April 15, 2010


FBF is a giant geek (to the use the “French” word). He was on staff for this giant LAN party nerd fest, and didn’t finish cleaning up until 21h45. I tried to tempt him to ditch out early by telling him I was cooking pasta. He loves pâtes. “C’est une histoire d’amour entre les pâtes et moi,” he told me when I first met him.

He was a responsible person and declined my offer to feed him. However, he did promise to come over afterwards.

Upon arriving chez moi, he announced, “J’ai faim! J’ai pas encore mangé.” (I’m hungry! I haven’t eaten yet.)

Tu veux quelquechose…?” (Do you want something…?)

Tu as quoi?” (What do you have?)

Not having much food with little to no preparation time, he turned down most of my suggestions. “Oh!” I exclaimed, “J’ai du fromage! Et du pain!” I thought he could make a delicious fromage (cheese) and pain (bread) sandwich for dinner, as it was exactly what I had for lunch.

“Cheese? Now? It’s not the right time for cheese,” he told me, a little offended by my suggestion.

“Oh really? What then is the right time for cheese?”

The right time for cheese is after dinner, but before dessert. I should have already known that he would say this, as every time I’ve been invited to eat at a French household, that is precisely the moment cheese is served.

Yet another reason I’ll never be French. I eat cheese regardless of the hour, and have on many occasions enjoyed a meal composed simply of bread and cheese.

To think I use to fancy myself très française when I enjoyed a dinner of cheese, baguette, and, of course, a glass or two of vin rouge (red wine). Le sigh.

My not-so-French-after-all French dinner


  1. Another good one - you made me chuckle and want some chees. Dad

  2. Man, dad is a commenting machine! This is interesting though. I wouldn't have noticed either. I feel like most things are appropriate to eat at any time here, except like alcohol, at least when you are alone. Eh...i don't really agree with this but i'm too lazy to qualify...

  3. you know at the bottom of articles where it's like 'you might like...' and then lists 3 other articles?

    i was reading a different one, and it was like "you might like.... fromage". and my reaction was, "why yes, i DO like fromage. i LOVE fromage".

    and then i wished that this post was about our fromagextravaganza in lille.

  4. hahaha reason to click on a link ever!

    I wish it was as well! Did we take any pictures of the cheese (and by "we" I mean "you") or were we just too busy stuffing our faces?? Come back to Lille!

  5. Haha. We always eat cheese for dinner in Spain. But never beans. Beans are strictly for lunch as they are too "heavy" for dinner.

  6. Kaley: Weird! I love me some beans for dinner.


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