I realize what I am about to say makes me a traitor to my country of residence, but I don’t care. Italian food is crap compared to French food.
I live about three hours east of the Italian/French border, but in terms of cuisine, I might as well live on a different planet. In northern Italy the three P’s dominate menus: Pasta, Pizza, and Polenta. You can also find some overcooked meat and usually some potatoes, but thats about it. Total snooze fest…
During my first trip to France this weekend I spent just as much time eating as I did laying on the beach. In the last 48 hours I have gorged myself on anything I can get my hands on, and it has been glorious. Almost none of my food pictures turned out (possibly because I was too busy stuffing my face to bother focusing my camera), but trust me, the dishes were beautiful!
I came prepared to get sick since I was planning on eating authentic French food, regardless of the wheat content. Totally Worth It.
Here is an abreviated list of the deliciousness:
- Croissant (just as wonderful as I imagined a croissant in France would taste)
- Crepe (bought at a stand on the boardwalk, smothered in something sweet. Amazing)
- Fois Gras (decent, but I don’t need to eat it again)
- Mille Feuille (might have been the best dessert I ever tasted)
- Cod in a lemon butter sauce (yum!)
- Spicy lobster (I ordered this two nights in a row because it was so good)
- Macaron (sooooo much better than the airport macaron from last year)
I was very pleasently surprised at how much I enjoyed the Macraron. The first time I tried one it was in the Paris airport and it was crap. This one was delightful. Macarons are made with almond flour making them safe for me to eat, so I really really wanted to like them. The chocolate macaron I enjoyed at the beach (see below) was moist and sweet, but not too sweet. I am actually going to buy a couple more before I head home.
And I am hungry again. Off to find one last French meal before heading home!
I couldn’t agree more with your initial statement!
I can’t believe the difference between French and Italian food, so close geographically, yet so far away…
I like the sound of the spicy lobster.
The spicy lobster was seriously the best lobster I have ever eaten!
I had baby lobster with blue cheese sauce in Skiathos a few times, it was gorgeous!
I’m going gluten free too. It’s unfortunate it’s such a challenge!
Giving up the bread and pasta made me sad, but it really changed my life.
Yeah, the French cuisine is quite amazing. But I also love Italian food…Gelato? Prosciutto? Carpaccio? 🙂
Good point, gelato is pretty fantastic!
I just recently tried a macaron. Mmmm….
The bakery I got the chocolate macaron was closed when I went back to get another, so disappointed!!