Things to see and do in France
Food and Drink
Anyone who has ever sampled dishes from the famous French cuisine would agree that none other than this extravagant country is the gastronomical capital of the world. Scanning the foodscape of France, indulge yourself in ‘haute cuisine’ by all means if you can afford it, however, I would like to recommend here a few musts which are easily accessible on your daily strolls. During your sightseeing in Paris or any other city, as a matter of fact, you are sure to pass many ‘boulangeries’ (bakeries) in the streets. Go in confidently, make sure that they make their delicacies from scratch rather than buying them pre-frozen, and try the following things: France is most famous for its baguettes and croissants. You will often see locals with paper bags or baskets from which end of baguettes protrudes. Artisan baguette is really big in Paris especially, where they even have a competition, choosing the “Meilleure Baguette de Paris” (Best Baguette in Paris). Croissants come in many different flavors and can be consumed both cold and warm.
My number two suggestions are ‘Croque-monsieur’ and ‘Croque-madame.’ These are wonderful grilled cheese and ham sandwiches adorned with Béchamel sauce. The difference between the two is that Croque Madame has an extra fried egg on top.
To stay on the savory side, the ‘Jambon-beurre’ is often called the most Parisian sandwich. It is basically half a baguette spread with butter and cooked ham with an addition of ‘cornichons’ (pickles) if the customer requests.
And two more sweet suggestions: Crepes and Macarons. Every country has crepes, but France gave birth to this wonderful recipe, and if you are interested in tasting the classical version of it, go for the simple ‘beurre-Sucre’ (butter and sugar) as locals do. Me not being a great fan of Macarons, I’m hardly qualified to recommend them well, but if you find a shop that makes their own of this almond meringues shells joined by a layer of buttercream, I am sure that you will feel the difference between these and what you have been getting so far back in your land.