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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Stallion yes, horse no.

about 11 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

So, what is it and can it restore my "vitality?"

about 13 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Dans les landes

Pti wasn't kidding - this place is great - a zillion courses for 38 E at lunch, wines starting about 35 E; central location, reserve now, it'll be full very soon.
For more & pix
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

about 13 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Favourite French (language) sites for food and restaurants in France?

"favourite sites in French for food, restaurants, cafés etc"
Sorry, I guess I misread this, I thought you meant "in French."
There are lots like Le Fooding, in English too.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Favourite French (language) sites for food and restaurants in France?

Since none of our resident French folks have responded (Hey Parnassien, Pti, Soup) I'll wade into these waters and dodge the bullets:
Pti's own blog http://www.ptipois.com/ is what you'd expect of a very exacting critic, although she's often off in exotic (read Chinese) places,
Clotilde Dusoulier http://chocolateandzucchini.com/vf/ does food and restaurants thoroughly and amusingly, and
Alain Neyman http://www.legout.com/voir-mon-profil... is often on-top of new restos before anyone else,
Caroline Mignot writes a quite up to date blog at http://www.tableadecouvert.fr/
and of course the print-guys - Francois Simon, Pudlo and Philippe Toinard have theirs,
but sadly Soup (http://julotlespinceaux.blogspot.fr/2...) and Bruno Verjus (http://foodintelligence.blogspot.fr/) are less present these days for good reason.
Which of my friends did I leave out?
Other sites my friends?

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Dinner in the 17th by Le Méridien Etoile

I bow to you all, but except for Chez Georges, dear Soup, when did you go last?, the rest are a bit of a schlep and l'Entredgeu hasn't held up for me.
I'll go with Les Tablettes and Choukroun.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Poor Kristen Beddard.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Dans les landes

A demain.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

That's it, Jake, and I think it was on your recommendation. Thanks.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Dinner in the 17th by Le Méridien Etoile

I would agree that not eating at the Ma Chère & Tendre Steakhouse in the Méridien Etoile is a good decision (it is indeed dear and tender). The area around the hotel is not culinarily terrific but if others can confirm my impression from 2010, I'd recommend Gilles Choukroun's MBC at 4 rue du Débarcadère (I did eat there three times and found it like his best former spot the Café des Delices - innovative, herby-spicy and fun; I stopped going only because so many new places opened afterwards.)

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

I don't have my SF bills from 2012 with me and can only locate one note about Larkin Street.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

That you Kurtis, I think you "got it" better than I.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

No offense taken Rio; What I intended to say and did so ineptly, was that Americans and now French, and perhaps others, "discover" food items that are considered normal in their mother countries but revolutionary in the US and France.
I love kimchi, for example, but when writers go gaga at this "new" discovery, I'm puzzled.
And yes I've stood on the street at Clement Street at 6th Avenue and had theirs.
I guess I shouldn't be a grouchy geezer and accept the fact that food fads come and go and enjoy pumpkin soup, daikon and kumquats while they in in vogue.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Playing the geezer/I was there, were you? card:
I'm forced to comment; I don't get the Banh Mi craze.
When those of us in the French and American military were in Viet Nam, Banh Mi were so-what, eat-on-the-street, don't-think- about-it-twice food items; just as sushi, guacamole, ramen and pogača (oh that was another mission) were.
I think we need to reintroduce the draft to introduce cloistered youngsters and maybe mid-sters to what we oldsters consider regular not exotic food.

Aug 31, 2014
John Talbott in France

Fait Maison

"And even then, you need salt and pepper."
But I expect the butter, sugar and coffee beans to be "fait maison."
Pti - which Minister's idea was this or is it an Eco-plot?

Aug 31, 2014
John Talbott in France

Gare d'Austerlitz

How soon are you there?
Because a new place (Tempero La Comptoir) just opened at 124, bvd Vincent Auriol) 9 minutes walk, by a husband-wife team (she's Brazilian at the mothership, he's French at the off-shoot); I'll be going soon.
Otherwise Pti knows the area cold and Parnassien will give his culinary GPS results. And Metro:Gobelins has several opportunities, Au Petit Marguery for example.

Aug 31, 2014
John Talbott in France

Fait Maison

I made my under-the-Bungabunga-volcano rentrée back to Paris three days ago and have eaten at three farm-to-table, made in house, bio-unfiltered wine type places and not once seen fait maison. C'est un truc pour le bourgeoisie?

Aug 31, 2014
John Talbott in France

Are bagels "a thing" now?

I think this is a non-issue. Yesterday I ate my quail's deep fried little feet/legs with my fingers and roasted/grilled breast with a knife and fork and none of the locals at L'Esquisse looked askance.

Aug 30, 2014
John Talbott in France

New York Times Paris Restaurant Coverage Just Gets Worse and Weirder!

"But again, it's easier to complain than to do..."
As the senior guy (read old) on this forum I think this comment is unwarranted. 99% of the comments on FR/CH are helpful and instructive. Just take a look at the long helpful comments by Parnassien & Pti to cite two regulars.
Also comparing CH to the NYT's hit rate is off the point; I don't know about CH's original mission but I do know about eGullet's and Paris by Mouth's having been at their creation/formation: their intent was not to be popular but to be relevant and trustworthy and promote sensible discussion.
Elsewhere you'll find threads on whom to trust, I've written some essays on the subject myself and Mangeur has wise words on the subject.
I think the NYT has come in for some kicks in the shins (Lobrano's phrase) lately because in so many areas, its opinion can make or break a place (esp plays and restaurants); therefor, its critics should be especially accurate and shouldn't shoot from the hip (cf Judith Miller, Jason Blair).
Disclosure: I am friends with several current and past NYT writers and have been a subscriber for 60 years.

Good coffee in Paris?

I didn't jump on this thread on coffee because (1) we've been down this lonesome road too many times (2) I too have nothing to say and (3) I really know nothing about coffee like Pti does, except what I like (at home Illy or Bustello in the the Saeco or Nespresso/ristretto which Parigi shamed me into getting) and I agree that, as has been said so many times before, coffee in neighborhood cafes here is normally dreadful but I've have had glasses yesterday (at L'Esquisse) and today (at the Molitor) which were quite wonderful.

Aug 30, 2014
John Talbott in France

Wine bars in Paris

If you do a search here I think you'll find the opinions of many of us - plus Forest Collins and Aaron Ayscouth are experts in liquids in town:
http://hipparis.com/tag/forest-collins/
http://notdrinkingpoison.blogspot.fr/...

Aug 30, 2014
John Talbott in France

A Europe Virgin needing help

Let's hope, things went downhill recently.

Aug 30, 2014
John Talbott in France

New York Times Paris Restaurant Coverage Just Gets Worse and Weirder!

Quite frankly, who cares, no one here hasn't heard of the places they write up.
As to why they picked Abattoirs, who knows. M. Lorano gave it a solid B and said it was "a friendly well-conceived restaurant in a very convenient location," so somaybe that's it.
Or as with another "neighborhood place" across the street from Parigi, which when I asked why the NYT wrote it up, the owner said because a member of the staff lived around the corner.

Aug 30, 2014
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A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

You'll recall the original reason for this thread: folks kept asking for places where "their [and my] fellow New York Times’ readers have not [been], where English is not spoken (especially loudly and nasally), [which] has good food and where they will walk out texting their 1,000 best “friends” that they found a place no one else knows about."
Today I ate at the ideal such place, which it's safe to trumpet because no one here will go to - because it's too new, too "JT", has only been written up by my colleague Alian Fusion. Anyway, it's called L'Esquisse, in the 18th, and it's great. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Aug 29, 2014
John Talbott in France

A Europe Virgin needing help

"is modern without being "JT"."
I saw that even under the Bárðarbunga eruption.
"JT" is eclectic not post-Modern, he told me himself.

Aug 29, 2014
John Talbott in France

A Europe Virgin needing help

Not eat on Sunday? Quelle horreur.
Try Clamato and Jeanne B.

Aug 29, 2014
John Talbott in France

Irouleguy Basque Wine Region worth visiting?

Have fun, eat well and report back; the Basque Country on both sides of the border, is terrific.

Aug 25, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris: Do I need a reservation for lunch at Chez Dumonet and Chez Denise?

Please look at exhaustive discussions of reserving elsewhere here.
As Le Marais said "What's the downside of reserving?" Please do, anywhere and everywhere (and cancel if you must); they'll know your name, you'll get a good table, you'll help them in ordering food quantities, you'll be a "nice American and it's polite."

Aug 25, 2014
John Talbott in France

Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

"its safe at night."
I am not female, but very old and often alone and the only area I wouldn't walk in at night is exiting a cinema.

Aug 25, 2014
John Talbott in France

Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

Parnassien as usual has come up with "the" list.
But because one can go anywhere in Paris by Metro in under an hour (put down by snobs here) I'd also throw in Clamato run by the Septime gang, open weekends with no reservations.

Aug 25, 2014
John Talbott in France