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Where to buy Octopus (Large tentacles) in the Bay area

Bumping this thread, I need a source for pre-cooked octopus in San Francisco. Seafood Center on Clement used to carry it but seems not to anymore. Ideas? Preferably Richmond or Japantown location. Many thanks...

about 2 hours ago
mangeur in San Francisco Bay Area

Brittany recommendations, please

In Cancale, there are two great lodging options: if budget is not an issue, Les Rimains, a Roellinger property, is a fabulous choice: on the sea, huge rooms (book "Badienne" for groundfloor + fireplace, shown on website), afternoon tea at 5, sumptuous breakfast in your room is not included in price but absolutely worth the cost. http://www.maisons-de-bricourt.com/?p...

Or very affordable are the chambre d'hote rooms upstairs from Breizh Cafe. http://breizhcafe.com/#

about 9 hours ago
mangeur in France
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Returning to Paris for 3 nights...need a couple new recs!

Strong yes to Gare au Gorille. Note that it is two restaurants in one: sophisticated dishes at lunch, more tapas like (but no less quality) small plates at night.
So...go twice and experience both?

Jun 27, 2015
mangeur in France

I hate to be *that* person...

A slightly off the wall suggestion, but in line with your goals: You are starting your visit in Paris and will go on/back to London. Might you spend one night on the coast? At La Grenouillere? A fabulous rollercoaster multi-course meal. Or even get an early start and go for lunch and proceed across the channel?
http://lagrenouillere.fr/

Jun 26, 2015
mangeur in France

Trip report, Paris Part 1: AG, Frenchie, Auberge du 15, A Noste (downstairs), L'Huitrade, Josephine Chez Dumonet

And equally enjoyable for those of us who are not!

Jun 26, 2015
mangeur in France

Le Castelas update, May 3, 2015

"Paved!?! That takes just a bit of the fun and adventure out of it?"

You're sick, Jake. DH is an uncanny mountain/boony driver, but one lane, no turn out lanes make me queasy. Any improvement on this seemingly endless but only a km or so road is a godsend.

Jun 25, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15

Will confess my dirty little secret: I have often enjoyed the less pedigreed andouillette, those at village fetes, lunch trucks, sleazy counters. In all events, I have survived more than my share...

Jun 25, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15

Please elucidate and assure us that the andouillette at Les Pipos is, well, er, simply andouillette and not a poorly sourced product.

Jun 25, 2015
mangeur in France

Brittany recommendations, please

If vignettes of past travels that stick in your mind count, I have to send you to Pont Aven. It was rightly so an artist haven because of the natural beauty: an extraordinary estuary, village divided by rushing water. I strongly recommend staying at Moulin de Rosemadec because it is in the middle of the village, on water, guarantees parking (!!!!!). Breakfast in your room is lovely; dinner I would choose outside the hotel, one of the small waterside bistrots or one of the Michelin choices. If it is open when you visit, the art museum is the best!

Jun 25, 2015
mangeur in France

Luberon with children?

FWIW, I tried to see what the weekday lunch was and found this report. No, it is not the Sunday lunch, but with your group I think it would still be an enjoyable event.

http://tastytouring.com/2013/01/le-ca...

Jun 25, 2015
mangeur in France

Roseval

No secret that Roseval has long been one of my favorites, but if you have any interest in what it has been about in its current location, tiny, funky, cramped, a corny-Paris-movie location on a real but picturesque "place", then you should visit before they close. We were there last month when news of the closure was just coming out, and Simone's and Martin's enthusiasm was strong. Were I in town, I'd return in a heartbeat.

We look forward to the new incarnation but have no illusions that it will be the same.

Jun 25, 2015
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Trendy Paris grab and go lunches

A little more info, please. What exactly are you looking for? Trend conscious Parisians or office lunch and weekend between-errand lunch items?

Jun 24, 2015
mangeur in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

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Jun 24, 2015
mangeur in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

The actual metro ride should be no more than 5 - 10 minutes; the bus portion I have timed to 20 - 25 minutes depending on traffic. We personally do not object to a ride before and after dinner, just adding it to the evening's experience. Since there are 4 of you, you might do well to split a cab.

I won't send you to our favorites which are pretty far out in terms of raw, offal and modern twists. You should probably avoid most modern no-choice menus, but you should be able to order very approachable foods individually. Just avoid tartares and those seafoods you don't care for. You really have to go out of your way to be served organ meats. They will be well labeled on the menu. It is perfectly acceptable to say, "We do not like foie gras"!

Pirouette might be a good choice for one evening. You already mentioned Chez Denise where everyone should have plenty of choices.

Again, you shouldn't really worry about being served foods you dislike. Feel free to talk to your waiter and explain your preferences, including, certainly, how you want your meats cooked. You will notice that the locals make a minuet out of choosing their meals. Every nuance of how a dish is prepared is discussed in detail. Do the same! Just make sure that as dishes are described that all of your table is listening so that the same things don't have to be repeated over and over.

Jun 24, 2015
mangeur in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

Smilingal, replying late to your question, on your first night, after I now see that you will have oriented yourselves with a HoHo tour, I will suggest an old workhorse of ours, Les Papilles. This is a wine bar with a no choice menu: an always excellent garnished soup, served in a tureen so you can help yourselves, followed by a copper pot of some kind of braised meat (lamb shanks, pork breast, occasionally rare duck breast or rack of lamb) with potatoes and vegetables in a thyme/white wine sauce, a tiny cheese course and a fruited panna cotta. You choose wine off the shelf or ask Bertrand to choose for you, and pay around 7€ corkage over shelf price. We often take first time visitors here on their first night in town since it is a stressless beginning, like dinner at Grandma's had Grandma been French and a good country cook.

This is not cutting edge or revelatory but it has always provided our friends with a delicious and cossetting introduction. From the Champs Elysees, you could take the #1 metro to Palais Royale, walk into the Carrousel of the Louvre and catch the #27 bus southbound (terminus Pte d'Ivry) which will take you along and across the Seine, onto Ile de Cite, onto Blve St. Michel and past Luxembourg Gardens. Get off at St. Jacques stop and Les Papilles is diagonally across the street.

Dinner and an evening tour in one!

http://www.lespapillesparis.fr/

Of course, you could also well book at any of the superb places discussed recently here, but I love LP as an intro. First sitting is 7 or 7:30, early by Paris standards.

Jun 23, 2015
mangeur in France

crazy questions

I can't imagine staying on the go all day and continuing on to dinner. We quit whatever we are doing sometime in the afternoon, head back to the hotel, sort ourselves out, crash for a nap, enjoy a bit of wine and cheese and charcuterie, refresh and go out for a civilized dinner.

Chez l'Ami jean is a serious if casual restaurant. It deserves your conscious attention, not your frazzled end-of-day propped-up dummy mode. But the same is true for most of the Chow-loves. One can't do justice to any kitchen if one tours all day into evening and arrives at 8pm straight from 8 hours wandering.

I'll be honest. We are not monument tourists. We've visited Paris many, many times but have never gone to the top of the tower or Arc. We visit exhibits that interest us. I have left lots of Paris on the table for future visits. Why not?

But we dine well every evening, regardless of level, and always rested and able to appreciate what each chef sends out.

Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15

re your conclusion, I absolutely agree. I find it is much more bearable to sit next to a smug blowhard who is speaking a language I can't understand. ;)

Jun 23, 2015
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Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15

Another great one. As McDo would have us say, "I'm lovin' it!"

Jun 22, 2015
mangeur in France

steak frites

Got it. Thanks.

Now that I think of the little country dining rooms I mentioned, their menus do read the cut of meat rather than "steak". And one can usually substitute haricots vertes for frites, so frites are in no way an essential part of the plate.

Jun 21, 2015
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steak frites

So to make sure that I understand, Le Relais de Venise is both the epitomy of and the current standard bearer of steak frites? And it is quintessentially Parisian because it originated here and created that genre of steak and fried potatoes?

Or...what else or instead?

Jun 21, 2015
mangeur in France

steak frites

With the exception of Relais de Venise, my experience with steak frites has essentially been in the countryside. A half dozen times a year we find ourselves in less than towns, often on a Sunday night. The single dining room will always provide a decent if not exceptional steak frites accompanied by a variety of sauces. But more than the individual steaks in these homely little places, I remember the sweet ambiance, the locals dining out, the interested service rendered to outsiders, the pride of place. Funny how some of these meals stand out much more vividly in my mind than those costing many times as much in Paris.

Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

Some Chows do lunch, others do dinner, but none that I know of consume both at these levels for 10 days. I start loosing objectivity after a week of dinners!

Weekend in Paris - best high end lunch option?

La Table d'Aki is anything but rich. The no-choice menu brings minimalist plates of carefully prepared seafood, light sauces. One leaves satisfied but not overfed. One "gourmand" on another site praised the quality, finesse and balance of the menu by saying that at the end of the meal he could have eaten it again.

Jun 18, 2015
mangeur in France

La Mare aux Oiseaux [Pays de la Loire] - Rio Yeti report

Lovely review indeed! We were there several years ago. Our visit wasn't as magical as yours, but it wasn't until I got back to Paris the next day that I was diagnosed with shingles. In retrospect, since my immediate reaction was that everything was "quite alright", it must have really been over the top. (If you've ever had shingles, you will understand how mentally as well as physically debilitating the pain is.) It would be grand to revisit and do Guerin and his cadre justice.

Jun 17, 2015
mangeur in France

Best place to get Middle Eastern ingredients in Paris?

Listen to Ptipois. She is "the man"!

Jun 17, 2015
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Best place to get Middle Eastern ingredients in Paris?

There is a pretty comprehensive shop on the north side of rue Lamartine in the 9th, not far from rue Rochechouart. Sorry, I've forgotten the name and am not at home with my notes and business cards.

Jun 16, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris By Mouth website - any good?

Paris by Mouth is an excellent telephone book for those who already know who they want to call or have forgotten to note closure dates and hours.

Jun 16, 2015
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Bones -- A dissenting view

Word, and generically true for this genre of restaurant. I've never written about Bones simply because it is such a singular place, kitchen and room. (And not incidentally because it needed no more promotion.) "Bones" might actually refer to the dining room, certainly bare. Or "stones" which provide the hard surfaces from which whispers turn to shouts. Add the front of house ground level bar and its convivial vibes and you have a perfect storm for 95 decibels. Continue to add the "flying from a trapeze" mind-set of the kitchen and you have a restaurant that is difficult to recommend to anyone other than those whose tastes you know intimately.
We seem to be open to the wide and infrequently wild swings of James' flights, and apparently lucky not to have experienced his or his cadres' misses. (Once, mid-meal we were offered a sample of a dish-in-progress: lobster and tripe ragu. "Sure". Was it wonderful? At a minimum, it was extremely interesting.) And, as dorks, we dine early and bounce before the bar area explodes.

I seriously sympathize with those who have found their evening here a wasted opportunity. I hate those nights. But they happen.

Jun 14, 2015
mangeur in France

Bones -- A dissenting view

Indeed!

Jun 13, 2015
mangeur in France

Bones -- A dissenting view

Okay. My thinking was that while it is possible for an "off nut" to find its way into a savory dish, it is boggling to think that a pastry chef would not notice such a thing, especially when the seed is prominently mentioned on the menu.

Jun 13, 2015
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