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Conflicting Opinions Regarding Bistrot Paul Bert

"Your" Bistro Paul Bert and "Wells'" Bistro Paul Bert may be two different species.

Apr 12, 2014
mangeur in France

Steven Shaw's death

The last sentence in the NYT obituary, a quote of Steve's, well sums up our dining philosophy: "I firmly believe that if you love restaurants for the right reasons, they will love you back."

Apr 12, 2014
mangeur in France

Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

The direction this thread has taken perfectly exemplifies my mantra of understanding one's dining goals and divining those of one's advisors.

If the Camargue is included in our search area, as Arles seems to be, one can't find more passion for sublime product and kitchen soul than at tiny, intimate and ultimately simple La Teline in Villaneuve, a half hour out of Arles.

Apr 11, 2014
mangeur in France

Steven Shaw's death

Oh, this is a shock. In all things, Steve was always very kind to me. We seldom agreed, but we disagreed civilly.
RIP indeed.

Apr 09, 2014
mangeur in France

Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

Thanks, Pti. Was this after the reopening?

Apr 09, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

Do NOT play it by ear... Paris is a minefield of overpriced mediocrity.

Apr 09, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris with three kids

Thanks for your reporting back with your realities. La Frigate is a great place, exactly as you describe. I enjoyed a lovely intimate lunch with my d-i-l. A threatening day, we opted to take a window seat INSIDE. Within minutes, a thunderstorm sent the terrasse diners scurrying inside. Menu was simple and not expensive, service pampering, food quality what one would expect: correct but not more.
Sidewalk seating provides the same moderate food plus extraordinary people watching.

Apr 08, 2014
mangeur in France

Restaurant reviews for mid-March weekend in Paris

Pas du tout! It just means that you have found your kindred chef. We should all be so lucky. :)

Apr 08, 2014
mangeur in France

Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

No way comp to L'AJ, but I frequently wonder why L'Ourcine gets so little love on this forum. Granted, there are no chef histrionics nor poetic posts about rice pudding, but the cooking is solid and the place is the epitome of passion and soul.

Apr 08, 2014
mangeur in France

Easter Weekend - comments appreciated

Tell me about it! FWIW, BAT doesn't take dinner reservations. 6 Paul Bert doesn't do Monday dinner.

They're gonna turn us all into lunchers!

Apr 08, 2014
mangeur in France

Easter Weekend - comments appreciated

Keep touting ZKG. -> Less pressure on the others.

Apr 08, 2014
mangeur in France
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SoPi recomendations

I think you misunderstand my intent. A review may be brilliantly written, but if my taste is not the same as the writer, I may well not enjoy the experience. As you say, it is all about enjoying your own experience, not trying to duplicate that of the writer. Finding food that makes your heart sing applies to hot dogs and tacos and andouillette just as much as it does to sit-down fare. It's not about "eat and tell" but eat and rejoice!

Apr 07, 2014
mangeur in France
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SoPi recomendations

For us, it isn't fear of missing out, but rather fear of disappointment. I can't get over feeling personal insult when served a miserable meal. But the real problem is that one man's superb is another man's miserable! Hence my mantra of "read between the lines, then read between them again".

Apr 06, 2014
mangeur in France
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SoPi recomendations

I'm not sure that either the very rich or the authentic (as opposed to the posing) hipster has a particularly positive effect on a neighborhood. Maybe we just leave it alone? Visit, enjoy and try to leave only virtual footprints?

Apr 04, 2014
mangeur in France

SoPi recomendations

Don't fret. If you give me an arrondisement, I'm on my way. If not, I just look it up on Googlemaps.

Apr 04, 2014
mangeur in France

Cooking for a picky eater...

As Abby would say, you have to decide if you are better off with him or without him. Consider a lifetime of having to cook two sets of dinner menus, or the alternative of giving up the foods you enjoy. Never assume you can change the man. It just won't happen.

As Jacques Pepin would say, "Happy cooking!"

Apr 03, 2014
mangeur in Home Cooking
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Hack my Paris Trip!

At home, I've been held at gunpoint in a Safeway (ironic) grocery, and our young adult son robbed at gunpoint in the doorway of his girlfriend's apartment.

Apr 03, 2014
mangeur in France

Hack my Paris Trip!

I think that the numbers might be similar but the rate (ratio crime/pop) would indicate far more violent crime in SF than in Paris. In Paris, we have never felt vulnerable to street crime against the person. The guy in my incident was someone temporarily off his rocker with a personal grudge against someone he knew. That could happen anywhere. To reiterate, we were never in danger, but it was a surprise.

Apr 03, 2014
mangeur in France

Hack my Paris Trip!

An aside, on our last visit, we were a little early so we walked down a side street to kill time. Suddenly, DH grabbed my arm and whirled me around. "Run! There's a guy at the end of the block brandishing a butcher knife and yelling." So I did. No problem. No personal danger. Could well have been at home near any of the places we like to dine. But certainly a surprise.

Apr 03, 2014
mangeur in France

OK, so don't kill me here, I'm plebian, old and easily led astray- but Frenchie To Go is not half bad for a sandwich.

While I'm strongly in the reserve ahead camp, FTG sounds like a great place to stop if you happen to be in the hood and there is no line. And you have a plan B

Apr 03, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris recommendations on Sunday & Monday?

Sunday, La Gazetta
Monday, Tintilou (not often remembered on this forum but a sweet room)

Apr 03, 2014
mangeur in France

Lobrano on croissants

I can't agree that the principle of extrapolation from extensive sampling applies to determining what is the finest. It is the "est" in best and finest that is the deal killer. It suggests that there is only one that fits the determination, while sampling can well leave out that one example.

FWIW, I don't eat croissants. I just don't much like them.

Apr 02, 2014
mangeur in France

Looking for reasonable non-touristy places in the 11th/20th? My report:

I have enjoyed exploring this neighborhood in the daytime and felt safe traveling there for dinner. Transportation is excellent. The neighborhood is diverse, and increasingly a mix of historic and gentrification.

Apr 02, 2014
mangeur in France

Le Chateaubriand: Has something changed?

I found the dishes at LD are more consistently approachable. No questionable or confounding juxtapositions, no surprises. Little risk.

Apr 02, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris Must-try Desserts/Baked Goods, Chocolates, Candies, etc.

Learning about this easy-to-get-to branch of Fred may not be an entirely good thing. We will definitely affect their rate-of-sale.

Apr 02, 2014
mangeur in France

Septime v. Saturne

Estufarian, where did you find L'Eclair de Genie? Google sent me to the Marais rather than Septime's hood. Where did I go wrong?

Apr 02, 2014
mangeur in France

Lobrano on croissants

Not croissants, but baguette! Last May 1 found us in Bievres. It was freezing. We were starving. The town was shut tight as a drum except for the fete. Finally, a simple boulangerie. " No sandwiches", says Chuck. "No, Chuck, ASK the nice lady." "Mais oui, madame. LOUISE!!!" and some munchkin in the back room brought us the all time best, finest, to drop dead for ham and cheese on a baguette we have ever had. For something like 2.50€.

I'm going back. And Louise better be in the back room.

Apr 01, 2014
mangeur in France

Restaurant Ober-Sale on Rue Oberkampf

Hot tip: whenever you're in trouble of losing a debate, bring in the blind men and the elephant. Fits every time. ;)

Apr 01, 2014
mangeur in France

Septime v. Saturne

If making the decision for myself and not for the OP, I agree.

Apr 01, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris trip report: Le Bon Georges, Au Petit Sud-Ouest, Jeanne B, La Table des Anges, Candelaria, and a spot of foraging on rue des Martyrs

Great read and much to read both on and between the lines.

Apr 01, 2014
mangeur in France