I think that I somewhat started blogging (in a very non-digital way) when I lived in France. I was 16 and on exchange to beautiful Brittany. In order to get my French and Spanish credits, my teachers asked me to keep a daily journal of my life in France. This practice continues now every time I take a trip.
So as an ode to my living in France, here is a post.
I spent 3 months in Brest, Brittany and they were amazing! My host family were great about taking me out, exploring little towns and above all getting me to drink wine nightly 🙂 Now at 16 this was huge! I mean I was lucky to get a sip when my parents were being generous in front of guests, but to drink every evening and discuss it was great. We drank mostly reds, and unfortunately I don’t remember what kinds, but most were local to Brittany and Normandy. I also discovered my favourite drink of all: Kir Royale. *swoon* This became the apéritif of choice when out and still is. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Batifole, a Brittany/French restaurant here in Toronto that made them! But more on this great restaurant in a different post.
Food and France are synonymous. I indulged in cheeses I had never tasted, I ate seafood (even though I hated it previously) and daily, I ate crêpes. With Nutella. Daily. Sometimes twice. Hopefully you get that I love them 🙂
What I love about crêpes is that you could buy them like bread, prepackaged in the supermarket in a multitude of varieties. We usually had a basic variety. My breakfast became a crêpe (or two!) prefolded in half, smeared with Nutella (and/or jam) and then rolled up. After school, we would do the same, but heat them in the microwave to make them gooey.
Just as good was a trip to a crêperie. I have yet to find a good crêperie here in Canada (*note there is one on Queen West that is Breton that I have yet to try). But I must explain why. In Brittany, a crepe is folded into a square with the ingredients inside. In Canada, they roll them up; not as good! I was allowed two that evening, so I started with ham and swiss cheese and then bananas and chocolate for dessert. H.E.A.V.E.N.
I haven’t been back to France since, but will soon!