After seven years I still don’t quite understand the French’s obsession with eating outdoors. My husband used to look at all the big American houses with their impressive porches, decks, and backyard bbq’s and ask ‘Why don’t Americans eat outside all the time? If I had a deck like that we’d eat outside from May through September!’
Whenever I asked my mother-in-law why just about every summer meal is consumed outside (weather permitting)- she explained it’s because ‘c’est agreeable’- it’s nice! I guess being cooped up all winter and forced to eat indoors is kind of depressing to the French. It never really bothered me, growing up in Connecticut. We'd eat outside from time to time in the summer but most meals were consumed indoors.
I agree that on some occasions, like a picnic under a shady tree or a night time meal out on a screened-in veranda, eating outdoors can have a romantic, breezy feel to it that is pretty ‘nice’.
But to be honest I’m not a huge fan. I’m more like those carnivores who prefer to take their dead carcasses to some isolated, shady place. I don’t want it out in the open where bugs can get on it. I don’t like wind blowing hair into my mouth when I go to take a bite or feeling as though I might faint of heat stroke before I get through the main course when the sun is actually cooking the food in front of me.
What about you? Do you prefer to eat outdoors like the French or are you an indoor person when it comes to mealtimes?