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[–]NewClayburn 65 points66 points  (7 children)

Slow news day?

[–]Cookiemu 25 points26 points  (6 children)

Ridiculous History podcast has an episode about how and why baguettes are so important to French culture. Until very recently bakers had to coordinate the vacation days through the government to ensure there were never too many bakeries closed at the same time.

[–]KinkyQuesadilla 10 points11 points  (5 children)

Have you ever eaten a real, French, fresh baguette? I'm not talking the supermarket variety in the US....A real baguette is pretty amazing, although I must admit my perspective might be a little influenced because I'm on a week-long jambon-buerre eating spree.

[–]PresNimbleNavigator2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not to mention, in Paris, you see people running around with baguettes under their arm constantly.

When I went to Paris, I stayed with a girl and she gave me some money and sent me on my way to buy a baguette first thing every morning.

I fully support this decision.

[–]Cookiemu 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I've never had the pleasure myself. Can one get anything close to the real thing outside of France?

[–]BigPeeOn 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If there's a Vietnamese-run bakery nearby they can be just about as good.

Living under French rule forever means that Vietnamese bakers produce super underrated baked goods.

[–]KinkyQuesadilla 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The key is finding a real baguette. If you live near an artisan bakery, it's possible. Most grocery store baguettes aren't the same, and usually have preservatives, chemical leaveners, and other stuff in it. And the baguette has to be fresh, like baked that morning. A real baguette has a crispy outer crust but soft, super-chewy interior texture, which only lasts for a day or two before the whole thing becomes hard as a rock.

Then, if you're a jambon-beurre purist, all you need is butter and ham. That's it. A very popular combination includes a small amount of Dijon mustard on the bread under the ham (in addition to the butter on the top of the bread), and some Gruyere cheese. Some people also make them with all of the above, plus some cornichons.

But it's super-simple, super-easy, and tastes delicious. If you have all of the ingredients on-hand, you can literally whip up a sandwich in less than one minute. I don't know of anyplace in the states that sells them, and a ham sub is not the same as a jambon-buerre.

[–]headmovement -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Try Quebec.

[–]tallyrand 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Treasures for a day, anyway. My French mother said yesterday's baguette is for the ducks.

[–]PlasticGirl 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Happy Cake Day. Also it's actually not healthy for ducks to eat bread, and not healthy for the lake ecosystem either.

[–]tallyrand 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There were no ducks. But I had to get fresh baguette anyway.

[–]Imogens 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Peas are best!

[–]StephenHunterUK 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Getting this done will involve a bit of pain.

[–]thoth1000 20 points21 points  (0 children)

They should. Same with a lot of French pastries.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I don't know if he was being cheeky or not, but either way he's not wrong.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Must be something in the water.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No that's New York.

[–]AmbidextrousDyslexic 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Can we get an amen?

[–]Retrotrek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Plague Inc Neural Worm?

[–]Loegoloki 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There isn't any political message behind french baguettes, so I guess it won't do. But they still can try to slip a few millions under the table, we know that works.

[–]Arnorien16S 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Only after Belgian Waffles.

[–]prjindigo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is why I don't take Morron seriously. He ran against absolute corruption and accidentally won on pity factor.

[–]PinionTheMinion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Macron really focusing on the important things...

[–]xsubo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

baguettes mean bread in French =)

[–]LeYanYan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, baguette is a type bread.

[–]zerosumguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

absolutely! same goes for the croissant and pain au chocolat

[–]OlDirtyBastage -1 points0 points  (0 children)

France as a country needs to get over itself.

Or go fuck itself. One or the other.