French food and wine are justifiably famous.In France, everything to do with eating and drinking is celebrated as an art form in itself, and café culture is a signature of Paris. Yet travelers often joke about going to France for the croissants and then crossing into Italy for coffee.
Which is better for you, coffee or tea? Both contain that life-giving essence called caffeine, although the debate about caffeine’s benefits and risks has raged for centuries.King Gustav III of Sweden was so convinced of the dangers of coffee that he devised an experiment which probably would not pass review today: he ordered that one condemned prisoner drink three pots of coffee every day, and another drink three pots of tea. He expected that the coffee drinker would die first, proving that tea was the far less dangerous beverage.
Ordering French coffee can be a bewildering experience for Americans.Should you order un café, un petit café, un café simple, un café noir, un petit noir, un café express, or un express? The good news is that all of these refer to the exact same thing: espresso. That’s what gets France up and running each morning.
Before heading off to school or work, French people fuel up with toasted bread with butter and/or jam, a simple pastry such as a croissant (sans butter), a hard breakfast biscuit (cookie), or cereal.And of course, coffee, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and coffee are essential to any French breakfast.
Authentic French croissantsLet’s talk about croissants. Many Americans are familiar with the buttery, crescent-shaped rolls that are the hallmark of French pastries, but they have so many variations that it’s worth digging into a little bit deeper.