Baguette Faux-Pas

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Did you know that eating baguettes on the street is a faux-pas in France? I had no clue till a few days ago when Rachel said that when she first moved to Paris she used to nibble on the ends of her baguettes and one morning she got told off by the kids she used to look after that this is totally inappropriate. She said that she simply couldn’t wait till she got back home to eat them. I don’t blame her, they really taste heavenly, especially the ones from Au Levain d’Anton.

Btw: if by any chance you can’t manage to finish your baguette in one go and you don't want it to get soggy by the next morning, simply roll your leftover baguette up in a linen cloth or tea towel – voilá!

Lovelies, are you baguette fans? What’s your favourite take on it? (I like it simple, just with salted butter).


(Photos by Willy Ronis via Masters of Photography, Elliot Erwitt via Adam Marelli and Anna Wolf. Baguette tip by David Lebovitz).

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

How intersting and it makes sense. I'll be thinking about baugettes all day now Diana. Making note right now to pick one up after work and try it with salted butter. Cheers, Grace.

Sini said...

Never heard of that and my french boyfried always comes home with a baguette that is missing one end ;)

Maybe it's a no no in Paris but alright in Provence he he.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

never knew about the towel trick! - gotta use that - i LOVEEEEEEEEEE bread - i mean any and all bread!

Annie said...

haha, good to know since I'll be there soon!! ;) XO

Ann said...

Cute pics...
didn't know its not acceptable to eat your baguettes on the street,
but they are so tasty and I want to get my hand on them as soon as I bought them... Oh maybe I'll just sit on a park and eat them there.

Wendy said...

Erm, then I'd be faux pas -ing all over the place. It's hard to resist fresh, warm French bread!

Vintage Market Place said...

Love them.
butter, please.

baguettes always remind me of that Flight of the Concords episode. So silly :)
Amy

HiLLjO said...

I would have never known! I am wiser now, should I find myself in Paris with a baguette and tummy grumbles!

Diana Mieczan said...

Enjoy it, Grace:) I hope you will love it. Btw: I keep on thinking about them now too...haha

Diana Mieczan said...

Sini, how awesome that your boyfriend is French. He must have the cutest accent:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Erika, it really works!

Amber said...

I never knew that. I think I would nibble a little anyway. :)

simply blythe said...

yikes, never would have known.
that first picture is the postcard i bought for myself on our honeymoon in france...thanks for the reminder.
and you're right...just butter!!

Monica | Hola!design said...

Great tip. I'll keep it in mind next time i buy a baguette!

XOXO

Lena P Cox said...

Had one today, did wait, but have been known to break a piece, oops. I cut my left overs and put in a small sandwich bag, but I'll try your way too. Love it plain, nothing but bread. Yum....good with a demi-espresso.

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

who knew?! I always thought french people were staring at me because I was a tourist who didn't fit in, it was probably because I was eating a baguette while walking around!

Diana Mieczan said...

simply blythe, aww that is so sweet and how romantic that you went for your honeymoon to France. Swoon!

Diana Mieczan said...

Michelle :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Monica, I just got one this morning and while walking back home I kept on thinking if I should nibble the end of it or not...giggle.

Jana Miller @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering said...

Heading to Paris next year-good to know :)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is awesome, Jana:)

the cape on the corner said...

glad i saw this-will need it in a few weeks. i don't get why this is a no no but with crepe stands, etc, there is clearly outdoor eating that happens, so why not the baguette?

Diana Mieczan said...

the cape on the corner, baguettes are a huge food symbol so probably that's why, but I am not totally sure.

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