Food Adventures

Chandra Dickey
February 1, 2015
It's almost been a month since I arrived in Nantes-what?! Time flies when you're abroad- and my experiences with French food have been nothing short of spectacular. During my time here I've tried a plethora of 'quintessential' French foods like crepes, pain aux chocolate, and galette des rois. I've definitely noticed that the French regard desserts in a much different light than those of us in the States. Having a sweet, fruit, or yogurt after a meal isn't a guilty pleasure, it just is. Breads here usually aren't sweetened with artificial flavoring or bleached white (yeah, we do that, gross), so having a baguette is actually healthy. But I definitely wouldn't suggest eating one everyday. There's a boulangerie right next to my host mom's house and it's a struggle not running in there every morning and buying ten pastries and a sandwich.  
My host mom has given me the chance to try a variety of different foods-and I have loved them all.  From soups to apple tarts to, yes, potted duck meat, I don't think I've had the same thing twice. She's is all about making me try things that are different and really healthy, like cabbage salad or potato waffles (its a vegetable, so it counts). I'm sure I got lucky, as I've heard other IES students talk about how "[They've] never eaten a vegetable since [they've] been here" or that thier host families rarely drink any water at the table. I can attest to the latter, I only see my host mom drink water when we're having a meal together, and even then our glasses are less than 8 ounces. It's these little quirks that remind me I'm in France and not in the land of take-out and huge portions of food, but I could seriously go for my mom's fried green tomatoes right now. 
Until next time! 

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Chandra Dickey

<p>Chandra Dickey is a junior at Scripps College in Claremont, California studying Politics, International Relations, and History. She is really excited to journey to Nantes, as it is her first time out of the United States. While abroad she hopes to learn more about Nantes&rsquo; rich history, try a bunch of new foods and learn the many quirks of the French way of life. &nbsp;</p>

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