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Paris - Sept 1 to Sept 8 - Any help appreciated

Sounds good - I'm with others on the merits of Reminet, AT and Terroir Parisien on the Left Bank.
On the Ile - Sergent Recruteur.
On the Right, Les Nautes gets little buzz here but is terrific on a nice day and farther away Pamela Popo and L'Ilot.

about 1 hour ago
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Specialties from the Vaucluse (Avignon) part of Provence?

Agreed; esp at Charlot.

about 20 hours ago
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Lunch near Storm King?

Aug 18, 2014
John Talbott in New York State (exc. NYC)

Lunch near Storm King?

The link is to my blog's review and is correct.

Aug 17, 2014
John Talbott in New York State (exc. NYC)

Two interests in Paris

My recent favorite pigeons were at the Bon Georges, Pirouette and Le Sergent Recruteur.

Aug 17, 2014
John Talbott in France

Lunch near Storm King?

There is a four month old Italian resto near Storm King that deserves serious attention. It's called the Casa Vicina in New Windsor. For this old guy fleeing Paris during August for lack of friends, company and food, I found the Casa quite good.
http://www.typepad.com/site/blogs/6a0...

Aug 16, 2014
John Talbott in New York State (exc. NYC)

First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

Sounds great.
I prefer Will over Metropolitain.
I would do Clamato sometime, it's really fun and great on Sundays.
You don't really have a blow-out meal, discussed much on other threads. Don't get me wrong, I love Les Enfants Rouges, but maybe that Night 4 and a blowout for your B-Day - You deserve it after such good research.
Happy Birthday BTW.

Aug 15, 2014
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Table etiquettes in France - anything to watch out for those from New Zealand?

And since we have discussed it much elsewhere but not here, one should reserve a table and if need be, cancel, and French restos do not have the sort of web-presence for reservations and menus that some other countries have, so telephones and SIM cards are useful.

Aug 15, 2014
John Talbott in France

7 nights in Paris with adult sons

"use our energy prowling neighborhoods"
Count me among the walkers to the extent that knees and heart allow.

Aug 15, 2014
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Table etiquettes in France - anything to watch out for those from New Zealand?

While not a Kiwi, I'm the grandfather to two; I can add that a short black in France is a café serré and chips are frites.

Aug 15, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris restaurant for good choucroute? Best duck confit?

Sure does; but bring your stomach.

Aug 14, 2014
John Talbott in France

BAT described, please

"I haven't been,"
I have several times and have a clarification on its name - BAT. When it opened, I called and asked if (as advertised) it was only a bar a tartines (BAT) at lunch and bar a tapas (BAT) at night - yes - no regular items? - no.
Two weeks later a friend called and they said they had become more flexible (my word not theirs) and indeed at subsequent lunches it was more "small pates" than tartines.

Aug 14, 2014
John Talbott in France

7 nights in Paris with adult sons

"But how do you not gain weight"
When I must return to Yankeeland I gain weight. Back home in the 18th, walking, schlepping groceries, I lose or maintain weight.
Food portions are reasonable, real diners want quality not quantity, and most of us don't have cars (except for weekends).
I'm on vacation in New England now and I can hardly stand looking at folk and their dishes.

Aug 13, 2014
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BAT described, please

As should your classic piece here on French vs US street markets.

Aug 13, 2014
John Talbott in France

BAT described, please

"Menus change so frequently that I find detailed descriptions to be misleading and/or counter-productive."
You are so right.
I remember a lunch after the Café des Musees' reopening when a very up-to-date Japanese lady asked for dishes mentioned in the week before's Figaroscope, not on the carte that day - the waiter struggled to explain.
On the other hand, places that never change their cartes, like Les Jumeaux did, lose my custom.

Aug 13, 2014
John Talbott in France

Sunday lunch/dinner in Dijon/Beaune

Now that Mangeur has jangled my Betz cells, our fab experience with wine and local food was at a fete at Clos Vougeot.

Aug 13, 2014
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best restaurant in Poughkeepsie?

Now that you ask - Our excellent waitperson asked how we wanted items and we said - since they're small plates, just bring them out as they're ready but settled on the starter 1st which came out promptly but indeed as we ate it the chef (1) chatted up two tables and (2) seemingly interviewed a prospective employee and our mains appeared all-together later than they should have.

Aug 13, 2014
John Talbott in New York State (exc. NYC)

Sunday lunch/dinner in Dijon/Beaune

This is very very old news (2005) but our meal at L'Auberge de la Charme in Prenois which you need a car to get to, then was terrific. Open for Sunday lunch not dinner.

Aug 13, 2014
John Talbott in France

BAT described, please

"Please note my dear John that what follows is not addressed to you but to the "some Americans" you mentioned above."
It should be required reading before all requests for help.
Dear John

Aug 13, 2014
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7 nights in Paris with adult sons

Me neither; I was scoping it out for a non-brunch day but it turned me off.

Aug 13, 2014
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BAT described, please

"I find the cuisine more "world" than specifically Asian"
In something I read somewhere, oh yah, Ledeuil's book, it mentions both Italian (ie pasta) and Asian (spices, etc) influences.
I posted my note because of the tendency on the part of some Americans to dismiss the food served at these three places as well as at those of numerous other "foreign" chefs as "just fusion food we can get in Manhattan, LA or anywhere." Sorry folks - Not!

Aug 12, 2014
John Talbott in France

Place Des Vosges Area Recs

Not really Phil; the US press seems obsessed by it.

Aug 12, 2014
John Talbott in France

best restaurant in Poughkeepsie?

Although we used to have a house across the river, we haven't dined in Poughkeepsie in years. Today, however, we found ourselves at the Queen City Bistro and it was one of the best meals I've had this year - from an innovative CIA-grad Chris Pearson - who has only been open 6 weeks.
It's worth a detour as Michelin would say.
More at http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Aug 12, 2014
John Talbott in New York State (exc. NYC)

Paris - Sept 1 to Sept 8 - Any help appreciated

Keep digging and keep asking.

Aug 12, 2014
John Talbott in France

BAT described, please

"I don't find it Asian"
I'm aware that you & Pti are better judges of all things Asian but at least at lunch, I have found the food as Mangeur describes it - with "coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger" and so forth - which like their former places of work - Ze Kitchen Galerie (ZKG) and Kitchen Galerie Bis (KGB) - is French food with other (Asian & Italian) twists.
If Mangeur and others like ZKG and KGB, they'll love BAT.

Aug 12, 2014
John Talbott in France

Place Des Vosges Area Recs

This is what happens when too much money intersects with too much time on your hands.

Aug 12, 2014
John Talbott in France

First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

I too am bullish on Will but bearish on Coretta (I think they were still working out their kinks when I went because Parnassien le fiable found it good.)

Aug 11, 2014
John Talbott in France

Le Louis XV-Lunch or Dinner

"a Chinese guy wearing a red t-shirt"
It's all about the abs and biceps. Some I know couldn't ever carry this off.

Aug 11, 2014
John Talbott in France

Place Des Vosges Area Recs

Yah, well, all the quotes made him sound like he's the first person who ever thought of bringing good products to we dummies in Paris. It turned me off.

Aug 11, 2014
John Talbott in France

First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

"Les Cotelettes"
I do and thought it fell short of the mark
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
But since, as Parnassien notes, it's dead, no deal anyway.
October of 2012 I said about Le Gorille Blanc:
"5.4 Le Gorille Blanc, 4, impasse Guemenee in the 4th, 01.42.72.03.45, closed Sundays, moved from the 7th over to this (old) Les Cotelettes space with a new look and new chef; it's gotten mixed reviews with Toinard finding his pork chop too dry but Fuffy's review on Chowhound in September came to me when I needed to find a place near my old friend's cabinet in the Marais."
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
As for your others, I'm in an anti-brasserie grouch-phase, so Rotonde wouldn't be on my list of recs but the rest would be.
If you're eager to avoid "old-school stuffy French style" food I'd definitely go with Les Enfants Rouges, BAT and 6 Paul Bert.

Aug 11, 2014
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