I just returned from a fantastic week in France and have so much to share! I jammed lots of sightseeing and shopping into my visit (more on those later) as well as lots of delicious food.
No matter where I was I could always find a Patisserie with amazing treats and sandwiches. The Croque Monsieur is very popular as are classic baguette sandwiches of cheese, jambon (ham) and tomatoes, sometimes eaten in the bag while walking down the street. One of my favorite discoveries was the Galette De Bretagne - a savory, buckwheat crepe paired with cheeses, meats and veggies, popular in Normandy & Brittany. I had one absolutely terrible meal that included a dish called Terrine which is basically potted meat...ick! I've spared you the picture...you're welcome.
My coffee experience was kind of hit or miss. I found one or two places with "to go" options but generally, in order to get coffee I had to sit down at a cafe for 20 minutes. If I lived in France I'd enjoy this change of pace but since I was trying to pack as much in as possible I found this to be annoying and often went without my treasured caffeine. Nowhere did I find lattes on the menu, much less iced lattes but I am almost as happy with a cappuccino which always came with a lovely square of chocolate. The desserts were crazy good and I enjoyed lots of great wine and beer. One of my favorite drinks was called a Monaco which is beer and grenadine (pictured below left).
* Galette De Bretagne recipe
...I sent this to my husb to make asap!
* Monaco drink recipe
* Croque Monsieur recipe