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Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

"The food couldn't overcome the impression that the restaurant's dominant interest was in getting us out the door for the next seating."
Ouch. Sorry for those of who loved it.
John

about 8 hours ago
John Talbott in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Julie - Another wonderful non-snarky post. Thanks!

about 8 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Brittany lodging and restaurant reccs for 5-6 day driving itinerary in late Oct

If I'm allowed, I would point you towards http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
Happy trails,
John

about 9 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Restaurant Roulette in Paris

Please report back!!!
Please.

about 9 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Another Paris planning post

Now these are two very thoughtful posts which places rec'd I might disagree with, but are totally friendly and non-narky.
BTW if Versailles "is a [Fox} culinary no-go zone", I'm Escoffier.

about 9 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Restaurant Roulette in Paris

BTW; I love your approach; as I said it's crazy for 6 people at good places but I have a new idea - email Parnassien, our culinary GPS at 8h30 every night and go with him.
"NYC employed professionals" don't impress me, I was one for 25 years. I much prefer Parisian barely-employed ones.

about 9 hours ago
John Talbott in France
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Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

Agreed.
Do homework, ask questions not asked 20 times before, report back and I don't think a snark will raise its ugly head.

about 15 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Pesky Yankees, cut the volume, please!

about 20 hours ago
John Talbott in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

"and A.noste. (Sunday)"
With much agreement - up or downstairs equally.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

"Dowager" and "venerable", when will the nicknames ever cease?
"leaning on two eunuchs. -- Hey, I actually do."
Oh oh!
But to hustle back on topic "I am also there for 2 full Sundays so indications of Sunday openings"
Clamato and Chouettes are on your list and terrific; equally 52 Faubourg although a bit hipster/pousette-ish at lunch.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Restaurant Roulette in Paris

Hey Happy, will you do us a favor and tell us how it worked out?
Best,
John

1 day ago
John Talbott in France
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Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

"(I never saw an equivalent FAQ on any of the other boards.)"
We worked hard at eGullet to do the same thing; while it was kept up to date it was (past tense) terrific.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Love it. I'm easily searchable-findable.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Restaurant Roulette in Paris

Well, I know some good psychiatrists whom you should consult.
No, seriously, this is a chancy strategy in Paris - I have tried it in Milan but only toting three guidebooks and then with only modest success.
Someone will correct me about a guidebook or app but this year I don't know of one but you can certainly each carry one guide (Pudlo, Lebey, Gault-Milliau and hummmm, Le Fooding maybe) and when you need to plotz, it's there.
Or when you're ready to eat you can look up on your smart-phone whatever thread on CH or Paris by Mouth is about eating in the 6th or around Notre Dame or whatever.
Getting rec's from us on 20 arrondissements and Versailles will I'm afraid be exhausting and a Tower of Babel.

1 day ago
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Pesky Yankees, cut the volume, please!

"his most recent review complains that "it was relatively calm (81.0 dB) despite the non-stop chattering of a fellow pesky Yankee".
Well, I know some people object to my using the words pesky or Yankee even when adjectivised with "fellow" so today's story involves six pesky fellow French women whose dB level at AG was 90.8 dB (the level of an Arsenal match in 2008) before the wine arrived, so it's not just my fellow Yanks. BTW the meal was once again spectacular and terribly reasonably priced (88.66 E a couple).

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

"JT’s Best of 2013 & 2014 lists"
Although my parents lived in Chicago, I don't think I get two votes.
Parigi did a nice job of winnowing your list down.
Have a good time; you will.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Another Paris planning post

Versailles oddly enough, is a food desert, excepting Gordon Ramsay's second - the Veranda looking out on sheep grazing in the meadow. I also recommend coming back a few clicks to the Ville d'Auray where Les Etangs de Corot has three restos, at least in summer.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

My Paris plan and market help needed

"My husband ended up in the hospital 10 days before our trip. "
I am so sorry but hope all is well.
Dr. T.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

Hear hear!

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

"I'd love to see a different format for restaurant feedback on Chowhound. I'm not sure how it would work - it could be ratings - it could be a better way to track the historic preferences of the regular posters - it could be a better way to see and or track the pros and cons of the extensive feedback of restaurants - it could be a "posters who like this restaurant" also recommend these restaurants - who knows."
This is a great idea; I try to give ratings and "go/no-go" indications. And I think CH could do what Amazon and Netflix do and give one a list of places like one likes.

Mar 03, 2015
John Talbott in France

Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

"What i see when I read the posts (as an example) - someone lists the 5 restaurants to which they have decided to go . . . then at some point someone tells them not to go to each one of them (across multiple posts, never seen it all in one post) . . . and they get 30 recommendations for other restaurants."
I think we all have our hobby-horses and favorites and want to help visitors steer way from some places and towards others - I see that as CH's strength.

Mar 03, 2015
John Talbott in France

Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

" I feel for the people who ask for advice from the board. "
I think those of us who are "regulars" here, whether we live here or visit frequently or are passionate about France, are trying to respond to folks' questions and try to be helpful. Maybe we are too specific but I don't think any of the regulars I know who live in the 18th, the 14th, the 9th, the 5th and Montparnasse (and beyond) don't try to be helpful.

Mar 03, 2015
John Talbott in France

Ask and you shall receive - I am coming to Paris!! :)

"The Cantine du Troquet Dupleix."
They say "12:00 – 4:30 pm, 7:00 – 10:45 pm"
And the Dernier Metro "6:00 am – 12:00 am" which sounds more doable although I too have never been at 6.

Mar 03, 2015
John Talbott in France

Les Comptoirs du Medoc in the 9th: Best meal of 2015 (so far, but the year is young).

And as I said elsewhere, Oka sure looks abandoned.

Mar 03, 2015
John Talbott in France

Les Comptoirs du Medoc in the 9th: Best meal of 2015 (so far, but the year is young).

All I can say is there was a hand-written hand saying no oysters today - Desole.

Mar 03, 2015
John Talbott in France

Ask and you shall receive - I am coming to Paris!! :)

The Cafe Constant opens at 7 PM; time for a very quick dish.

Mar 03, 2015
John Talbott in France

Les Comptoirs du Medoc in the 9th: Best meal of 2015 (so far, but the year is young).

"fave oyster joint Pleine-Mer,"
Closed today because of????? No shipment?

Mar 02, 2015
John Talbott in France

Les Comptoirs du Medoc in the 9th: Best meal of 2015 (so far, but the year is young).

Update today: Le Mordant is a keeper; Daddy Roger's ribs, frites and desserts are top-drawer. And anyone who has doubts about French friendliness/service needs to pay a visit. Parigi's nabe rocks.

Mar 02, 2015
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Where does the bread end up...

This is the most amazing thread. Who would'ave thunk it. I don't; I just sample and use. It goes to show how intellectually/culturally rich our readership is.

Mar 02, 2015
John Talbott in France
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One Dinner in Paris

"Hmmm...maybe a chow gathering is in order?"
I'm easily findable/searchable, love to share a lunch.
PS My Inaki doubts are coupled with astonishment when he gets it "right." I just want consistency not a roulette wheel, especially when I go and love him and take wife and friends and they look at me like I'm nuts.