We had a wonderful "behind the scenes" tour at Grenier a Pain boulangerie in Paris recently. Grenier a Pain won the "Best Baguette in Paris" competition several years ago, so you can be assured of their quality.
Our sweet guide, Marian, first explained the history of the bakery and described the traditional French pastries created in their kitchens every day. She then took us into the kitchens to learn from the baker and pastry-makers. Great fun, and of course, we left with free samples...baguettes still warm from the oven. Yum!!!
Did you know France produces over 1,000 types of cheese? Amazing!! And there is much more to be found that just Brie and Camembert! These websites are devoted to the cheeses of France. They have regional maps, showing the areas where each cheese is produced, with description of the flavors, the processing methods, suggested food pairings, and more. Check theses out. No Velveeta here!