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Monday, July 7, 2014

France: Street Food Bite and Booze of the World Cup





We're one bite closer to the end of the street food guide to the FIFA World Cup 2014! France is next on this delicious journey we've been taking! Known most for their breads, cheeses, wines and champagnes we're going to take a look at their simple street food and popular breakfast item the crepe and the even more familiar French 75.














Photo Credit: The Other F-Word
Photo Credit: The Other F-Word

Most Americans have tried a crepe or five in their lifetime. It's a common street food in France and what we learned in Talladega Nights to be those "really really thin pancakes." They're incredibly easy to make and can be paired with almost any filling from savory to super sweet. This particular recipe is for Nutella Crepes. If you haven't had Nutella at this point in your life, I'm just not sure what you're doing. It's an amazingly scrumptious chocolate hazelnut spread that has a thick, but spreadable consistency and when heated, morphs into a hot fudge-like substance that is a million times tastier than hot fudge. I recommend combining any filling from Nutella to Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce in a crepe.



Photo Credit: Arnaud'sRestaurant.com
Photo Credit: Arnaud'sRestaurant.com



The French 75 is a popular cocktail in Louisiana and particularly in New Orleans. For a world class French 75 close to home head to Arnaud's French 75 in New Orleans and Chris Hannah will set you up! Arnaud's French 75 dates back to the 1800s and was originally for gentlemen only and in 1979 opened to the public. Featuring cognac and champagne, the cocktail is smooth, bubbly and slightly tart with a hint of fresh lemon juice. More common versions on the cocktail feature gin and champagne rather than cognac. Either way, it's a very simple, refreshing cocktail.