Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The American Panini

At the Jardin D'Acclimatation I often get a trois fromages/three cheese panini. It's delicious. I share the sandwich with my daughter (even though she's already had her picnic lunch) while my son is at golf. After I ordered the panini, I took a better look at the menu and noticed a new addition... an American panini. So I asked the cashier what is an "American" panini? He asked me why... since I had already ordered. I said, because I'm American and I was wondering what that means. Apparently, an American panini is ground beef and ketchup, "vous savez... comme un hamburger." I'd have to argue that among the many culinary wonders of ketchup, heating the stuff up doesn't sound appealing. Do we have to show the French how to make our food properly?

-- said Auntie M in Paris
7:24 PM



Every once in a while I'll see a place offering "un sandwich américain" which is steak in a french baguette with mayo.

Do we need to teach them how to make our food? YES! :)

# posted by ViVi : 9:00 AM  

The "American" panini sounds pretty gross. Can you imagine if they tried to serve that in the States? It would be taken off the menu after a week.

But, I am sure the French feel the same way about some of the stuff we serve back home and we put a French label on it. I was recently in the Newark airport waiting for a connection and I saw some French people walking out of a restaurant called "Le Petite Bistro" and they were mumbling "That was not French food."


# posted by Anonymous : 11:58 AM  

I have to agree, it doesn't sound appealing at all. The French must think hamburgers are the only thing we eat. I have been asked in the past if I know how to cook, or do I just buy take-out at MacDo?

# posted by Louise : 1:13 PM  

That is too funny.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 2:14 PM  

A couple of years ago I ate a provencal(eggplant) panini and a salmon one just blocks away from the Arc de Triomphe, walking in the direction of the perfume stores...WOW! the sandwiches still haunt me. How can I get the recipes????

# posted by suzy : 8:30 PM  

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