In France and in many french speaking countries, people often do their grocery shopping in small neighborhood stores, as many people prefer specialty shops for fresh food of high quality.
Meals occupy a central place in French family and social life. Lunch and dinner usually consist of several courses: an appetizer, the main course, a simple green salad, cheese, and desert. The main course consists of meat or seafood and the french eat a variety of meats. The evening meal is generally lighter and often meatless.
In France, a meal is a way to celebrate friendship or special occasions. The New Year's dinner is usually spent with friends where birthdays and Christmas dinner's are celebrated with family.