The French celebrate Bastille Day today, commemorating the storming of the fortress prison Bastille in 1789. This act effectively ended the French Revolution and created the modern nation of France. If it weren't for this uprising, we may never have experienced the art of Claude Monet, the philosophy of Albert Camus, the scent of Chanel No. 5. Perhaps someone else would have figured out the magic of frying a potato but as far as I'm concerned, the greatest French contribution to the modern world are les pommes frites - french fries. Not to mention boeuf bourguignon, moules mariniere, salade nicoise, chevre chaud and of course vin rouge.
You may think you don't like french food but you probably do and don't realize it.You don't have to be French, storm a prison or say funny sounding words to eat a la Francais right here in town. Jeffrey's Restaurant has a delicate filet mignon au poivre, Xocolatz Restaurant & Grill has a creamy french brie sandwich with leaf lettuce and tomatoes and moutarde au Dijon, and Cafe Paris in Cranford prepares a nutella banana crepe that will convince you that you are on the steps of Montmartre overlooking the most beautiful city in the world.
If you are more serious about French cuisine, you probably have already been to A Toute Heure in Cranford and Chez Catherine in Westfield. Both are delightful experiences and make dining a true pleasure. A fellow Jefferson mom described ATH's poutine as "not your average disco fries."
If you haven't what are you waiting for, a revolution?