French Culture and Traditions

French Food and Cafes

Paris is the epicenter of French culture, but each region of the country has a unique style in terms of food, drink, and traditions. A common thread that ties them together is the focus on quality food and lively conversation.

The two often come together in French coffee shops, bakeries and cafes, which serve simple, yet delectable, meals. The environment is deliberately designed for friends to meet and discuss the events of the day. Dining is not rushed, and the cuisine, communication, and ambiance is savored mindfully.

Food and Wine

Classic French dishes include boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin. Both include wine in the sauce, and more wine is poured at the table. Meals are extended affairs that focus as much on the company as on the food. While the social aspect of French dining is critical, there has been a recent shift to lighter meals and fresher ingredients. The focus on layered flavors and perfect techniques remains a constant despite these changes.

Desserts and Pastries

A great meal requires the perfect ending, a talent the French have perfected. Tartlets, flans, macarons, and tiramisu are just a few of the delights that diners await with great anticipation. Traditional breakfast pastries, especially a variety of croissants and jams, are enjoyed throughout the country.

San Francisco Bay Area French Style Cafe

Feast Like a Parisian, Right Here at Home! La PanotiQ brings the best of French style cafes to Livermore, Berkeley and other San Francisco Bay Area locations. Our menu includes classic French lunch and brunch items, and our bakers prepare our bread three times daily. Dessert and pastry offerings are fresh and plentiful, made with only the finest ingredients. Step through our doors, and enjoy the best of French culture and tradition in your own backyard. Bon appetit!