Random Things I’ve Learned About French Food

1. There is nothing more glorious than sinking your teeth into a freshly-baked pain au chocolat in the morning.

2. Actually, pain au chocolats taste great any time of the day.

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3. But the best time to get one is 7am. It’s when most bakeries open and when their breads and pastries are fresh out of the oven.

4. Woke up late? No worries. Some bakeries make another batch of pain au chocolats in the afternoon.

5. The French eat with their eyes and noses. This basically means everything looks and smells amazing!

5. Boulangeries is the French word for bakeries. Learn how to bake your own French bread here.

6. Resist the urge to think about lingerie every time you see or hear the word “boulangerie”.

7. Going on a carb-free diet is almost impossible in France.

8. There are so many carb choices to choose from. Croissants, pain au chocolats, eclairs, kouign amanns, palmiers. The list goes on.

9. That being said, do your best to eat in moderation because most of the pastries are laden with butter.

10. The flakier the pastry/bread, the more butter it has.

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11. Want a crusty French baguette? Ask for one that's bien cuite.

12. Prefer something more soft inside? Say pas trop cuite.

13. Drinks at the counter are cheaper than drinks consumed when seated at a table.

14. This “pricing” goes for most of Europe as well.

15. Paris is home to some of the world's best macaron brands.

16. Master the art of making macarons by taking a class.

16. Buy a box from Pierre Hermé, Ladureé, or La Maison du Chocolat.

17. Go beyond the usual macaron flavors when picking ones for your box.

18. Ask if they carry seasonal flavors as well.

19. If you're storing macarons in the fridge, make sure to keep them in an airtight container.

20. They'll store for 7 days in the fridge if stored properly.

21. How you'll manage to stop yourself from finishing the box in 3 days just baffles me.