Thursday, September 15, 2011

Breakfast of Non-French Champions


This looked waaaay too good this morning at a bakery I'd been longing to check out in Fontainebleau. I'd missed breakfast and Ijusthadtohaveit. But as I was standing in line at the next store I visited, a guilty thought hit me, "Was this supposed to be for breakfast here?" Breakfast quiche, right? And with salmon and mixed vegetables?

So I asked the cashier about quiche in general for breakfast in France and she gave me a big smile. (My accent always gives away my non-Frenchiness.) Then she explained that non, eggs are really more for English people in the morning (I'm always taken for English here, but hey, England is much closer than the US) and that French people stick to their croissants and pain au chocolat. Then to be sure I got the point she kindly added several times, "Franchement, non." This can be translated as "firmly" or "without a doubt, no"...

Well, I ate it for petit déjeuner, anyway, without an ounce of guilt. Okay, maybe guilt for the calories, but not for my latest faux pas...

Tomorrow, I'll be sure to have a pain au chocolat...

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