French Food Giveaway!

by Kelly · 42 comments

in Giveaways

Do you like French food? Mmmm, me too. And I’m giving some away, to celebrate the (several months ago) launch of Almost Frugal Food.

I’ve assembled five different foods and drinks that come from and represent the region in which I live: the Rhรƒยดne-Alpes (at the foothill of the French Alps, closer to Geneva than to Paris). This is a cold and hilly area, but one which has always been a crossroads for international trade and culture. Now unfortunately, the United States will not allow the entrance of meat products into the country (and I’m a starving student, after all) so no fois gras for you. Also, despite living in France for eight years, I still have my weird American hangups about dairy products needing to be refrigerated, so there’s no cheese either. What is included?

First up: a bottle of Chartreuse liqueur. You know the color chartreuse? Well it comes from this liqueur, which gets its name from the mountain range where the monks who make it come from. It’s made from an extraordinary amount of herbs, and is best taken in small (very small) doses as an after-dinner digestif.

A package of small squared chestnut pasta from a local pasta manufacturer. My husband loves to eat it baked with gooey melted cheese on top. It’s a classic mountain dish, rich and designed to get you through those cold winter months.

Tea, by another local producer. It’s an herbal tea, made with the genepy plant. Genepy is also used to make another local liqueur, but I decided that the Chartreuse was enough to start with!

Nut cake. While the above products come from areas that are a bit further away, the immediate area in which I live is known for its nut harvest. Nut cake is a popular fall and winter treat, served warm or room temperature, for an after-school snack or with ice cream as a dessert.

And finally, what box of French goodies would be complete without chocolate? None, I say! That’s why I’m including a bar of high quality delicious French chocolate. I’ve hidden it from my husband, so it should still be intact…

Here are the official rules: This contest starts October 9th at 12 noon Paris time and ends October 16th at 12 noon. It is open to contestants worldwide. You get one entry for each of the following: by leaving a comment, subscribing by RSS or email and emailing me the secret code, or by mentioning this giveaway on your own blog. Or sign up for a Friday is for Food slot and get three more entries!

This contest is now closed.


1 Momma October 9, 2008

I never sign up for give-aways, but I’m salivating over this one! Hmmm… maybe I’ll gather some local things to send out in a giveaway soon too!

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2 Mara October 9, 2008

I’ve never had chestnut pasta before – and I’m intrigued!

3 Jenna October 9, 2008

mmm sounds tasty!
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4 Jenna October 9, 2008

I have subscribed!
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5 jennielle9 October 9, 2008

Sounds yummy! Never saw this blog before you mentioned it on the other. Fantastic!

6 Alexa October 9, 2008

mmmm…it all sounds so good.
I subscribed too.

7 Courtney October 9, 2008

I just won your great cloth diaper giveaway, so I won’t enter again, but I love this site! When I told my husband that I had won, he was looking around your Almost Frugal site, and he said “Did you know she lives in France? That’s always been YOUR dream, to move to France and marry a Frenchman! But instead you got stuck with me.” I’d hardly call it “stuck”! Keep up all the good work!

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8 Mary Jenkins October 9, 2008

The things I could do with those 5 items!

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9 Susan October 9, 2008

MMM Chestnut pasta…I have never tried it but it sounds divine!

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10 heather in europe October 9, 2008

Greetings from Germany where we have none of the lovely food you mention. Well perhaps we have German chocolate and imported tea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

11 Kelly October 9, 2008

@Courtney- that’s too funny! Make sure to let me know when you get the diapers…

12 Kara October 9, 2008

All of this sounds delicious and brings back wonderful memories of study abroad in Grenoble! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

13 Kimberly October 9, 2008

I heart French things – and especially food!!

14 Kam A October 10, 2008

Mmmm! What a delicious giveaway!!

I would love to be entered!

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15 Deborah October 10, 2008

Great giveaway, thanks! Check my blog later for cookbook giveaway!

I had no idea about this blog either until I saw you mention it on Almost Frugal! Well done, will be back for sure!

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16 Mydailydollars October 10, 2008

Mmm! Count me in!

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17 Katie October 10, 2008

Well, I’m already subscribed! I would love to try some French food! What I really need are some truffles, can’t find those anywhere here!

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18 Emily B October 10, 2008

Wow, those all sound amazing – chestnut pasta? Yum! Thanks for a great giveaway!

19 Maria October 10, 2008

Fabulous giveaway! Thanks!

20 judy brittle October 10, 2008

Sounds great. I would love to try it. I've never had French food before.Thank you for the chance!

21 judy brittle October 10, 2008

I just subscribed

22 Kelly October 10, 2008

@Katie, sorry, I am almost frugal after all, so no truffles here!

@Sara, depending on the shop you can find cheddar at Carrefour or at Casino. In fact I had some delicious cheddar tonight with dinner! Another good place is the Irish store.

23 Cindy Brick October 10, 2008

I LOVE French food! (But have never had chartreuse liqeur…intriguing)

I mentioned you in my blog, too…it was a pleasure. I enjoy your blog so much, it's kind of a thank you…

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24 Sara October 10, 2008

The chustnut pasta sounds divine! What kind of cheese do you use with it? Btw, where have you found cheddar cheese in France?

25 Mama Koala October 11, 2008

Just found your blog! The chocolate mug cake looks yummy. Thanks for the chance to win!

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26 Lynette October 11, 2008

Your food giveaway sounds YUMMY! Count me in!

27 Bobbi October 11, 2008

MMMM, sounds yummy! Sign me up!

28 Janet F October 11, 2008

Fantastic giveaway!

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29 Karen R October 12, 2008

I am a subscriber. Please enter me. I'd like to try all these new to me treats.

30 Nicole (ikkinlala) October 12, 2008

This sounds like a wonderful giveaway!

31 Stagwoman October 12, 2008

What a fabulous–and generous–idea!! Please enter me!!

32 Vanessa October 12, 2008

I am an Italian Junkie so getting some authentic french food to try a few new things will give my family a break lol.

33 gina thompson October 12, 2008

i'd like to have a chance at the give-away. thanks!

34 QL girl October 13, 2008

Oh man, great giveaway! I'd love to win any one of those!

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35 Vicki wurgler October 13, 2008

everything sounds so good-chestnut pasta, that’s different

36 Mary@SimplyForties October 13, 2008

What a great idea. I may have to do this myself!

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37 marie October 14, 2008

mmmm. . . I’d love to win these delectable goodies!

38 Laura K October 14, 2008

I’m so intrigued by these French goodies!

39 savvy October 15, 2008

Sounds delicious. I’d love to win these.

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40 Kelly October 15, 2008

This give away sounds fantastic. I would love to win these yummy treats!

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41 Susan S. October 16, 2008

Oh! You have me daydreaming over my time in Paris which feels like ages ago…

Just found your blog. I’m off to subscribe!

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42 Paul October 16, 2008

Ooh, these sound so tasty! A sampling of French food items that I have mostly never tried in any form.

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