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According to ‘Larousse Gastronomique’, boiled hedgehog was a common dish in Paris in the 16th century. It tastes similar to wild rabbit.

Camel was listed on the Voison restaurant's Christmas Eve menu during the siege of Paris in 1870.

Cotton candy dates back to the late 1890s to 1900. One of its earliest appearances was at the Paris Exposition of 1900.

Harry MacElhone of Harry's Bar in Paris, was the creator of (among others) the Bloody Mary in 1921 and the Sidecar in 1931. The Blue Lagoon was invented by his son Andy, in 1972.

According to the Michelin Guide (2008) there are about 20,000 restaurants in Paris, with a total of 98 Michelin stars.

The gourmet food capital of the world, Paris, France, has McDonald's, Burger King, TGI Friday's, Pizza Hut, Chili's, and many other American fast food restaurants.

Update from susie, 6/23/02: We were saddened when Chili's Restaurant closed in Paris in 2000. It was one of our favorite after church on Sunday eateries. Their happy hour was the toast of a lot of American organizations, too. Hardly a consolation, KFC has opened several franchises in and around Paris.



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