Every meal in France is an event. Big, small, fast, or slow, the French put flavor and presentation above everything else.
My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. And, being a vegetarian, breads are always a part of my breakfast. In the US, I like bagels and breakfast rounds, but in France, I love the croissant. The thing I like most is how they combine soft with flakey (bit like me really!), and they’re great with savory or sweet fillings. Oh, and one is never enough.
If you avoid fast food places, croissants are almost universally good anywhere in Paris. The best place to eat one is at the outside tables of a street cafe; not because the air is so great, but because you can people watch like crazy!
What food do you like when you travel? And where’s you favorite place to eat it?
Wow! You’re almost converting me from my gluten free life. Actually, I love trying different foods when I travel. Croissants in France were definitely some favorites.
Hi Piper. I don’t think gluten free croissants have been invented yet 🙁
Actually, I’ve been thinking of trying the gluten free thing, but being a veggie to start with, bread is a staple, loved part of my diet!
YUM! Those Parisian Cafes and breakfast and croissants and sweet/savory descriptions increase my desire to visit Paris one day.
Anywhere (other than fast food joints and Chuck E. Cheese) that involves people watching is a favorite, Nigel. Better yet? A venue that’s conducive to chatting up soon-to-be-former-strangers.
My favorite place of all time was Salzburg. The open markets. One stand for fresh breads. Another for gourmet cheeses. Yet another for local smoked meats. I was in charge of the wine store next to our hotel. Wo der weiße Wein bitte ist. [Yeah, I had to Google to get that wonky letter for white.]
Laughed at your description of yourself as flaky and soft. You are so not soft. *grin*
“I was in charge of the wine store next to our hotel.”
… this doesn’t surprise me 🙂
Paris is so on my list of places to see, but I’ll have to find gluten free croissants. I enjoyed amazing goulash in a little out of the way place in Istanbul, the day we ferried to the Asian side of the city. Awesome. In Newfoundland, I had to have lobster, in BC, salmon. If I ever get to England, bangers and mash will be the order of the day.
You will probably be appalled to hear that I used to enjoy veggie banger and mash with onion gravy. In fact, you’ve started a craving. I know what I’ll be making this weekend 🙂
Breakfast is my favorite meal too. France is an excellent place for breakfast, of course. It’s a great place for any meal, really, but croissants are just so delicious. I’d eat them all the time if I could. I love any breakfast when I’m on vacation—I think it’s because I almost never have breakfast out when I’m home. So a vacation breakfast is an extra special treat. But it’s even more extra special when it’s at an outdoor cafe, at the seaside, or something like that. It could be cereal and it would still be great.
Breakfast on vacation! Yes, I love that, too. There something about breakfast when you eat it in a new place (and when someone else prepares it!). We’ve travelled all over, and my daughter can remember what breakfast was like everywhere. She remembers vacations on the basis of what we had for breakfast!
I love finding new and different foods when I travel – I couldn’t pick a favourite if I tried! But my favourite places are tiny out-of-the-way bistros – I love the element of surprise and delight when I get some delicious and unexpected dish. I once got the most delectable celery and gorgonzola cream soup in a tiny, shabby little shack on a tiny, rocky little island off the west coast. That happy memory still lingers! 🙂
Hi Diane. It’s amazing how it’s the little things we remember most. But finding somewhere yourself is so much more interesting that just following the guide book! I’m glad you liked the soup, I really think celery is underrated!