Paris is like a magic box with a lot of surprises. That is a mystery of the history, and outlandish architecture, which is much more surprising. We decided not to pass by the famous French cuisine and to tell you 12 secrets about popular in Paris and French products. Check how good you are at la cuisine française!
The chocolate shop with pharmaceutical past
Long ago, a savvy doctor who did not want to go to the guillotine, offered to Marie Antoinette an unusual medicine – the “tablet” with a bitter chocolate filling. Sweet medication helped the queen to cope with a headache and was sold at the pharmaceutical store in Rue Saint-Pere. Chocolate candies in Debauve et Gallais are sold today, though without the drug mixture inside.
Baguettes are not such an ancient bakery (technically)
Baguettes – not such an ancient bakery (technically). History of cooking of the famous French baguette has its roots in the past… but not-so-distant, namely in 1993. A single baguette recipe that is used for baking bread from the flour, baking powder, salt and water, has been approved by the French authorities at the legislative level only in the early 1990s.
French food is addictive (no kidding!)
A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan found out that cheese can be as addictive as cigarettes and alcohol. And how much do you like this product?
The fountain with mineral water
It is not necessary to buy the healing seltzer water at a high price in the supermarket. Since 2010 in Paris at least 5 fountains with wonderful water have operated.
Majority of macaroni is factory-made or frozen
The multicolored almond cake is one of the business cards of Paris. Unfortunately, the legendary dessert in many places is prepared in fast food style – from semi-finished products. To try the real macaroni, you should visit one of the most respected chocolate shops of the capital.
Do you want to try Parisian wine? Easily!
Very few people know that there is a real vineyard in the heart of Paris. It produces about 1300 bottles a year, depending on the crop. It is unlikely to buy Clos de Montmartre in the shop, but it is quite possible to test it directly at the place of production – on the streets of Montmartre.
To create your own blend of coffee
In Paris, everyone can participate in the creation of a unique blend of coffee and observe how the coffee beans are roasted. Only here you can understand all the subtleties and secrets of the process of preparation of the flavored beverage. It is only necessary to look into the Belleville Brûlerie.
Honey made on the roof of Notre Dame
Due to the lack of special places the hives were placed on the roof of the legendary Notre Dame. Today, anyone can purchase honey if it is available.