France Part 6: Questions for NationsJune 24, 2010 at 6:21 AM | Posted in Food, France | 6 Comments
Just a few days ago I thought that I had my fill of great food. I’d look at yet another beautiful menu with enticing ideas, dictating that I had to make three choices for my meal and wonder if such an array was really necessary. The money involved was, almost always, reasonable — from $28 to $35, so it was not that. Of course, of the many meals we had in France I never left a morsel uneaten and only once did we leave 2 ounces of wine in the bottle
But, as Joni Mitchel sang, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”, I am disconsolate that there were some times when, stuffed, we skipped a meal. I write this dirge after “dining” at a medium to upscale seafood restaurant in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The entrees themselves, bathed in gunk were over $25. and some $29. The fish come with mashed potatoes and a “medley” of dead vegetables. For $6. extra I received a Caesar Salad that could only be called dilapidated. The glass of wine, for $10, was the type that you’d get in a supermarket for $10. a bottle (At Trader Joe’s it would be $6.)
But I am happy to report that three different people interrupted me to ask how I was “enjoying” my dinner. Oh yes, I wanted to growl, I who so recently dined at Les Caves de Madeline and at Le Montrachet, oh I am just delighted by this dreck. Oh yes, I wanted to spit out, I am just thrilled that I may never again taste the ingenious food at KBG in Paris.
Do we as a nation so hate food that we see no reason to put any effort into it?
Can the disgraced French World Cup Team learn from its restauranteurs?
These are my questions.