I am not sure if lunch in France is their most important meal of the day, but to me it sure seems the longest. One of my first experiences with this two hour plus break in the middle of a productive day was when I tried to fuel up the car one late morning and the gas station attendant calmly pulled the chain across the drive just when I pulled in.
When I asked if I could slip in last second, his response was a very clear " Mais non, c'est midi, il faut manger." or something like that.
Stupid enough I asked when he would come back, thinking his lunch is maybe a sandwich or a similar 15 minute affair, but no, I was told to come back after two. WHAT? That's in two hours I tried to protest, what am gonna do until then? "Vas manger quelque chose" (Go eat something). His very calm reply.....
Since then, though it is still my most disliked feature of French life since arriving, I have adapted. Sort of. Well, not really. I still moan about it weekly.
In North America we are conditioned to productivity and though lunch breaks are taken, they hardly ever amount to a three course deal, then some coffee and a long talk about politics after.
The verdict is still out for me if I will ever like it or not. It is now 1.15 pm, I just had a two course lunch at home with red wine, so I am making progress. But people, it's still an hour to go before everybody gets back into the swing of things. I am ready! Places to be, people to see!!
MERGUEZ IN A GLUTEN FREE BUN
WITH A GLASS OF LEFTOVER BORDEAUX
GLUTEN FREE BREAD PUDDING WITH A BERRY GLAZE