Well where do I start? France is a foodies haven and I don’t know which ones I need to put and not to put into this list, I ate a lot when I was there and the amount of choices is phenomenal, all of them sounds amazing regardless whether it’s a dish from a three star Michelin restaurant or just a simple croissant from bakery found in the outskirts of Paris. Again the basis of this list like any other of my to try lists are based on what I actually tried on location, that means even there is something better that I haven’t tried it will not be in this list to be fair.
Croissant – Let’s start the list with what we had almost daily for breakfast when we were in France, the croissant. I know you can have this anywhere but I can’t understand why the ones in France is so buttery, flaky and light, even the ones in the petrol shops are way much better than the French cafes I had tried outside of France. It’s so good, you don’t need any butter, cheese or jam to accompany it.
Bouillabaisse - A seafood lover’s dream! Having a bouillabaisse on the country where it originated, need I say more?
Lorraine Quiche – I can still vaguely remember the texture and creaminess of this quiche, its thick, creamy, rich but not overpowering making you like it more and more every spoonful.
Beef Bourguignon – This list will not be complete with this traditional French recipe of fork tender beef slowly simmered in red Burgundy with garlic, onions and a bouquet garni. The one I got even have that type of potato dumpling that I don’t even know the name, never had tried it before but the texture is like polenta, but I am sure its main ingredient is potato.
Mousse - This rich chocolate mousse with a very light and fluffy texture needs to be in this list as well.
Crème Caramel – If you love crème brulee then this is a no brainer, the softer cousin of the famous custard.
Macaroons – It’s just so wrong if you don’t even try this when you are in France, it’s nearly everywhere, we tried from different shops and the best ones we had are from Jean luc Pele.
Crepes – Sweet or savoury this thin French version of a pancake is totally addictive from the simple chocolate drenched crepes to the savoury ham and cheese variant. You can have a full set meal made out of crepes.
Fromage – With more than hundreds of varieties to choose from there’s definitely something for everyone. Cheese is everywhere in France, from airplanes to markets.
Escargot – When we were planning our trip to France I told myself the first thing I will have there are snails and that what I did, our first dinner we ordered one of this famous delicacy. We have something similar in the Philippines which is named similarly and it is cooked in coconut milk. The French do it differently and I love how they prepare it, buttery and garlicky very nice you don’t even know its snails once it’s in your mouth.