Article by Richa Shah

Coming up next at ISM is Francophone Week! Every year, ISM’s French Honor Society hosts Francophone Week, a week-long event that celebrates the French language and culture in different ways, some of which include French bake sales, replacing the school bell with French music, and holding French film screenings! This year, Francophone Week is from April 23 to April 27, which gives us enough time to get hyped not only for their event but also for their special French buffet on April 25! The best way to do this is by familiarizing ourselves with everyone’s favorite part: the food! Here is a top ten list, in no particular order, of the best French recipes that you can try just in time for Francophone Week!

1. Les Crepes

In simple terms, a crêpe is a thin pancake that commonly consists of flour, eggs, milk, and butter. This can be eaten for breakfast, and can be topped with Nutella, powdered sugar, or just some fruit!

1. Les Crepes

Recipe: https://www.thespruce.com/basic-crepe-recipe-sweet-or-savory-995317

Where in Manila: Cafe Breton, Greenbelt 3

 

2. Les Macarons

For all of those with a sweet tooth out there, macarons are classy French confections made from egg whites, food coloring, and lots of sugar. They are bite-size treats that are usually circular in shape and come in different colors and flavors, which is what makes this particular delicacy so tempting.

2. Les Macarons

Recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/french-macarons-3362691

Where in Manila: TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Greenbelt 5, Makati City

 

3. La Mousse au Chocolat

Chocolate mousse is an all-time favorite comfort food that consists of butter, eggs, and sugar, and is rich in chocolate. It’s well-known foamy and creamy texture can be topped with chocolate drizzle, whipped cream, a few sprinkles of cocoa powder, or even a cherry if you’d like. Lucky for you, this dessert can be made in minutes!

3. Mousse au Chocolat

Recipe: http://www.oliviascuisine.com/mousse-au-chocolat/

Where in Manila: Mary Grace Cafe, Power Plant Mall

 

4. La Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée is a French dessert consisting of a sweet custard base with its top layer being a crispy crust of caramelized sugar. It also includes vanilla bean, eggs, heavy cream, and sugar.

4. Creme Brulee

Recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/creme-brulee-recipe-1916827

Where in Manila: Italianni’s, BGC

 

5. La Tarte au Citron

Lemon meringue pie is a baked French delicacy that can easily be made from eggs, sugar, butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest. It is well-known and is often served at cafés and restaurants here in the Philippines.

5. Lemon Meringue Pie

Recipe: http://thisnzlife.co.nz/recipe-french-cafes-lemon-meringue-pie/

Where in Manila: Bo’s Coffee, Powerbooks in Greenbelt 4

 

6. La Soupe à L’Oignon

French onion soup consists of a base of meat stock and caramelized onions and is oftentimes served with a crust made of baked croutons and cheese, as well as a piece of bread; simple yet rich in flavor.

6. French Onion Soup

Recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/easy-french-onion-soup-11181

Where in Manila: Wildflour Café + Bakery, BGC

 

7. Le Soufflé au Fromage

Cheese soufflé is a dish with a baked-egg base, cooked with parmesan cheese, butter, milk, and flour. This particular comfort food follows a very simple and straightforward procedure, and it can be served both savory or sweet.

7. Cheese Soufflé

Recipe: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/classic-cheese-souffle-242119

Where in Manila: Larry’s Café and Bar, Serendra, BGC

 

8. La Tartiflette

Tartiflette is a savory dish made with potatoes, reblochon (French cheese), lardons, and onions. Tartiflette is a combination of vegetables and meat, making it a healthy and balanced dish. A vegetarian alternative to this recipe would be substituting the meat (lardons) for mushrooms so that all food enthusiasts can enjoy this dish!

8. Tartiflette

Recipe: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tartiflette_59096

Where in Manila: Spiral at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City

 

9. La Quiche Lorraine

Quiche is a savory tart made with eggs, milk, cream, and cheese. Quiche lorraine, in particular, is more specific, as it contains bacon. Depending on your personal preference in protein, quiche can be composed of seafood, meat, or vegetables.

9. Quiche Lorraine

Recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2868/ultimate-quiche-lorraine

Where in Manila: Wildflour Café + Bakery, BGC

 

10. La Ratatouille

Last but not least, ratatouille, also known as ‘ratatouille niçoise’, is a vegetable-based dish cooked with herbs and garlic. In terms of the content, ratatouille is extremely healthy and rich in flavor, so if you are someone who dislikes vegetables, this is the perfect dish for you!

10. Ratatouille

Recipe: https://www.thespruce.com/ratatouille-recipe-1375502

Where in Manila: Melt Grilled Cheesery, Uptown Place Mall, BGC

Now if you see any of these recipes come up in a BuzzFeed quiz, you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about. Make sure to check out Francophone Week from April 23 to April 27! Bon appétit, Bearcats!

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