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Input/help narrowing my list please

"La Maree Jeanne"
Yup - Friday lunch. If you're there, say hello, I'm the old gent limping with a torn or pulled muscle; not gonna die from it, but suffer I will.
However, re Clamato, I'm not sure there is a substitute for it; its ambiance - young kids, young clients, young fish, combine to give me a feeling I'm at the Apple Store Genius Bar.
My only vengeance at Le Gabriel yesterday was directed at the cash-register.
Pace,

about 17 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Sunday lunch and dinner still undecided

"dinner on Sunday(a hard find)"
No longer: Clamato, Maree Jeannne (going Friday), Christophe's new place Amarante, A Noste and Les Enfants Rouges which have been mentioned.

about 18 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Paris, Change of Pace Meals

"Do you have a favorite spot at Marche des Enfants Rouges?"
Yes the restaurant of the same name thru the arch.

about 18 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Am I achieving my goals? Quick trip to Paris!

Well my only thought is that you've done your research thoroughly and deserve kudos.
Have a great time. And flip a coin on your pairings; you'll do just fine at any of the 6.

about 18 hours ago
John Talbott in France
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Input/help narrowing my list please

"Amarante (we were huge Christophe fans AND it's open on Sundays!)"
Just went today; Christophe's in great and big form; terrific menu (28 E) and wonderful carte - we had the brains and then sweetbreads and mousse; all just lovely. And it's not only open Sundays but all days except Weds & Thurs. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

about 18 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Input/help narrowing my list please

Interesting PP; hamburgers at Le Lulli?; jeez who wouldhave thunk it.
Today I was at Le Gabriel (not urgent for anyone to go), but in a beautifully renovated hotel, and they had a hamburger for 27 or was it 28 E. And people were aghast at Ralph's (Lauren)'s 25 E ones.
I heard a story while eating with another food empress that a trendy high-end French food guide thinks that that's what rich Americans want as their light lunch dish.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Paris, Change of Pace Meals

I've lost track of the track, but why go to that xxxxx place when Zebulon, Heimat and Balm (now that Le Lulli is a memory) are but a few steps away.
For a "change of pace," have one dish and some wine.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Marks & Sparks Food Emporium at 6 Rue de la Pepiniere in the 8th.

I suspect that everyone who cooks here, or at least reheats food, already knows that after years away, Marks & Sparks has opened a food only place near St Lazare a few months ago (not the C-E site). I love their Indian stuff, esp when eating alone and it's handy for those of us near the Mont. (BTW it's a door away from Office Depot).

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Sid's short(er) list for Venice:

I don't want blow it out of proportion.
Photos are going up day by day since crappy wifi in hotel prevented me from doing it til I got home to my Paris Freebox.

1 day ago
John Talbott in Italy
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Last minute solo trip question

And, as opposed to the US, there actually are tables for one at some places.

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

Paris Food Tour

"I'm pretty sure the child will need a nap."
Hell, I'd need a nap.

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

Sid's short(er) list for Venice:

Just to give some feedback as a partial thank you to everyone on this thread in summary fashion (full reviews are on John Talbott's Paris):
Best amuse: deep fried baby shrimp at Antiche Carapagne
Best dish: octopus at La Porta d'Acqua
Best fish: sole at Da Tura (Mestre)
Best rabbit ragu: Moro (Mestre)
Best green salad - the Fiachetteria Toscana
Best pizza - Columbus (Mestre)
Best name for an Italian resto: Soul Kitchen (mestre)

Mar 30, 2015
John Talbott in Italy
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Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

After only 4 days in Venice/Mestre (but I've been coming since 1955) this week, I was struck by several more cultural differences:
1. In Venice, no one lives there (oh sure, my rich friends [yah I have friends] have vacation flats and for all I know palazzos), everyone is a worker or visitor, coming in from the burbs, whereas in Paris and Mestre, real people reside,
2. CH Italy, esp the Venice division, is a discussion forum written and read by folks like me, who come once (twice this year), a year, whereas Paris has a mix of residents, frequent flyers and once a year folk.
3. The lingua franca (think of that, linqua franca) is not the German of my Grandfolks' or folks' generation, but English and the Chinese visitors this week in Venice/Mestre spoke and wrote damn good English.
4. And yes, I'll be putting pix up soon, and yes, Venice, even in the cold rain, is magical. As is Paris, anytime.

Mar 30, 2015
John Talbott in France

Last minute solo trip question

In Paris one really should reserve. I'm often a solo diner and do it to get a good table, as a courtesy and to be sure I get in. Pirouette has become hot, hot hot, for example.

Mar 30, 2015
John Talbott in France

Clover, rue Perronet

Sorry, thot you'd had a new experience or new news.

Mar 29, 2015
John Talbott in France

Clover, rue Perronet

How recent?, you've seen my review Mangeur.
Has something changed; you went, it's horrible; tell all.

Mar 29, 2015
John Talbott in France

Paris Food Tour

"I don't think Clamato would be enjoyable with a little one. I have never been early, though, so if you go at a time that is less busy, maybe it's fine. At night it's packed."
As a senior citizen who eats here/there on Sundays, arriving at 12 pile, and sees a lot of kids, I beg to disagree. If you want seafood at lunch on weekends, you cannot do better (of course you can at 2 times the price, but then........)

Mar 29, 2015
John Talbott in France

Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

After only 5 days in Venice/Mestre (but I've been coming since 1955) this week, I was struck by several cultural differences:
1. In Venice, no one lives there (oh sure, my rich friends [yah I have friends] have flats and for all I know Palazzos), everyone is a worker or visitor, coming in from their burbs, whereas in Paris and Mestre, real people live,
2. CH Italy, esp the Venice division, is a discussion forum written and read by folks like me, who come once (twice this year), a year, whereas Paris has a mix of residents, frequent flyers and once a year folk.
3. The lingua franca (think of that, linqua franca) is not the German of my Grandfolks' or folks' generation, but English and the Chinese visitors this week in Venice/Mestre spoke and wrote damn good English.
4. And yes, I'll be putting pix up soon, and yes, Venice, even in the cold rain, is magical. As is Paris, anytime.

Mar 29, 2015
John Talbott in France
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Input/help narrowing my list please

"It's a shame that happened. Alas JT, don't fall off your gondola but it seems to be true."
#1 I cannot justify a gondola's prices, a varporetto is a stretch.
#2 But I must say that the internet service is much better back home in the 18th
#3 Until someone goes (not me, I'm fully booked this week with new places), I will reserve comments.
John aka the Venetian swimmer.

Mar 29, 2015
John Talbott in France

Input/help narrowing my list please

So Parnassien, as you know I was there last week, two weeks ago and the Chef was upbeat and indicated he was continuing to innovate; you've been, sampled, crashed?
John

Mar 28, 2015
John Talbott in France

Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

To get back to my point, which belongs on the France CH section; there is a difference between France & Italy;
In France one reserves, either to get into a "hot" place, sit at the window or be recognized; in Italy one reserves (now I'm a tourist here) to reserve;
In Italy everyone (they're all Albanians, anyway, which is more challenging) speaks English without hesitation (and at least in my two visits this year - two weeks in Tuscany and 1 in Venice), and
For an economy which is in the dumps, there is no morosity.
On the other hand, I cannot wait to be back home in Paris tmrw.

Mar 28, 2015
John Talbott in France

Input/help narrowing my list please

I'll try to be gentle on this but American sites are way ahead of French ones (sorry my Parisian friends) but French restos are way ahead of US ones in changing their offerings according to the seasons and markets (sorry Yankees.)
Here (well actually, right now I'm in darkest Italy) one goes because of the food not the website. Not to offend,
John

Mar 27, 2015
John Talbott in France

Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

BTW I always reserve, except when I arrive outside France and am caught up.
I am the Price of Reservations.

Mar 27, 2015
John Talbott in France

Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

Granted Venice doesn't compare to Mestre, but I felt no discrimination was at work last night or 4 years ago (In Mestre). And today at Antiche Camp..... the food was top-top for locals & visitors alike.

Mar 27, 2015
John Talbott in France

Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

I wasn't offended; I just made a rez for the following night.

Mar 27, 2015
John Talbott in France

Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

It will all be revealed once i get high speed internet back in Parigi. Right now it's on my blog without pix.
Thanks for your explanation.

Mar 27, 2015
John Talbott in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Thanks for the feedback.

Mar 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

So tonight, in Mestre, 10 minutes from Venice, I reserved and walked in to my marked table; 15 minutes later two visitors from the East came in and while there were unreserved tables, the chef-owner said "Nope" or the Italian equivalent. It was not racist, because he'd done the same to me 4 years ago when I forgot to reserve.
I sorta get the principle; we're a good place, reserve or else, but letting a table go empty?
In Paris I've only seen it in "hot" new places; Others?

Mar 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Tasting menu at Dersou with cocktail pairing

It was a joke Pti, sorry.

Mar 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Tasting menu at Dersou with cocktail pairing

No prob for me except I'm not into fancy or anyother cocktails save Ricard and Campari which are 2 of the 5 FDA food groups, no?

Mar 26, 2015
John Talbott in France