Yeah, the French really have an artistic approach to presenting their food: luscious, colorburst pastries; cheeses in all shapes and sizes; fish and shellfish with heads and tails intact; chickens in rotisseries with juice dripping onto potatoes below…. It’s all quite sensational and celebrates food as food, not as “product” or merchandise or “nutritional value.” And it tastes so good, too…. [:)]
plb, yes, I do speak and read French. It definitely enhanced the experience, especially in hole-in-the-wall restaurants, the markets, and places outside of Paris. But many French do speak some English, and a lot of restaurants (mostly in the tourist areas, but in other places, too) have menus in English and other languages. The French appreciate it when tourists make the effort to speak some French, and others are very eager to practice their English. I don’t think English-only speakers would have significant problems in most parts of Paris.