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Culture File - France, Lesson 16 - What's Your Favorite Food to Eat in France?
Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: France series at FrenchPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential cultural information about France, French culture, and French people. In this lesson, we’re going to learn about the types of food you can find in France. I’m Becky, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 16 - What's Your Favorite Food to Eat in France?
When everyone is eagerly waiting for their paycheck, in French called salaire, at the end of the month, something nice to do is go with a big group of friends to a local pizzeria. Why?... It's simple. Nothing can rival pizza in terms of its cheap price and variability, allowing everyone to find something according to their personal taste. However, an even more economical choice for those who don't want to spend too much is Chinese food. Chinese food in France can be of varying quality though, so you may have to go through some trial-and-error to find out where to go to find the best quality-price ratio. But no matter where you go, eating out means nobody's tied to the kitchen, or in French cuisine, and everybody can eat what they want.
Some people enjoy eating lunch in a place called a brasserie. At these places, you can select a set price, or prix fixe, menu to save money. But herein lies the crucial dilemma…first course and main course or main course and dessert? It depends if you prefer savory or sweet food. If you go to a brasserie, don't miss the traditional steak and chips, in French called steak frites. You should also take the chance to try a plate of assorted cheeses if suggested. This way you can get a chance to taste Roquefort or other blue cheeses without having to buy a whole brick. It's a bit strong, but it’s certainly worth a bite.
Regional restaurants that export to different cities are also quite common. This includes places like Breton crêperies, Alps raclette restaurants, and Lyon bouchons. These places give a glimpse into all the varying flavors of the many locales of France. But of course, true connoisseurs know that nothing can beat foods made fresh by chefs who hail from the respective region. These are the truly genuine dishes.
Finally, for special occasions, French cooks usually offer gourmet menus often in beautiful settings. Here we find a mix of both new and traditional cuisine, such as when a dish called grandma's bourguignon—traditionally a stew prepared with beef and red wine, seasoned with garlic, onion, and spices, is splashed with a pizzazz of Asian or African flair, and the tarte tatin mingles with exotic fruit. Yes, it would be fair to say that food, or nourriture, itself is an integral part of traditional French culture.
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What are some of the best things to eat from your country?
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