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Caius

So my challenge to the Caius lovers remains - next week Monday, Thursday, Friday?
Whoops forgot that Pti is absenting herself.

about 7 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Caius

"The food and wine, unfortunately didn't do it for us."
And here I thought I was the only creature on earth not in love with Caius.

about 17 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: let's go to war!

I like the Repaire de Bacchus stores as well as my nearby Caves du Roy on Simart but yes since I moved down the street I've been pleasantly surprised that the Franprix in my bldg is totally different from that a block away (I don't frequent my local Nicolas much but note how different its selections esp promotions are from those in the tony 6th or 16th.)

about 17 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: let's go to war!

Ah it's a mystery.

about 17 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Caius

OK, Dude, You, me and Pti, no weapons except iPads. Name the day.
I'm willing to revise my opinion, after all I loved #2
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
But I do disagree that any/every resto has an offday; I think there are those that do not of which I've spoken too much.
John

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Caius

Error, I didn't really mean it.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: let's go to war!

So, disclosures:
1 - I'm a grouch, curmudgeon and have lived beyond my shelf life
2 - I hate Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau and think the latter is a scam targeted at dim New Yorkers, Tokoyoists/ers and Hong-Kongistes/ers.
4 - I did not go out on my cherished friend Aaron Ayscouth's Marathon of BN last week http://parisbymouth.com/the-redemptio...
5 - I always buy a bottle this time of year and sometimes more than one for Thanksgiving because somehow it works.
So on Chowhound I've seen no word for 6 days despite last year's lengthy discussion http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9263....
6 - Colette bought a bottle of the Chateau de Pizay today (without me knowing) at our trusted wine merchant on the Rue du Poteau and it was not all that bad; no strawberry/blackberry/banana bullshit the "experts" find, a bit normal - but hey, we have Mr. President Normal, so that was no surprise.
As y'all know, I'm a wine (and food) ignoramus so I cannot use words like leathery, light, oaky, etc., but this bottle was F. Hollande Normal.
I'm buying 6 tmrw.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Caius

So why did I have a terrible meal there and 181,900 others ate well?; he has it in for me. Not so for his #2.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France
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Gare au Gorille

Hey you found it, you own it.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Gare au Gorille

Come on, Nespoulous didn't invent SoPi; check your references.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Restaurants for Christmas Eve in Paris

A word to the wise aka those staying home the two Eve's: the oyster production is down 26.3% d/t the nasty virus so order them early and expect prices to be up 30-40%.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Gare au Gorille

Madame Mangeur, as Parnassien calls her, is spot-on. Nice find!
This joint joins the other Sophistroquet's Yves Nespoulous names, i.e., Septime, the Clown Bar, Roseval, Bones and Clamato. I won't quote our meal's contents because the 25 E 3-course "menu" changes at the speed of light (it's been open a week and nothing Nespoulous ate there opening night was there today). Plus it's fun and as Pti says it's in a happening area (but Pti, it too may become Faubourg St-Denis/Canal St Martin-ized, but hey, where else are those 60 years younger than I to assemble?) http://www.typepad.com/site/blogs/6a0...

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

"You are not the only John - harters is a John as well."
I apologize: I reply to screen names which often hide real names; the only regular self-identified John's on this board are myself and John Whiting so I made an assumption; but I see that Harters is indeed John Harting.
Again, deep regrets.
John Talbott

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

I don't want to be unresponsive but what are you asking of me and Harters?; I know zip about the UK so I cannot comment, but maybe Harters is John Harters.

Nov 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

Budget dining in Paris?

"I'm sure we broke some unspoken rule"
The first rule is there is no rule here, first or last visit.
The second rule, enjoy yourself.
Thanks for the feedback.

Nov 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

Now that's what I call research. Jeez.

Nov 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

"I hate fake familiarity."
I've mentioned it before but there was a report in an American industry publication that indicated that welcoming customers, introducing oneself (the infamous "my name is Bruce and I'll be your wait-person tonight"), touching the back of a chair (maybe even the customer - I forget) and adding a smiley face to the bill with your name increases tips. Bizarre.

Nov 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

L'Office, take two

"it's important to know before you go."
And thanks to Old English Lady who gave warning about back-less seats at the counter; we made sure to send a LURP out early to secure a real table with seat-backed chairs.
A very old Yankee guy.

Nov 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris -- our stay in the 9th

Many thanks for the feedback; great reading.

Nov 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

In the end, aren't we talking about suckering the Yankee tourists?
The first time I returned to NYC after taxis had these Credit card options and took a cab and tried to pay with a credit card the LED thing wanted my wallet.
In Paris, nowadays, I get robocalls for insurance, aluminum siding and chimney cleaning from 17h30-18h00, just like in the USofA.
We're in the universe of get what you can.

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France
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Volunteer(s) need to test Bistro Chez Remy near the Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris, no experience required.

Yah, guilty as charged, we are 75-centric, but we do truly go outside the peripherique.
People make fun of me because I eat in Boulogne-Billancourt, Levallois-Perret and Suresnes, because I do believe eats can be found not far away; as an example we had a great meal http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/... with good art http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com
at Chantilly a few weeks ago as well as a bit before that in Yerres http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/....

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

Volunteer(s) need to test Bistro Chez Remy near the Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris, no experience required.

Ah, I think we need to negotiate the currency; how does 24,863.90 rials sound.

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

"I'm not sure that Wendy's article will "close the loop"."
Indeed, I can guarantee we'll have a tipping query within 6 months.
Ah for the Golden Days of eGullet when FAQ's were boxed for delivery when demanded.

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

Volunteer(s) need to test Bistro Chez Remy near the Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris, no experience required.

Sunshine: Am I to take it you have worked there 5 years and we've been sneering at it without going?
But my kids and grand-kids have if that counts but before Ratatouille.

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

L'Office, take two

"At a minimum, it's necessary to understand this new style. Many people love the freedom to choose at the last minute."
I myself do not like it either but I saw a quote where Campagnon thought young folks did/do and we were the oldest geezers in the place by 30 years and it was packed (and it's big).
Except for Clamato, there's no other place we go to that I can think of though.
I agree thought, it's "buyer beware."

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

L'Office, take two

"it now becomes clear that it is going the way of Canal Saint-Martin."
It has indeed been Boboized.

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

L'Office, take two

I think I understand why the Old English Dame differs from me, Bruna, Lemaire, Lobrano, Ravenscroft (personal communication), Rubin, Zimbeck and Lemaire.
52 is not a regular 2 meals a day bistro-resto but an all-day (8-12 MN) drop-in/no tele/no rez cantine for young folk.
Taking it for what it is, we had a perfectly lovely lunch today alongside the Bobo's and babies, with terrific service and creative food at reasonable prices (96.60 E a couple with wine.)
I'm not good as a prognosticator, but my guess is that this is just the sort of place the NYT loves to refer its readers to so we've got 6 months to enjoy eating among our neighbors before the deluge.
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

Volunteer(s) need to test Bistro Chez Remy near the Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris, no experience required.

Such as a food scholarship from the Talbott Foundation.

Nov 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

Asian-Paris

Nice, Nice!

Nov 22, 2014
John Talbott in France

Asian-Paris

Parigi? Pti? Randy? (http://parismissives.blogspot.fr/)
Where are you now that we need you.

Nov 22, 2014
John Talbott in France