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10 Foodie Things France Does Better Than Anywhere

Best Foodie Things France Does Better than Anywhere

10 Foodie Things That Makes France One Of the Best Countries To Eat In

A few weeks back I shared this article “7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians” on BrightonYourHealth Facebook page and a friend asked me after reading it,

What could you say about France? What are the things about France that you cannot find anywhere else?

That got me thinking. Hmm. I am not an expert on everything about France, but I do know the culture and I do know food.

So here is my list on what I really believe are the most magical foodie things about France and what makes this country unique.

10 Foodie Things France Does Better Than Anywhere In the World

#1 The Apéritif

Best Foodie Things France Does Better than Anywhere

What better way to get your appetite moving? Small bite size finger foods, a drink (or two) and a good long hour exchanging conversation. Mmm, I am feeling hungry already!

The art of apéritifing is truly and art. Tchin Tchin!

#2 The Café

Best Foodie Things France Does Better than Anywhere

Sitting in a café having a coffee, glass of wine, an apéritif or a tea is the second foodie favorite of mine. Not only are French cafés quaint, inviting and a great way to spend an hour (or two), the art of ‘caféing‘ is perfected by not being pushed out the door by the wait staff to leave. J’adore!

#3 The Wine and Food Combo

Best Foodie Things France Does Better than Anywhere

Here is how a special meal goes: the apéritif drink of a sweet liquor, first course of seafood with a dry white wine (perhaps a Muscadet?), the main course with light red that goes perfectly with your lamb chops, and a stronger Bordeaux red wine to complement the taste of a strong Tomme cheese served from the cheese tray. And the finish? With a bubbly coupe of demi-sec champagne with dessert.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It is all part of the French way to combine the food course you eat with the right wine. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert. It is just part of the culture to know how to combine. Can you hand me that tire bouchon, (cork screw) I need to open up a bottle!

#4 The Child’s Meal

10 Foodie Things about france that you cannot find anywhere else

This was the children’s meal that one of my children ate at a restaurant. Here kids eat real food. Whether at home, school, or at the grandparent’s house, French kids (in general) eat the same foods the adults eat. At bistro style and fancier restaurants, the child’s meal is usually a fresh-made dish that most kids like (such as steak haché (hamburger without the bun) and frites (fresh fries) but the chef also knows that some French kids would eat smaller portions from the regular adult menu. In France, children eat like grown-ups because it is part of the foodie culture to educate and feed kids the ‘adult’ way; eating with manners, appreciating food and enjoying the time spent autour de table (around the table).

#5 The Presentation

Best Foodie Things France Does Better than Anywhere

A sprinkle of herbs here, a dot of sauce there, a swirly twist of chocolate over the dessert. The possibilities are endless and with the French emphasis on food presentation as an art, showing the meal on beautiful plates and the additional swag of oh lá lá color, you will drool even before you slip one single bite into your mouth.

#6 Everyday Three Course Meal

10 Foodie Things about france that you cannot find anywhere else

Why should the three course meal be reserved for special occasions? Ah non! For the French, a three course meal is an everyday event! All three courses on the same plate, only the timing changes. Salad, soup, charcuterie, crudites; these are just a few examples of the first course that the French enjoy before their main meal. The first course is served on the main plate (for the everyday meals) and the piece of baguette bread stays on the side of the plate to ‘clean’ the plate off from leftover salad vinaigrette or soup. And voila, the plate is ready for the main dish. The everyday three course meal is a fantastic way to keep your appetite happy, meals slower, your weight in control and increase your meal satisfaction. Bon Appétit!

#7 Le Marché

10 Foodie Things about france that you cannot find anywhere else

The French food markets. If you have been to one you know exactly why this foodie part of France makes it stand out from anywhere. These food markets are one of the most common ways to shop for food and fresh produce. In some in the bigger towns the markets are open daily, and are located in Les Halles, a covered food market building. For a foodie, talking directly to the farmers growing the food, selecting the products that are the most appealing, and dreaming of what you will make from your selection is the ‘height’of food paradise. The best products picked from the soil and made by hand is there at Le Marché.

#8The Extended Lunch

things french do better than anywhere

Food and eating should not, (will not) be rushed in this country. The French may drive like crazy speeding maniacs (I know a few of them), but sit the French down at the table on a Sunday lunch and they do not move for hours. Ah, la joie de vivre~!

#9 Gastronomic Quality

things french do better than anywhere

No matter where you live in France, or what region you visit, or what city grabs your heart, each geographic area in France has its own gastronomic specialites. And you don’t mess with these been around forever foods and drinks because they are protected with an appelation contrôlée. You sip and savor these French regional specialites, (champagne comes to mind) because they really are a unique part of the French culture.

#10 Dining Outside

Best Foodie Things France Does Better than Anywhere

A touch of sun hits the sky and the French move outside to eat. It is true, food taste better outdoors. There never seems to be the bugs around, (although these little birds are scavenging for food) which makes dining outdoors even more pleasant. With many houses, apartments and dwellings having some type of eating outdoor arrangement, out pops the tablecloth and voila, lunch is served dans le jardin!

Did I leave anything off the list? Is there a French foodie comment that you would like to share?

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11 Responses to 10 Foodie Things France Does Better Than Anywhere

  1. Elena February 7, 2015 at 15:11 #

    Sorry to disappoint you, but all of those things are true for Italy too. Actually aperitif is an italian tradition, they even have specific drinks for that, and french aperitifs are nothing compared to italian aperitivi (especially northern italian ones)…

    • mbrighton February 10, 2015 at 09:28 #

      Buongiorno Elena, Certo ! Daccordo. Adoro Italia, e c’è vero….the foodie things you find in France are also highlighted in bella Italia. There are foodie things that Italy does better than France, and same on the other side. Grazie for your comment! I do write a lot about Italy too, take a look around the blog to see some of the recipes and articles on Italy. Warmly, Mary

  2. Danielle Omar - Food Confidence RD July 18, 2014 at 19:52 #

    Agree with all of these and terribly jealous. 🙂

  3. Rachael@AnAvocadoADay July 18, 2014 at 18:18 #

    Going to France in October and this post got me so excited! I used to go every year with my family growing up, but haven’t been in the last 8. We’re staying in the Dordogne region for a week, recreating my first trip to France when I was 6. I honestly think that trip was the basis for me one day becoming a dietitian/foodie!

    • mbrighton July 18, 2014 at 18:43 #

      Bonjour Rachel! Did you know that your name sounds very beautiful in French? Similar to: Ra-ki-elle. October is a beautiful time to visit Dordogne region. We live three hours south -in Pau-SW France. Just FYI-October 14th starts the two week school holidays, it might be busy on some tourist sites in Dordogne (but not as busy as the summertime). Enjoy and sip and savor every moment-Dordogne is one of my favorite areas of France.

  4. gretchen | kumquat July 18, 2014 at 16:43 #

    now i’m just jealous, and nostalgic for our years lived in germany. the europeans, altogether, do food (dining & shopping) experiences better!

    • mbrighton July 18, 2014 at 18:45 #

      Gretchen! Love your blog. I totally agree-Europeans do eating and dining better. bonne journée!

  5. david July 7, 2014 at 09:28 #

    May be you don’t know Italy.

    • mbrighton July 8, 2014 at 06:01 #

      Hi David, Adoro Italia! This article just happened to focus on France. Look around my other articles, you will see how much I love bella Italia. Ciao! Mary

  6. Lety March 14, 2014 at 16:03 #

    What a lovely post!

    Oh, food and wine combo… and the cheeses… Reading this post is like reading the French tast of life!

    Brava Mary!!

  7. ~ The Lady in Red ~ March 14, 2014 at 13:51 #

    After reading this I’m drooling – and mentally planning my trip to France! 🙂

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