Saturday, February 06, 2010

When in France

February is the month of love. What better month to talk about France!

I visited France during college for a five-week, cultural enrichment program and mission trip. We studied french history and culture, language and helped a seminary in Brussels with several projects.

It was here that I fell in love with the food and people. I mean, how can you not love french fries in gravy? And sitting in a cafe for two hours to eat lunch and talk?

One of my favorite sandwiches, which was basically street food, was a baguette (fresh of course) slathered with rich, french butter and layered with ham. It was so delicious. So simple and so good. The butter helped the baguette not be so dry and the ham was salty and fresh.

We would sometimes have an afternoon snack and sip on espressos along with a fresh pastry. The pastries in the boulangrie were beautiful topped with blueberries, strawberries and chocolate. I later learned they got that shine from an apricot jam glaze.

I want to go back. For our ten-year anniversary, Brandon and I want to visit. I can't wait to show him everything.

Do you know the chocolate man? His name is Dave Lebovitz and his blog site is like food porn. It's seriously beautiful and so packed full of good ideas. I love his ten ordering mistakes tourists make in France. View it this weekend!


Marla Taviano said...

How fun that you got to spend 5 weeks in France! I want to travel the world!

Erin said...

Thanks! It was fun, but a huge culture shock. I kept on telling my mom I wanted to go home because it was so different. Didn't you stay in Japan for a little while?

Hammocks and High Tea said...

How ironic! It must be the month of longings! We had planned a Europe trip for our 10 year, but then came Lula! I couldn't imagine leaving her and going across the ocean when she was only 6 months old. But soon...very soon!

Hammocks and High Tea said...

Oh...and thanks for the link! I'm going to enjoy reading that!