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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!