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What time does the music begin at Les Pipos?

The single guy we heard with a guitar there, last year or so, was fine -- but then, we were in the back room, and so for us it was just light background, and not taking over the whole room or anything like that. It was a fun and convivial place. -- Jake

2 days ago
Jake Dear in France

recommendations for restaurants in Paris

Nor have we heard much here about many other highly rated entities on that same TA list ... often because the audiences are rather different. (I suspect that most of the folks who read this forum and want to picnic very happy to go shopping for the fixins themselves.)

Aug 28, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Under 45€ Michelin Lunches in Paris?

When we were there in May I thought that La Table d'Eugène offered a 32 or so euro lunch deal? And so says the Michelin site now. -- Jake

Aug 09, 2015
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Help me with planning s'il vous plait!

Yes of course you are certainly "missing" -- but self-imposed conditions and limitations articulated in your previous posts have quite restricted your range, you must realize. That said, of the three on you list, l'assiette may be a good fit -- it is very good, traditional and yet a touch of modern at the same time. Or who knows, maybe even ambassade -- we've not been there for many years, but recall it as a kind of meat and potatoes place. If you go there, pls report back. -- Jake

Aug 08, 2015
Jake Dear in France

wines

Interesting. Thanks. And, mulling over your response, I tend to suspect that he may well have had "forward contracts to buy them before the dollar strengthened." (By the way, the few 12s we've recently opened are lovely, and rather at the same quality level of the very fine 10s, it seems to us so far.)

Aug 08, 2015
Jake Dear in France

wines

Salut Onzieme,

I could well be confusing things -- don't profess to fully understand it, and frankly I did not fully get my importer friend's explanation; parts of it seemed a bit counterintuitive to me. But he seemed to be telling me that he felt he had to reduce his wholesale price on his stock of 12s in light of the prices he would have to charge for his more expensive 13s, and he further specifically mentioned that he was eating the currency fluctuation. (He is also an accountant, and I am far from that.) But I do know that his 12s have gone down substantially (good for us!) and he says it is tied to currency fluctuation. This does not compute with you? -- Jake

Aug 08, 2015
Jake Dear in France

wines

Some are passing on the currency fluctuation, and even eating the differential: One bay area small scale importer I know and purchase directly from recently felt he had to reduce two of his three 2012 CdNuits Burgundy lines from about 20% (basically, back the the prices he charged for his 2010s) in light of the currency fluctuation and the higher cost (but not better) 2013 vintage. (This, after I bought some 2012s from him at the initial higher price. Now I get to dollar cost average.)

Aug 08, 2015
Jake Dear in France

wines

Indeed. And that's why I emphasized on another recent related thread that we bring back only wines we cannot get at home, in SF -- usually because the producer is small and does not export. Otherwise, I completely agree, why bother? (And I too have sometimes seen wines costing more in fancy Paris shops than I can get for them here.)

Aug 08, 2015
Jake Dear in France

wines

Sometimes I've wrapped in dirty old socks, etc. (adds a nice funky mustiness to the reds), but lately I have become so much more sophisticated, and brought in our bags home-made wrapped used Styrofoam wine packing material that had come to us from prior mailed wine purchases. Most recently, I have been saving and bringing the lightweight pressed cardboard inserts used in typical French horizontal cardboard wine cases. (Just the inserts, not the outer cardboard cases themselves.) With these inserts, it is very easy to fit three, or six bottles, inside one suitcase bag, surrounded by, of course, dirty socks, etc. We have never had any breakage using any of these patented methods. -- Jake

Aug 08, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Our response may not be very helpful, I'm afraid. Generally, and for many years, we bring home wines that interest us and that we simply cannot purchase in San Francisco, at fine wine shops even. Lately, this means certain wines from the Jura -- mostly vin jaune from relatively small producers who are not distributed worldwide. (Beware, not very many people are interested in this exotic stuff -- many would say it is an acquired taste.)

But in response to your question, if you are going to bring things back, I'd say: first focus on things that you cannot get to where you live. -- Jake

Aug 07, 2015
Jake Dear in France
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wines

Yes it is extremely costly (at least to us!) -- and for us, when we looked into it two or three times, the shipping tariffs were not even close to worth it. We just bring them home and our bags. On the last trip, we brought 15, no problem, distributed among four bags.

Aug 07, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Two bottles, that's the Canadian limit? Wow, I'd not like that, and I sympathize. We bring back 12 or more of wines we can't get at home (returning via SFO), declare them all, and are never charged. (Cheese, regular Amora / supermarket mustards, and a few other similar things are in our bags as well.) -- Jake

Aug 06, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Wild Goose chases wanted...

phread, it's nice to see you on this forum, I've always appreciated your comments on the other one. -- Jake

Jul 21, 2015
Jake Dear in France
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Ice cream

Aside: For when you return to the Constant shop, we also love the abricot confiture. (Thanks for the tip, DCM.) We are on our fourth jar of the past 12 months, and will get more again in the fall. And compared with the ice cream, it's a deal, 5,50 or so, I think, for a 370 gr container. Lovely stuff, including the pits. -- Jake

Jul 21, 2015
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Wild Goose chases wanted...

Aside: According to my wife, David Lebovitz’s “The Perfect Scoop” has a recipe for crème fraiche ice cream. And now curiosity is peaked and I will ask her if we can make that soon.

Jul 20, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Trip Report - a week outside Beaune

Thanks for this lovely report, you obviously did very well, and in addition it seems you had a fine array of the local wines -- a virtual tour of the area in itself. -- Jake

Jul 12, 2015
Jake Dear in France
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Is My Red Wine Cold Enough?

That is about what we do at home. Maybe 20, 25 minutes sometimes. Too often, whites are served too cold, and reds to warm. In a restaurant, I often ask for an ice bucket to dunk a red in for a bit.

Jul 11, 2015
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Trip report, Paris Part 2: GrandCoeur, Neige d’été, Ellsworth, Pirouette, Spring, L’Avant Comptoir, Pierre Sang Boyer Oberkampf, Le Cinq, Gare au Gorille, Bistrot Paul Bert

This is exactly what we do.

Jul 10, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Southern France - Input on Food Itinerary Requested

I am glad to see you're going to L'Oustalet (Gigondas). A couple more thoughts:

You have a lot of one night stays. I can understand the desire to see and cover a lot of ground -- but I hope you will be able to take some of it in along the way, because you have a lot of driving, and the roads can be slow even though some of your stops may look fairly close on a map. And the days will be getting pretty short in late Oct ....

Also, I'm thinking that you may find yourself much more knowledgeable about, and maybe interested in, wines by the end of this trip (and especially so if, for example, you take offered glasses of wines by the course -- as is offered at L'Oustalet). -- Jake

Jun 28, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Le Castelas update, May 3, 2015

Well, my wife, Mo, agrees with you.

Jun 25, 2015
Jake Dear in France
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Le Castelas update, May 3, 2015

Paved!?! That takes just a bit of the fun and adventure out of it? Glad to hear he still has the goats, or that they still roam, anyway. We did not see them when we stopped by a year ago. -- Jake

Jun 25, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Weekend in Paris - best high end lunch option?

La Table d'Akihiro (Aki) is not especially rich -- indeed, with its fish focus, we found it quite light --(and there is a fairly recent thread about it). -- Jake

Jun 18, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Such a screaming bargain

Update: It turns out that we needed to go back today to return an impulse household purchase vetoed by my wife. And so I took another look in the wine dept.

The bottle (2009) is indeed there, inside a glass case, displayed with a few other less costy and probably better trophies. See additional picture (and note the wine above).

I spoke to a person who seems to run the department, and asked him how many of these he sells. "About one a year." I pressed, "who would buy such a wine in the first place, and especially one that was sitting in this glass box under the lights?" He said, oh don't worry, we have the rest in the back properly stored. Hmmm, but supposedly somebody will eventually purchase *this* display bottle.

PS, I just looked on cellartracker/ wine-searcher -- and see the same bottle with a considerably lower auction "value"(!!) -- and also a lower retail cost at three or four actual wine stores. And so attention Costco shoppers, you can save 100+ bucks elsewhere, and get an even better deal! -- Jake

Jun 14, 2015
Jake Dear in Wine

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

Grignolino, yes.

Jun 13, 2015
Jake Dear in Wine

Such a screaming bargain

At the Novato Costco, see pic. It's pure and seamless," as well as senseless. (PS, I saw no bottle, and it's not even clear what vintage is supposedly being offered, but what does it matter for rich cultists?) Actually, I'm hoping that this is a joke -- at least it should be. -- Jake

Jun 13, 2015
Jake Dear in Wine

Roseval

Speaking of remembering fondly -- one of the things we liked was the look and feel of the place. I will attach an exterior photo, which for me really does symbolize what a distinctive and genuine thing has been going on here.

PS, there is a nice post that well captures Roseval, here: http://www.parisfoodaffair.com/roseva...

-- Jake

Jun 13, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Bones -- A dissenting view

True, it was very noisy by the end of the evening. We arrived fairly early, and were a table for four near the kitchen and spiral stairs; by our second or third course, we were probably contributing substantially to the growing din. It was loud indeed.

And yes, there was lots of English being spoken, so far as we could discern, and as we noticed while departing through the hopping bar area.

But for some reason, neither of these things -- normally major turnoffs for us -- bothered us very much at this particular time and place: The food, the wine, and the bread (!!) was just so good -- as was the company at our table. -- Jake

Jun 13, 2015
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Chez Emile- Toulouse

Ahhhh, this is the third post in two days bringing back smiles and good memories of dinners well beyond Paris. Were you downstairs, or up? -- Jake

Jun 10, 2015
Jake Dear in France

France report - Paris mostly, also Rouen, Honfleur, Angers, Saumur, and Tours

Lovely and perceptive report, and thanks especially for the reference to Les Annees 30 in Chinon
-- that triggers memories from a nice dinner there 11 years ago. -- Jake

Jun 09, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Roseval

This is yet another place we will remember very fondly -- including for excellent wines and wine service.

Jun 09, 2015
Jake Dear in France