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Restaurant Will as in William Pradeleix in the 12th; right up there in the top ten of '14

I rarely tout places here preferring to wait til the NYT kills them but our meal (another blogger & his husband and I) here today was outstanding. Now I'll turn a lot of people off if I say he is influenced by his cooking experiences in Bora Bora with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marmounia in Marrakech, the Connaught in London and Manger here. Snobs here will say oh "World food, fusion, been there, done that,"
I would just say to try it before you knock it. It's out of the way - "Oh my, the 12th, where is that Dearie?"
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

about 14 hours ago
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Le Mary Celeste & Le Richer - Is Paris Emulating Brooklyn Just A Wee Bit?

Wrong topic

about 14 hours ago
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terraces ( inside or outside )

"Les Jardins de Camille in Suresnes."
There are two others with terraces up there:
Pere Lapin and L'Escargot, both of which I thought the food was good. I like their accessibility by the Tram too.

1 day ago
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terraces ( inside or outside )

"Where you could enjoy yourself for hours if they would let you."
Anywhere; this is not New York or Santa Monica, your table is your table.
Much as I hate the fellow pesky Yankees and Hemingway-searchers and food at Les Deux Magots, that's the place "Where you could enjoy yourself for hours if they would let you."

2 days ago
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terraces ( inside or outside )

Wanderlust is a place of many terraces and views which Parnassien and I have both mentioned in the past; today's ANP announced its Spring and Summer schedule starting April 24th; it's cool in all senses.
wanderlust.paris.com or my blog

2 days ago
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The 2014 "Honor's List" - no chef or restaurateur is worthy? Isn't French food now a "world intangible heritage?"

Today, or technically, yesterday (Easter) the list of worthies who got "honors" was published/announced. Now, I'm not so naive as to believe these folks are anything but a mixture of true stars, loyal Ministry politicos and cronies.
And having watched this parade for several decades and seen the food/restos that Mitterand, Chirac and Sarkosy preferred, I wasn't truly "shocked, shocked" that not one chef or restaurateur was among the 676 persons named (according to Figaro) but couldn't they have tried/reached out to just one.
I mean, if Heston Blumenthal got a ribbon in the UK, why not Daniel Rose here? (Don't scoff - Sylvester Stallone is much less French).

Apr 21, 2014
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Lobrano on croissants

"Somebody on this thread was one of the judges"
Well, my Dear, I too voted, unless I was disqualified due to senility and we had Larher's again last week, and it was special. But then, I, as opposed to the mob here, think he does good stuff.

Apr 21, 2014
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Paris for people with simple tastes and delicate stomachs

"pigeons"
Are you sure? Pigeon is the most inoffensive fowl since quail.
I'm not Anthony Bourdain, thank Zeus, but among salmon, beef and pigeon, I think pigeon scores.

Apr 21, 2014
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terraces ( inside or outside )

Non
Since you kindly referenced me, I'll add what I always do as the resident curmudgeon here, the Tour Montparnasse Resto (ciel de Paris) is most notable because one can see all Paris, including the best shot of the Eiffel Tower, but not the worst building in town - because you're in it.
And not bad food either.

Apr 21, 2014
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terraces ( inside or outside )

I agree; also the MiniPalais and Saut du Loup and Le Cigale Récamier

Apr 21, 2014
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basque restaurants in paris

"Cantine du Troquet"
I haven't found it or the Cantine de la Cigale or the Dernier Metro to be as all Basque as Oyez…! P’Axoa is.

Apr 20, 2014
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basque restaurants in paris

Let me throw one more in the mix here:

Oyez…! P’Axoa in the 14th: Winner of the Talbott Nicest but Slowest Service of the Year 2014 Award.

5.2 Oyez…! P’Axoa, 118, blvd de Montparnasse in the 14th, 01.43.27.22.00 (Metro: Vavin or ND des Champs) http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/... Not bad at all.

Apr 20, 2014
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La Fourchette's deals; help me out here.

"JT's question"
JT reporting for duty Sir.
Twice in as many months I've gotten 20% off the carte at Sur Le Fil and it's a first class place with no pesky fellow Yankees.

Apr 20, 2014
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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

"Meal of the lifetime"
Hands down Fredy Giradet, 1985. Alas no longer cooking.

Apr 20, 2014
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A Long Overdue Report December 11-25th - Paris/Alsace

Thank you but I think you got cut off.

Apr 20, 2014
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Après ballet

The moderators, quite rightly, eliminated my post in which I suggested you not go to the logical place - the Cafe de la Paix, for reasons that are not fit for a family website.

I also suggested that Mollard and Garnier might be more suitable.

Apr 19, 2014
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Appropriate Dress in Paris

"beautiful Hawaiian shirt."
My best one - beautiful Hawaiian shirt - was purchased at the PX in the hospital I was Evac'd to from the Nam, I would go out every morning past the guards/MP's to eat (getting back on topic) the finest sushi/noodles/tempura/tonkatsu/etc possible in 1967 and I'll bet the locals had never seen such splendor in a shirt.
But wear it here, as hip as I'm claimed to be - no way.

Apr 19, 2014
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Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

Sorry I missed that, Parigi is a great source - I gave it a 5.8/10 but I missed the discussion.
Sorriest..
Back to normal programming.

Apr 19, 2014
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Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

I must have been taking an old-guy's nap when we discussed Playtime; what did i miss?

Apr 19, 2014
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What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

"I will be staying a block off of rue Cler"
Someone will have to explain to me how the Rue Cler has become "the" street to stay on or near.
In the meantime, a 49 percenter (that's the time he and his charming wife spend in Paris not Mitt Romney's evaluation of them) and Colette and i ate once more at the Bistrot Belhara, one block away.
It was again super (esp the asparagus & morilles and ris de veau), the price is right (a 34 E "menu") albeit with several supplements and there are no pesky fellow Yankees.

Apr 19, 2014
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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

Me too like Clandestino.

Apr 19, 2014
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La Maison du Jardin

2006 is about when I had my last meal there; nothing wrong with it, just too many other options competing.

Apr 19, 2014
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Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

Because Typepad was down I didn't post my report but it's at http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Apr 18, 2014
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Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

And now that they've stooped to set up shop at Jules Joffrin, we're doing just fine.

Apr 18, 2014
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Spring or David Toutain? Or not at all?

David for lunch, Daniel for dinner.

Apr 18, 2014
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Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

OK; another idea from a chef who does both seastuff and veggiestuff really well - Jean-Marie Courtel at Sur Le Fil in the 14th; my second meal - I'd even recommend his dishes for vegetarians because the vegetables are so well prepared whether cooked or raw, chopped or whole, sauteed or tempured.
Our bill with 4 dishes, 1 bottle of wine, and 2 coffees was just 76.60 E with a 20% discount for a la carte items through LaFourchette.

Apr 18, 2014
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Spring or David Toutain? Or not at all?

Toss a coin.

Apr 18, 2014
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What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

"name of this restaurant in the 7th "
It is Chez L'Ami Jean.

Apr 18, 2014
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Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

That's Brian Hugh Warner.

Apr 17, 2014
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Après ballet

Le Bat - excellent.

Apr 17, 2014
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