April 12, 2013

"K" is for Kilogram

This is Day 11 for the
Blogging from A to Z Challenge
for 2013.

Today's topic is kilogram, a unit of measure of weight in the metric system which is used across Europe. It equals 1,000 grams and is roughly equivalent to two pounds.

If you wish to make a purchase at a market in Europe, be prepared to ask for it in units of 100 grams. Here is a sampling of items you can buy by the gram or kilogram.

Some items are quintessentially French (and very expensive).

Frog Legs
Foie Gras


Yes, even the macarons are sold by the kilogram.

Other items are more commonplace, things we can buy at home.

Potatoes, Tomatoes & Fruit


Herbs and Spices




And yet others serve to define a region.

Lavender in Provence

Citrons in Sorrento
Nougat in Provence

We've been using the metric system in Canada since the 1970s but I must confess my brain still thinks in terms of pounds and ounces. At least I'm not totally lost when I visit Europe.

Next:  "L" is for Lavender


  1. Interesting post! Some of those foods are so delicious, um hello macaroons! But I have to say ive tried foie gras before I didn't love it.

    1. Thanks, Jessica. I'm with you on both the foie gras and the macarons!

  2. Yes, yes, yes! I MISS my life living in metric countries. I don't think I will ever be able to do the conversions. Seeing "Kilogram" as the headline I felt like the mother ship was calling me home. You can keep your pounds and ounces. Oy! Give me a KILO. And, my brother's name is Miles. He was always called Kilometres at school!

    1. You must come visit Canada - kilometres, kilograms and litres everywhere!

  3. These photos are making me hungry....!


  4. Food and travel - my favourite combination!


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