There’s beef stew, and then there’s boeuf bourguignon.There’s a reason it deserves the French pronunciation, and why it’s the dish that made Julia Child famous. Boeuf bourguignon is to beef stew as opera is to the accordion, as Molière is to Jerry Lewis (though the French like both). When prepared properly – as it always should be - boeuf bourguignon is a symphony in the mouth, a perfect harmony of flavor, texture and filling nourishment.
When Thomas Jefferson visited Paris, he was so impressed with the macaroni gratin that he brought back a machine for making his own pasta.He is even known to have served a “macaroni pie” at a White house state dinner in 1802. Like many Yankee Doodle dishes, this one owes a lot to its French origins. It is no coincidence that July 14, the date of France’s biggest national holiday, is also officially Macaroni and Cheese day in the U.S.
What’s the most wonderful thing about fall?Is it the chill in the air that calls for cozy sweaters, the longer evenings that mean more time with friends and wine, or the spectacular colors of the leaves? All of these, of course, but our favorite is the hearty autumn dishes that warm both the body and spirit.
French brunch is elegant and filling“Brunch.” In English it can be a noun or a verb, and it’s universally recognized as a hallmark of lazy weekend mornings. Chicago is a city of serious brunch; in fact, Yelp users rated Chicago the number-one brunch city in the U.S. in 2013. Perhaps not surprisingly, you can find cafes, restaurants and even bars in Chicago that serve brunch seven days a week.
Like all things French, sandwiches range from simple to complexThe French love to picnic on holidays like Bastille Day, and sandwiches are of course the perfect picnic food. So it’s patriotic to enjoy a French sandwich, no matter what country you’re in. Contrary to what many Americans may believe, neither the French dip nor the croissant sandwich are actually French. Most classic French sandwiches are made on a baguette, and almost always use butter as the only condiment. If you’re wandering the streets of Paris, you will be tempted by street stalls offering classic French sandwiches of ham and butter, ham and cheese, chicken or chicken salad.
Snacking: the great American pastimeCompared to France, where meals (especially dinner) are lingered over, U.S. mealtimes can seem to be finished before they’ve begun. But how do Americans fill those long, meal-less stretches of hours?
There’s a simple answer: it’s estimated that American consume more than 30% of their daily calories through snacks.
There’s just nothing like French cheese, bread, wine, charcuterie, patisserie...but where can you find all of these in one place without going to France? Look no further than the West Loop right here in Paris’s sister city! Chicago’s French market gathers dozens of vendors from throughout the city and suburbs into a proudly European-style venue that’s indoors and open year-round.
It’s time to play "Chicago or Paris?"Test your knowledge of french chicago by guessing the answers to the following two questions:
- Where can you get fresh, delicious, traditionally-made baguettes, pastries, quiches, sandwiches, and classic entrees like boeuf bourguignon?
- Where can you visit the museum that TripAdvisor.com users rated the number-one museum in the world?
Believe it or not, one of most famous French phrases in the world – bon appétit – is surrounded by controversy.While many people (even in France) will set food before guests with a hearty wish for a “good appetite,” a few stuffy holdouts feel that using this phrase indicates poor manners. Unless you’re dining with diplomats, it shouldn’t be a problem - and we at Maison Parisienne will wish you a hearty “Bon appétit!” as you dig in to your meal.
“Where should we go for lunch?” your friend asks. “Let’s go to that new French place, Maison Parisienne,” you answer. “Oh, French food takes a long time. Besides, it’s usually expensive, and they probably don’t have anything vegetarian.” “Au contraire!” you reply.