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France Food and Drink

Cheese and WineFrench cuisine is one of the most recognized in the world, and is the pinnacle of culinary art where the rich traditions of cooking have been perfected over many centuries. France has largely retained its traditional cooking in its different regions, from the cream and apples of Normandy, the crepes and galettes of Brittany to the herbs and tomatoes of the south.   Each region has its own particular specialities, some of which have evolved to become popular throughout France, and others that remain a peculiarity of their own region where the ingredients and possibly the method of production remain traditional and local. Some specialities are also only produced for particular festivals or times of year, and the traditional recipes are passed down through the generations. Holidayloop.co.uk offers France holiday rental and Gite rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Paris directly from your local home owner.

The regions of France all have their own famous dishes, such as Quiche Lorraine, from Lorraine, Toulouse Sausage from Toulouse, and foie gras originating from the Dordogne, with the regional cooking style influenced by local availability of fresh produce, neighbouring countries and historic food traditions. In Alsace which borders Germany there is a strong German influence, with beer and Sauerkraut being common, and in the south the emphasis is on the use of herbs, vegetables and fruit, with northern France renowned for its cooking with cream, apples and crème fraiche.
 
Some of the most popular and world famous French dishes are Tournedos (steak wrapped in bacon), Coq au Vin (chicken in red wine), Entrecote (rib steak), Bouillabaisse (fish stew) which originated in Provence, Cuisse de Grenouille (fried or sautéed frog legs often served in garlic butter) and Escargot (small snails prepared in garlic butter).
France also provides well for those looking for something faster, with many street booths selling crepes, gaufres and all types of sandwiches and baguettes. The “Plat du Jour” in the local cafe is always a good choice, with Croques-Monsieur (cheese and ham on toast) and omelettes, frites and salads being always popular. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of France holiday accommodation, France holiday apartments, France holiday villas and Gites. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing France holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their France home.

France is of course a world famous wine producer, also famous for liquers such as Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and Grand Marnier. The largest wine producing areas are Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne, with good wines also produced in the Loire Valley and the Rhone area. The famous Champagne houses are easily visited because they are mainly in the northern French towns of Reims and Epernay. Champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region of France, and if the label states “Champagne” it guarantees that the wine has been produced in that region.

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Cheese is a quality French dairy product, and includes many local delicacies peculiar to each region. There are over 400 types of cheese produced in France, with Camembert, Brie and Roquefort being some of the most well-known, however at any local market there will be stalls of various locally produced cheeses including goats cheese usually wrapped in anything from leaves to straw or ashes. 
Goats cheese, or “Chèvre” is a mild and creamy cheese made entirely from goat's milk. When older, the cheese is dry and firm with a slightly sharp and lightly acidic flavor. Camembert is internationally know, and when fresh, it is quite crumbly and relatively hard, but characteristically ripens and becomes more runny and strongly flavoured as it ages. Don't forget, a foody holiday in Brittany or Normandy, France, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family break.

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