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Pouic-Pouic

Never been, have I? Or are you talking about Talbot with one "T"?.

about 1 hour ago
John Talbott in France

Foodie + Laid Back type -- one night in Paris

I like Phil's idea - Pirouette.

about 18 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

Petrelle is indeed a very nice place with a super-friendly owner/chef.

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Cheaper Eats in Paris August 18-20th

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

The HotStuff

So Soup, you lost me.
Is the pizza at the old original Auberge or the Roi because I saw nothing like that on the carte.
John

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

A slight revision in my rating given above.
A meal at Le Tourbillon today was more in the range of ordinary (5-6) than good (6-7) so Le Tourbillon drops down.

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

1st time in Paris!!

And as a first-time visitor you should know that you can get practically anywhere using public transportation in not much time so don't limit yourself to the 9th although I like Parigi think it's a nifty area.
I'll put in a plug now even before you do your research as to their closing dates in August for Les Saisons, the Cantine de la Cigale, BAT, Bon Georges, L'Office and Neva Cuisine - all in or just outside the 9th.

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

"she's good, she's very good indeed but when she's bad, she's horrid." and I hit the horrid times for Aizpitarte.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

I'm not so sure: Les Enfants Gates or Les Enfants Rouges?
An easy mistake to make.
But luckily, both are great places.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

"I was not calling on the moderators, but on self-control..."
At the risk of self-promoting too much you might be interested in http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

"(Slammed is a kitchen term for working beyond full capacity.
Just shows how little an East Coast education teaches one.
Mangeur, you've provided my "Word-A-Day." Thanks

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

A fair comment, but I have faced restos at lunch gone bankrupt, with blown-out kitchens, etc as well.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

As someone who was once a Moderator (at eG-FR when it was hot); shortly after I joined CH I quit for 2 years because the moderators didn't control the situation.
It's a tough balance; allow free discussion/dispute but tamp down nastiness and ad hominem remarks often couched as "I'm just being honest" posts.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France
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Loire Valley - Lunch recommendation

Hi:
I've not replied because I don't (as usual) have much wisdom to offer and my news is very old news, but we did have a wonderful meal at 7.5 La Chanceliere in Montbazon. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Pesky Yankees, cut the volume, please!

I want to note that today at Les Enfants Gates (which served up some very good chow indeed) our fellow Yankees and we were drowned out by fellow pesky Parisians (in coats and ties no less.)

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

"I don't find the decor or ambiance of AT to be terribly appealing"
The chip in the salt is not cool?

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

"portion size"
One of the most lovable folks here "wants his beef."
Me, the older and older I am, the less and less I need/want.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

"reserve,"
Correct.
While I mostly reserve the same day, (but it's for lunch folks) Colette prods me to reconfirm if longer and also remind co-diners - which we did not do today with the ever-charming Parigi. Sorry Parigi!

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

Funny, that's not our experience. But even tho' I'm an "English major" I don't know what slammed means.
We leave with a Plan B (for when the kitchen's electricity goes off), Plan C (when there was/is a flood in the basement) and within a kilometer there are bail-out places.
I encourge all to carry a couple of back-up addresses.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

Fred: Call me on my private line and we'll have lunch.

PS Just joking, I have no private line, my numbers are published and my patients can call at all hours. But I'm Googleable and serious; we're really not so hateful - just occasionally testy and pesky; but serious about food.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

I'm not sure what I can say to answer. I responded about the places jackson listed rather than my top picks, Les Deserteurs is not my top pick this year - the top ones are AT, Kigawa, BAT, Servan, Sur le fil, Maquis, Maison Amerique Latin, Bon Georges, Yard, Regis, Clown Bar, L'Envie du Jour, Cybele, Will, Jeremie, Mangetout, Rubis, LaFaille and Tourbillon before we get to Les Deserteurs. I'd better update my blog.
However regarding Les Deserteurs. My first meal was good http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/... and the second as impressive. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
It's very light, inventive stuff that may not be for everyone.
As for Roseval, I'll go once they open for lunch. It's not on my list only because I've never been.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

I just had my second wonderful meal at A.T. and termed it a "blow out experience." But it's not for everyone.
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

French blogger fined for restaurant comment

" €1,500 "
Ohhh, I'm jealous, you can't buy the pr she got for €1,500.

Jul 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

You're on. Let's go off piste.
jtalbott@psych.umaryland.edu

Jul 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

In 100 words, please expand.
John (A Manhattan-denizen 1953-1985 with time off for Viet Nam).

Jul 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

Well, there are French-born (Parnassien, Souphie, Pti, Max) and translators (Parigi, Hesse) and others who speak both better French and English than I.
But since I'm always looking in the rear view mirror, the French bloggers are pretty much up to speed.

Jul 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

OK.
But recently having been in Tuscany for 2 weeks as a total tourist and total pesky Yankee with 11 other family folk from 7 to their ninth decade (me) I'm sure we got some raised eyebrows, although we've taught all to use "restaurant voices, kids" for many years.
One thing I realized (Duh) at A.T. yesterday was that with no sound-proofing (forget velvet cushions), a pounding sound-system and a little booze, the best brought up raise their voices until they shove food in or leave.

Jul 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

Really? All of them? You want my ranking? OK.
Restaurant Les Déserteurs
Le Servan
Clown Bar
Restaurant Pierre Sang
Neva Cuisine
(Pirouette - not listed but should be)
OK that's 6 days:
Au Passage
Le Richer
Restaurant David Toutain
La Buvette
Le Galopin (our pals said they've changed hours)
Aux Deux Amis
Le Dauphin
Le Chateaubriand
Roseval
Le Mary Celeste

Jul 16, 2014
John Talbott in France
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Patisserie des Reves -- August Closure?

Colette steered me to their new stand on the 3rd floor of BHV and we had the lemon tart tonight for dessert - terrific - tmrw AM - their elongated Kouign-amann. With one light bulb and some great advice from their lamp expert (who says French clerks are rude?) our bill was under 20 E.

Jul 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Tourist Hate

buskern: what's your hourly PR rate?

Jul 16, 2014
John Talbott in France