While in France with my family, I was lucky enough to experience some wonderful culinary creations.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Appetizers at Chateau Cheneviere: fried pigs’ ears, toasts with tomato and smelt, cheesy bread rounds with crème fraiche, and flaky pastry bread sticks.
An amuse-bouche with zucchini, cod, and chive.
A modern take on escargot.
Escargot always makes me think of Pretty Woman, one of my favorite movies.
"Slippery lil' suckers."
Foie gras with dried cherries.
A palate cleanser of Calvados (apple brandy) and sorbet.
Veal with cauliflower puree.
Roasted duck with a reduced glaze and fingerling potatoes.
My favorite: the cheese cart! I feel like I could write a Dr. Seuss book about all the different varieties: One cheese, two cheese, brie cheese, blue cheese...
Dessert: an innovative take on rice pudding.
A deconstructed sundae-mousse dessert.
Rum-soaked genoise sponge cake with fresh strawberries and Crème Chantilly (whipped cream!).
Paris, je t'aime.
(For full effect, say that in my awful french accent).