Macarons are often mistaken as macaroons, another dessert. Unlike the coconutty macaroons, macarons are sweets that have buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits. Although mostly referred to as a French dessert, some also argue that Italian chefs might have brought them to France. Olivia Macaron in Georgetown has many different flavors. My favorite macaron flavor is pistaccio, what is your favorite?
Steak Frites is a very common and popular dish in France. It consists of a steak, usually with a hollandaise or béarnaise sauce, and a side of french fries. It is considered to be the “national dish” of France. As such, it can be found in nearly every French cafe and restaurant, eaten by almost all in the country. There are many authentic French restaurants in the area that offer delicious steak frites! Mon ami Gabi is just one place to try!
Tartiflette is a common dish in the mountain regions of France, especially in the Alps. Imagine sliced potatoes, onions, and bacon covered with cheese and baked in the oven until the cheese melts down into the potato mixture and gets crispy on top. This dish is heavy—perfect after a long day of skiing or playing in the snow! It’s made with a special kind of cheese called reblochon, which is illegal in the US because it’s made from raw, unpasteurized milk, but you can use a cheese called Fromage de Savoie or even a creamy sort of cheese like brie to make a similar dish. Here’s a good recipe if you want to try it at home, or the restaurant Bistrot du Coin in Dupont Circle serves a great version of this dish!
We hope you consider trying some of these dishes. Before you eat them, make sure you tell the people at your table “Bon appétit !”