French Kitchen: How To Pair Wine & Food

We, the people should finally admit to ourselves and accept the fact that we love onion and simply can’t live without it.

There is no traditional kitchen in the world that doesn’t include onion in the most common traditional dish with vegetables or meat cooked in the oven with an onion in the leading role. We simply have to be more honest with ourselves and exclude all the taboos about the onion. Even French love it. So it’s really ok.

Just relax and say: ,,I would like a little bit of onion soup, please”, and if it makes you feel better you can pronounce it in French: Je voudrais un peu soupe a l’oignon, s’il vous plait. 

Moreover, onion is rich in vitamin C helps in regulating blood sugar and can be used for healing infections. This certainly doesn’t mean that you should consume 2-3 kg of onion when sick since it’ll include contamination of living space up to 200 m². It simply means that it is recommended to make a room for onion in your everyday meals so the body can absorb the beneficial ingredients of the onion, improve your immune system and eventually make you one healthier person.

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French table etiquette

Every culture has certain rules regarding table manners when dining. Getting familiar with the basics before visiting other foreign country is highly recommended. In that way, you’ll exclude any misunderstandings, confusion or disrespectful situations from happening.

French table etiquette stands out with its unique gentlemen-lady attitude. That’s why many of us may say when someone has nice manners that he/she is really French.

Few things to keep in mind when eating in France

When dining in France and there are more people at the table, the sitting should be man, woman, man, woman, whenever possible. If you’re in a couple the sitting is always against and not next to each other. The man should pull off the chair to the woman next to him and if there is a man on the table a woman shouldn’t ever pour herself a wine, instead she should wait for the man to that for her. Now, dining with a lot of women isn’t recommended for one guy alone.

When you’re a guest in someone’s house for lunch don’t start eating before you hear Bon appétit, usually by the hostess. Dining in France can last for hours, eating in two minutes or drinking your wine in a sip it’ll simply be rude.

At the French table, the main course will be served with a salad on the side, then cheese and finally dessert, all accompanied by wine, where the finest will be served with the cheese. The cheese served in France is considered as a delicates, not a meal, which means that you should eat small slices and take only as much as you gonna eat. Simply you can’t leave the cheese as an uneaten food aside since some types of cheese can be very expensive. Pass the food at the table to the left side and cheese (one type) should be passed once.

The position of your hands should be on the table without elbow resting. Be consistent in your meals and keep your fork only in the left hand with the knife in the right hand. Don’t take or touch the food with your hands. When you finish your meal place your fork and knife parallel to the right side of the plate.

Consider going to the toilet before you sit at the table since it is not polite to leave the table during the lunch or dinner or ask where the toilet is.

How do French pair wine and food?

The French are the thinnest people on earth, and yet they eat everything including meat, fat, and sweets every day. Their secret is revealed in three simple essential steps: they eat only seasonal food, they don’t overdo it with their meals and finally, they don’t eat anything in between the meals (like snacks or sweets). Moreover, they enjoy their meals so much that can last for hours. But, of course, the wine has its significant part to it as well. In fact, France is the greatest producer of wine (competing with Italy) and the most visited country in the world as well.

It is necessary to gain some common knowledge about wines, even if you don’t drink any when visiting France. When pairing food and wine the intensity should be the same. For example, meat (beef or steak) goes with red wine and fish with white (lighter) wine. The wine should complement your meal depending on the taste, sweet, sour or salty. Flavor, aroma, body, and acidity are the main wine characteristics to be aware of. Examples of wine flavors will include fruit, flower, vanilla, herbs or mushrooms. The wine aroma is derived from the grape variety and the process of wine production while the wine body refers to the taste of the wine in the mouth (full-bodied are intense and light-bodied are gentle and thin).

Finally, the French cuisine is worldwide famous and irreplaceable, unique only to France, which gave the ”French gastronomic meal” a legitimate spot in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Best French dishes and desserts:


A soup made of meat and onion served with croutons or a piece of bread with melted cheese on top. The main secret of this dish is to cook the onion well until it gets its golden color.


One of the finest French dishes made of marinaded whole duck that has to stay overnight and then slowly cooked (confit) in its own fat.


Originating from Nice this well-known French dish is made of cooked vegetables that can be served as a main course or as a side dish.


Originating from Nice, southern France, this very popular French pizza is made of tinier dough pizza topped with anchovies, olives, and caramelized onion.


A most common food in France and probably to many a favorite one, meaning steak and fries


Lyon is considered to be a culinary capital of France. The Lyon salad is one of the most popular foods from Lyon. It’s made with lettuce and bacon, croutons and a poached egg.


Meaning mussels and fries. Although originates from Belgium, the French added their flavors to the main recipe and made it one of the traditional foods most associated with France. It’s most popular in the north of France.


Another well-known traditional French dish originating from the east of France, Burgundy. It’s a beef stew braised in red wine.


A custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top


A sweet dessert made of bitten eggs and chopped chocolate.


A dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature


Originating from Paris, a macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder, and food coloring


An upside-down pastry in which the fruit is caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked

Don’t leave before trying

  • baguette– a thin loaf of French bread,
  • croissant -a buttery pastry, or
  • crêpes -very thin pastry, sweet or savory that can be served with various fillings