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  •  Love your diary, but gotta speak out about (4+ / 0-)
    the French really don't know how to throw together a big gathering with friends and family for a common celebration around food
    Non, non, non!  

    That's what they do all the time, every weekend with family and friends!  I don't know where you get the idea that they don't gather around food.  Mon dieu, it's their national pride and their national pastime.

    I'm off to a 4th of July parade, so I don't have time to list all of the holidays and occasions that they celebrate together.  Maybe you are thinking of "potluck," which is something they don't do as much....?

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 09:30:59 AM PDT

    •  Potlucks happen (0+ / 0-)

      in other countries under different names. Like in Australia and New Zealand, you would be asked to "bring a plate" and in France, people show up with more wine, more bread, more fruit...

    •  Not quite, based on my experience (0+ / 0-)

      What the French do - as noted below - is bring wine, or perhaps a bouquet of flowers, but when throwing a big dinner to celebrate an event, it's the host whom they expect to prepare the entire meal - the apero, the entree, the main dish(es), dessert(s), and cheese plate.  What you don't get in France is the individual personality of each guest coming forth in dishes that they have brought AND MADE themselves to a big celebratory dinner.  And like I said, aside from Christmas, they don't really have big celebratory food "potlucks".  

      They do have picnics - all during summer people will picnic along the Seine, along the canal st. martin, or in the parks.  But the food is store bought (olives, lunch meats, cheeses, baguettes).  My point is you won't find anything quite like a 4th of July, a Thanksgiving, or even a Labor Day picnic like you do in the USA.

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