Behind the French Menu
With the disappearance of the traditional corner bakeries the purchase of fresh bread every morning is less and less an option. So breads that last a day or two become increasingly a more careful choice. For more about the different types of French bread see the post: French Bread: The types of French Bread.
Breakfast in the best hotels offers everything needed for power breakfasts for their guests who will include industrialists, famous actors and actresses and, also visiting politicians. Five stars plus hotels also offer their customers from non-English speaking countries their own breakfast specialties. In the larger towns and cities, breakfast in a café is usually far less expensive than hotel breakfast. Always in France, check first that certain credit cards are accepted; American Express rarely is. Tipping in cafes and restaurants in France is not expected. See the post: No Tipping in French Restaurants. The Hidden Joys of Dining in France.
When William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066 his cooks and kitchen staff along with those of his Barons brought many French words into the English kitchen. For more about that French connection see the post: The French Connection and The English Kitchen
France has quite a number of special butters, and in the top-rated hotels, cafes and restaurants they may be on the menu. For more about French butters see the post: The Many Wonderful, and Different, Butters of France.
Ordering cereals for breakfast in France.
The French word saucisse, from which the English word sausage came, is still another word that arrived in England with William the Conqueror. A few hundred years later the French began using, on their side of the channel, the word boudin to mean an uncooked sausage. A sausage, grilled or fried, for breakfast may be on the menu as a boudin blanc, a pork sausage, or a boudin de bœuf, a beef sausage. The word saucisse may also be used on breakfast menus, and when either a boudin or a saucisse is on the menu without any qualification then it is a pork sausage. A saucisson sec is a salami style sausage. French menus are rarely clear about the exact differences between boudins, saucisses and saucissons; see the post: Sausages in France. A short introduction to France’s world of sausages.
If you intend to use a credit card in a café or restaurant, check beforehand that credit cards are accepted. While most cafés and restaurants accept Visa cards, locally called Carte Bleu, and Master Card, locally called the Eurocard there are always a few cafés and restaurants that do not do not accept any cards, and there are many that do not accept American Express or Diners Cards, so always check.