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Apr 4, 2009 08:11 PM

Must eat foods for first timers in Paris?

So far I have:
-Baguettes, croissants, chocolatines and other pastries
-Foie gras
-Steak frites
-Croque monsieur ou madame
-Fleur de sel caramels or chocolates
-Quiche lorraine

What else am I missing for a quintessential french food experience during my stay?

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  1. Hot Chocolate at Steiger-Constantin on Rue Capucines, my first stop when unpacked. Mustard at Maille, the unpasteurized ones in the beer taps. Boudin Noir and pintade for main courses. Poitrine, the bacon that will make you cry, it is so good. There are some for a start.

    1. Just came back from my second time in Paris, and thought of just a few to add:

      macarons - as many flavors as possible
      pate, rilletes
      nice bloody rare "bleu" duck breast, lamb, etc.
      horsemeat - I didn't get to this

      1. imho, Quiche Lorraine is no great shakes in Paris.

        What is "chocolatine?"

        13 Replies
        1. re: ChefJune

          Pain au chocolat or chocolate croissant

          1. re: ChefJune

            Chocolatine is just another name for Pain Au Chocolat.

            1. re: wubai

              <Chocolatine is just another name for Pain Au Chocolat.>

              In whose language? I've been studying and teaching French cooking most of my life and never heard that term. Is that Canadian?

              Learn something new every day!

              1. re: ChefJune


                I'm from U.S., so maybe a French person can answer where the name Chocolatine comes from. But I first heard it from the pastry chef, when I was stageing in France.

                1. re: wubai

                  People in the southern part of France (read: below the Loire) have the ridiculous tendency to call "pains au chocolats" "chocolatines". They also say "poches" for "sacs" (plastic bags). Yes, they're that strange.

                  Should a southern French answer this question, (s)he'll say the exact opposite, of course. Which of course prove they're of bad faith!

                  1. re: olivierb

                    i used to live in bordeaux and everyone there called them chocolatines as well

                2. re: ChefJune

                  I was at a French party last night and I asked a group of 4-5 people about this word. All of them knew it as "pain au chocolat." One guy said it came from the West of France. But when I asked if I could walk into a boulangerie and ask for a "chocolatine" they were all extremely doubtful.

                  1. re: Cookingthebooks

                    It's exactly as Olivier says -- the other day at le Moulin de la Vierge I was yelled at for asking for a pain au chocolat. They don't have any, they said, that would be actual bread with chocolate inside. They did have chocolatine, which I, stupid Parisian, thought could be called "Pain au chocolat".

                    Cookingthebooks, you were at a party of northen French is all. And they tend to impose their language and politics to the whole country. Or at least hey have for the last 800 years.

                    1. re: souphie

                      Well, if YOU called it p au c, I don't feel stupid!

                      maybe I've never heard it called "Chocolatine" because I seldom order them. I'd rather have a plain croissant, or for a gussied-up one, almond.

                      1. re: ChefJune

                        Seurre, on rue des Martyrs, makes my favourite pain au chocolat aux amandes.

                        1. re: souphie

                          Whatever you call them, eat them only in the morning, according to one of my Parisian friends. She said only children should eat viennoiseries (e.g., croissants and pains au chocolat) in the afternoon. I told her if the boulangerie was baking them fresh in the afternoon, I was eating them!

                          A year later she denied she ever told me not to eat pain au choc in the afternoon.

                3. re: wubai

                  Well, I am in Quebec and both terms are interchangeable. I don't know about regional differences in France.

                  1. re: hungryann

                    FYI, most places did call them pains au chocolat but in one bakery in Montmartre, they were labeled as chocolatines.

              2. Pierre Hermé macaroons...

                1. Oysters and other fruit de mer.