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Night time eating in Paris

Don't know when you last went chef, but I doubt you'd serve such watery stuff today.

about 1 hour ago
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Night time eating in Paris

"So something to eat, possibly 10pm-2am (if that's possible) and a good breakfast close to the Gare du Nord station."
Ok, never been but for the record and others searching the same subject, today's JDD reviewed the ancient Grand Café Capucines, 4 blvd des Capucines in the 9th, open 24/24, 7/7 and gave it a 7/10. Described as "cosy."
For what it's worth.

about 1 hour ago
John Talbott in France

Cassoulet in Paris

I've never tried cooking a TGV, it's beyond my competence.

about 7 hours ago
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Sunday lunch - Montmartre

Let me add Les Affranchis in the 9th to the list of places near Montmartre open on Sundays. 5 rue Henry Monnier is not an address unknown to many of you, it's changed hands several times in the past decades - why? I don't know because all its owner-chefs have been good if not quite good. The latest folks are two guys from L'Ambrosie and it's got the high-class cooking without the 1%'s prices. The lamb we had today was as good as I've ever had, the warm mackerel starter innovative and the two desserts beyond the standards.
Pix etc at http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

about 7 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Cassoulet in Paris

"I realise cassoulet is not from Paris"
No, it's not and while I've had those at the restos mentioned above, the best recently was at Chez Emile in Toulouse http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
If forced by gun here I guess I'd go with L'Assiette, but grab a TGV instead for the real thing.
And I do a mean one at home.

1 day ago
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Prosper et Fortunée

My feeble attempt at humor; so how did the rest of the meal go?
John

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Prosper et Fortunée

Mangeur: I thought you ate there ref: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1010582

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Prosper et Fortunée

OK, I'll bite "A Bug in the System: Why last night's chicken made you sick" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...
How were the stools? That's why I haven't gone.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Five Days in the 15th

Not sure when in April you're coming or have been (no report posts so far) but I tumbled today onto a new place called Huiterie, 2 rue Mademoiselle, where the fish soup and trimmings were premade I fear but the bivalves were terrific.
Details and photos at John Talbott's Paris http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

By the way, BTW, people do search here for Cheap Eats, Affordable Meals, Student Prices, etc.
We were all 18 once, in France, stumbling around, let's have some contributions for ourselves at a younger age.

Apr 17, 2015
John Talbott in France

Jardin des Plumes, Giverny -- tranquility after the crowds in Monet's Gardens

Ohhhh kay.
Woozy I don drive.
But I have a secret Phil, I'll tell you while no one (except the NSA and Snowden) is listening - you drive 30 meters to a park, snooze and go forth.
I guess you're not aged enough to take naps, they're essential to the good life, at work or not.

Apr 17, 2015
John Talbott in France

Dining in southern France, how we did our homework:

Wasn't that what I said?; I guess I have to brush up on my English.

Apr 17, 2015
John Talbott in France

Jardin des Plumes, Giverny -- tranquility after the crowds in Monet's Gardens

Sorry, I don't get your point.
You drive out, enjoy the gardens & house, go to the museum, go to the resto, the wine list hasn't changed, you've just missed the tour-buses.
Works for me, and moreso for Madame.

Apr 17, 2015
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It's Here! Latest NY Times Reccos for the Hordes of Tourists This Spring/Summer/Fall

Phil; this is what makes CH-FR great, we all never agree and despite some pumping their cherished favorites (me guilty for Ze and Spring, admittedly) there exists a spirited difference of opinion.
Let a hundred/thousand restaurants bloom!
I'm more worried about the folks who are intimidated or lurk because they fear they don't have the inside track/the insider info. Once a "star" here opines, others shut up.

Apr 17, 2015
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Jardin des Plumes, Giverny -- tranquility after the crowds in Monet's Gardens

"but the crowds"
Sorry you didn't consult me Jake; rent a car and get there early before the trip-buses. Hang around, enjoy, eat and back.
John

Apr 17, 2015
John Talbott in France

Dining in southern France, how we did our homework:

Just like 2 hearts from Rubin; a universe to explore.

Apr 17, 2015
John Talbott in France

Dining in southern France, how we did our homework:

"our worst dining experiences have been in one star restaurants"
Those are the places that the TV show "Cauchemar en cuisine" depended on saving from themselves.

Apr 17, 2015
John Talbott in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

I'm digging up this old thread for those searching CH, using the word "inexpensive" and I admit I haven't read all zillion posts. Those who are regulars here can stop reading but for my grand-kids and back-packers or renters in the 11th who want good French food at very reasonable prices here it is.
Touted as a sandwich joint, Delphine Zampetti's CheZaline is much much more. Don't ask why I went but I did and was pleasantly surprised, sandwiches sure, but interesting ones with fish, meats, cheese, vegetables plus salads and stuff in the case and one hot dish a day - yesterday poulet fermier, today seiche with tomato, chorizo and olive sauce on rice. Plus they have wine and seats (albeit 97% of their custom is take-out/take-away.) Our bill today for 2 with a bottle of Beaujolais, was 49.50 E.
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Apr 17, 2015
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It's Here! Latest NY Times Reccos for the Hordes of Tourists This Spring/Summer/Fall

" some of the dishes I had at Semilla were a bit sloppy, but I still enjoyed it overall."
I had neither sloppy nor fooled.

Apr 17, 2015
John Talbott in France

Bouillon -- en face de La Ferme Saint Hubert

Oh my goodness, there is one more? Not B des Colonies or B Racine? It's "original Ray's pizza time."
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Apr 16, 2015
John Talbott in France

Searching for the best baba au rhum in Paris

OK, I'll wade in.
La Table du Lancaster, too big but good rhum.

Apr 16, 2015
John Talbott in France

Paris A to Z. Four new places - A Noste, Le BAT, Ellsworth, Zebulon

"Is there anything especially French or Parisian about Ellsworth...? The food sounds wonderful but much like the fare now available in hipster places across the worlds capitals"
Interesting question and issue.
Le Fooding describes what the Canadian chef prepares at Ellsworth as "SPANISH, TAPAS AND PINCHOS, NEO-BISTRO, AMERICAN, and Jerome Berger in A Nous Paris characterises it as "foodialisation."
Your question Phil, deserves a separate thread, article and/or book.
Almost twenty years ago, I said that what William Ledeuil was doing at Ze Kitchen Galerie (as opposed to his next door Bouquinites) was French cooking with Asian spices, herbs, rawness and twists and I got roughed up by the usual suspects, who said essentially "Ah, we get this fusion stuff in Santa Monica, whatareyoutalkingabout?"
We've now got Brazilians, Mexicans, certainly Japanese and Americans cooking French food.
If the the Canadian chef at Ellsworth prepares poutine, or Clamato's signature dish is made with maple syrup, do these demean French cooking?
Hipsterization, globalization, foodialization; as long as it's good and they don't spill it on my one Georgio Armani jacket, who cares?

Apr 16, 2015
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A lighter itinerary

I think we've been pretty positive on all but Prosper which is too recent to have received much CH press.

Apr 14, 2015
John Talbott in France

Sunday Lunch near Louvre

Sorry, "read the Instructions John."

Apr 14, 2015
John Talbott in France

Sunday Lunch near Louvre

Check prior threads for such; there are a ton, well a lot of great places down there now. Zebulon, Heimat, Balm but no longer Le Lulli.

Apr 14, 2015
John Talbott in France

Trip Report- A week in March

"unknown to me, such as La Cerisaie"
Funny, maybe not mentioned anymore because it's been around a while.
Book early d/t small size.

Apr 14, 2015
John Talbott in France

Thoughts on best cocktail bars in Paris?

If you like dingy dives.

Apr 13, 2015
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Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee reopens

I may have missed it; but the cost?

Apr 12, 2015
John Talbott in France

Trip Report- A week in March

Nice report; thanks.

Apr 12, 2015
John Talbott in France

Relatively late reservations in Paris?

Mangeur's thread is at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1009...
As others have implied/noted May 1st weekend it will be especially important to reconfirm that places are open by calling in the AM.

Apr 12, 2015
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