Where Would France be Without Its Food?
France is a world leader in gastronomy. While some visitors to the country are fans of the Michelin-starred, gastronomic cuisine, others visit for the simple but just as delicious pastries.
Le Mas Candille specialises in a bit of everything! Indeed, our luxurious breakfast buffet includes freshly-baked pains au chocolat, croissants, pains aux raisins, and much more! Additionally, the Bistrot du Mas specialises in some classic French recipes. We can recommend the charcuterie plate, foie gras, mini “plin” ravioli with truffle cream, and much more!
Some French delicacies are symbolic of the country’s food culture and synonymous with France itself. So, to give our guests a better glimpse into some of these delicious tastes, we’ve listed ten of them below!
Read on to discover a whole new world of (French) taste. How many of these ten have you checked off your food bucket list?
Number 1: Foie Gras
It wouldn’t be a list of French delicacies and gastronomy without foie gras, would it? According to French law, foie gras is defined as the liver of a duck or goose fattened by gavage. It has to be pretty important to a country to be included in the laws! If this is a delicacy you haven’t tried yet, head to the Bistrot du Mas!
Number 2: Cheese, cheese, and more cheese!
Cheese is an essential French delicacy. While some prefer a strong blue cheese, others prefer something much lighter, such as brie or goat’s cheese. Le Mas Candille’s sommelier, Julien LeRoux, has dabbled in some homemade cheese expertise and made his own goat’s cheese. Learn all about this here. We nominate him as our in-house cheese expert!
Number 3: The Humble Baguette
French bakeries (“boulangeries”) have traditionally been closely regulated. To this point, the price of a baguette remains under 1 euro. Baguettes are a delicious, soft, and crunchy delicacy all over the country. We recommend spreading jam and butter on a warm baguette in the mornings for the ideal wake-up. Remember to take one from our breakfast buffet!
Number 4: Tapenade
Tapenade is a uniquely Provençal delicacy made of puréed or finely chopped olives, capers, and anchovies. This is definitely one to pair with some warm toast as a delicious appetizer!
Number 5: Herbes de Provence
As the name suggests, these are a dried herbs mixture, made up primarily of herbs from the Provence region. While this technically isn’t a delicacy, herbes de provence add such a fantastic taste to any meal that it would be wrong to leave them out.
Number 6: Pains aux Chocolat
No explanation is necessary for this one! What would this list be without a warm pain au chocolat? We’ve heard Le Mas Candille’s breakfast buffet does a pretty good one…
Number 7: Eclairs & Pâtisserie
Again, no explanation needed here. Speaking for Mougins, home to Le Mas Candille, you’d be hard-pressed to go 5 minutes without stumbling across a boulangerie & pâtisserie, selling this delicious delicacy. So, will you choose coffee, chocolate, or vanilla?
Number 8: Madeleines
Madeleines are a traditional delicacy from the northeast of France. They are small sponge cakes which pair perfectly with an afternoon coffee! If you’re interested in learning how to bake them, check out Julia Child’s famous recipe here.
Number 9: Macarons
These delicious treats don’t need any introduction! Le Mas Candille’s expert pâtisserie team make flavourful and delicate macarons. Be sure to give them a try on your next visit.
Number 10: Calissons
This traditional French delicacy, made of ground almonds and candied fruit, has a distinct flavour and is not to be missed. While they’re not frequently to be found at a dinner table, they’re often given as gifts at ceremonies such as weddings.
France: A Gastronomic Journey
A visit to France, and especially to Le Mas Candille in the south of France, isn’t complete without some gastronomy. Visit the Bistrot du Mas to try many of the delicacies from this list!