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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Bon Appétit, Brian Vickers

By Eric Morse
ESPN The Magazine

Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers, a North Carolina native, had an interesting time adjusting to French food.
NASCAR driver Brian Vickers ventured to France last weekend to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Trading his Toyota Camry Sprint Cup car for a Ferrari Italia 458 was jarring enough, but that wasn’t the only thing that was different for Vickers overseas.

Here’s what he had to say about the food: “I don’t know what it is about Europe, particularly the French, but they love to see the whole food. I mean the head, the eyes, the tail, everything. When you order a fish, it is sitting there looking at you. I don’t mind, but at no point did I ever think to myself that I wish I could see this whole fish when I get back home. I just don’t need to see him looking at me. I am good with you cutting the head off, you can cut the tail off, you can take the bones out and filet it. That’s what I’m paying you to do: I don’t do that myself!”

But it’s not all bad, according to Vickers. “I am not going to lie: This is one thing where they have us beat. In general, Europeans eat better. The food is fresher, less preservatives, more natural. You can eat more food here and gain less weight. They don’t eat less; I can assure you that. Go to Italy, and they have a two-hour breakfast, a three-hour lunch and a four-hour dinner. They eat the whole time, too. It’s not how much they eat; it’s just better for you.”

Vickers tightened his belt and brought his Ferrari home 31st out of 56 cars after enduring a number of problems, none of which were food related.