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What's opened this week in Madrid that an old Franco-Yankee guy will find as good food, not minding decor and location?

Thanks but I'm back in Paris.

about 23 hours ago
John Talbott in Spain/Portugal

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

"Crazy Honey Guy"
Is this the same guy who hangs out on my street (Poteau/Duhesme)?, how do I know he's crazy?; my guy has honey combs and spatulas and jars and such. Seems pretty sane, but then how would I know?

about 23 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Paris - further questions

But if you want a great view, esp of the Eiffel Tower, go to the top of the Tour Montparnasse which as the joke says,is the only place in town you cannot see the ugliest building in town (it); the restaurant on top (circular) is not really bad, either.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France
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What happens with Le Gaigne?

"I'm still determined to find out what happened to Mickael and Aurélie Gagnon."
Now I know.
Mickael at least has surfaced at the new spiffy Le Gaigne, 2 Rue de Vienne in the 8th in a place many times the size of the old beloved joint but Aurelie was nowhere to be seen.
His cooking, which when he was a one-man band, was consistent, is no longer. The prices are up (hey it's the 8th), many more wines are available (hey it's the 8th) and there are amuses and mignardises (hey it's the 8th).
I'm waiting to see if the quality leavens out over time and other reports prove me wrong because the guy is talented.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

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.”.

"I've been touting mothership Tempero"
Oh Parnassien the Younger, I stand chastened.
As I was exiting, my wonderful waitperson said "If you liked it so much here, do try the mothership. And I will.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Paris - further questions

"Buy your tickets in advance..... Leaves more time for eating."
Agree and since one can be an Ami du Louvre for 120 E a couple a year, that lets you in the secret entrance and to reductions at the Grand Palais, etc. it's a bargain. And more time for eating, staying OT.

Sep 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

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.”.

Since this seems to be a much read thread I thought I'd add a new resto (Sept 2) where pesky folks of all nations are not yet to be seen. It's called the Comptoir Tempero in the 13th and I'd originally ignored its mothership - Tempero - because it was described as run by a couple of Brazilian - Viet Namese - French persuasion. Too much, too busy, too fusion I thought; well maybe the mothership was/is, but hubby Olivier Montagne's food is inventive, innovative and incredible in many ways. 20 E for 3 courses, wine starting at 23 E; great bread and ground coffee-bean coffee. As Mangeur points out, one must follow one's mentor and tastes - so, if you liked Spring in the 9th, Frenchie when it first opened, Septime ditto, this is in their same vein - fresh products, brilliantly prepared, beautifully presented by the front-room staff and no pesky anybodies.
More at http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Sep 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris - further questions

Good glory; packing and Bofinger come before Spring - tragic.

Sep 18, 2014
John Talbott in France
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Paris - further questions

Very different places; Spring is really quite special and Daniel is a treat to deal with; Will is very modern; and the Cartouche very old school bistro fare. All three are fine, though.

Sep 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Top ten romantic foodie restaurants in Paris

Did I scream that I love you? Great to have you (& me) back here.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)

"John - heading to Madrid in late October, so please post back on where you ended up. This board isn't as robust on restaurant options as the Paris board is, was hoping I'd find more but maybe it's nice that it isn't - can't decide right now."
You know, I was thrown by the lack of responses and interactions here; in France we have a loyal bunch of French and American locals, expats & visitors; it's too bad Spain doesn't have the same.
Is it the food? Or passion?

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in Spain/Portugal

4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)

"Arriba by Ramón Freixa (2 Michelin stars) at Platea Madrid, new trendy food court."
Thanks Juan, I was dazzled by the Food Court, awed by the big TV but underwhelmed by Ramón Freixa's cod cakes and sort-of-paella. I appreciated your help; keep it up.
John

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in Spain/Portugal

4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)

Take a gander at John Talbott's Paris this week.
Grest suckling pig at El Senador, less exciting stuff elsewhere.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in Spain/Portugal

Best place for suckling lamb & pig and paella in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

"El Senador"
Agreed; Simon - it was, as you know, hot and moist on the inside and crisp and crunchy on the outside. Outstanding and great service for someone who speaks all languages badly.
Thanks for the rec.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in Spain/Portugal

What does "fait maison" at a restaurant mean?

I ate at another place today (Bobby & Bobette, I know, like Ze Kitchen Galerie and Balls and the Cock Art, the name takes getting used to) whose window said Produits Frais Fait Maison I had a cod ceviche, veal kidneys and a creme brulee; all were just fine but they did not kill, dress and do it all. So I say, it's American-style marketing - What's New?
BTW, on the South side of Montmartre, if Jeanne B and Miroir and the Cantine de la Cigale are closed, it's not half bad.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Group dinners in Paris

"Spring"
I'd second that; as Mangeur knows, I did the downstairs and Daniel did everything from oysters to dessert for a very reasonable sum.
That's before I developed vampire-phobia.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Advice on Food Eats in Paris: Montparnasse, Montmartre, Etc.

"That is if we can get to Paris with this Air France strike."
Yah, I spent last night on a metal bench at Brussels after my Madrid-Paris flight home was cancelled.
To get back on topic - Les Enfants Rouges (market or resto) is not really near the Louvre (the area is rather food-deprived) - better going North-East or North-West, Le Lulli or L'Ecume St Honore. But Parnassien has the culinary GPS on.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Me, with no expense account, think Pirouette & Spring are just fine.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

"they are definitely a delicacy."
Actually right now they seem to be on every carte.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Top ten romantic foodie restaurants in Paris

Well, reverting to role (Chief grouch/contrarian), I'll throw this in (having answered such queries several times in the past to my dismay) - eating with someone you love in Paris makes it a romantic restaurant, except Flunch.

Sep 17, 2014
John Talbott in France
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Vegetable side dish/salad in France??

"There is a sneaky practice,"
On the other hand, other places provide it gratis.

Sep 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Here's our Paris list - on target?

Ditto as always.

Sep 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Fait Maison

Sunday on my way to Madrid on AF (but that's another story) I ate at the Bouquet du Nord and was astonished that all the firsts were "fait maison" but the typist got tired and the rest of the carte was not. Anyway, near the Gare du Nord, not a bad choice if stuck. Sunday remember, with luggage.

Sep 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Great lunches but also not too far from Tourist attractions?

"Paris by Mouth has a nice feature where they list favorites that are near tourist attractions."
I have a COI but I agree.

Sep 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris by district (review)

Very nice and impressive. Glad you liked the Vaisseau Vert still undiscovered.

Sep 16, 2014
John Talbott in France

Vegetable side dish/salad in France??

I've never seen it happen; bread comes with the meal as does free tap water. Take a look at the portion sizes and ingredients of my lunch yesterday here http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Sep 13, 2014
John Talbott in France

Help finalizing Paris dinners

"Now we have Monday to fill in. Our short list has Pirouette, which isn't showing any dates on The Fork; and Metropolitain. '
The Fork/La Fourchette is not the same site as one might expect in the USofA; that said, call Pirouette, they are wonderful. I'm not sure which Metropolitain you mean, the one in the 4th or the 16th; the 4th is to be avoided, the 16th is OK.
Ever consider Ze Kitchen Galerie (sorry Randy) or Yard or the Maison de l'Amerique Latine or Les Climats or La Faille?

Sep 12, 2014
John Talbott in France

4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)

Thanks so much erica, although I don't get in from Paris til late afternoon.

Sep 12, 2014
John Talbott in Spain/Portugal

Monday in Madrid

Me too, not my birthday though.

Sep 12, 2014
John Talbott in Spain/Portugal

Paris Itinerary - First Time

"Despite the misspellings."
dianatem, while Parnassien was kidding, the problem with misspells is that subsequent searchers won't be able to access your careful research.
Just ask Parigi about boullia-afoggetid.

Sep 12, 2014
John Talbott in France