Results tagged French from David Lebovitz

Dinner in Paris generally starts at 8 pm, especially in restaurants. Most places don’t even open to take reservations until 7:30pm, at the absolute minimum. I once was talking to a visitor who was really upset as he recounted arriving 15 minutes early at a restaurant that he had reservations at for dinner. The staff was sitting down having dinner (how civilized!) and asked him to…

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Is there anything more fabulous than something created through the wonder and miracle of caramelization? Is there no means and ends that one won’t go to to experience that sigh with relief when one triumphantly pulls this perfectly caramelized melange of butter, sugar, and salt out of their oven? I think not. Those butter-loving Bretons invented this unique gâteau for delivering the maximum dose of…

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Kig ha Farz

When you think of ‘take-out’, France perhaps isn’t the first culture that comes to mind. The concept to me seems so American; pick up the phone or walk to the corner, grab something to eat, bring it home and eat it in front of the television. Nice and quick…and no dishes! In spite of what you might think, France has plenty of take-out food shops,…

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Just an hour or so from Paris is the medieval market at Le Neubourg where each wednesday locals crowd the market, choosing their fresh fruits and vegetable, regional raw-milk cheeses and just-churned golden-yellow crocks of butter, along with meats and hand-stuffed sausages from the jovial local bouchers, doling out crispy morsels of sautéed charcuterie. It’s the kind of market where if you ask the poultry…

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Just in case anyone thinks that learning French is difficult, my French workbook offers this simple explanation of how to easily construct a phrase.

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