French Food

The perfect French Summer starter:  Melon au Porto

The perfect French Summer starter: Melon au Porto

If you are looking for the perfect summertime appetizer, you have come to the right place. I’m not sure if Melon au Porto comes from the South of France, or if I just happen to think that because I usually have it with our relatives […]

The National Drink of France: Pastis de Marseille

The National Drink of France: Pastis de Marseille

It is as French as the croissant. It was not de riguer when Napoleon was around, but if it were, I’m sure he would have drunk gallons of it for “Honneur et Patrie de la France“! Ok, maybe not but anyway, when our various French […]

Eating a French Meal: History and Etiquette

Eating a French Meal: History and Etiquette

Imagine the scene: Marie-Antoinette in the beautiful Palais of Versailles. Pre- Head being chopped off ofcourse. She is inviting you into a beautifully lit room, chandeliers glittering, the best cristallerie out on display for you, an elaborate dining table set up, and a large bountiful spread of dishes […]

10 American dining habits that French People find strange

10 American dining habits that French People find strange

Living in France for so long, there is always a bit of a culture shock every time I return “home”. There are just those small little things that are not like what I’m now used to in France, and make me stop and think “oof, […]

When in France, hold the ketchup!

When in France, hold the ketchup!

Eating French food is like eating with your parents. The waiters (aka your very grumpy parents) will frown at you as if you were a child, and get annoyed. “Yes, you have to eat everything, no substitutions, and no changes!” My personal theory is that […]

Croque Monsieur or Madame | A Very French Dilemma

Croque Monsieur or Madame | A Very French Dilemma

If you are looking for classic French food, you have to munch or croque into a Croque Monsieur! Or Madame.  Both are basically glorified ham and cheese sandwiches, perfectly unhealthy and laden with cheese. A French national treasure and have I mentioned, absolutely delicious? If you don’t have a […]

The Proper Way to eat a burger in France

The Proper Way to eat a burger in France

Picture the scene, my first day at a new job in a new country. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the entire team decided that we should go out for lunch.  (It rains in Paris almost as much as it does in London, so the […]

Your guide to a typical French Christmas

Your guide to a typical French Christmas

The French take their food very seriously. They also take Christmas very seriously, so as you can imagine French Christmas traditions are quite the affair! In North America, we tend to cook a big turkey, some stuffing and side dishes, and then sit down and […]

The French Cooking Secret of the day: Lardons

The French Cooking Secret of the day: Lardons

“Mmmm Bacon!”, in the words of Homer Simpson.  Not exactly good for you, and definitely not to be eaten in large quantities.  Given all commentary about French people never becoming fat, you might be surprised to know that a type of bacon, les lardons, is a staple in many French homes.  (Vegetarianism is still quite rare in […]

Cooking Tomates à la provençale

Cooking Tomates à la provençale

I am not really a fan of tomatoes, but I had to change my mind after eating this dish at my mother-in-law’s place.  Born and raised in the Provence region of France, where this recipe is from, she is in her own words, a Gourmande (French for […]


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