and not a single croissant was eaten…

before visiting france, I strongly associated croissants with the country. excuse the forthcoming satc reference, but remember when miranda didn’t want carrie to move to paris with the russian? she said, “what are you going to do over there? sit around and eat croissant?”

for us ‘mericans, the buttery, carby, highly caloric treat just screams “FRANCE!!!!!”

however, not one flaky morsel has crossed my lips in four weeks. idk, they’re not all over the place like you’d think. instead, I have been eating every other thing imaginable, like:

I like this picture because, for some reason, my old navy scarf looks like a bianca jagger-esque fur. those are macarons I'm stuffing in my mouth.
I like this picture because, for some reason, my old navy scarf looks like a bianca jagger-esque fur. those are macarons I’m stuffing in my mouth.
another macaron. I've tried them from approximately 800 different places. they're sort of like chocolate chip cookies—universally delicious but still not created equally.
another macaron. I’ve tried them from approximately 800 different places. they’re sort of like chocolate chip cookies—universally delicious but still not created equally.

 

tuna sandwiches. or sandwich au thon. they are much easier to find than turkey sandwiches and they're one of the one kinds that don't have pork or beef, so I eat them alot.
tuna sandwiches. or sandwich au thon. they are much easier to find than turkey sandwiches and they’re one of the only kinds that doesn’t have pork or beef, so I eat them a lot.
beignets. hardly recognizable for anyone who's sampled the treats in new orleans, but still really, really good. they're basically like donut holes covered in sugar over here and you can get them filled with flavored sauces (like apple) or chocolate. or get them "nature"—plain.
beignets. hardly recognizable for anyone who’s sampled the treats in new orleans, but still really, really good. they’re basically like donut holes covered in sugar over here and you can get them filled with flavored sauces (like apple) or chocolate. or get them “nature”—plain.
herring. unless there was some distant viking invasion of france that I have not yet read about, there is no reason why smoked fish is so popular here. alas, it is. I tried this because it was one of the only things on the menu that wasn't pork or beef. (do you see a pattern?) 'twas not delicious.
herring. unless there was some distant viking invasion of france that I have not yet read about, there is no reason why smoked fish is so popular here. alas, it is. I tried this because it was one of the only things on the menu that wasn’t pork or beef. (do you see a pattern?) ’twas not delicious.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “and not a single croissant was eaten…

    1. beef and pork are definitely the preferred meats. there’s also duck (foie gras). but, in my limited experience, chicken and turkey are not really popular here. they are available, sometimes, just not as much as in the states.

  1. Can’t believe you haven’t had a croissant! I couldn’t escape them when I studied in Paris, not that I would have wanted to. I encourage you to try one and report back, especially if you can get to a bakery right after they bake the fresh ones. I used to smell them baking on my block and it was the irresistible siren call.

    1. not one! the boulangeries in my neighborhood may not even have them. I don’t ever see them and I’m always scanning for things that I recognize. I don’t really see people eating them either. it could totally be a neighborhood thing or maybe I’m missing them.

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