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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

(That was likely Saigon Sandwich? My fav on that street near my office, but there are other new places as well.)

Sep 01, 2014
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Irouleguy Basque Wine Region worth visiting?

At the recommendation of both Parigi and mangeur we visted the area few years ago, and totally loved it. I posted a report back then. Irouléguy wines taste better "on site," I think; they go so well with the local foods. -- Jake

Aug 25, 2014
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Trip Report, May 10 - 17 (Fish, Le Villaret, Chez Casimir, A La Biche au Bois, Other)

Hi Ptipois, Very good; and maybe we can visit those sources -- Mo would love to do that I'm sure. (And our two particular containers of Keri Gosse (yikes, I now realize that I've been adding an "r"!) that we got from Bruno shows an Aurey address, the producer being "E. Pouezat." We were told it came from a drugstore there. We also understand it is (mostly?) made by drugstores in Lorient?) -- Jake

Aug 24, 2014
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Trip Report, May 10 - 17 (Fish, Le Villaret, Chez Casimir, A La Biche au Bois, Other)

Hi Ptipois, Mo says she will take you up on that! We know that the Kerri Grosse comes from Auray. But she also says that what she misses most from l'epicerie de Bruno is his "Tandoori masala." We figure there must be other places in Paris where we can get a similar thing?

Aug 24, 2014
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Trip Report, May 10 - 17 (Fish, Le Villaret, Chez Casimir, A La Biche au Bois, Other)

Thank you for the update, mangeur. Again we wish the best for him. And now we need a new place to get Kari Grosse.

Aug 24, 2014
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Trip Report, May 10 - 17 (Fish, Le Villaret, Chez Casimir, A La Biche au Bois, Other)

"Bruno, who has been hospitalized with pneumonia recently" --

And when we were there last, the shop was closed. He's a nice fellow, and we hope he's OK. Can anyone here say, is he open now? We hope to stock up in a few weeks . . . . -- Jake

Aug 23, 2014
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Specialties from the Vaucluse (Avignon) part of Provence?

"Is L'Oustalet the kind of place where you can count on them offering bouillabaisse?" -- Certainly not in our experience a couple months ago, unless we just happened to miss it on the carte. But we saw no one else with it either. -- Jake

Aug 21, 2014
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Roseval

Thanks mangeur, once again you are reconfirming places on our list for September…. -- Jake

Aug 01, 2014
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Le Galopin

And you have just sent us there in September. -- Jake

Jul 30, 2014
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Clown Bar

Salut lesgruenchers, I enjoyed reading your insightful and well written review, as I have your last couple, and hope to see more. -- Jake

Jul 26, 2014
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Provence report July 2014 part 1 (Luberon)

Dandy report. Re "Le Petit Cafe," the location is at the point of the triangle intersection along the street, 40 or so meters before the cave, as you are walking from the little "place" in the center of the village. I'm wondering if the cafe is now open, if at all, only during the day, when the cave is open for dinner? -- Jake

Jul 22, 2014
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Five Days in the 15th

"Les Trois Garcons" -- did you ever go there? I've seen no recent report here. (The very negative service reviews in French on TA give pause.) -- Jake

Jul 20, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Salut Robert, thanks for this, and any other notes you may have re "Flocons" (yikes, I just noticed that I mistyped the first time) de Sel, where we will indeed stay two nights -- for a special anniversary. Yes, we love Haute-Savoie cheeses. But big breakfasts like that (I can imagine from a few others) are usually just too much for us. We deal with that by ordering one in the room and splitting it. -- Jake

Jul 19, 2014
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Paris....in August?

Regarding La Grande Cascade -- on the Fork/ la Fourchette, you can book some deals right now. As we just did: 40% off the carte, etc. You may want to take a look. -- Jake

Jul 18, 2014
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Even more off-topic, but with further information: DCM refers to the Wednesday Civic Center farmers market. -- Jake

Jul 18, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Hi Robert, I too and am happy to hear your report on Flacons de Sel and L'Auberge du Pere Bise -- we plan to be at both places in a few months, and will report back as well. Are there any dishes that you particularly recommend? -- Jake

Jul 17, 2014
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M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

Salut again DCM, Okay, better luck next time, and there will be a next time. I have to agree that I have never had the impression that the person selling me bread there really knew very much about it. And Sushi Ran -- indeed it is excellent. -- Jake

M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

Hi there DCM, I rise in defense of my home town product. The multiple similar loaves we have bought there have never had this problem. Could it simply be that this bread does not transport well in checked baggage cross country? By the way, does bread generally travel well in such conditions? -- Jake

Need help with Provence itinerary

It is an easy walk along usually very quiet roads and I doubt it will take even 20 minutes. From the restaurant to the beginning of the village is about five minutes stroll down hill, and you may need a flashlight for that part of it. -- Jake

Jul 13, 2014
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Jin Saint-Honoré

"Through the magic and hazards of earthly life, sometimes, below-the-top may be more enjoyable than absolute-top." -- That's a beautiful and succinct observation that applies broadly and quite beyond the present context. -- Jake

Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Salut allende, here's a belated thanks for your clarification, and indeed we look forward to our planning -- with help of you and others -- for a possible return soon to Piemonte. -- Jake

Jul 05, 2014
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Hailstorm decimates vines across Burgundy

When we visited small cellars there in April, they pointed to the rows of barrels, and commented sadly that normally there would be another row atop; they had lost an entire year's production over the last couple. And now again -- we really feel for them. And obviously it won't be good for consumers, either. -- Jake

Jul 03, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Concerning mangeur's point of joy: Exhibit A is found here – http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7812... -- the post that re-ignited our interest in Provence/the Luberon and sparked our recent return. -- Jake

Jul 03, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Salut Kurtis, Ahhh, so you were on the terrace under that lovely dappled shade, that's what we aim for next time. Our visit day featured threats of showers, and they were not serving outside. -- Jake

Jul 02, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Hi allende, First, I appreciate your helpful comments and reviews on the Italy board, and we will put them to use next year when we plan to return to Piemonte.

And I certainly do recall your post from April -- and thinking at the time, that it was one of the most overall positive things I’ve read from you about a restaurant or dining issue in France! But your closing assessment -- “nothing out of the ordinary” – made and still makes me suspect that we have different definitions of that term, or that maybe in some respects we are looking for and appreciating different things.

We, for example, certainly don’t have your admirable experience with Italian dining; but when I read the word “ravioli” in your review, I had a pretty good hunch where the rest of the sentence was going. It actually sounds as if your review would have been quite favorable had you not been subjected to that attempted cross-cuisine dish, and an elderly Epoisse? (You said the setting is extremely comfortable and well done; the service was excellent; the three named savory dishes and desserts were “very good”; and wines, although not what you originally hoped for, were “excellent.” And yet your general assessment was that “the food was good, nothing more,” and the entire experience was just “ordinary.”

This is a long way of saying that when I read your review back in April while deciding whether to keep L’Oustelet on our short list, I read between the lines, reweighed some points, and applied a multiplier. As we are reminded by mangeur, we must calibrate our assessments of others’ recommendations! (With the multiplier, it came out to about 7.256 on the JT scale, pretty darn good.)

About wine: Although I love looking at wine lists, we did not spend long on this one because, after chatting briefly with the sommelier about the Perrin family’s connection with Tablas Creek (in the hills west of Paso Robles, California) and finding him professional, passionate, and personable, we decided to put ourselves in his hands. We later found out that he was generous, too, as described in my OP. (See picture of the seven soldiers from which he poured for each of us over the course of our three+ hours.)

As we’ve all learned, sometimes a dining outing just clicks because the whole experience, influenced by not only what’s on the plates, but numerous intangibles, melds in a harmonious and lovely way. Here, frankly, a major intangible was the sommelier; another was our perfectly-placed window table, affording a view of the entire room and the beautiful terrace. And the food – on our scale, it was very good to exceptionally good (the baby goat dishes). Still, we don’t expect it to be the same if and when we return, hopefully to the terrace; nor do we expect in the meantime that others who might read this and venture to Gigondas will necessarily find the end of the rainbow that we did. But . . . it will likely be quite a while before we think more fondly of a lunch, as I said before, anytime and anywhere.

PS: I belatedly thank Pammel for originally bringing L’Oustelet to our attention. -- Jake

Jun 28, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

OK, I like the crumb collector reference, I'll accept that, you are welcome indeed.

Jun 27, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

OK Kurtis, uncork the bottle and consume this, in two pictures. And I'll throw in the first two dishes I described as well. Oh, and I completely forgot to mention the amuse-bouche -- lovely ham, and an avocado mousse thing with a cheese crisp -- so I'll throw that in too. Actually, now I recall a second amuse-bouche as well, a little fresh pea soup I think. This lunch just keeps growing and getting better for me! And I'll add a picture of the exterior & terrace under the draped lights. Thanks again for helping to send us there. -- Jake

Jun 27, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Mangeur, oh come on, I take inspiration from *you* and so many others! I will admit to extensive researching, which is in my blood anyway and I enjoy. But I'll also say that once the research is done and we've picked good lodgings and are at a location, we become quite free form, often deciding over breakfast what we'll do and where we'll go on any given day -- and just let serendipity take over. (Assisted of course by the Green Michelin and proprietors wherever we may be. Wherever we are in France, there are interesting things we often know nothing about just around the corner or down the street.) Of course we always have a reservation for dinner -- but the rest of each day usually just unfolds as we go along and things happen. So, I'm saying, our style is, research, yes -- but not much scheduling. It's a tour, and not a march, after all! I suppose that you and many others here do about the same, especially in the countryside.

Jun 27, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Hi VaPaula, thanks. I post partly in recompense for the great information I've learned on this site, and in part to maybe help encourage a few others to rent a car or take a TGV and venture beyond Paris. And speaking of the trains and picnics ("some seriously jealous fellow passengers"), indeed, on this most recent picnic we were almost embarrassed for the French family sitting across from us, as they dined on very uninspiring Wonder-bread type sandwiches that might have come from the sorry bar on the train. By the time we brought out our dessert course, fresh cherries and chocolates, they were smacking their hands on their foreheads and smiling in friendly mock shame. Train picnics (and the shopping for them) are one of our favorite parts of each trip. -- Jake

Jun 27, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Salut boredough, Glad to hear that
la Petite Cave has re-opened, it didn't sound from Andrew that that was in the cards a few weeks ago, when he walked us down from the cafe for a look at the cave. Good for him, you, and others! -- Jake

Jun 27, 2014
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