Fall in love with French cuisine

French cuisine is like an art form. The French have not only exported their epicurean delights to the rest of the world, but have excelled at it so much that UNESCO has added French Gastronomy to the list of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage.” Well, they did lend the word, “restaurant” to the English language besides many other culinary terms.

Every aspect of French cuisine has been finely honed to precise levels of flavor and distinction. They also seem to constantly set the benchmark for fine dining across the globe. It’s no surprise then that Paris is home to 70 Michelin-starred restaurants.

French Food is versatile and, therefore, you’ll get to hear a variety of names associated with food in Paris and France. Le Bistrot, or the humble bistro is a warm, friendly restaurant usually with a blackboard menu that offers traditional cuisine like a Salmon terrine, bisque or steak-frites. A brasserie is nearly the same but on larger premises with a few that even offer fine dining cuisine as well like Coq-au-vin, Beef bourguignon or Confit de canard. A patisserie is a high-end bakery that crafts exquisite desserts like the classic Mille-Feuille and macaroons with exotic filling. A boulangerie exclusively bakes great breads like baguettes and that buttery French breakfast staple, croissants. A fromagerie, usually a family-owned establishment, is devoted solely to creating a variety of cheese(350 kinds!). There are, of course, the ubiquitous cafes and gourmet restaurants just like anywhere else.

French cuisine is greatly influenced by the different regions of France: Alsace, Brittany, Lyon, Mediterranean and the South-west (Basque and Bordeaux). Paris, like other global cities, also plays host to several multinational food chains, so you’ll never feel lost, gastronomically speaking.

No matter which part of the globe you hail from, French cuisine will manage to surprise and seduce you with a variety of flavors and unique culinary compositions. It’s what the French do. 🙂