Guest Post: Food in France

Today’s drool-worthy guest post is brought to you by Amory, who spent her spring break in Paris!

Paris is known as the city of love and lights. Yet in my eyes, it’s not just the romantic feeling of the city and the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower than draw me in. I went to Paris and fell in love with the amazing foods and the way the French think about their food.

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On every street corner there are boulangerie’s (bakery/pastry shops) displaying beautiful pastries and warm baguettes, meat stores showcasing the freshest meat you’ve probably ever seen, cheese stores containing any cheese you could ever want, colorful vegetable and fruit stands and fish markets like you see in old movies. And let me tell you, I tried everything that I could!

As a mid-morning snack, my friend and I would go to the local boulangerie and get delicious pastries. Unlike the oversized, over processed pastries that we get here in the US, the pastries in Paris were smaller and never overly sweet or overly processed with fake fillings or toppings. I tried many different things, including coffee and raspberry macaroons, Nutella and banana crepes, apple pastries, pain au chocolat, and even a raspberry, rhubarb tart…YUM! It was the perfect thing to satisfy my sweet tooth without over-doing!  

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You can also get an amazingly fresh baguette sandwiches for lunch later at the Boulangerie. The traditional baguettes are filled with anything from Brie and butter, ham and Gruyère, or fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil or fresh vegetables. They are perfect for grabbing and going to sit in one of the many beautiful gardens or parks in Paris.

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Since we traveled around Paris a lot to see all the sites we could, we went to a lot of different places to get food. We tried a famous falafel place in the Jewish Marais, ham and cheese crepes at Versailles and even rabbit pate with hazelnuts!

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I found that while I was in Paris, I had a very relaxed relationship with food and eating, just as the French do. Eating is an experience that is savored; unlike it is here in the US. You can find people sitting for hours in restaurants enjoying their meals and enjoying each other. I felt that I finally had the time to let me body sense when I wanted more to eat or drink and when I was full. Also it seemed that the food was so much fresher. All the stores where you can pick up your groceries are specialized, so the owners really take the time to know the quality of what they are selling. I hope that in coming home, I can attempt to maintain this level of quality and in all that I eat and remember to slow down and enjoy it!

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Amory is a junior at Simmons College in Boston majoring in Nutrition and interning with Janel. She is busy student but always has one thing on her mind: food. With such a strong love for food and eating, she enjoys seeking out new foods, trying different dishes and cooking fun and healthy meals when she has the chance. Besides eating, Amory loves traveling, being active and is addicted to fashion magazines and thrift store shopping!

11 Comments

  1. Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Love Paris! Were those macarons from Ladurée? Love that place – nothing like them!

  2. Amory
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you Janel for this awesome opportunity to post my findings from Paris! I love your blog!
    Nutritioulicious- Paris is amazing! The macaroons were from a beautiful little shop in the district of the embassies, though I cannot remember the name right now!

  3. Posted April 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Just makes me want to go to Paris even more!

  4. Janel
    Posted April 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Paris should be our next work-vacation together 🙂

  5. Posted April 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi Janel, Caught this from Boston.com! Yummy food photos – brings back great memories of Paris

  6. Janel
    Posted April 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I know, makes me want to go to Paris right away!

  7. frankswain
    Posted April 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I guess doen around the Eifel,you’re don’t see “Defense D’Fitche?

  8. JoAnne
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Yummy in my tummy. The closet I got to France was in Epcot, eating in France. I had the most incredible sword fish in my life. Never had a piece like it before or since. It just melted in my mouth, oh so cooked just perfecto…hmmmmmm This was in 1996. LOL My hubby had snails for an appetizer and ooooh……. And the wine…..

    Some things you just remember, no matter the time gone by. I am not a pastry eater but those are incredible pictures that make me want to eat the first one shown.

  9. JoAnne
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I meant the food in the picture, not the picture…LOL

  10. Posted April 10, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Your Paris food journal reminds me of meals in the “city of lights” and, especially, bistros–pommes frites with hand-made mayonnaise, braised duck, excellent, though inexpensive, wine, etc. I, also, learned from homemakers there to shop daily in a good market for the freshest ingredients–particularly, bread, fish, produce, fruit. Your piece also brings back memories (as per Proust) of hours spent cooking with my godmother who received her doctorate in French Literature from the Sorbonne in the 1950s. All best for your future career and many more trips to Paris.

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  11. Posted April 11, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    great post, Amory! i love the photos you used too! now i want to go to france and EAT!!!

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