le 12 août 2010
Bonjour! C’est moi! (Hi, it’s me!) Another post from the pesky French speaker here. Please if this may be a shock to you, please read the About section .
To celebrate over 3000 views, I am posting popular French dishes, their calorie content, and how many servings it would take to reach 3000. This is a fun way to mesh culture and my current goal–to lose weight–in one post for you guys. Maybe Mikoto-(san?sama?chan? I don’t know, you can correct me in a comment:) ) will follow up with telling us about some healthy Japanese dishes.
All the links below will take you to FRENCH sites…. in the spirit of immersion
First, my favorite.
le soupe d’oignons (French Onion Soup)
Single serving: 1 small bowl.
Calories: 80 (used Atlanta Bread Company–Although I have never eaten it from them)
To eat 3000 Cal worth: 37.5 bowls
un croque-monsieur (ham-cheese grilled sandwhich)
Single serving: 1 sandwich.
To eat 3000 Cal worth: 7 sandwhiches
une baguette ( loaf of bread)
Single serving: 100g
To eat 3000 Cal worth: 10.5 pieces
le pot-au-feu ( Veggie stew with beef)
Single serving: 1 bowl
To eat 3000 Cal worth: 7.8 bowls
un mille-feuille (“thousand leaves/sheets” puff pastry)
Single serving: 1 piece
Calories: 753 (JESUS O:)
To eat 3000 Cal worth: 4 pieces
There, you have one dish from each section–well, the American sections of dinner. French dinners (and sometimes lunches) have up to 7 courses. However, the French have much smaller portions than American dishes. Here is a common arrangement for a French dinner:
- l’apéritif (aperitif — a light alcoholic drink)
- l’entrées (appetizer)
- le plat principal (main course)
- le fromage (cheese platter)
- le dessert (dessert)
- le café (coffee)
- le digestif (digestif–strong alcoholic drink, symbolizes the end of the meal)
A common French meal will last hours and is meant to be a way for family, friends, and lovers to become closer over delicious food. This is because eating is viewed very differently in French culture.
In fact, the common practice done by Americans to bring home “Doggy Bags” is very insulting in France. Because of their smaller portions, there is no need to take home any of the food! Food is meant to be enjoyed in the restaurant and eaten slowly. So, if you rush through your meal and take some home, you just may insult your cook!
I hope this was an enjoyable quick view into French. Please comment with any questions or suggestions on the next French post!
a tout a l’heure (see you later)
p.s. it wasn’t bad grammar that kept me from capitalizing the french words. In french, proper nouns are not capitalized.