RE: It's Paris France and non Paris Texas
Sorry, Sundancer, I will translate the above:
Bienvenue is "Welcome"!
camembert is a cheese that is available here, but not in it's purest form because in France it's made with RAW cow's milk which is against the law here, as you well know.
Foie gras is a great French delicacy, the best comes from the region of Perigord, where they force feed ducks and geese with corn pellets (PETA people, don't stone me on this one, I didn't invent it, and the animals actually LINE UP and LIKE IT!) Whew. That being said, foie gras is the liver of these ducks and geese which are enlarged, due to the extensive feeding and are quite fat.....thus the name "foie gras", fat liver.
A Pintade is a Guinea Hen which I cannot find in any grocery store, so I miss it.
Lapin au pruneaux is a dish my best friend's mother (in North of France) makes exquisitely....freshly killed rabbit, stewed in red wine, onions, garlic and prunes. Sounds crazy but it's one of my most favorite dishes.
Ris de veau is veal sweetbreads which is the thymus gland of the calf which disappears when it reaches maturity. This organ meat takes several days to prepare, washing, rinsing, soaking, blanching, put under weight, then floured and fried and added to morel mushrooms or root vegetables to braise gently. The work is definatly worth the end result.
Other things I miss eating are: wild boar, hare, woodcock, grouse, (dare I say it?) horsemeat, Maroilles, fromage gras, and on and on.