French Foodie?

Proof of duck meal! photo by Weekend In Paris

French Foodie?

So sorry to report, while I am a true Francophile, I am not a huge French foodie.  With the exception of dessert, much of what I taste in France is weird, too complicated or is covered in sauce that is too salty for me.  The everyday food of France is good, not fabulous in my amateur opinion.  Drenched with butter or crème fraiche, it just doesn’t do that much for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been to some fabulous restaurants for some bucket list meals worth reporting (L’Epi Dupin, La Tour d’Argent, Le Procope, Bouillon des Colonies.)  I am just telling the ugly truth that eating in France involves consternation on my part whereas in Italy I can point blindly at the menu and devour whatever shows up on my plate.  Yes, yes, yes, I love crèpes, Coq co Vin and duck but I don’t drool over them the way I do about the wine and desserts that accompany the main dishes. 

Before you lock and load your pen gun at me, I can tell you that I am okay if you want to criticize me for not having a sophisticated palette.  You are either born with it or you are not.  Clearly I was not!  I keep trying new things, as is my nature, but in the end some days I am starving and want a “sure thing” meal so I regress to the plainest thing I can find or go right to dessert.

Éclairs, chocolates, mousse, or cake?  Sign me up for seconds!  Steak tar-tar?  The French can keep until they learn how to cook properly and serve me warm!

  • Cailin
    Posted at 06:59h, 10 November Reply

    I really enjoyed this post. I agree with you on most points however my motto has always been butter makes everything better 🙂

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 07:18h, 10 November Reply

      Dear Cailin,
      So glad you like the post. Please keep reading and commenting.
      Butter does make everything taste better!!!! I love it; I just can’t have it or sodium because of medical reasons so it makes things difficult. Also, once you have been off the stuff for a while, it starts to gross you out when you see food swimming in it.
      If I am going to be careful about my butter or salt intake, I prefer to spend my chit on dessert!

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 06:50h, 10 November Reply

    I agree! I’m often disappointed by the meals here – their heavyness, lack of originality, or over complication. They do desserts and bread right, so that’s where I focus my attention 🙂

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 07:13h, 10 November Reply

      You got it sista!
      Funny how many people are upset with me about this post. I DO like French food, just not able to order with reckless abandon both because of taste and diet restrictions. What do people in France do who can’t take too much butter and low sodium? Maybe that’s the secret to skinny French women?! They can’t eat anything so they don’t!
      Thanks for ready Lindsey!

  • Forest
    Posted at 08:36h, 09 November Reply

    Good for you for coming clean! 🙂 I don’t think there’s anything wrong with knowing what you like and not forcing yourself to oooh and aaahhh over the things you don’t care so much for just because everyone else *loves* them! I, personally, do love french food and eat pretty much anything put in front of me, no matter how questionable it might look. However, I have never ever brought myself to eat Steak tartar…and i feel kind of guilty about that because i run around sounding off about how I don’t like steak tartar…but the truth is: it’s never passed my lips!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 08:50h, 09 November Reply

      Raw hamburger by any other name is still raw hamburger! LOL!
      Remember I am the one gal who does not like macarons either!

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