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Where is the French colonialist gourmet past?!*


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I imagined that the second largest empire in the world behind the British [;-)] would show some of the food influences, Caribbean, Vietnamese, Tunisian or Moroccan to name a few.
When tired of Magret, or Mussels the last thing I miss when in France is Bacon or Balti.
I'd love to find something of a French colonialist gourmet past but have no idea where to find it.
It doesn't seem to be too obvious in the Charente, can anyone point it out?

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In la France profonde, not many restaurants reflecting France's collonial past - to some extent same in UK - in Leicester we had many Indian restaurants- but there are very few in rural Devon or Peak District.

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Well I love all the flavours mentioned except when they are out of a packet or recipe book, I've spent some time cooking thai, Indian, Carribean and Morroccan meals, but for me they don't seem to have the kick of eating in a specialist restaurant, and they can be found I know so if anyone has restaurants they could suggest in Angouleme or anywhere else in Charente area let me know[8-|]
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Bit of a trip for you but Perigueux has a Pakistani run Indian an excellent Lebanese and various African/Caribbean restaurants. There is a Greek shop with all the delights you may expect.
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there is a Moroccan restaurant opposite the L'eclerc in Montmorrilon that a French friend has said is very good, her husband was bought up in Algeria so they like spicy food . We haven't tried it yet, the Chinese place in Montmorrilon is supposed to be good too...oops think I spelt the town name wrong
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[quote user="ViVienne"]there is a Moroccan restaurant opposite the L'eclerc in Montmorrilon that a French friend has said is very good, her husband was bought up in Algeria so they like spicy food . We haven't tried it yet, the Chinese place in Montmorrilon is supposed to be good too...oops think I spelt the town name wrong[/quote]

How much is a husband in Algeria ?   [:D]

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One problem is, I think, that the French have been brainwashed into beleiving that if it is not French it is not worth considering. I have heard ,in a resto, regarding wine " is it French?, Non, Non merci" Mexican and south American food has no link to English history but the English/brits will always try something different. 30-40years ago I recall a report saying that the majority of French holidayed in France because "what has anywhere else that is better?" Perhaps imagination is important.

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Here we go again..[:'(]

As a local indigenous, I can explain why I also prefer it if the Wine is French.

Just because France has a secular tradition with wine, it is part of our patrimoine , and a certain number of our producers' businesses are put in danger by unfair competition ( regarding prices for instances )

I am very curious about food of the world, .I've lived abroad, but I think it is important to protect what we have too.

I ve tried some Californian wine a friend who lives there sent me, I liked it .

Our French cuisine is very varied, whatever you may think, so that explains the phrase you quoted.

Anyway, couscous ( from North Africa) is France 's first favourite dish I think.

My dad's for instance, and he is very traditional. [:)] ( yet, he's been round the world twice..)

Now about holidaying in France,. Our country is big, with a great varity of landscapes, mountains, ther Atlantic, the Meditarranean, countryside, big cities,... etc,  it is easy to find sunshine and the kind of scenery you like.

Money can also be a part of the deal.

If you had  the meditarranean in England , maybe less people would go abroad in the summer, wouldn't they ?

There is maybe a lack of curiosity as you suggest, but other factors have to be taken into account, so let's take prejudices with a grain of salt..... 

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Sorry, I wasn't being picky. I was trying to illustrate that things HAVE changed. More French now holiday in all sorts of places. I even know one who has been to Goa a couple of times and loves spicy Indien food. Perhaps with the increase in world exploration there may be a change expansion in eating habite.

Anyway I though that the favorite food of the French was pizza! (judging by the number of outlets around here)

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Don't get it , are you the same poster as vwill88?

Not being picky ? when you ( ?) wrote " the French have been brainwashed " ?? [Www]

And what s wrong with not holidaying abroad, and not liking hot Indian food?

I personnally don't like the latter..

I'm going to an Indian restaurant tonight, but I will choose the mildest dish , which doesn't mean it is not spicy or bland.

A chacun ses goûts !!!

 

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Quand vous pensez à la France, vous pensez à Paris.
Quand vous pensez à Paris, vous pensez à l'amour.
Quand vous pensez à l'amour, vous pensez à manger.
MANGER?!
Oui, et pour cette raison: 'Le flambeau de l'amour s'allume à la cuisine.'

Quand un(e) néerlandais(e) pense à la gastronomie de la France, il/elle pense aux baguettes et du brie.
Quand un(e) français(e) pense à la gastronomie de la France, il/elle pense au couscous.
COUSCOUS?!
Oui, et pour cette raison: C'est le plat préféré des français!

Someone will probably know how to post it translated into English..

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Frenchie says:

: 'Le flambeau de l'amour s'allume à la cuisine.'

Sooooo, no more excuse for not producing something nice to eat then?

Wish you wouldn't post those luscious pictures, Frenchie.  I have just returned from the most ginormous lunch and I couldn't really even look at pictures of food![:D]

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