Brave Cuisine

Since I seem to be on a food kick, there are a few French delicacies that most people stay far far away from. When in France, be brave and try something local, something fresh and something out of your comfort zone. A few recommendations if I may.

You could start with an order of les cuisses de grenouilles. Frog legs. Yes, frog legs. Have you ever heard the saying it tastes like chicken? It actually tastes like chicken. You can typically find it prepared like any other meat; grilled, fried, baked etc. Still skeptical? Once it has been covered with a blend of herbs and butter, maybe some white wine, you will be singing a different tune. Next up, order some foie gras. You can order it many ways, but to start, pâté spread on a fresh baguette. In case you need some additional details about this delicacy, this sums it up.

Foie gras is a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine. Its flavor is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of an ordinary duck or goose liver. Foie gras is sold whole, or is prepared into mousse, parfait, or pâté, and may also be served as an accompaniment to another food item, such as steak.

Escargot is a personal favorite. If you can over look the fact that there are snails under all that butter and parsley you will be in heaven. The tricky part is getting it out of it’s shell. Tiny forks are the best and most efficient way to do this but I would watch out. I have seen one too many snails go flying out of the shell. If you’d rather stick to something more familiar, try the boeuf tartare. It is raw hamburger but it is the finest grade of beef, fresh and fridge-cold, and it is mixed, either in the kitchen or table side, with too many delicious things to count. It is rather intense and rich so eat it slow and savor it with the french fries that almost always accompany it.

When in doubt, just try a new cheese. There are so many great cheese shops right around the corner from many of our luxury vacation rentals in Paris.  You can never ever go wrong with a baguette, a fabulous cheese and a bottle of French wine.

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