Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 118
MY FIRST BAGUETTE
Culinary discovery on an inaugural trip to France.
My first trip abroad was with my high-school French class. It
kicked off with a family stay in Nantes, where politeness compelled me to eat every dish put in front of me ("We made you frog legs because Americans think that's what we eat every day!"). The revelations stacked up with my clean
plates. I do like fish after all! Café au lait tastes better when you drink it out of a bowl!
There's a whole course just for cheese! But more than anything I remember the
baguettes - always fresh that day - plunked on the table and passed around for all
to tear hunks from. It blew my mind that flour, water, yeast, and heat could yield
something so perfect. To this day, I'm not sure I've ever tasted anything better than
the baguettes - OK, and croissants - I discovered on that trip. But I'm still out there
looking for it. - Marika Cain, managing editor
When in France: A Parisian café
and (top) life-changing staples.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(CAFE) KIEV.VICTOR/SHUTTERSTOCK, (BAGUETTES) STIEGLITZ/GETTY IMAGES