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Feast on the Fabulous Flavors of France

The country of France has long been touted as a world-class act for art and fashion. And most people think of romance when they think of this country with a robust foothold in European history. But another thing that comes to mind when one utters the word “France” is the food. French food is elaborate, gourmet and absolutely impeccable.

When you visit France, there are some foods that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Coq au Vin Jaune

This traditional French dish of chicken thighs simmered in Vin Jaune white wine sauce with mushrooms is soft, sensual and utterly flavorful. It’s light and elegant yet wonderfully complex.

Blanquette de Veau

Need something to go with a good bottle of Bordeaux? Then try this creamy and meaty delight. Veal bathes in crème fraîche sauce until the texture is so supple it virtually melts in your mouth. You’ll find it served with rice, onions and mushrooms to complete the harmony of flavors.

Ratatouille

The Pixar movie made it famous, but this dish that hails from Nice is served both as a side and as a main course for any meal of the day, even breakfast! It’s made with zucchini, eggplant, onions, garlic, basil, bell peppers and seasonings for a hearty, satisfying, and delightful dish.

Cassoulet

Warm and comforting, this stew of white beans and duck from the south of France is absolute divinity. While there are other variations of it including cassoulet made with goose, mutton, or pork sausages, the most common way you’ll see it is with duck, something the French are very experienced in cooking to perfection.

Bouillabaisse

Marseille’s famed fish stew is a fragrant offering that is traditionally crafted with three different kinds of fish. Usually, it’s with red rascasse, European conger, and sea robin but it can also include other fish like mullet or monkfish. To round out the bounty of the sea, you’ll also find mussels, small octopi, and crabs among other things. Provençal herbs are thrown in with the whole lot for a brilliant flavor brimming with the freshness of the sea.

Escargots

It’s by far the most notorious French appetizer in the world. Escargot is a delight with plenty of fine white wine. The garlic butter white wine sauce is pure bliss, and sopping it up with bread is a must.

Confit de Canard

The French must be doing something right because despite the heavy diet of animal fats, cheeses, and wine, they have lower obesity rates than Americans, and less risk for heart attacks too. Case in point: confit de canard, a dish of crispy duck legs that cook up in their own devilishly delicious fat. Traditionally, it takes several days to cook this dish from start to finish as it the duck meat should marinate to get the best flavor.