How To Survive Ordering in a French Restaurant in Paris

How to order in a French restaurant in Paris. Here are some tips – and a link to my guide to Paris: – finally released! In the meantime you can help me make better videos at and get access to my Mapstr of Paris (and more) at the Wanderer reward level – then find me on the internet in all of the usual spots:

(me) (merch)
(my books)
(Disposable Camera Four digital scans)

Music by: David Cutter Music –

How to order in a french restaurant and survive the experience ;D If you want more vocab for ordering in a French restaurant, I put more in my How to Survive Ordering in a French Cafe video – this one focused more on procedure and cultural awareness.

My name is Jay Swanson – I’m an American writer living in Paris on an artist visa and hoping to make the city of light my home base – at least for the foreseeable future. I write science-fiction and fantasy, vlog daily, and love pizza a little too much.

Links below to Amazon are affiliate links – meaning if you click through them and buy something, I’ll get some pennies. Thanks! (The FTC wants me to tell you that up front)

How long have you lived in France? On and off for over two years.

What do you miss most about ho- NACHOS

You’re always talking about living on some ship. WHAT SHIP? – I made a “Draw My Life” video that explains a lot here:

Where are you from originally? – Pullman, Washington – a small university/agricultural town near Idaho (and yes, the potatoes are amazing).

What do you film with? – I currently film almost exclusively with my Samsung Galaxy S8:

How do you get those shots where you’re walking or running? – A Joby Gorillapod for smartphones, like this:

You drop your phone a lot, how does it survive? – THIS CASE IS AMAZING: (Galaxy S7) – (Galaxy S8) – (iPhone)

What do you edit with? – Adobe Premiere – it’s pretty much all I’ve ever used since high school.

Aren’t you ever freaked out by leaving your camera behind to film yourself? – Yep. But not too badly – I tend to be careful when I do.

Why are you living in #Paris? – Because I’ve always wanted to; I feel at home here:

But what are you doing there? – Living it up!

Do you speak French? Oui.

You talk a lot about the books you’re working on, what are they about? – They’re sci-fi (and fantasy) and I’ve got a decent pitch for you here:

Do you make money off YouTube? – Ha, no. I wish. It took me over 500 videos to make my first $100 off adsense. I think it will slowly change, but VERY slowly.

I really enjoy your videos, how can I support you? – The easiest and best way to support me is through Patreon, where you can pitch in as little as $1/mo to help me make better videos:

I don’t trust this Patreon thing – what’s your PayPal? – Here’s a handy link!

I like PayPal in pink! – Here’s my ko-fi if that’s your thing (and coffee is your game):

But I want to send you something tangible! – I do have a wishlist on Amazon, though it’s a bit complicated with the international shipping situation. This is the US one:

And here’s the French one:

Can I come stay with you in Paris? – Have you seen my apartment? It’s too small for me as it is!

OK, but how do I use the Metro when I’m there? – I made a handy video for you: