Travel Food: The French Fry

The french fry is more than a tasty slice of deep-fried potato. It is magic.

"French fries are magical"
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You can see the wonderment in the eyes of this little boy (my great-nephew — isn’t he adorable?). Notice how his finger gently makes contact with this fry that seems to be dropping from the heavens. He looks at it with awe, anticipating the treasure he has at his fingertips.

It’s a must-have partner for burgers.

"Sweet potato fries at San Benito House in Half Moon Bay, California"

How delicious do these french-fried sweet potatoes look? Although the cheeseburger at San Benito House in Half Moon Bay, California was delicious, it played second fiddle to this delectable portion of fries. And of course, sweet potatoes are very healthy for you, too!

It’s a meal in itself.

"French fries are the main course at this lunch in Houston"

Who needs anything else? The fries are a meal by themselves or you can add a side like this bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich at a restaurant in Houston, Texas. Look at all of those fries, accompanied simply and perfectly with ketchup. Mr. TWS loves french fries, but is very disappointed if there is no ketchup.

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"This croque-monsieur in Bruges, Belgium, would have been much better with a helping for french fries"
No french fries! This wasn’t one of the best croque monsieur sandwiches I’ve ever had, but I was in Bruges, Belgium, so all was right with the world. Don’t you agree that a heaping portion of warm french fries would have improved this lunch?

The french fry is a finger food.

Mr. TWS has a joke: “Should french fries be eaten with your fingers? … No, your fingers should be eaten separately.” But seriously, french fries can be eaten with the fingers and that’s part of the fun. But what if you can’t use your fingers? Observe how my super-cute great-niece makes do:

No obstacle can keep someone from a fantastic french fry!

40 thoughts on “Travel Food: The French Fry

  1. budget jan

    Agreed. And they come in so many different sizes, shapes, and textures. Can be dipped in a gazillion sauces. They are warming on a winter’s day and go so well with fish and salad in summer. A Winner!

  2. Patti

    French fries are just the best! How can you not love them! Hot, crispy, salty, yum! When we were in Paris, every cafe served French fries, no kidding, “every” cafe we visited. The French seem to love their French fries, so are they French?! Who knows? Who cares? Just make sure they are on my plate!

  3. InsideJourneys

    A beautiful ode to the French Fry.
    Would you believe I rarely have them with my burger? Too many calories.
    I’ve come to like the ones at McDonald’s, the only think I’ll eat there. Theirs are generally thin, crispy and lightly salted.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, Marcia. I do try to control the intake and get a salad (no dressing) in my moments of willpower. But I find that when I’m traveling, my willpower is weak.

  4. Nancie

    Love my french fries, and YES there must be ketchup. I have to say, Asia is not the place for them. Herer In CM there are places besides MacD/s that offer them, but then it’s the choice between that and Thai food. What a dilemma, eh? 🙂

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  6. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    I used to love french fries until sweet potato fries were everywhere. These plates look delicious and yes, that plate looks incomplete without them. Some of the best fries I’ve had were in Brussels and I think all the available sauces enhanced them.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Apparently, I really missed out big time when I didn’t have fries in Belgium. In my defense, I was there for a very short time.

  7. Jemma

    This post made me crave for french fries! I’m going to eat burger and french fries for dinner tonight…

    I hope I’ll get the chance to eat french fries in France someday… 🙂

  8. Laurel

    French fries are my go-to comfort food. I also love them with gravy (it’s a Canadian thing) and Poutine (fries, gravy and cheese curds). It’s a heart attack on a plate, but sooooo good. Love Mr. TWS’ joke!

  9. jenny@atasteoftravel

    Late to the party…I hope there are some fries left! What a fun post. We’re heading to Belgium later in the year so I must check out where to try the best there!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Never late to a fries party, Jenny. Definitely have the fries there. Seems like I was very foolish not to make a point having some there. A mistake I won’t make again!

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