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Please help figure out foodie destinations in France (take 2)!

In Lille, Maison d'hote Le Champlain: http://lechamplain.fr//maison-chambre...

Stunning rooms, generous and hospitable hosts, enormous gourmand breakfast, excellent location just south of the major plaza, easy walk from the station and to all areas in central Lille. Chambre #1 is fabulous.

2 days ago
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Entertaining a picky visitor: suggestions we both can enjoy

Take her for a "bunless" cheeseburger, fries and a beer at Alpine Inn in back of Stanford. http://www.yelp.com/biz/alpine-inn-po...

Favorite train food, knives, mustards from Paris and Reims, Part 3

We haven't found that level yet. ;)

Feb 18, 2015
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Favorite train food, knives, mustards from Paris and Reims, Part 3

Opinel + 33cl water bottles = our frequent solution to impromptu picnics in the country.
DH likes to/insists on traveling fast and light -> carry wine and sausage, not glassware.

Feb 18, 2015
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

I live fast and loose, no time for oiling kitchen knives. I wash them in hot detergent water, rinse very well and towel dry, then plop back in the knife rack. They are in constant use. I've never had a problem with rust spots. Stains are part of life.

Feb 17, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

Ah, I got it. You watched but didn't inhale.

Feb 17, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

But you did it in the interest of science. Didn't you?

Feb 17, 2015
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Favorite train food, knives, mustards from Paris and Reims, Part 3

Final analysis solution: just never put your glass down.

Feb 17, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

Worse, it's like standing in a line at a famous house with your begging bowl.

Feb 17, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

It's even simpler than that. Your best and her best and his best and my best may be 4 distinctly different places or products. Worse, if you take the community "best", we are talking about a democratic or committee concurrence! An absolutely terrifying concept! ;)

Feb 17, 2015
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Chez Etienne in Marseille-Hit The Spot-In Spite of Feeling Like the Elephant Man

With 11 responses, the discussion has drifted from a review of your dining experience, the food and service, to your and others' second guessing the reason for your seating. You summarize that it was a very good lunch, apparently in spite of the offense you took at what you perceived as insulting seating.

If in fact you are correct, where you were seated has no bearing on other readers who might visit Chez Etienne. If it would have happened to anyone, we no longer need to beat this dead horse regarding personality and physiognomy.

In other words, come for the friendly welcome, very good bread, decent pizza and calimar and be prepared to be seated away from the masses. Not a bad recommendation in my mind.

Feb 17, 2015
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Chez Etienne in Marseille-Hit The Spot-In Spite of Feeling Like the Elephant Man

I am seldom nice but have found that in most situations other people just want someone to listen to them. Ask a few hackneyed questions and they are off and running. Amazing what they will share.

Feb 16, 2015
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Chez Etienne in Marseille-Hit The Spot-In Spite of Feeling Like the Elephant Man

It's really simple. I sound like a foreigner when I book or when I walk in. The place has one waiter who is both fluent in English and has the patience/personality to put up with serving tourist tables. I am seated in his section. Maybe at a common table. Not rocket science.

Disclaimer: we dine miles from Paris central in order to avoid tourist tables. However, we have had some of the most memorable meals of our lives at the forced camaradarie at table d'hotes in the country. International guests with astoundingly interesting backgrounds. The reason to travel.

Feb 16, 2015
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good, classic french bistro in Paris with non-meat options? (fish/shellfish ok)

I'm also surprised by your perceived problem. My husband soon becomes tired of classic French meat-centric menus. He has been known to order fish every night during a several week visit and never repeat his meal. We have found fish offered at every level of our dining and never disappointing.

If the restaurant you are considering offers well sourced meat options, it will probably have a decent fish option also. If you trust that its meats are not from Metro, then neither should its fish.

Feb 16, 2015
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

Just REMEMBER to twist the guard so that it doesn't fold while you're using it.

Feb 16, 2015
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

Don't sweat it. We just wipe it with a paper napkin after using it for cheese, pate, sausage, rillettes and forget about it.

Feb 16, 2015
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

Lose the kitchen angst. You only need the #12 for travel. I carry mind in my handbag in case we have need to turn a stroll into a picnic.

Feb 15, 2015
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Best Chocolate in Paris?

Yes! If you have any interest in the Nabis school of art, you can easily make a day of it. Heartily recommend.

http://www.bonjourparis.com/story/pro...

Feb 14, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

It's a possibility that it was the first of the season. We often leave California where we have been eating strawberries, asparagus and artichokes for a month, arrive in France and are served these products as if they were jewels, simply prepared and proudly presented as "the very first of the season", tastes that locals have been anxiously awaiting all winter. A downside of jet travel across time zones and seasons.

Feb 14, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

Another thought: I have never gone to a restaurant because of a photo, but I have stayed away from many because of an off-putting one.

Feb 13, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

We probably will never know the real story: the chef's vision, why the misunderstood simplicity. And there must be a story since olive oil is not an obvious choice in northern France.

Feb 13, 2015
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Five Parisian questions

Glad you enjoyed Youpi et Voila. The staff is (was/has appeared to be) kind of a mixed bag, but our final waiter, like yours, was adorable. The food was excellent.

Feb 13, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

They do. But we depend on you to set us straight.

But seriously, I do depend on photos to show the plating, formality and size of the meal. Consider a plate from Aki and one from Chez Denise and you will get my drift.

Feb 13, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

Photos of food definitely tell me a lot. They show portion size, the chef's sense of texture, color and proportion. They get across the kitchen's propensity for fantasy, whether playfully or earnest transformation from one form to another. Accompanied with simple description, I can get a good sense of whether a restaurant will be a good match for us or not. Not so when all I have to work with are hyperbolic prose or praise.

Feb 13, 2015
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Nico [San Francisco]

Everything that you say. I mentioned that it reminded us of the little restaurants we enjoy in Paris: Saturne, Bones, Le Galopin, Roseval, even very new Porte 12. And, yes, all of these kitchens are international in approach, most cheffed by non-French. But they are the ones we frequent in Paris, ergo the comment.

Le Marsangy -- An Unsatisfactory Experience

Do you want to share the names of the reviews that sent you to Le Marsangy this evening?

I remember eating there maybe 15 years ago. Then, aside from the wonderful chalkboard wine list, I remember it as a reliable neighborhood room, a solidly ordinary one-night-stand.

Feb 13, 2015
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Nico [San Francisco]

Home moments ago from another stellar dinner at Nico. DH and I both had the three course menu, choosing opposite each other as we usually do. There were brilliant moments in every plate. Service was endearing, wine pairings very enjoyable. Again, another excellent evening.

Nico [San Francisco]

Nico falls into a kind of no-man's land in San Francisco. It serves, actually, the kind of new French food we seek out in Paris, and does it very, very well and at an amazing pricepoint. But it doesn't serve the kind of new American food that resonates at places in the hip Mission and SoMa, nor the old/new American like Spruce.

We love it! We always go for the wine pairings which have introduced us to many esoteric and quirky but delicious wines. We always leave looking forward to our next visit.

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

Little Vietnam on 6th Ave a couple of doors south of Clement. Great sandwiches and bowls, very sweet owners.
https://plus.google.com/1132978503313...

a very specific Paris food search

Indeed! I remember buying DH a case of wine after a particularly wonderful dinner out. When we opened the first bottle, same label, year, everything, it was a "what were we thinking" moment.

Feb 12, 2015
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