French Food, Episode 17

French food, small grocery store
Grocery store in the movie Amélie Poulain

French Food Culture

On today’s episode Annie and Elyse have a good time talking about French food, food culture in France, and the way French people eat at home.

We also talk frankly about difficulties that people with special diets may encounter in France, particularly those who are vegetarian/vegan or have food allergies.

French people are quite set in their ways when it comes to food. What does that mean for visitors?

Can you listen to the whole thing without wishing for a lovely French meal? If you can, we didn’t do this right!

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

Episode Highlights

  • Ready to go to France? Ready-to-eat French Food?
  • If I Say Let’s Have French Food, What Do You Think About?
    • What Percentage of the Monthly Budget Do French People Spend on Food?
    • Food is NOT cheap in France
  • What Do French People Have for Breakfast?
    • Breakfast at a French Hotel
    • Breakfast on Sunday in France
    • Biscottes, It’s a French Thing
    • French Adults Often Have a Tiny Breakfast
  • Why Are French People Skinny?
  • Meals Are Served at Set Times in France
  • Lunch in France
    • When It’s Meal Time French People Eat a LOT!
  • French People Are Choosy About What They Eat
  • Where Do French People Buy Their Food?
  • French People LOVE Yogurt and Cheese
  • Bread in France
  • French People Want to Know Where Their Food Comes From
  • Wine Drinking in France
  • Vegetarians in France
  • Older French People Don’t Think of Wine as Alcohol
  • French People Are Not Adventurous When It Comes to Food
    • The Only “Ethnic” Food You Will Find Everywhere in France is North African
    • French People Will Tell You What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat
    • France Is Tough for Vegans and People Who Suffer from Food Allergies
  • Smoking in Restaurants in France
  • Halal and Kosher Food in France
  • French Regional Food
  • Do French People Really Eat Frog’s Legs and Escargots?
  • Foie Gras Is Not Controversial in France
  • French People Eat a Lot of Oysters on the Half-Shell
  • “Lait Cru” Cheeses (Made with Unpasturized Milk) Are Common in France
  • For more on French food, listen to our other episodes on Cheese, Pastries of Southern France and Pastries of Northern France, Chocolate and Macarons, and all the episodes in the Food and Wine category on this website.

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Driving in France, Episode 16

Drinving in France, road with bend

Driving in France

In this episode, Annie and guest David talk about driving in France. Should you rent a car? How safe is it? Is driving hectic in France? We start with misconceptions, then we explain differences you should know about, and we also give you tips so you can relax. Have you considered setting out on your own to explore the French countryside? This episode will help you decide if it’s for you or not. Where will you go? Vineyards? French villages? Renting a car does open a lot of options for you!

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

«I just returned from a trip to France. We could not take a train due to the strikes and ended up driving across France from the Dordogne to Paris. What a wonderful experience! The podcast on driving in France was a HUGE help with parking, highways and the red plus signs at traffic lights. Thank you so much!» Robin Friedberg OConnor

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If you found this episode helpful, also check out Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138.

Episode Highlights

  • Common misconceptions about driving in France
  • Things to consider before renting a car in France
  • French terminology you need to understand
  • Navigation tips
  • Speed limits in France (that’s a gotcha!)
  • More gotchas (unexpected rules and customs)
  • Indication signs
  • Danger signs
  • Direction signs
  • How do roundabouts work?
  • Parking in France
  • In case of emergency
  • Final thoughts


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The Orsay Museum, Episode 15

Orsay Museum: Van Gogh Painting
Night Over the Rhone River Valley by Van Gogh

The Orsay Museum in Paris

On today’s episode Elyse takes us to the wonderful Musée
d’Orsay in the heart of Paris. The Orsay is a favorite of
Americans and for good reason: you will see more impressionist
and post-impressionist here than anywhere else in the world.
Manet, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, they are all
there and they’re all magnificent. This is the museum for both
people who normally don’t visit art museums, and for the
sophisticated art connoisseurs. Have you been? Did you love it? Are you still undecided? We help you think it through on this episode.
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