I promised you all a follow up to my first post about food in Paris versus food in the US and here it is. In my first post I pointed out the difference between Parisian and American eating habits, as well as the differences in dining out in the two countries. Continuing my discussion I will begin with the topic of street vendors. It is the part of the Parisian lifestyle to snack throughout the day and it is therefore not unusual for Parisian men and women to grab a quick crêpe or pastry as they go about their day. Therefore, the city of Paris is populated with many street vendors selling various delicious treats. Now, while there are street vendors in major cities in the US, people tend to be wary of them. For whatever reason street vendors and the foods they sell are seen as being of poor quality and unsanitary. There are some exceptions to this, for instance, in some cities food trucks have become extremely popular and their popularity continues to grow. However, the majority of US citizens tend to be untrusting of food sold on the street. In Paris it is completely different. Many Parisians frequent vendors on the side of the street and it’s easy to see why. The majority of food vendors in Paris put out higher quality products than those in the US. Another difference between food in Paris and food in the US is taste. In Paris, they are not as heavy handed with the salt as we are in the US and their pastries and desserts are not overly sweet. During my stay I never felt that any of the dishes I had were under seasoned, but I do know several people who thought that theirs were. Growing up in the US you get used to certain tastes. I was pleasantly surprised when I had my first éclair here in Paris. My experience with eclairs in the US, had been that everything was really sweet. The pastry dough, the cream filling, and the icing all came together in a trifecta of uber sugary goodness. So, when I bit into my first Parisian éclair I was expecting the same super sweet taste, but instead I was greeted with a smooth, and creamy filling, a chocolaty sweet icing, and a light, airy pastry. Everything about it was perfectly balanced, it wasn’t too sweet and it wasn’t too savory, it was just right. While there are certain foods I am looking forward to eating at home, I like that Parisians allow the true flavor of foods to shine through instead of drowning it in seasoning or with too much sugar and artificial flavors. I shall be sure to accompany this post with several pictures of delicious things I have eaten in Paris. I am also very behind in my posts and I will try to catch you all up as best I can.