July 14th is the French national holiday, la Fête du 14 juillet. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, an open act of rebellion against the monarchy that is considered a turning point of the French Revolution. Two days after the storming of the Bastille, the king officially recognized the tricolor flag--the blue, white and red said to symbolize liberty, equality and brotherhood.
After the Revolution, chefs--who had cooked for the nobility--found themselves out of work. They were forced to open public restaurants, the fine art of dining was born, and the world has never looked back.
I am actually not French, and I speak it only badly. Je suis desolee.
Here's what I wish I had eaten today, and probably will eat tomorrow!
Crepes with Spinach, Bacon and Mushroom