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How do the French get their food?

"I've just been to one for the sake of research. I was literaly dazzled. A cook's dream come true, and I just got out with four rare Pavie peaches, two beautiful white peaches and 1 kilo of pluots for 4 euros."
I read this several times, rubbed my eyes raw before I realized you were no longer talking about Courtepaille

16 minutes ago
Parigi in France

Classic Paris Bistrot for a larger group?

"In a perfect world it would be an authentic, casual, classic bistro that will be open in August and take reservations."
Jeanne B rue Lepic.

19 minutes ago
Parigi in France

Trip report: Paris July 2014

Thank you so much for reporting back.

Thank you so much for reporting back. (I have to write this twice as the new brain-dead Chowhound format obscures the first few words of all replies with the time stamp.)

Perhaps new travelers should bear in mind that price that one pays at Le Cinq goes to pay for many elements. Food is only one of the elements. The whole experience is celebratory. Whether one enjoyes it depends on why one goes there. I would not go there with the expectation that if a resto costs 4 times as much as another resto, it is necessarily 4 times as good.
But it is nice to have a Le Cinq experience once in a while, no ?

As for Le Pain Quotidien, it is a strictly breakfast place for me. I'd rather have a small meal than a sandwich meal in Paris, but that's just me. And it's absolutely not a dinner place for me. The lighting, the ambiance are all … not-dinner. :)

about 1 hour ago
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Overlapping text

So do I, and I have the same problem.

about 6 hours ago
Parigi in Site Talk

Le Galopin

Like we needed it…
Brain-dead new chowhound format obscures the first few words of each reply with an overlapping time stamp
I am not obsessed with restaurant virginity the way some of us are…
Justement, thank you so much for this report that brings good eateries like Le Galopin back on the Hound radar screen.

about 6 hours ago
Parigi in France

How do the French get their food?

"Maybe the implications are more obvious to my generation than yours. "
But you are the same generation.

about 8 hours ago
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

I was just thinking: we need a lot more white space.

about 10 hours ago
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

It's not you.

about 10 hours ago
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

I am curious: how did it happen that you "took down some reasonable posts"? Are you saying you don't read them?

about 10 hours ago
Parigi in Site Talk

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

The new format does not suck. It sucks BIG.
1. Legibility is much, much worse than before.
2. the first few words of every reply are now obsured by the time stamp.

about 10 hours ago
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So.. truffle oil in Paris...?

Vintage Jock.

Jul 29, 2014
Parigi in France

Marseille Trip Report (spelt correctly)

Thank you for the informative report on a city with underrated good eats.
"Staying a week in what is effectively out of season (end April) had one consequence - many of the recommended restaurants don't open Sunday-Tuesday, and in at least one case, Wednesday, evenings. "
It may not be because you went off-season. All the good restaurants in Paris and other big cities are closed for 2 days out of the week. Some even 3 days.
Example: Ma Cuisine of Beanue. It is closed Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. This is not just for April. It applies to all the months. Well, except August, when it is closed the entire month. And December, when it is closed half the month.
This may be surprising to visitors, but that's the way it is. I personally respect this sense of priority.

Jul 29, 2014
Parigi in France

How do the French get their food?

Well, what I see in the food market street of rue des Martyrs outside my window is this:
Yes the supermarkets Carrefour, Franprix and Monop have a lot of shoppers, are open late, and are the unmistakable one-stop shopping option.
Right next to the supermarkets are butchers and cheesemongers and fruit&veg vendors, that also enjoy great neighborhood support. Many shoppers, like me, do bypass convenience and prefer quality. No way do the supermarkets offer me the same quality as my fave butchers, cheesemongers and fruit&veg vendors. We'd go to the supermarkets to get things like toilet paper, then come out and queue again in the real food shops. I'd imagine that in a desperate time crunch, I may buy meats and fruit and veg in Carrefour, but I don't remember having been that desperate.

Jul 28, 2014
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Fait Maison

I have always loved to be seated at the counter.

Jul 25, 2014
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New chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

Et moi et moi et moi

Jul 24, 2014
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Paris - Saturday lunch

You can have war zone AND heavenly food chez l'Ami Jean.

Jul 24, 2014
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Paris - Saturday lunch

I elect the former Le Divellec Le Roi de Grim. You'd think you were dining in a secret cell of the Vatican, which would explain the heavenly food in divine grim.

Jul 24, 2014
Parigi in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

Nor for me. But John Talbott will issue a fatwa again if I recommend it.

Jul 24, 2014
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Paris - Saturday lunch

Ah yes.
Then Pirouette.
If the OP is absolutely protest-phobic, there is also Jeanne B rue Lepic- yes, open Saturday afternoon.

Jul 24, 2014
Parigi in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

Chez Denise leaps to mind.

Jul 24, 2014
Parigi in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

Could you tell us what dirty protest on a plate nonsense is, so that we may be able to advise you? It might be something we get twice a day, who knows.
Also, could you be more specific than just "good food" or non-protest food ?

Jul 24, 2014
Parigi in France

Need help with Provence itinerary

Totally agree with Boredough (and it's not the first time).
The charm of Bonnieux is not in any "sight" sights. Of the near dozen times I have stayed in Bonnieux, I have never gone to the Bread Museum, lol. Besides the spectacular views, it is the Provençal life under plane trees on picture-perfect village squares.
And as Boredough pointed out, besides being an authentic perched village, Bonnieux is also an excellent base for exploring the many nearby beautiful villages.
And indeed September is really not lavender season at all. The consolation prize for me would be Muscat grapes and the dozen types of mushrooms on the market then.

Jul 23, 2014
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Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

I am indeed grateful to Le Fooding for being a pioneer of counter-Michelin resto guide.

Jul 23, 2014
Parigi in France

Pouic-Pouic

Yes I so dream people giving me fatwa's.

Jul 22, 2014
Parigi in France

Provence report July 2014 part 1 (Luberon)

Thank you so much for this update on quite a few of my old haunts.
Especially Bartavelle. I have always loved it and was one of the first to recommend it on this board. Then last September I had a meal that was quite nice but not outstanding as before. So happy to know that so many hounds have continued to have great meals there. So I guess I had an off night. Much better than if the restaurant had gone downhill.
Lastly, on Bonnieux. It has many eateries now, unfortunately not all good. Quite a few are geared toward tourists who will never come back. For a counter-Capelongue kind of meal, I would either get a picnic from Maison Gouin, or have a bite in one of the smaller but good eateries in Goult.

Jul 22, 2014
Parigi in France

Pouic-Pouic

I found Opio hip in crowd but uneven in food.
Love the duck heart at J'go, but I usually go to the original, down the street from my place near the Drouot.

Jul 22, 2014
Parigi in France

Pouic-Pouic

Near rue Lobineau is rue Guisarde which has a wealth of good eats and good bars. If I mention Le Machon d'Henri one more time, John Talbott will issue me another Fatwa. So, may I recommend the casual hip standy Chez Fernand and Comme à Savonnières on the same street. All dependable bistros with a nice crowd.

Jul 22, 2014
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How A Major American Travel Magazine--Conde Nast Traveler--Gets Paris Food Shopping Hilariously Wrong!

Fallot is the IT mustard.

Jul 21, 2014
Parigi in France

Biarritz or Bayonne?

I find Bayonne very vibrant,with lots of good eats. I go to the Basque country every year. I always revisit Bayonne, and not so much Biarritz.
Culturally Bayonne is much more Basque than Biarritz.
If you have a day and a half, you can base yourself in Bayonne and spend half a day in St Jean de Luz-Ciboure, which I find more charming and more walkable. Plus that St Jean de Luz market (check days).
If you are coming from or going to Spanish Basque country like San Sebastian or Bilbao, you may want to reserve your pintxos crawl there. It is a most enjoyable "walking tasting menu".
If the dates are right, and the weather works out, yes, do get picnic stuff from the markets in Bayonne or St Jean de Luz or Ciboure and picnic. My fave picnic spot is the Socoa beach in Ciboure, with a view of the Atlantic and the St Jean de Luz Bay.
Indeed it would be nice to know where you are coming from , where you are going, if you have a car even. That changes a lot.

Jul 18, 2014
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Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

Makes sense.

Jul 18, 2014
Parigi in France