A guide to the French tradition of the Apéro

This week on the podcast it’s special guest Véronique Savoye from France with Véro.

We met by the banks of the flooding Seine to discuss the almost ritual-like tradition of the apéro.

Now, if you were to look up apéro online, you’d learn that it’s a colloquial reference to apéritif, which is a French word that comes from the Latin verb aperire, which means to open. That doesn’t help much, does it?

And that’s the point! You can’t understand apéro from a dictionary, it’s a state of mind, a concept. It’s drinks with friends. It’s meeting at the canal for wine and cheese before dinner. It’s a social occasion.

family gathering at festive table
Photo by Askar Abayev on Pexels.com

But there are lots of cultural rules and faux pas that come with it. What happens if you’re invited to an apéro at a French person’s house? Should you bring wine? Flowers? Will you eat dinner? When should you leave? What’s an apéro dinatoire?

Me, I’m just a clueless foreigner in France, so ask me. Listen to my guest, Véronique, a Frenchwoman who knows France inside out and upside down. She explains it all on today’s podcast episode.

(My favourite bit: Give flowers when you’re a guest, but send them in advance!).

The full story is here, have a listen below or wherever you get podcasts.

So who is Vero? Well you might know her from her popular Facebook page France with Vero (she was once known as French Girl in Seattle, but now she is back in Paris). She is a tour guide, she has a Patreon page, and a personal friend of mine. And that’s us below!

Right after we took this pic, we did a live video around the flooding Seine, check that out below.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I hope you guys enjoy the podcast episode. Here’s the Spotify link again, be sure to subscribe for more like this EVERY SINGLE MONDAY.

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