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Greek Yogurt in Paris?

LDurden Mar 13, 2011 08:42 AM

I'm a student studying abroad here for the semester and since I've been here I haven't been able to find any brands of greek yogurt anywhere. I'm CRAVING some with honey and almond slices, but all i ever seem to find is a French yogurt (which, I guess is reasonable since we are in France).

Has anyone ever found any greek yogurt here in the City of Lights? Perhaps in a grocery, a cheese shop, an outdoor market, or a Greek restaurant? Let me know! I'm going though Fage-withdrawl!

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    vielleanglaise RE: LDurden Mar 13, 2011 09:34 AM

    I've seen it in Mononprix, Franprix and other supermarkets: "Yaourt à la Grecque". If you can't find it, the Turkish shops in the 10th sell something similar with a high fat count.

    1. mangeur RE: LDurden Mar 13, 2011 01:25 PM

      Good advice from Vielleanglaise. However, since you are only in France for a short while, why not try some of the French yogurts that may be harder to find once you're home: cabri from goat's milk, brebis from sheep's milk and the many unusually flavored cow's milk yogurts such as marron (chestnut), prune, figue, caramel and many others. These are what I crave once I get home.

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        LDurden RE: mangeur Mar 13, 2011 04:07 PM


        Any specific shops you would recommend? I've had a bunch of the flavors of the cows milk yogurts the last few times I was here for summers but I'm all up for trying new things! And I love anything made with a good goat or sheep's milk!

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          mangeur RE: LDurden Mar 13, 2011 04:13 PM

          Hooboy... Any of the fromageries mentioned here, Bon Marche, Galleries Lafayette. And I've not bought wrong when I've bought the better stuff at the large supermarkets, Monoprix et al.

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            Cookingthebooks RE: mangeur Mar 14, 2011 12:30 AM

            La Grande Epicerie at le Bon Marché has Fage/Total Greek yogurt.

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        Ptipois RE: LDurden Mar 13, 2011 10:43 PM

        Since nothing really compares to Fage yogurt, here's some advice:
        - Find Total and Provataki cartons at Greek caterers and grocers. Several addresses throughout Paris. Mavrommatis rue Censier, Sitia rue de Bazeilles, Produits de Grèce 15 rue Lagrange, Le Pirée 47 bd Saint-Germain - and that was only the 5th. Dionysos 61 rue Oberkampf, Heratchian 6 rue Lamartine, Olivari rue Littré, Micro 144 rue Saint-Honoré, and many more.
        - Follow Vieilleanglaise's advice and get 1-kg buckets of Turkish yogurt. Make sure you get it 100% pure, some brands add gelatine.
        - Follow Mangeur's advice but IMO the best French yogurt (cow, ewe or goat's milk) is to be found at the health food stores (try Naturalia).

        1. menton1 RE: LDurden Mar 14, 2011 02:29 PM

          Mamie Nova is a terrific French yaourt, widely available. If you get to a supermarket, you will notice about 10x the quantity and selection of yogurt as compared to the US. The French are really in to their yogurt. You might see some brands of yogurt marked "onctueux". This will be a very thick, high fat product, similar to the Greek yogurt you are seeking.

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            kerosundae RE: LDurden Mar 16, 2011 07:54 PM

            I've never not seen greek yogurt in any large supermarket. maybe you just need to step out of the quaint neighborhood markets and get into a super (like monoprix that vielleanglaise mentioned) or hyper (auchan, carrefour).

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              LDurden RE: kerosundae Mar 17, 2011 01:02 AM

              I've found greek yogurt at Monoprix and other super markets, but it just isn't the same texture or quite as tangy as what I'm looking for in my Greek yogurt. I'm going to make a stop over at the Bon Marche or Galleries Lafayette to get my Fage fix asap.

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                Ptipois RE: LDurden Mar 17, 2011 10:24 AM

                I haven't seen any Fage at Bon Marché or Lafayette lately but I see above someone who has located Total there so that would be great news if they have it on a regular basis.

                Also, the Turkish version is identical to the Greek version. Not straggismeno (as Total is) though.
                You're absolutely safe with the Greek shops I mentioned. You'll always find at least some Total there.

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                  Cookingthebooks RE: Ptipois Mar 17, 2011 10:43 AM

                  Fage/Total (isn't it the same thing?) is always at La Grande Epicerie (at least every time I go -- which is more than twice a week). If you're facing the dairy section, it's to the far left, in one of the refrigerated cases that caps the aisle. There are at least three shelves devoted to it. They have fat free, full fat, and vanilla.

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                    Ptipois RE: Cookingthebooks Mar 17, 2011 12:13 PM

                    Wow. Thanks.
                    (Fage is the brand, Total is the product - cream-enriched strained yogurt.)

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                      PhilD RE: Ptipois Mar 19, 2011 03:50 PM

                      Technically Fage is the company and Total is their brand of greek style yoghurts. I say "style" because I understand the manufacturing process of this multinational dairy company varies by country and the nature of the milk.

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                        mangeur RE: PhilD Mar 19, 2011 05:12 PM

                        Or the OP could line a stainer with a tea towel and dump in a liter of yogurt of choice = 2/3 liter of what is sold as Greek yogurt. Add cream or ... or not...

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              chicagoparis RE: LDurden Mar 20, 2011 12:46 AM

              la grande épicerie always has the greek brands - facing the tiny frozen food section. no fat, low fat, whole fat, with honey and without.

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                vielleanglaise RE: chicagoparis Mar 20, 2011 03:35 AM

                I get this on the rue du Fbg St Denis. 2 euros 50 a litre.

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                  Parigi RE: vielleanglaise Mar 21, 2011 08:44 AM

                  Reading this thread gave me the urge to get a jar from the Traiteur grecque on rue des Martyrs. It seems the price is much higher there but am not sure. Considering the fact that that traiteur grecque has one of the lowest priced - and one of hte best - tarama in Paris, I had expected its prices to be low in general. O well. Will look for it on rue du Fbg St Denis. Can I find it in any of those Turkish-owned superettes?
                  Cookingthebooks, with all due respect, I strongly urge you not to get it low-fat (or anything low-fat). Its very attraction is its wonderful richness. Don't get the half-assed diluted lowfat stuff with its half-assed diluted taste.

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                    Theresa RE: Parigi Mar 21, 2011 02:17 PM

                    Yep - agreed ... low fat Greek yoghurt is a contradiction in terms ...

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                      menton1 RE: Theresa Mar 21, 2011 03:08 PM

                      Well, so is "non-alcoholic beer", or "natural lawn", or "accurate estimate". Lol.

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                      vielleanglaise RE: Parigi Mar 21, 2011 04:38 PM

                      I believe it's available in most of the Turkish stores. I bought this pot from the grocery shop on the rue du Fbg St Denis, even number side, just next to the big Turkish greengrocers (with the antique "boucherie" mosaics on the facade) on the corner of the rue de Metz.

                      Though it's made in Greece, and has cream added, I can't vouch for that certain "greekness" that the OP is searching for. I do know that the more diminutive and yogourtphile members of this household are big fans.

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                    Cookingthebooks RE: chicagoparis Mar 20, 2011 10:57 AM

                    I've been looking for the low fat for years. Have you found that there?

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                    foodiedanielle RE: LDurden Mar 20, 2011 09:35 AM

                    I live off Greek yogurt. I buy it either @ Carrefour or Monoprix.

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                      Silverkat RE: LDurden Apr 8, 2011 05:52 AM

                      There seems to be Greek yogurt at most grocery stores and at outdoor markets. If you're addicted to the low fat variety, like we are, Le Grande Epicerie (Bon Marche) has it. I found that out online and had a bit of trouble finding it in the store. It's at the end of one of the aisles, facing a wall. They also have a huge selection of other yogurts there, including Greek yogurt of the high fat variety.

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                        Parigi RE: Silverkat Apr 8, 2011 06:30 AM

                        "If you're addicted to the low fat variety"

                        and chili con carne without meat...

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