Pain is your friend.

Posted: July 12, 2016 in Food, Travel
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When my husband played rugby, they had a saying, “Pain is your friend.”  In France, that’s also true.  Except that “pain” in French means bread and isn’t pronounced like something that hurts.

The baguette may be the iconic French bread, but there are many other types of bread, including whole grain.  Good bread isn’t limited to France, though.  I flew into Frankfurt, Germany and, because of a cancelled flight, had time there.  Despite a bit of rain, we walked to the outdoor market, had a delicious brat (American name)/braten/bratwurst (in a great roll), then stopped at one of the stands to buy bread. This round, whole grain loaf was substantial. It was about 10″ in diameter and, if used as a Frisbee, could have taken down a grown man. It was SO good, on its own or as a vehicle for any sort of cheese.

Don’t forget that if you get to Germany or France, pain is your friend!

copyright janet m. webb 2016


copyright janet m. webb 2016

I’m still in France and my days are full.  I’m doing my best (unsucessfully) to keep up with your posts, as well as struggling to accomplish what I want on my iPad. Thanks for your understanding!

  1. I always grin when I buy a pain or when I see a “vole” in the garden :o)

  2. Funny coincidence: yesterday I posted a photo of two baguettes and talked about the advantages of having a bakery with fresh bread in the neighbourhood instead of having to buy bread, days old, in the supermarket. I like ‘your’ bread also very much.

  3. anglogermantranslations says:

    You had what? A brat? You can’t be serious. 🙂

  4. Dan Antion says:

    There’s some pain I can deal with 🙂

  5. One of the most interesting stops we made was a French bakery. We actually brought a loaf all the way back to our daughter. 🙂

  6. Su Leslie says:

    That looks utterly delicious Janet. Pain is definitely my friend (although I suspect my hips might disagree).

  7. I understand that German “bread” is one of the most valuable currencies around.

  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    I just love the smell in those places. I could just stand in any bakery breathing in that warm comforting fresh-baked smell with a silly grin on my face for hours…except that would be weird, right? :-\

  9. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Now I’m hungry. That is one good looking slice of bread. I love the seeds on top.

  10. What a delicious post, Janet. I don’t think that bread is my waistline’s friend. 🙂

  11. pattisj says:

    Enjoy every minute of being there. You can always see us when you get back. What a lovely bread!

  12. I LOVE bread. It’s a comfort food for me but, sadly, I’m gluten intolerant now.
    I still LOVE it. The smell of fresh bread makes my mouth water. Great photos … 😎