Well, it's been real Mexico week but, a gal can't eat Mexican food forever so, I've gotta split and pretend I'm in the city of love for a while. Yes, you guessed it people - this week Quirks and Quibbles will be "traveling" to France, the city of lights, of love, and of magical, magical food.
Now, where Mexico is all about those fresh ingredients, France is a little different. The people of France have a rich palate and enjoy the simple things in life (like butter.... lots, and lots of butter). Creams, whole milk, butter, and cheese are all staples of French cuisine... and that is why their food tastes. so. dang. good.
This week will most definitely present quite a few challenges. French food requires some serious skillz (yes, with a z okay!). Have you ever seen Julia Child's famous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes 1 AND 2? Yeah, French cooking is an extreme sport and I want to make sure I do this justice!
So let's talk about one of the most well-known cities in the world - Paris. I've spent only a few days in this city which was most definitely not enough time to fully explore and understand French culture. While London will always be my first love, I appreciated Paris more than I expected. Like the food, the history is rich. The infamous Catherine de Medici contributed greatly to 16th Century France as Queen Consort and Regent for her sons (shout out to the show Reign). Marie Antoinette's luxurious lifestyle led to quite the revolution leading to the beheading of the royals. Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables which ultimately has become an award winning musical. If you haven't seen the musical, please stop reading this post and go watch it immediately! It will change your soul.
The French are a proud people and, from my experience, they have all the reason to be. Their architecture, art, history, and food make France an amazing place to visit. So, readers, let's go for a walk along the Seine eating a delicious Strawberry and Nutella crepe, watching the City of Lights pass our eyes...