102, Cours Lafayette, 69006 Lyon
04 72 84 86 86‎

102, Cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon
04 72 84 84 84

This week's spotlight: Lyon's City Bagels

"You have to go. You really have to."

While I admit that I haven't (yet!) visited the infamous City Bagels of Lyon, I've heard only great things from friends who have. Located conveniently downtown at 32 rue Férrandière (near Starbucks), their menu offers more than just freshly-baked bagels.

(5 to 6 euros, with coleslaw or chips)

Wall Street: guacamole, lettuce, cucumber, mozzarella
Chinatown: cream cheese, salmon, cucumber, red onion, dill
Soho: mayo, lettuce, pastrami, tomoato, pickles
City: cream cheese, lettuce, magic chicken, onion crisp
Central park: tuna, mayo, tomato, red onion, lettuce
Little Italy: cream cheese, lettuce, smoked ham, goat cheese, honey

Philadelphia: cream cheese or peanut butter

(around 4 euros)

Brooklyn: tuna, mayo, tomato, lettuce, corn, olive
Greenwich: guacamole, tomato, mozzarella, corn, lettuce, olive
Manhattan: cream cheese, tomato, magic chicken, lettuce, onion crisp


Coleslaw: white cabbage and carrots
Broadway: lettuce, tomato, salmon, corn, cucumber, surimi
Vegetable: lettuce, grilled eggplant, mozzarella, tomato, pine nuts
Madison: lettuce, smoked ham, goat cheese, tomato, fig, pine nuts

(around 4 euros)

Chelsea: mozzarella, goat cheese, gruyère, cream cheese
Empire States: cream cheese, pezzicosa, magic chicken, tomato, gruyère
Big Apple: pesto, tomato, mozzarella

...and Hot Dogs!


Chocolate muffins
Fruit salad
Fromage blanc
Ben & Jerry's ice cream


Dr Pepper, Bud, cranberry juice, capuccino and flavored coffees, among the the usual selections.

* Open Monday thru Wednesday, from 8:30 am to 7pm, and Thursday thru Saturday from 8:30am to 9:30pm.

City Bagels
32, rue Férrandière, 69002

General Mills, and the rest of their army

French consumers - and American expats in France - have been enjoying General Mills brands for nearly half a century. It began in the 1960s when General Mills purchased Biscuiterie Nantaise, France's leading sweet biscuit and sandwich cookie company. Over the next three decades, Green Giant vegetables (Géant Vert), Häagen-Dazs ice cream , Wanchai Ferry Chinese food and Old El Paso Mexican food were introduced to French consumers.

In 1996, The Pillsbury Company established offices in Vélizy to market retail and foodservice products in the country. General Mills acquired Pillsbury in 2001.

Click on the links above for more information on these General Mills products in your local grocery store.

Eat your (American) veggies!

Green Giant®

Green Giant created the sweet corn category when the brand was introduced to France in 1960. Since then, they have introduced:

* Asparagus
* Hearts of palm
* Artichokes

Carefully selected and cultivated, Green Giant vegetables are well-recognized by French consumers for their superior taste, texture and appearance. Green Giant products are high quality, available year-round and provide a “hint of creativity” for everyday cooking.

Mmm...ice cream!


The finest ingredients, superior product quality, unique flavors and innovation have helped make this brand one of the leaders in the country in the super premium ice cream category. Häagen-Dazs super premium ice cream offers an unparalleled taste experience worldwide.

Häagen-Dazs can be found in retail and convenience stores as well as in more than 80 Häagen-Dazs Cafés, three of which are in Lyon!

Häagen-Dazs Lyon gare de la Part-Dieu
Terminal Frantour L. Par Dieu
Place C. Bereaudier
33 4 72 13 13 60

Häagen-Dazs Lyon Place des Terreaux
8 Place des Terreaux
33 4 72 10 03 28

Häagen-Dazs Lyon République
71 rue de la République
33 4 78 37 73 62

In the mood for Chinese?

Wanchai Ferry

Introduced in France in 2006, Wanchai Ferry unlocks the mystery of Chinese cuisine to French consumers. With a range of shelf-stable meal kits, like Xiang Gu Chicken (chicken with Shiitake mushrooms), and iconic Chinese ingredients, such as soy sauce, Wanchai Ferry enables consumers to prepare easily authentic Chinese recipes at home.

Found: (More) Old El Paso!

In 1986, a range of Mexican food products was introduced to French shoppers through Old El Paso, the current leader in the Mexican category in France. Old El Paso offers meal solutions for consumers and includes a full range of Mexican products, including:

Dinner kits for burritos, fajitas and enchiladas

Cooking sauces & Seasoning packets

Chips & dips

Look for them at your local Carrefour, Auchan, and most other grocery stores.