So when you think of France, do you automatically think food? Some people might think about the fashion, champagne, or the iconic buildings (think Eiffel tower), but not me! I think of food! The french food is famous and it has been deemed by UNESCO as a "world intangible heritage". Now, they didn't deem a specific plate important, rather the culture revolving french food. Here in France they make it a point to enjoy their dinner with friends and family (it's a big deal!). Now some people may think "well Americans have that too! Are you forgetting Thanksgiving?", and the answer is no, I am not forgetting about Thanksgiving. But think how amazing it would be having Thanksgiving every two weeks? Rotating where you are having it every two weeks... Yeah that is the French gastronomic meal. Voila! Your mind has been blown. You are very welcome.
But today I am not gonna talk so much about this specific ritual, rather I am going to touch upon a plate that is so common in France, and so well known that when you read this in your head you are probably going to try to say it in a French accent: Crêpe. Yes, this magnificent plate is very French and yes, they eat it at whatever hour of the day they want (they prefer it at lunch and dinner). This particular dish is not simple, at all. I mean here you can walk into a crêperie and order practically anything on your crêpe, from savory to sweet. The possibilities are practically endless. I've had many experiences with crêpes so far, each unique and different. For example, some crêpes may actually be called "galettes" and this is because they are made with buckwheat instead of flour. This ingredient gives the dish a brown color and it is commonly used for savory crêpes. My first crêpe experience in Angers was dinner with friends at a small place called "Crêperie St. Aubin". The small place is very intimate and perfect for a group dinner: enough room to be comfortable but small enough to allow for great conversation. Here I chose to eat a galette filled with duck gizzards! Let's say I was feeling adventurous... It was pretty amazing! My friends also chose some interesting fillings such as salmon and fried eggs (Obviously they were amazing otherwise why would I be writing about them).
In my time in Angers I have had crêpes filled with the strangest things, but each one has been so amazing and mouthwatering, it really shocks me I haven't gained more weight! Nevertheless, it's a plate that you really have to try out if you ever find yourself in France.