Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Press Esc to cancel. Gone also is the French woman with red lips and a striped shirt holding a long cigarette in one hand and a baguette in the other. Through their new networks of French acquaintances, AUCP students can easily find themselves face to face with a young Frenchman or woman that is interested in him or her. A smile is an invitation, as if you had a giant above your head flashing, « Come talk to me! It happens, really.
This post may contain affiliate links. Read the full disclosure here. Ah, the French. Famously portrayed as the most romantic of all the cultures. For anyone out there in a relationship with a Frenchman—I hope you can relate! Disclaimer: I love my Frenchman very dearly, and he approved of this post before I clicked publish!
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The fact that we were on our honeymoon was not a deterrent for him. He was happier than a pig in…mud. In the days when we were flying back and forth to spend time with each other, he often brought me wine and cheese. Usually a Camembert. When picking out cheese in the grocery store in the United States, he often goes for cheese that he knows was made in France. This practice seems reasonable, until you know his true motive. He says that cheese that has survived an airplane ride is the best kind of cheese. Due to the changes in its environment, it matures and ripens even faster.
We have different perspectives regarding the threshold of ripeness.
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This was perhaps not the best example to provide of his culinary prowess, but you get the idea. Some people consider canned meals already prepped, but he never opens a can without adding at least five ingredients. You see, for me to be a good cook, I need a good recipe and all of the ingredients on hand. I cannot just come up with something on the fly. Even when there is nothing in the fridge, he somehow puts together a filling, extravagant meal, with smoked salmon on the side. Nobody knows where the salmon comes.
Another mystery of the universe. And at most snacks. His cutlery skills will in fact make you feel like a barbarian at times. Before Jonathan, I was known to savagely bite into apples, peaches, and melon wedges. Proper French etiquette dictates that fruits such as these are cut before eaten.
True story: I once witnessed a French co-worker peeling her grapes with a knife. She did it with such determination and confidence that I questioned many of my life choices. Jonathan usually uses a fork and a knife to eat finger food classics such as wings, pizza, and burgers. My Frenchman is from New Caledoniaa small tropical island, which simply means that he complains about the cold even more than mainland French people. The other day, I had the window open. When I laughed hysterically, as I often do, he told me that he was going to catch a cold.
Room temperature is a recurring source of disagreement in our household, and I suspect secretly opening and closing windows on each other will be a lifetime thing. As the more stubborn of the two of us, I am ready for this challenge. French men get straight to the point.
They see it as being honest. Small calcium deposits left on the sink you spent an hour scrubbing? Not much better. Frenchmen actually notice changes in your appearance. New haircut? New shirt? Plucked your eyebrows for the first time in a month? I painted my nails this past weekend. Related to this, Frenchmen tend to appreciate more of a natural look, in terms of make-up. This really works in my favor since my skills are fairly limited in this area. Frenchmen are often portrayed as romantic and dreamy. And that accent!
I, however, married a guy who works in IT. The nationality in this case does not matter. Do not expect handwritten poems and love letters from any guy who works in IT. These concepts are simply incompatible. Have you ever been in a multicultural relationship?
Hello, Love your post on my French son. It was a real pleasure to read you Ellen, welldone my dear. Have a nice day with my nice French specimen son. Love you two. All fixed, thank you! Bisous xx.
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Oh my dear…that was a charmingly written piece! He is a most excellent and endearing subject… This entirely made my day worthwhile!! The public seems to really enjoy reading about my Frenchman. I may have to consider more blog posts featuring him!
BUT the one thing that always makes me double take is his directness!! Wow they have balls XD. Hi Maria!
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So funny! I am not going to divulge our pet names for each other, but I will say that they are based on animals and also highly unflattering. And he definitely earned a smack the first time he used it. Bingeing my way through your blog posts and enjoying them.
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This one made me laugh. Also, I never heard of a cheese cellar. Very interesting, but probably too big for our fridge. Can you put your finger on what it is about your style that makes you look like an American? Do you think that is true? Thanks, Sherry! I had never heard of a cheese cellar before Jonathan mentioned it!
I thought he was kidding… Turns out to be very useful! Might be a combination of things. Tagged on: cultural comparisons dating food French culture marriage.
Reply Thank you so much, M. Love you two Reply All fixed, thank you! Reply Glad you enjoyed it!! Reply The public seems to really enjoy reading about my Frenchman. Reply So funny.
So true. They are relentless! Reply Thanks, Sherry!