During my trip to Alsace (region of France in the north bordering Germany), I experienced an amusing ironic moment.
I found myself having dinner at an Alsacien family’s house with a family from the Midi (southern region). We had soupe de potiron (pumpkin/winter squash soup). We were all eating when the mother of the southern family remarks that the soup has a unique flavor and asks what is in it. The mother of the Alsacien mother responded with an awkward giggle, “Saveur du sud” (flavor of the south).