09 Nov 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!