2La différence entre un café et un restaurant Pretty similarUn café - usually more informal. Can get just a coffee or a meal. Usually has a more limited menu than a restaurant.Usually a restaurant is more expensive.Check prices - in a café, where you eat determines the price. If you eat outside, it is more expensive than inside. If you buy a sandwich at the counter to go, you don’t pay the “sitting fee.” Restaurants generally charge the same inside or outside. (I learned the hard way - At a café, I once paid €6 ($9) for 1 diet coke because I sat outside on a popular plaza!!!)
3CustomsWhen ready to order, place your menu face down on the table. It gives the waiter the signal that you are ready to order.Call the waiter Monsieur, Madame, or Mademoiselle, not Garçon.To get the bill at the end of the meal, ask “l’addition, s’il vous plaît.” If the waiter is across the room, make eye contact & make a hand motion like writing on paper. Don’t get up & search for the waiter. You’ll wait longer for your bill because it irritates them.Don’t be surprised to see a dog at an outside café. They are completely welcome & very well-behaved.
4Etiquette Arrive on time for a dinner date. (10 min late is rude.) Bread is torn by hand, not cut w/a knife. It is also placed on the tablecloth, not a bread plate.Avoid adding salt, pepper, or ketchup to a dish. It gives the impression that you don’t think the dish is “good enough.”Don’t discuss business during dinner. Wait until dessert for “shop talk.”Eat what you are served. Don’t ask for seconds and try not to leave much on the plate.Rest your wrists on the edge of the table so that both hands on the table, but not the elbows.In a restaurant, do not talk on your cell phone.
5Food expressions J’ai une faim de loup! I’m as hungry as a wolf. Elle mange comme un oiseau. She eats like a bird (not much).Bon appétit! Enjoy your meal.Un déjeuner sur le pouce. - Lunch on the run.
6Les Deux Magots http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr/ Started in 1813 as a drapery store - the name came from a play called “the Two Magots of China”Became a restaurant in 1914Famous writers & artists came to “see and be seen”Ernest Hemingway was a regularLook at the menu on the site
7Café de Flore http://www.cafe-de-flore.com/indexa.htm Established 1887Famous writers & artists also came here regularly, sometimes staying the entire day to work, eat and socializeClick <<La Carte>> to see the menu. Can also look at pictures on Historique & Albumdu Flore
8Le Procope http://www.procope.com/ Oldest café in Paris - founded in 1686Great French writers like Victor Hugo, Voltaire, La Fontaine, Balzac & Verlaine all were regulars.Benjamin Franklin, Robespierre, and Napoleon Bonaparte also ate here.Reservations requiredLook at the photos on the site
9Les serveursService for tourists really depends on your treatment of the staff. If you use proper French, and are polite, you’ll get better service. (RUDE - to start speaking English & expect them to understand. How would you feel???)Don’t expect smiles. Smiles are not considered necessary to be polite. They are generally reserved for friends and family and they are genuine smiles. If the waiter doesn’t smile at you, don’t take it personally.The pace is leisurely, so don’t expect anything quickly.Good service is letting you enjoy your meal and conversation, not checking on you constantly and bringing you the bill quickly. You should feel welcome to stay as long as you’d like.
10Le pourboire - the tipThe tip is already included in the bill. It will say <<service compris>> on the bill, that is the “tip/service included.” Usually it is 15% of the total.Customers generally round up to the whole euro when paying as a little bit of an extra tip. Ex: My bill is €5,20. I’d leave € 6.
11Une carte Menus are posted outside of the restaurant or café. Prices are listed so that customers can decide if they want to eat there or not.The waiters also give menus when you sit down.
12Le petit-déjeuner Smaller than American breakfast Typically coffee, juice, a bread w/jam or butter.Fruit and/or yogurt are common.Cereal is provided in hotels that cater to Americans, but it is eaten w/warm milk. (Milk is usually not refrigerated in France because it is unpasturized.)
13Un croissant Flaky crust Airy inside Buttery taste Many find them deliciousBakeries in France prepare them fresh dailyThey can be made w/chocolate, almonds, or fruit cooked inside.
14Des tartines de pain beurré Toast is usually served at breakfast.Common toppings for the toast are jams and Nutella. (Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread. Yummy!)
16Des omelettesUne omlette natureUne omlette aux fines herbes
17Crêpes Very thin pancakes Can be eaten at any time of day, but often considered breakfast food.Different ways to fold themCan be filled w/fruit, cheese, meat, anythingUne crêperie is a restaurant that specializes in crêpes. Sometimes they are even little stands like our hot dog stands in cities.
20Un café Un express - dark, rich, strong coffee Un crème - coffee w/cream (sugar optional)
21Le déjeuner Un club sandwich au poulet et une salade Served between 12-2pmLunch is typically a sandwich, soup or quiche with a salad and drink. Bread & water are always served.
22Un croque-monsieur “Mr. Crunchy” A toasted ham & cheese sandwich Has Gruyère cheese melted on top and between slices of bread.Sauce underneath the ham has butter, parmesan, flour, salt & pepper.My favorite lunch at a café! It is on every café menu.
23Un croque-madame Same as a croque-monsieur, but with an egg on top. Also on every menu at a café.
24Un sandwich au jambonUsually the bread is a baguette - hard, crunchy crust, soft insideHam, cheese (often melted), lettuce, tomato, mayoCan be purchased “to go” at many delis. People walk down the street eating it rolled up in the paper.
25Un sandwich au fromage et tomate Baguette, melted mozarella cheese & tomato
26Une salade verte 3-4 types of lettuce May have tomato and/or olives Usually has a dressing w/an olive oil & vinegar base
27Une soupe à l’oignon Beef or chicken stock Red onions Garlic Bay leaf, thyme, salt & peperGruyère cheeseParmesan cheeseAlways served w/bread
28Quiche Lorraine Crust - Butter, egg, flour, salt Filling - ham, eggs, cream, cheese, salt & pepper
29Une saucisse de Francfort Un hot-dog Not eaten often like in the USUsually served in a toasted buttered bunCan buy one at a sporting event like we do.
30Des frites Taste the same as ours Eaten w/salt & ketchup Sometimes served in a paper cone
31PoutineOnly in CanadaA specialty in Quebec & has spread across CanadaFrench fries w/brown gravy & cheese curds on top.Some love it, some hate it.
32Le dînerServed 7:30pm-10pmUsually 3 courses: hors d’oeuvre/entrée, plat principal, fromage ou déssertThe main course is usually meat w/pasta or rice and vegetables.
33Des escargotsSnailsTypically served w/a butter/garlic sauce (that’s what is stuffed into the shell on top of the snail)Chewy texture
34Poulet Provençal http://www. epicurious Chicken with tomatoes, garlic, black olives, basilPotatoes
35Du poisson avec Ratatouille Fish w/ratatouilleRatatouille - eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, olive oil, garlic, basil, thyme
37Le dessert Typically, fruit is a common daily dessert at home. French desserts are beautiful creations.They are sweet, but not as sugary sweet as our desserts.Many desserts include cream, a pastry dough, and fruit.
38Un gâteau glacé au chocolat Une glace au chocolatUn gâteau glacé au chocolat
42Une tarte aux fraises Strawberry tarte Tartes are common cakes. They have a thick, sweet crust.They often have fruit on top, like strawberries, raspberries, apples, or a mix of blueberries, strawberries & kiwi.