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Old 10-06-2010, 04:21 PM   #11
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1) According to you, what is the most typical French food product ?
French bread ... all of the supermarkets seem to carry French bread.

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2) If a French grocery was to open in your town, what would you like to find in there ?
Since I live in a rural town in southern Arizona, I don't think this would ever happen. This is a meat and potatoes or beans and tortillas sort of town.

However ... if a French grocery were to open, I could go for some foie gras, duck confit, truffles, and truffle oil. For that matter, I really like French pates. Duck pate, goose mousse, country style ... it's all delicious.

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3) What's your nationality ?
Are you asking about ethnicity or citizenship? I'm an American citizen.

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I really thank you in advance for your answers, it would help me a lot
Any other comments about your vision of French food is also welcome !
Many years ago, I met a French chef who had come to the United States in the hopes of starting a French restaurant. He told me that there was no reason for French food to be so expensive. He wanted to open an affordable French restaurant for the "common man."

He opened his restaurant and nearly went broke. The customers just weren't there. He varied his menu. He offered specials. In a final act of desperation, he asked his diners what they thought of his establishment.

The diners agreed that the food was fabulous but several of them suggested that the food was underpriced.

Chef Andre scoffed at the notion that his food was underpriced. He was proud that his restaurant was selling affordable French food ... but with nothing to lose, he tried raising his prices ... and something amazing happened. His higher prices attracted customers.

People who had been put off by the affordable menu (because cheap French food couldn't possibly be very good) now flocked to the restaurant. Today, it's hard to get into this place without a reservation and reservations need to be made weeks in advance.

The moral of this story is that perception in the food service industry is everything.

People go to burger joints expecting juicy flame grilled burgers. They go to a Chinese restaurant and expect to see fried rice and chow mein on the menu. Customers at a French restaurant expect high prices and fine dining.

Are all French restaurants fine dining? Of course not ... but as Chef Andre found out, perception is everything.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:02 PM   #12
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1. Croissants? Pastries?
1. Since I am new to French Cooking - I would love to find a shop with cheeses and someone to explain them, fresh herbs, breads or authentic ingredients for making :0)
3. French/Indian on one side - English/mixed veggie on the other
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:45 PM   #13
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cheese and wine, at reasonable prices.
i am an american
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Hello everyone !

I am a French student, and within the framework of a school course, I am doing a research project about "North Americans and French cooking".

I would like to know :

1) According to you, what is the most typical French food product ?
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French bread? Dijon mustard? Wine?
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2) If a French grocery was to open in your town, what would you like to find in there ?
Dijon mustard powder, a helpful grocer. Real whipping cream, as opposed to this 35% stuff, full of guar gum/and or carageen and weird chemicals that we get here.

I can probably get most French ingredients locally. We have excellent local baguettes, French bread, croisssants, pâtés, etc. here.

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I live in Greater Montréal, Québec, Canada. My parents were Scandinavian and I lived in Denmark.

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I really thank you in advance for your answers, it would help me a lot
Any other comments about your vision of French food is also welcome !
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:00 AM   #15
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I would like to know :

1) According to you, what is the most typical French food product ?

2) If a French grocery was to open in your town, what would you like to find in there ?

3) What's your nationality ?

I really thank you in advance for your answers, it would help me a lot
Any other comments about your vision of French food is also welcome !
1. Cream... creme fraiche.

2. Very dry white wine, large selection of cheeses, baguettes.

3. Scottish-French (American).
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