One of the things I love about living in the French Alps is the slow pace of life and a feeling of community and security. It sometimes feels like Haute Savoie is stuck in the seventies, with the same shopping hours and the popularity of fondue.
However, Annecy seems to be launching into this millennium, with a cupcake shop, the recent modern art cheese roundabout, and an explosion of Asian food restaurants. And the Asian food trend doesn’t stop there: Carrefour supermarket in Annecy now has its very own sushi bar. You can watch the staff make the sushi while you wait, or pick up one of their earlier creations from the shelf of sushi options.
Placed between the fruit and vegetable section and the fresh fish counter for maximum client exposure, the sushi bar was a hive of activity last week. Customers browsed not just the sushi, but the typically overlooked Japanese items that had previously only been for sale in the exotic food aisle. The shelves around the sushi, filled with miso soup, wasabi and a variety of noodles, were emptying as fast as the sushi.
I’m pretty sure a few of those customers were considering whether they could dunk the fish into melted cheese or drizzle Raclette cheese all over it.