Help! Fussy eater in Paris
I'm taking my 5 year old to Paris to give him a formative experience of France, including French language, food and culture. The trouble is he's a very fussy eater and I don't want to offend when ordering in cafés and restaurants. If he has to eat cheese pizza for the entire holiday, so be it, but does anyone have any tips for getting by?... asking for simplified dishes etc. I'm a beginner myself, so language and culture tips are equally welcome!
In France also children are delicate, the waiters are accustomed, you can ask for the child menu in any restaurant, or ask a simple plate of pasta without butter or sauce if your child likes only single fool, you can ask a crepe without sugar, without butter ... or just a plate of fries ... or a slice of ham. Really, waiters are accustomed to children also in France.
I hope you will have more choices, not only pizza. My kids liked crepes - salty or sweet, once we bought a roasted chicken somewhere in Latin quartier and had a picnic. And there are some other tips: https://www.motherofalltrips.com/2013/04/eating-in-paris-with-kids.html. Good luck.
I don't think most people will get offened if you ask for stuff to be taken out of dishes or altered, perhaps if you go into a super fancy restraunant with complex meals then they might be a bit confused but overall, especially with a kid, people will understand. Try explaining the he is a picky eater which i think is mangeur difficile in French.
Some are, whether they articulate it or not, and either way they absorb it pretty quickly. An understanding of "people do it differently sometimes" can be very good for a kid as long as you don't bounce them around too much.
I have lived in a home with children from Mexico and South Asia and ya know what? Kids are kids are kids. I doubt there is a single country on Earth unaccustomed to having to dumb their food down for children. A grown adult going "ewwww snails!" would likely annoy them, but when kids do it it is cute for some reason.