IT WAS DURING MY LAST TOUR IN PARIS when I realized that eating healthy meals in Peris is easier than I imagined. I noticed that everything I have eaten tastes amazingly good and flavorful without being overly filling. For someone who studied food, Paris brought up more questions than answers. What is it that makes eating healthy food in Paris so easy?
I have not seen one convenience store during the last Paris tour, and there is not even one mega-grocery stores. Each store has one singular purpose, and its owner is an expert at what he does. Whether it is baking bread, butchering meats, making pastries, or squeezing fresh orange juice from his store-front machine, the small-shop owner is a champion excelling at what he does.
• Paris Cuisine vs U.S. Cuisine •
The greatest difference I have seen between Paris Cuisine and any cuisine in the United States is the great respect that Parisians show for food. To continue my search of why the food in Paris is so good, I jumped on the Metro and headed for the world-famous Rue Cler Market. Along the way, there was one short sight-seeing stop at the Arc de Triomphe and a walk down the Champs Èlysèes.
During the continuation of my Paris tour. I ended up in yet another example: the Rue Cler Market, and again, I could verify why eating healthy food is so much easier here.
• Paris Market •
Their fish market is clean, fresh, no flies, and no fishy smell. The 'Fromagerie' specializes in cheese, they sell nothing but cheese, and they are experts. All these businesses are family owned, and take great pride in what they have been doing for generations.
There are no large quantity of food displayed in this market. There is fresh, in season, and highly fragrant food to cook great meals with. All the markets in Paris show great deference for ingredients. This, combined with simple cooking techniques yields the best meals.
• Paris Simplicity •
Why is their cuisine so flavorful, and what makes eating healthy food so easy to do? Is it because of the greatest chefs? The most complicated recipes? No, my tour is causing me to suspect that it is much simpler. It is just a matter of cooking like Parisiennes do.