French technique dominates Western haute cuisine, from roulades and tournée cuts to crèmes and terrines. But when they aren't lustfully slurping up bouillabaisse or prodding escargots with tiny forks, the French eat fairly simply: breads, soups, salads, sandwiches, and, occasionally, a small patisserie and espresso to cap off the meal. In the Twin Cities, Patisserie 46, the charming corner cafe and bakery in Kingfield, is the best place to enjoy a midday meal à la française. The soup du jour — often a rich vegetable puree — is served with a hunk of crusty bread; the tartine and quiche change daily and come served alongside a simple green salad; the crepes, one savory, one sweet, are served all day long; and the baguette sandwich on that iconic French loaf makes for a portable lunch should you need to hop on your bike and head back to work. And if, in the course of your meal, you're struck with a newfound joie de vivre and want to enjoy the company of your dining companion over a coffee and confection, might we suggest the mille-feuille?