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Id imagine that considering the same priced chicken in Germany and Switzerland, the German product would be superior.
German meat is NEVER superior.

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If you take this to a logical conclusion then Jorido, we would all earn fortunes in Switzerland and spend them in Germany/France in order to save as much as possible.


Result being the Swiss economy and way of life totally tanks, the salaries are reduced however high costs would remain, the economy would tank and we would b back to pre-1940's, a country mainly agriculture and peasants


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With that type of attitude wed be avoiding international trade wherever possible, not producing goods where they made to the highest standards and lowest price, world productivity and living standards would fall accordingly.

Swiss companies hired us because we were the best candidates available at the price. People shop at German supermarkets because they offer the best quality per unit currency. I dont really think its in any way contradictory behaviour.
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Re: Favorite Switzerland grocery store foods

putting my oar in here : compared to our neighbours and most of the rest of the world , grocery & household shopping in switzerland is simply frigging $$$expensive!!! so my commendations are based on cost/quality/range

number one : Aligro :
for foodies because it's awesome , for restaurateurs because they get big discounts , you get a range of high end produce but also middle.
seafood comes in fresh everyday , action after 5pm , wild turbot :15fr kg
meats, a whole ox tail uncut : 30fr, coute du boeuf : 45fr kg
veg is about 20% cheaper but you need to buy bulk trays.
booze : huge choice , may not be as cheap as denner.
things like tea and coffee, olive oil, good range, 1kg high end coffee beans : 18-21fr
cheeses: the mind boggles .

number two : Denner ( migro bought them up apparently ? )
not the friendliest of places BUT
great discounts on high end wines and not so good wines
spirits are limited but cheaper then even coop
fresh produce , hmm

number three : landi
want a post box that doesn't cost 200fr , go there for 37 fr
want a toaster that works : 27fr , kitchen aid without the brand
light bulbs , or even Gtex hiking shoes for 37 fr
a sink hole cover for 1.5 fr instead of 4.5fr

number four: coop and migro ( like we have a choice )
fresh produce appears to be better in migro but they're expensive but they have a wider range than their counterpart,
strangely, ordering migro online has better quality produce.
coop has better bread ( artisan wood stove baked yum)
coop dry aged beef , not.
coop has booze with good discounts.


number five : lidle & Aldi
i have shopped there but came out with nothing so i won't comment.


number 6 : manor
if you're shopping there , you won't be reading my list , ps : check out secrets fine foods if you're still reading.
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Do you mean "Swiss fruit and vegetables" or do you mean "Fruit and vegetables in Swiss supermarkets"?

I find the Swiss produce excellent - especially in season (which is when, and only when you should be buying it. The imported stuff not so much so. Probably because it's been sitting around Migros and Coop store rooms and distribution centers for a week or two.

Some of the stuff in Migros though is shameful - beans of all sorts and other vegetables imported from Africa or Spain. No wonder it's rotten.
At least Lidl seems to buy mostly Swiss in the first instance, then Italian, and then Spanish if all else fails.

I like British supermarkets too but generally I find fruit and vegetables superior in Swiss supermarkets.
I meant fruit and veg available in Swiss supermarkets. Any fresh stuff in farmer's markets etc was always outstanding , but I find that the same in the UK. Our local Coop in BL was dire.

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British (and yank, sure) supermaket makes me feel like one is not expected to cook. The cheapest stuff and biggest choice is "modern" pre-cooked and processed food.

Which here is the most expensive stuff.

Here one has to cook, buying processed food costs too much. I don't have a problem with it but I love cooking.
What on earth is modern food?

Sure there's a lot of convenience stuff for those who want it but it's by far from the majority of stuff available. I suppose you haven't encountered many UK food retailers.

I rarely buy convenience stuff but it's good to have sone sauces in. Hard to cook decent Thai or Indian with what was available in CH and that's mostly what we eat.

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I think that German stores are superior in terms of quality, service and price to any Swiss store. The German Lidl is better than Swiss Lidl which in turn is better than Migros/Coop. Aldi Switzerland is not so good, at least compared to Lidl. Probably they adopted the local culture.
Maybe. I don't live very close to the border so from my point of view it doesn't make any (economical) sense to go shopping in Germany or France (I'd love to go shopping in France more often though, I admit). And besides I think it's better to support the local economy, especially local farms when possible, don't know if anyone cares or appreciates but that's not the point and never was, so each to their own. I suppose we're all different and can decide for ourselves. I came to the conclusion that it's more important to better assess your needs and consumption and waste less, know where and when to shop for various things and then you'll see that you can reduce your spendings on groceries (which are quite high here, I agree). As for the quality...that is relative, I guess.

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Has anyone tried the Cheese Cake from Migros or anywhere? Are the Swiss capable of making authentic cheese cake?
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Has anyone tried the Cheese Cake from Migros or anywhere? Are the Swiss capable of making authentic cheese cake?
I have - the Migros one, about once a year - it's a bit too sweet (but almost everything is to me) but I quite like it. The one without dried grapes.

Can't call it authentic - but still a lot better than my own turn our.

I think you can buy it by piece - so try out for yourself.
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Has anyone tried the Cheese Cake from Migros or anywhere? Are the Swiss capable of making authentic cheese cake?
Cute. Are Australians capable of appreciating an authentic cheese cake?

What's "authentic cheese cake" anyway? Apparently it comes from Ancient Greece and it's a pie, not a cake....

I know you're looking for the NY style cheese cake though, yes I've tried the one from Migros and it's good. But I prefer the ones you can find at Aldi or Starbucks.

All of them are a tiny bit too sweet if you ask me, but all these cakes you buy from a store usually are. Make your own if you don't trust "the Swiss".


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Cute. Are Australians capable of appreciating an authentic cheese cake?

What's "authentic cheese cake" anyway? Apparently it comes from Ancient Greece and it's a pie, not a cake....

I know you're looking for the NY style cheese cake though, yes I've tried the one from Migros and it's good. But I prefer the ones you can find at Aldi or Starbucks.

All of them are a tiny bit too sweet if you ask me, but all these cakes you buy from a store usually are. Make your own if you don't trust "the Swiss".






Haha, yes. Freudian slip.
Its a well known fact that Australia has the best food in the world and of course the best cheese cake
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Its a well known fact that Australia has the best food in the world
What, smoked Koala?

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Its a well known fact that Australia has the best food in the world and of course the best cheese cake
Don't know about the best but it certainly has really good food.

In my experience, it has the best espresso outside of Italy and a really nice cafe culture.

With all that coast, the seafood is fantastic too.

Has St1lemans spent much time in Australia?
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Don't know about the best but it certainly has really good food.

In my experience, it has the best espresso outside of Italy and a really nice cafe culture.

With all that coast, the seafood is fantastic too.

Has St1lemans spent much time in Australia?
Of course he has no idea of Australia
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What, smoked Koala?

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Kangaroo and Better Burgers, never been to an outback lodge?

Ah, and crazy chicken - what's the Australian name for that? Omtatsat?
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Never been there, but my daughter lives there.

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Its a well known fact that Australia has the best food in the world and of course the best cheese cake

I guess they can't claim same about people then......
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What, smoked Koala?

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Is there any animal you won't throw on the barbecue??
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From what i understand, these are "barbecue free".....
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Re: Favorite Switzerland grocery store foods

Lindt chocolate spread (40% hazelnuts, seen only in Lindt factory stores and Jelmoli so far) is really good. I am not a fan of Lindt, but this is a really good product with a great taste and ingredients (be aware of the inferior one sold in coop that has 25% hazelnuts and also other inferior ingredients, definitely not the same thing). It is also much better imo than the much more expensive Spruengli one.


May not be the most popular product but Coop's and Alnatura's flours are very good, you can really taste the difference in the baked products made out of them.

Coop Naturaplan Blatterteig is one of the best pastries ever

And the list can go on... Coop naturaplan meringues, Coop finefood clotted cream, coop fine food wasabi peanuts, migros selection or alnatura icecreams are among the best in the world (especially recommend alnatura lemon), etc.
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Lindt chocolate spread (40% hazelnuts, seen only in Lindt factory stores and Jelmoli so far) is really good. I am not a fan of Lindt, but this is a really good product with a great taste and ingredients (be aware of the inferior one sold in coop that has 25% hazelnuts and also other inferior ingredients, definitely not the same thing). It is also much better imo than the much more expensive Spruengli one.


May not be the most popular product but Coop's and Alnatura's flours are very good, you can really taste the difference in the baked products made out of them.

Coop Naturaplan Blatterteig is one of the best pastries ever

And the list can go on... Coop naturaplan meringues, Coop finefood clotted cream, coop fine food wasabi peanuts, migros selection or alnatura icecreams are among the best in the world (especially recommend alnatura lemon), etc.
I may be wrong but I think I have seen the Lindt spread at Otto's in the past. I was a little surprised to see it. It might be worth a look if you have an Otto's close to you.
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