There's no better way to put it. While the French will forever be known for their romantic accent, Instagram-worthy country and charming people, it's definitely food that is the best ambassador for France anywhere in the world.
As the French in Oman celebrate Gout de France, even French Ambassador to Oman Veronique Aulagnon had to yield to this making food front and centre during the launch of the event at her residence last week. Gout de France runs from November 2 to 12.
The launching showcased some of the best products and dining locations in Muscat and present during the event were some of the big names in the culinary industry representing some of the luxurious hotels and French restaurants in the Sultanate of Oman.
The 6th edition of Gout de France marked the 10th anniversary of the Gastronomic Meal of the French on Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List.
This year's event is packaged as something that will provide people in the country a glimpse of the local, sustainable, and eco-friendly art of living in France while tapping local produce, producers in its effort for the "renaissance of food."
We recently reached out to Al Marsa Gourmet, one of the emerging high quality provider of some of the most delicious French gourmet food in Oman to share what to them is a good starter pack to learn more about French food as the celebration ends Friday.
Amina Marais, marketing and social media guru from the brand, shared that the key to enjoying French food is knowing where to get the best quality.
She said, "Don't ever underestimate the power of food when it comes to gift-giving. Whether you want to share your city's best bites with a faraway loved one, do something nice for a coworker or a friend, or plan a celebratory evening, a beautifully wrapped treat will win the day."
Her recommendations for the Top 5 gourmet food gifts are as follow:
French Cheese Tasting Box
A cocktail party in a box. This collection of 6-8 French cheeses is sure to delight the most avid fromage-ophiles’s. France produce some of the best cheeses and a great selection of French cheese will definitely make you understand why this is always present in nearly all gatherings.
Halal Sliced Cold Cuts Assortment - 5 kinds
Perfect gift for a meat lover, this charcuterie is hand-crafted and dry-cured with simple ingredients - nothing but meat, salt and spices. This collection boasts amazing flavour and a must try for everyone.
Oak Cold Smoked Arbequina Gift Box
Olive oil that is delicately smoked with oak, who wouldn’t like that? It is the ideal oil to drizzle over all kinds of meat and fish, salads, burrata, or simply eat it with bread
Vendôme - Frozen Yule Log Chocolate & Pralines
Perfect dessert for those who want to make their dinner a bit more special! This stunning dessert has it all, nestled on all homemade amond cake sits our Valhrona chocolate fillings with a hidden Praline insert! It is a true indulgence for any chocolate lover.
Homemade Slow-Cooked Duck Foie Gras
Made the traditional way, Al Marsa Gourmet homemade foie gras has only a few simple and natural ingredients and offers the essence of foie gras: purity of flavor, creamy, delicate texture, and luxurious richness.
November 12 is the last day of the Gout de France. You can check out their partners like Muscat Hills, Alila Jabal Akhdar, Kempinski Muscat, Hormuz Grand and Al Bustan Palace for discounted prices on French menu. Al Marsa Gourmet also offers 10% discount on the entire range of their French product. Take this opportunity to check out the best of what French food have to offer. Bon appétit!