Passport to Flavor: Visit France

Dining with Children

We’ve challenged your children to become global citizens without leaving Lake County by grabbing a Passport to Flavor and taking our Global Dine Around Challenge for Kids. Find all the whole series:

Today we head to a country your kids are surely familiar with but a cuisine they have probably not had (at least not authentic!), we’re heading to France!

French Dining in Lake County

Try Taste of Paris, 161 N. Seymour Ave. in Mundelein. Haven’t you heard? French Kids Eat Everything! Perhaps that’s why there is no Kids Menu at Taste of Paris. Kids eat what their parents eat. The nearby bakery case offers a wonderful incentive for children who must finish their dinners before dessert. Read Heather’s review of Taste of Paris.

french dining in lake county
Three sweet peppers stuffed with mozzarella and Italian sausage served in a delicious, creamy tomato and pesto sauce! Photo via Taste of Paris on Facebook

Take the Challenge:

Crepes become instantly less intimidating when you explain they are merely “French pancakes” and especially when rolled with Nutella and bananas. If you’d rather your children try a savory dish, let’s thank our friends at Disney for a rat named Remy and the movie Ratatouille. The movie reference may move them to try Crepes Ratatouille Avec du Chevre. Basically, it’s “French pancakes” filled with the traditional French stew, Ratatouille, which contains tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini. Hooray for vegetables! Ask them to hold the chevre, French for “goat cheese” if you think your child may be averse.

Madeline  by Ludwig Bemelmans
A classic that I am sure you have read will introduce children to the sights of Paris as they meet Madeline and her friends. Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick. To Madeline, a trip to the hospital is a grand adventure. Surely if Madeline can handle all that, your kids can handle trying something new!

Before you go, print out this coloring sheet to take with you and your kids can learn more about Italy while they wait for their food!

France Coloring Sheet Placemat

France Coloring Sheet Placemat

By Loralie

When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home.

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Passport to Flavor: Visit France

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