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Last Updated on March 16, 2015 by Diane Hoffmaster
I received a gift card to la Madeleine in order to try out their affordable French cuisine but all opinions are my own.
I have always enjoyed trying foods from many different regions around the world. I have recreated many of them in my own kitchen...from Greek spanakopita to German Kaiserschmarrn and many others in between. However, French cuisine has never been one I tried to recreate myself. I'm not sure why but French cuisine has always intimidated me a little bit! So, when I get a craving for French Onion Soup, Croissants or Quiche Florentine I tend to head somewhere other than my own kitchen. Last week I was lucky enough to head over to la Madeleine with a friend for a very delicious girls afternoon out!
Affordable French Cuisine from la Madeleine
We have a la Madeleine fairly close to my house so I headed over with my friend to try out their New Country French Trio. This new menu combination lets you choose two halves of their French Classiques (Quiche Florentine, Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Friand, or Spinach Pochette) and a cup of soup or salad. At my location it was very affordably priced at $8.49. Price does vary slightly by location but it is a very reasonable price for a hearty lunch! I chose the French Onion Soup which was heavenly with loads of croutons and cheese on top. For the main dish I chose Chicken Friand and Spinach Pochette. Both of these are puff pastry stuffed with a rich filling and the Chicken Friand comes with a side of wild mushroom sauce. Everything was absolutely delicious!
In addition to the lovely French cuisine, la Madeleine offers you a delicious selection of bread, jam and butter to nibble on while you chat with friends. I am always happy when my meal comes with bread, especially when I can slather it with butter and jam!
Of course, in my mind French cuisine will always be best known for their scrumptious desserts. I am never one to bypass the dessert tray and today was no exception. La Madeleine has an entire case full of baked goods, pastries and desserts if you want to bring home a selection after lunch. They have small 'sampler' sized desserts available which are perfect for an after meal treat that isn't too filling. Whether you crave chocolate, creme brulee, or a light fruit tart, you will find a wide variety to choose from. The little chocolate creation I chose was rich, lightly sweet and just the right way to end my meal! While the dessert doesn't come with the French Country Trio, I highly recommend indulging anyhow!
If you find yourself craving French cuisine but don't want to tackle it in your own kitchen, you should definitely head over to la Madeleine and try their French Country Trio. La Madeleine was a wonderful location for our girls' afternoon out and the relaxed atmosphere and great food made for a fun afternoon!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.