How to Do Date Night Like the French (AKA, Probably Better)
We had more than a few upscale exec chefs (one from a French resto), so we had to ask how to look like a pro while wining and dining.
-“French dating is all about ambience,” says Le Petit Paris chef Jeremie Cazes. “At a French restaurant, start with an aperitif, order a fancy appetizer like foie gras or melon with prosciutto, and always, always, order cheese after dinner, capped off by chocolate, a natural aphrodisiac.”
-Larder Bakery founder Nathan Dakdouk suggests starting by smelling the bread. “All French people know that quality breads smells of the soil,” (otherwise, you’re eating additives, not bread). Not only will you impress your date with your arcane expertise, it’s a good conversation starter.
-When it comes to wine, make an interesting, off the beaten-path selection. For chilly winter months, both Cazes and Dakdouk prefer Bordeaux for its earthy, sensual tones.
-Lastly, conversation-wise, forget jobs. “Americans always ask right away ‘What do you do for a living?’” says Cazes. Instead, the French want to know: What do you like? What are your passions?