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Post-Paris withdrawal?

adrouault Jun 30, 2012 11:37 PM

Does anyone else go through a state of withdrawal when returning to the united states from France?
It usually hits me the morning after I land, when I start craving a buttery croissant, and try to make do with the local imitations.

  1. limster Jul 1, 2012 03:56 AM

    Quite the opposite for me. While I truly enjoyed all that wonderful food in France, when I returned to the US after a month in France, the first thing I did was to satisfy my severe craving for various Chinese and South/Central American cuisines.

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      Maximilien Jul 1, 2012 04:31 AM

      Is it the food or simply that you have to go back to work after your crappy croissant imitation and the local starbuck maga-latte ?


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        Harters Jul 1, 2012 04:36 AM

        I don't live in the United States, nor do I visit France too regularly (perhaps once every couple of years), so I'm not answering the specific question. But if the question was the wider one about returning to where you normally live from a trip to somewhere foreign, then it's possible to answer.

        And I think it's a mixed response. I return from, say, most trips to Spain and yearn for the fresh vegetables. From France from good charcuterie. From America for good seafood. But, the longer I've been away, the more I really crave are homestyle dishes - local or other north European dishes - the sort that form our normal dinners.

        It's the old Sinatra song about "it's nice to go travelling......but it's so much nicer to come home".

        1. mariacarmen Jul 3, 2012 10:15 PM

          i have in the past, absolutely. even living in a food-centric city like San Francisco.... there is so very much to miss about France, food- and otherwise.

          that said, i lived in Italy for 5 months and when i came back i was absolutely craving american, thai, vietnamese, japanese, chinese, indian, mexican - ANYTHING but Italian food.

          1. PBSF Jul 3, 2012 11:16 PM

            I am with the opposite camp, When I return, i want spicy taqueria food, cheap Pakistan/Indian food, home cooked Asian, Chinese pastries filled with sweet bean paste, dim sum. What I do miss when I return from Italy or Spain are the great coffee everywhere. There are good croissants in the San Francisco Bay Area when the craving hit after a few weeks.

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              pj26 Jul 4, 2012 04:34 AM

              Yes and no - a couple of years ago, after a week in the Dordogne I craved salads and vegetables, the cassoulet and foie gras novelty wore off pretty quickly, especially in 35 degree heat.

              The cuisine I get withdrawal symptoms the most from is proper Spanish tapas - or should I say the lifestyle that surrounds tapas, a small, cold beer in each bar with a cheap, delicious plate to go with.

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                HillJ Jul 4, 2012 06:23 AM

                When you are fortunate to travel long enough to become accustom to the lifestyle, visual beauty and food of a particular place, I think you miss the life-style part most. Good food is good food and found in so many places today - but try recapturing time spent enjoying the Amalfi coast or Athens or Roubaix...hard.

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                  adrouault Jul 4, 2012 11:29 AM

                  Thanks for your message.
                  I was last on the Amalfi Coast 2 years ago.
                  I'm now longing for it.

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                  Steve Jul 4, 2012 01:16 PM

                  The only thing I truly miss from a recent trip to Paris is a great fromagerie. Not sure if it can be duplicated in the States with all those wonderful liquidy cheeses that I adore.

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                  1. re: Steve
                    adrouault Jul 4, 2012 01:58 PM

                    you can only get pasteurized imitations.

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                    Deborah Jul 4, 2012 01:26 PM

                    adrouault I know exactly how you feel. I do like to get back to my home cooking with lots of vegetables and salads but I do miss the excitement of the outdoor markets......was there this spring and couldn't get over the lovely baby vegetables, chacuterie, fish and meat. I also miss sitting outside at a cafe, sipping a glass of wine and watch all the chic women stroll by.

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