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2013-04-30 08:08:16 PM  
I don't expect any complaints about horse meat
 
2013-04-30 09:21:17 PM  
So long as I can get my Royale with Cheese
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-04-30 09:25:51 PM  
The French lunch hour has collapsed from 80 minutes back in 1975 to , just 22 minutes...

WTF?  Even here in the US I thought 30 minutes was about the minimum.
 
2013-04-30 11:57:53 PM  
Sacre bléh
 
2013-05-01 12:50:59 AM  
France used to be the last line of defense againt shiat on a shingle.  Oh, well.
 
2013-05-01 02:31:37 AM  
People like quick food when pressed for time.

Go figure.

//I'll take BK over McDonald's though.
///Not brave enough to try a food truck, even if I've heard good things.
 
2013-05-01 02:33:40 AM  
So they can be fatties just like us, yay!
 
2013-05-01 02:35:28 AM  
next you'll be able to tell the men from the women in Paris.
 
2013-05-01 02:39:38 AM  
meat0918:
//I'll take BK over McDonald's though.
///Not brave enough to try a food truck, even if I've heard good things.


Food trucks are teh awesome!  At least here in San Francisco.  Protip: ask your coworkers where the good ones are.

/man, now I want a curry burrito from Curry Up Now
 
2013-05-01 02:42:09 AM  

Bucky Katt: France used to be the last line of defense againt shiat on a shingle.  Oh, well.


Still is, kinda:

"Indeed, adaptation has been a key to fast food's success in France - where offerings tend to be healthier than in other parts of the world. There's less emphasis on fried and more focus on fresh ingredients and local tastes."
 
2013-05-01 02:46:14 AM  
You can only eat so many snails and frog legs before you just want some ground up cow.
 
2013-05-01 03:08:52 AM  

Bucky Katt: France used to be the last line of defense againt shiat on a shingle.  Oh, well.


You can only endure against corporations for so long.

jtown: You can only eat so many snails and frog legs before you just want some ground up cow.


Actually, a very French dish is Steak and fries.
 
2013-05-01 03:09:06 AM  
Quick is WAY better than Micky D's. Shouldn't really be comparable, even if it is fast food.

/was never so gauche as to eat Micky D's in Europe
 
2013-05-01 03:10:46 AM  
While in France I ate lots and lots of  baguettes de pain ordinaire, thon avec l'huile d'olive et fromage du pays

Ordinary grocery food in western Europe is exponentially higher quality than the crap you buy at Safeway and Stop'n'Shop

/Whole foods' a-ight
 
2013-05-01 03:21:28 AM  
Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning.  Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth.  Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.
 
2013-05-01 03:22:27 AM  
Now instead of getting greasy fries with mayonnaise from a locally owned shop, they get them from a corporate one. Food quality basically unchanged... Wal Mart syndrome at work.
 
2013-05-01 03:24:34 AM  
"Nowadays, he and others say, the French have come to see fast food as freedom from the rigid gastronomical rules that used to bind them to sitting at a table, with other people, at specific times, for multiple courses. "

I must be part French, because I don't like doing that either except for special occasions...
 
2013-05-01 03:24:51 AM  

melalton: meat0918:
//I'll take BK over McDonald's though.
///Not brave enough to try a food truck, even if I've heard good things.

Food trucks are teh awesome!  At least here in San Francisco.  Protip: ask your coworkers where the good ones are.

/man, now I want a curry burrito from Curry Up Now


Yup, love food trucks. Never have fast food for lunch anymore. This magazine put Vancouver as #3 (behind Austin and Portland) on it's food truck cities listing.
 
2013-05-01 03:26:15 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning.  Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth.  Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.


French people complain about how much Parisians are assholes, and they are right. Easily the worst people I've come across in my travels.
 
2013-05-01 03:40:49 AM  

vpb: The French lunch hour has collapsed from 80 minutes back in 1975 to , just 22 minutes...

WTF?  Even here in the US I thought 30 minutes was about the minimum.


If it takes you an entire 30 minutes to eat lunch, you're doing it wrong.

Peki: was never so gauche as to eat Micky D's in Europe


I've actually eaten twice at one McDonald's on the Champs Elysee (once in '99, once in '08). Not because I don't like French food, I think it's delicious, but it was fast and cheap and we were in a hurry and STARVING.

HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning.  Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth.  Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.


You're a complete moron if you actually believe any of what you posted.

carnifex2005: French people complain about how much Parisians are assholes, and they are right. Easily the worst people I've come across in my travels.


Americans are easily the rudest bastards I've EVER dealt with on vacation, and I'm an American. They go to places like France and expect the local population to speak English, and then get pissed off if the locals have the nerve to be offended. Seriously, if you at least try to speak a little French, the people (including Parisians) become a whole lot friendlier.
 
2013-05-01 03:42:07 AM  

KrispyKritter: next you'll be able to tell the men from the women in Paris.


Yeah, nothing separates the sexes like large fat reserves.
Both have large breasts and internal genitalia.
 
2013-05-01 03:53:07 AM  

Abacus9: vpb: The French lunch hour has collapsed from 80 minutes back in 1975 to , just 22 minutes...

WTF?  Even here in the US I thought 30 minutes was about the minimum.

If it takes you an entire 30 minutes to eat lunch, you're doing it wrong.

Peki: was never so gauche as to eat Micky D's in Europe

I've actually eaten twice at one McDonald's on the Champs Elysee (once in '99, once in '08). Not because I don't like French food, I think it's delicious, but it was fast and cheap and we were in a hurry and STARVING.

HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning.  Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth.  Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.

You're a complete moron if you actually believe any of what you posted.

carnifex2005: French people complain about how much Parisians are assholes, and they are right. Easily the worst people I've come across in my travels.

Americans are easily the rudest bastards I've EVER dealt with on vacation, and I'm an American. They go to places like France and expect the local population to speak English, and then get pissed off if the locals have the nerve to be offended. Seriously, if you at least try to speak a little French, the people (including Parisians) become a whole lot friendlier.


That's been my experience as well.  When my friend and I went backpacking in Europe most people assumed we were Canadian because we were polite and attempted to speak some of the languages of the countries we visited.  We were treated very well almost everywhere and I loved the french restaurants.  Was there for 5 or 6 days eating out on a tight budget and never had a bad experience.

On another note, an all salad McDonalds or one that served grass-fed beef and such here in the US might entice me to go more often.
 
2013-05-01 03:55:05 AM  

Abacus9: vpb: The French lunch hour has collapsed from 80 minutes back in 1975 to , just 22 minutes...

WTF?  Even here in the US I thought 30 minutes was about the minimum.

If it takes you an entire 30 minutes to eat lunch, you're doing it wrong.

Peki: was never so gauche as to eat Micky D's in Europe

I've actually eaten twice at one McDonald's on the Champs Elysee (once in '99, once in '08). Not because I don't like French food, I think it's delicious, but it was fast and cheap and we were in a hurry and STARVING.

HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning.  Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth.  Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.

You're a complete moron if you actually believe any of what you posted.

carnifex2005: French people complain about how much Parisians are assholes, and they are right. Easily the worst people I've come across in my travels.

Americans are easily the rudest bastards I've EVER dealt with on vacation, and I'm an American. They go to places like France and expect the local population to speak English, and then get pissed off if the locals have the nerve to be offended. Seriously, if you at least try to speak a little French, the people (including Parisians) become a whole lot friendlier.


I'm Canadian and speak a bit of French. My friend is fluent and they were still a bunch of assholes.
 
2013-05-01 03:55:56 AM  

Abacus9: HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning. Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth. Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.

You're a complete moron if you actually believe any of what you posted.


That was based on personal experience in France (Lyon, Cannes, Paris, St. Malo,a random grab bag of other towns).  Also, there have been articles published by French news outlets and posted right here to Fark about how the people of France are getting sick of how unusually rude French people always are.
 
2013-05-01 04:10:08 AM  
Abacus9: Americans are easily the rudest bastards I've EVER dealt with on vacation, and I'm an American. They go to places like France and expect the local population to speak English, and then get pissed off if the locals have the nerve to be offended. Seriously, if you at least try to speak a little French, the people (including Parisians) become a whole lot friendlier.

I'm Canadian and speak a bit of French. My friend is fluent and they were still a bunch of assholes.


Canadians are stereotypically seen as overly polite, so if you go somewhere that's not overly polite, the people may come off as rude. You can't please everyone. C'est la vie.

HotWingAgenda: Abacus9: HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning. Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth. Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.

You're a complete moron if you actually believe any of what you posted.

That was based on personal experience in France (Lyon, Cannes, Paris, St. Malo,a random grab bag of other towns).  Also, there have been articles published by French news outlets and posted right here to Fark about how the people of France are getting sick of how unusually rude French people always are.


Are you talking specifically about just Parisians? Because all the ones I met were cool as hell. I think it's more of a cultural thing than a rudeness thing, most Europeans are just not as friendly as Americans are used to.

tiamet4: That's been my experience as well. When my friend and I went backpacking in Europe most people assumed we were Canadian because we were polite and attempted to speak some of the languages of the countries we visited. We were treated very well almost everywhere and I loved the french restaurants. Was there for 5 or 6 days eating out on a tight budget and never had a bad experience.


Glad to know I'm not the only one. A lot of Fark tends to be anti-Francophilic.
 
2013-05-01 05:00:27 AM  
what-ev.

France was crawling with those Quick burger places 20 years ago.   And the local mom and pops were all selling pate or pate and butter sandwiches. Mmmm. so healthy. Yes tell us how a liverwurst and butter sandwich is so much healthier than a big mac.

fwiw, in 17 visits to european countries the Spanish were the most obnoxious and inconsiderate of anyone I've run into.
 
2013-05-01 05:10:21 AM  

RidersOfLohan: what-ev.

France was crawling with those Quick burger places 20 years ago.   And the local mom and pops were all selling pate or pate and butter sandwiches. Mmmm. so healthy. Yes tell us how a liverwurst and butter sandwich is so much healthier than a big mac.

fwiw, in 17 visits to european countries the Spanish were the most obnoxious and inconsiderate of anyone I've run into.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Expectancy_by_Country
 
2013-05-01 05:13:46 AM  
I don't eat that dogsh*t here, I doubt I'll jet into Orly and grab a cab to Le Mickey 'd D's
 
2013-05-01 05:27:13 AM  
www.asterix.com
 
2013-05-01 05:32:41 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning.  Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth.  Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.


Guess I've been lucky...been to Paris several times, and hope to go back.  Never gotten rude service people in hotels, train stations, or restaurants.

I've been to four continents, and the rudest people I've ever met while eating were an Ohio couple in Harvard Square at my favorite burger joint...
 
2013-05-01 05:37:00 AM  

RidersOfLohan: what-ev.

France was crawling with those Quick burger places 20 years ago.   And the local mom and pops were all selling pate or pate and butter sandwiches. Mmmm. so healthy. Yes tell us how a liverwurst and butter sandwich is so much healthier than a big mac.


Actually, depending on how it's processed, a fast food burger can be MUCH less healthy than good pate and butter.

Plus, portion size is highly relevant, plus your daily exercise.

You have a cup of coffee for breakfast and walk to work?  you can probably have pate for lunch.

You eat bacon, waffles, and three eggs, and drive to work?  you should probably have salad for lunch.
 
2013-05-01 05:44:52 AM  
I travel a lot. IMHO people who work in high tourist service industries are assholes the world over. Like trains and such. I speak some French and was treated well in France, even Paris.

I thin


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2013-05-01 06:06:13 AM  

ArkAngel: So long as I can get my Royale with Cheese


Was it served to you by a motherfarker?

/or a biatch?
 
2013-05-01 06:08:46 AM  

ArkAngel: So long as I can get my Royale with Cheese


images3.wikia.nocookie.net

"Make that two."
 
2013-05-01 06:18:37 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Abacus9: HotWingAgenda: Considering how shiatty the service is at French restaurants, especially in Paris, I'm not the least bit surprised that standardized fast food is winning. Remember folks, this is the country of the rudest people on the face of the Earth. Even French people complain about what assholes French people are.

You're a complete moron if you actually believe any of what you posted.

That was based on personal experience in France (Lyon, Cannes, Paris, St. Malo,a random grab bag of other towns).  Also, there have been articles published by French news outlets and posted right here to Fark about how the people of France are getting sick of how unusually rude French people always are.


I can back this up. Same experience. The rest of Europe was very polite.
 
2013-05-01 06:31:57 AM  
Americans are easily the rudest bastards I've EVER dealt with on vacation, and I'm an American. They go to places like France and expect the local population to speak English, and then get pissed off if the locals have the nerve to be offended. Seriously, if you at least try to speak a little French, the people (including Parisians) become a whole lot friendlier.

So you're saying Americans are like EVERY OTHER nationality in the world who are comfortable speaking their own language?  Funny, when other cultures expect us to speak a little of their language it's de riguer, but if we expect the same from foreigners coming to the US it makes us xenophobic and racist.

www.english.uiuc.edu
 
2013-05-01 06:43:44 AM  

freeforever: Americans are easily the rudest bastards I've EVER dealt with on vacation, and I'm an American. They go to places like France and expect the local population to speak English, and then get pissed off if the locals have the nerve to be offended. Seriously, if you at least try to speak a little French, the people (including Parisians) become a whole lot friendlier.

So you're saying Americans are like EVERY OTHER nationality in the world who are comfortable speaking their own language?  Funny, when other cultures expect us to speak a little of their language it's de riguer, but if we expect the same from foreigners coming to the US it makes us xenophobic and racist.


Re: That Sign (and many, many others of its ilk) - When you use quotation marks for emphasis, God kills a butterfly.
 
2013-05-01 06:49:05 AM  
Headed to Bordeaux region summer for work. No way am I eating at McD.

Any farkers have fav French cuisine? In assuming I'll eat something between bottles of wine...,
 
2013-05-01 06:51:34 AM  

freeforever: Americans are easily the rudest bastards I've EVER dealt with on vacation, and I'm an American. They go to places like France and expect the local population to speak English, and then get pissed off if the locals have the nerve to be offended. Seriously, if you at least try to speak a little French, the people (including Parisians) become a whole lot friendlier.

So you're saying Americans are like EVERY OTHER nationality in the world who are comfortable speaking their own language?  Funny, when other cultures expect us to speak a little of their language it's de riguer, but if we expect the same from foreigners coming to the US it makes us xenophobic and racist.

[www.english.uiuc.edu image 306x275]


Can I ask you a serious question?

If you travel to a nondescript country in europe, and a plaque with information has an english flag to indentify the parts in english, would you be offended that it wasn't the american flag being used?
 
2013-05-01 07:14:20 AM  

Coastalgrl: Headed to Bordeaux region summer for work. No way am I eating at McD.

Any farkers have fav French cuisine? In assuming I'll eat something between bottles of wine...,




You can't go to France and not have boudin noir. It's the best.
 
2013-05-01 07:16:23 AM  

Public Savant: Can I ask you a serious question?

If you travel to a nondescript country in europe, and a plaque with information has an english flag to indentify the parts in english, would you be offended that it wasn't the american flag being used?


Sure, why not.  Is that what you wanted to hear?
 
2013-05-01 07:16:56 AM  
Abacus9: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Expectancy_by_Country

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homici de _rate

youre welcome
 
2013-05-01 07:19:12 AM  
PunGent: 

Actually, depending on how it's processed, a fast food burger can be MUCH less healthy than good pate and butter.

Plus, portion size is highly relevant, plus your daily exercise.

You have a cup of coffee for breakfast and walk to work?  you can probably have pate for lunch.

You eat bacon, waffles, and three eggs, and drive to work?  you should probably have salad for lunch.


What does that have to do with all the Quick restaurants littering france?
 
2013-05-01 07:26:01 AM  
Any other country out there match this? No? didn't think so.

Besides English, the basic Class C written driver license exam is also available in the following languages:
Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
 
2013-05-01 07:29:19 AM  

Bucky Katt: France used to be the last line of defense againt shiat on a shingle.  Oh, well.


Please, they eat snails, give me a Big Mac any day.

The reason French cooking has all those sauces and stuff is that their basic food staples are crap and they need to dress them up.  Try getting a good normal Ribeye.in France.

If need spice-up food go with something good like Tex-Mex or BBQ not that overrated French rubbish
 
2013-05-01 07:29:24 AM  

freeforever: Public Savant: Can I ask you a serious question?

If you travel to a nondescript country in europe, and a plaque with information has an english flag to indentify the parts in english, would you be offended that it wasn't the american flag being used?

Sure, why not.  Is that what you wanted to hear?


No - I just had an argument with somebody in .. I guess you could call it Parks & Recreation.
However, he was adamant that I couldn't use flags to indicate text i different languages, because americans would be offended that the union jack was used for the english language.

I told him he was dead wrong, but now I'm not so sure.
 
2013-05-01 07:36:19 AM  
The French lunch hour has collapsed from 80 minutes

80 minute lunch hour? I assume that is some old Europe unit of measurement like hogs heads equals 63 gallons of wine and a stone equals 14 pounds and a French hour equals 80 minutes.
 
2013-05-01 07:44:22 AM  

Coastalgrl: Headed to Bordeaux region summer for work. No way am I eating at McD.

Any farkers have fav French cuisine? In assuming I'll eat something between bottles of wine...,


www.seriouseats.com
Croque Monsieur....mmmmmmm!
 
2013-05-01 07:57:33 AM  

Public Savant: freeforever: Public Savant: Can I ask you a serious question?

If you travel to a nondescript country in europe, and a plaque with information has an english flag to indentify the parts in english, would you be offended that it wasn't the american flag being used?

Sure, why not.  Is that what you wanted to hear?

No - I just had an argument with somebody in .. I guess you could call it Parks & Recreation.
However, he was adamant that I couldn't use flags to indicate text i different languages, because americans would be offended that the union jack was used for the english language.

I told him he was dead wrong, but now I'm not so sure.


What if they were offended?

It's not like there's a right to not be offended.  If somebody is traveling overseas and sees a reminder that English is spoken in countries besides the US and gets offended by this. . .then they really shouldn't be traveling overseas.

If they are that easily offended, and that upset by something that petty, they should have stayed stateside for their vacation.

/American.
//Sorry for my dumbass countrymen, wishing I didn't have to apologize for them.
 
2013-05-01 07:58:38 AM  

Farty McPooPants: Coastalgrl: Headed to Bordeaux region summer for work. No way am I eating at McD.

Any farkers have fav French cuisine? In assuming I'll eat something between bottles of wine...,


Croque Monsieur....mmmmmmm!


Oh my. Oh cheese happiness.

I bet that would be wonderful paired with a crisp white wine... For lunch.
 
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