Paris,food, and divine death avec croquet monsieur!

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        O.K. The great thing about Paris is you walk. You walk probably 10-15 miles a day.  My arches fell, but I kept walking. You must….you have to walk to burn the calories you take in. Around every magical street corner is a little place with smells wafting out that is so enticing. Why is it that the French are the masters of everything decadent. Is that why they wear their little french arrogance so well, just the proper draped sweater over your shoulder, raise your chin, you’ve got it! I’m sorry, but I adore the people, the food, the city, the dog poo on the streets you must step over…it is an admittable obsession of mine, anything French. One thing is very TRUE of the French, they LOVE their children, and dogs to death, AND they take them EVERYWHERE they go. I love that about them also. I know I must have been French in a past life, I have the ear for French language, c’est tres dificile pour l’American.

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Croque-monsieur

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A croque-monsieur.

A croque-monsieur is a hot ham and cheese (typically emmental or gruyère) grilled sandwich. It originated in France as a fast-food snack served in cafés and bars. More elaborate versions come coated in a Mornay or Béchamel sauce. The emergence of the Croque-monsieur (and variations) is mirrored by growth in popular fast-foods in other countries.

The name is based on the verb croquer (“to crunch”) and the word monsieur (“mister”)—the reason behind the combination of the two words is unclear—and is colloquially shortened to croque. While the origins of the Croque-monsieur are unknown, there are many speculations on how it was first originated. One such story is that a long time ago there were French workers who would take their sandwiches to work with them. Some would take ham and cheese, and since they did not have coolers or refrigerators, they would leave their lunches by the radiators, and the cheese would melt.[citation needed] The Croque-monsieur’s first recorded appearance on a Parisian café menu was in 1910.[1] Its earliest published use has been traced back to volume two of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past (À la recherche du temps perdu) (1918).[2]

A ham and cheese sandwich snack, very similar to the Croque-monsieur, is called a Tosti in the Netherlands.

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