Victoria | Nov 01, 2011
You’ve been sent to a conference in Paris and want to make the most of your time in the city. Paris is the city of lights, history, fashion, and… food. You can count on eating well in Paris about as much as you can count on there being fog in San Francisco. Part of experiencing Paris to its’ fullest is experiencing the culture of food that Paris has to offer: and it doesn’t always have to be expensive. These are the 4 must-eat items if you come Paris for a conference.
Steak Tartare: You think raw eggs and raw beef, and most likely think it’s a recipe for salmonella or some other food borne illness that going to keep you in bed for your entire time in Paris. But, it’s also a recipe for delicious. You can find a good steak tartare in almost any Paris bistro. And with a little Worchestershire sauce, some parsley, and mustard, not to mention some good Parisian baguette, this is a truly quintessential Parisian dish.
Crepe: France’s version of the grab and go snack. You can find crepe stands on most street corners in Paris, and they’ll range from 2-5 euro (depending on what you put in it). The French classic is the plain crepe with sugar: “avec sucre” costing about 2-3 euro. It’s the perfect pick me up in the afternoon when sugar levels get low.
“Grec”: Named after the large Middle Eastern population in Paris, the schwarma wrap (titled a “grec”– “a Greek”) has also become a staple that every Parisian eats. It consists of chicken or lamb cooked on a rotisserie wrapped in a pita with french fries, tomatoes, lettuce, and a yogurt sauce. It’s greasy goodness, and the best “grecs” can be found in the Latin Quarter.
Croissants: Even if think you’ve tasted a good croissant in the states, you haven’t. French croissants are the butteriest, flakiest things you’ve ever tasted. Any bakery (boulangerie) will sell them for around a euro.
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