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1090 Food in France

Layla talks about food and eating habits in her home country of France.

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melt in your mouth

The bread in France melts in your mouth.

When food melts in the mouth, it is so light and tender that you do not need to chew it. It does not refer to food that actually does melt in the mouth like ice-cream. Notice the following:

  1. These cookies are so fine. They melt in your mouth.
  2. This bread just melts in your mouth.

chain restaurant

Do you have chain restaurants?

A chain is a large corporate brand of restaurants, stores, or venues that are the same regardless of where they are. Notice the following:

  1. You find a lot of chain restaurants off the highway.
  2. Denny's is a popular chain restaurant worldwide.

independent restaurants

Most of the time we eat at independent restaurants.

An independent restaurant, or an independent store, is a small business that has only one or two venues and is very original and personable. Notice the following:

  1. I prefer to eat at independent restaurants.
  2. You can find rare albums at independent record stores.

decent meal

How many euros does a decent meal cost?

When something is decent, that means most people would find it acceptable, so a decent meal would be a good meal that would satisfy most people: Notice the following:

  1. We had a decent meal at that restaurant.
  2. That cafe serves a decent cup of coffee.


Do you usually have an appetizer, starter and main course?

An appetizer is a small dish that is eaten at the start of a meal. An appetizer is often like a snack before the meal. Sometimes appetizers are called starters. Notice the following:

  1. We did not order appetizers because we did not want to spoil our appetite for the main course.
  2. All the appetizers on the menu were under 3 dollars in price.