Jouy-en-Josas, a small town outside of Paris-- and my home base during my trip-- was the site of the first foodie moment of my trip. About a 40 minutes train ride from central Paris, Jouy-en-Josas was actually one of my favorite stops of my trip. I could not walk though this quaint little village without hearing the first few lines of 'Little Town' from Disney's Beauty and the Beast and expecting people to pop their heads out of their windows saying "Bonjour!"
After a 6 hour flight, 3 hours of exploring Paris, and nothing but an over priced croque-monsieur in my belly, I was famished. Luckily, my sister knew just the thing.
She took me down the one main street in Jouy to the local boulangerie and ordered a Baguette de Tradition. Coincidentally, we had arrived just as a new batch had been freshly baked, so our Baguette was literally fresh out of the oven.
My sister handed me the baguette and told me to tear off a piece. Steam came out as I broke into the baguette, with the outer crust nice and crunchy while the middle was super soft and chewy. I will always remember that first bite--the French really know their bread! It was so delicious! I can now see why my sister shed a tear every time she thought of leaving France, and that bread.
I do, however, have one piece of advice--after my first bite, I got excited and was a little overzealous with my second bite and cut the inside of my mouth a little. The crust IS quite hard, so be careful! I had to eat 3 of these things before my mouth was tough enough to take big bites without hurting myself.
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