In France and in many French speaking countries, people choose to shop in small specialty shops rather than go to a big supermarket. Although supermarkets are becoming more popular because of convenience and low prices, specialty shops continue to be preferred because of the fresh food and high quality.
Meals are a very important part of French social life. Lunch and dinner usually consist of several courses such as an appetizer, the main course, a simple green salad, cheese, and dessert. A special meal might even have up to nine courses. An appetizer could be something simple like cold cuts, vegetables in a vinaigrette sauce, or soup. As the main course, meat or seafood is served. Potatoes are common and other vegetables might be served like turnips, leeks, eggplant, and endive. Fresh fruit is often served for dessert, but pastries and ice cream are for special occasions. The evening meal is light and meatless. Eggs are mostly eaten for dinner and not breakfast.