First I want to thank everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes last week. I only wish that I could celebrate my birthday all month, but alas today is just another day.
Keeping in the spirit of "acceptance", I thought I would share with you all of the things I thought were French before moving here, that in reality are not French at all.
At first, I was so excited that I was moving to France since most of the things I used to buy in the US where French something or other...so I thought it would be fun to share the list of things that are French only in the States.
5. French Toast - Yup, this one made me sad. Someone once told me that in France is called "pain perdu", but no French person I have ever asked has heard of it and I have yet to see it anywhere at breakfast time.
4. French onion - They do make a delicious soupe a l'oignon (onion soup) but nothing else that claims to be French onion exists, including that delicious dip that I've been craving for six months. Luckily my mother has started sending a small supply across the ocean to keep me going.
3. French manicure - Please feel free to read the story here about the time I went to get a "manicure francaise", which doesn't exist. Well actually it does exist but it's also called "french" in English.
2. Le French Kiss - French love to "faire le bises" (give kisses) that's for sure. I can spend half my morning giving kisses on both cheeks to anyone that walks by. I have yet, however, seen the "french kissers" running rampant on the street.
1. French Vanilla - This one was actually the most depressing because I only drink my coffee with that yummy French Vanilla creamer. In fact, there is no vanilla grown anywhere in France, so I'm not sure where this came from but I was so sad when I had to start drinking my coffee with regular milk. Talk about false advertising.
Thankfully for me, there were a lot of things that I was expecting to make up for some of the culture shock. I don't know what I would have done if there wouldn't have been any croissants in France!