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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by pegolas View Post
    365 different cheeses sounds overwelmingly awesome. Behold the power.

    Multiple courses are served in restaurants with extensive menus, which are used, for family special occasions, club meetings, conventions...

    This is not the same as cafes which serve everyday meal, where there is usually the choice of a meat, a fish and, now probably a vegetarian dish and a couple of appetizers/warm sandwiches and a couple of desserts.


    As a tourist, you will walk a lot, you can even rent bikes and manned boats to have a slow, gourmet and lazy vacation along the numerous French rivers, sampling food all the while.

    You also most probably get to a main province town from Paris by train then get the boat and bikes there. The bikes are used for excursion at wine, cheese or other specialty making farms and local craft centers.

    Anything you eat will be burned out by the bike rides and the local craft can be shipped by the shop to yourself or friends.
    Last edited by backpack; 08-14-2012, 01:24 PM.

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  • pegolas
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    I'm fairly certain if I ever made it to France I'd come back wearing pants that won't button the entire way.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by pegolas View Post
    365 different cheeses sounds overwelmingly awesome. Behold the power.
    This is where the cheese tray comes from. It is another course after the salad which, in France, is served after the seafood or/and meat main course and before dessert.

    People who have a taste for savory food, skip dessert.

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  • pegolas
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    365 different cheeses sounds overwelmingly awesome. Behold the power.

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  • backpack
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    This is why I always say to people skip the tourist traps in the thoroughfares and go to the neighborhoods of big cities and make sure to visit the provinces of the country you are visiting.

    Unlike the U.S, many many countries use trains to link the provinces between each other and the capital, that make it easier to sample local food.

    By necessity, car travel depends on chains at rest areas and we all know about the standardized food at airports.

    France, for example, has 365 kind of cheeses, locally made ones, each "terroir" which means a small area of each province also has sweet and savory specialities as well as local wine or other beverages, including alcohol free ones.

    The same can be said of all other countries, and the bigger the country the more diverse the food.

    Do be mindful of safety and the level of spicyness or richness your body is comfortable with.

    Bring the Immodium and if you have to, order food to go and eat it at the hotel.
    Last edited by backpack; 08-13-2012, 07:28 PM.

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  • jeffmac
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    Local food is very important to me when I travel. I have eaten at every chain restaurant in the US and I am tired of it. You learn about the locality when you eat with the locals...

    Once you leave the country I think this is even more true. Food is a necessity but there is pleasure in it. I love to find what the area considers "comfort food" and try that. Much to be learned there whether you are in Chicago or Shenzhen...

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  • Darcy
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    Food and Travel



    A video preview of Jodi Ettenberg's The Food Traveler's Handbook
    Last edited by Darcy; 11-06-2012, 02:51 PM.
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