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Michelin quality Catering in France?

You might simplify your planning by combining your festivities at one spot. Something like La Feniere in Lourmarin? http://www.reinesammut.com/

This suggestion is meant as a point of departure. Many other auberges should provide the same facilities and catering possibilities.

Jan 24, 2015
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Have to get back to tonight's dinner party prep. In the larger scheme of things, maybe that is where I belong rather than online. :)

Jan 23, 2015
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Soul and character are in the mind of the diner. While JT may have found them missing, and while I prefer less mannered food, this is NOT a bad restaurant. As I wrote, I have dined in many one stars with food not as good and far less passion in the kitchen. The food had no less soul than, say, Pirouette. If anything it is in a time warp, neither classic nor very modern. But that does not make it bad, only not awe-insipiring or revelatory.

Jan 23, 2015
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Matière a is a singular little place where a tremendously conscientious chef works at the top of his training and ability which appear to be considerable. He is a perfectionist. I watched him toss chocolate shells that didn't come up to his standard, question the rise on several loaves of housemade bread. He attended every pan with fatherly concern. All of the product that I saw was fresh, the steaks cut from large pieces. The room was packed with locals; people were being turned away. Everyone at table seemed excited about their plates.

Does he cook to my taste? No. Does he, therefore, deserve a 0 or a -1, when the diners around me were delighted? Who is correct? They or I? If I had a complaint, it would be that his cooking reminded me of 1-star fussiness in which the essence has been sacrificed for concept or form.

When I come across an insolite kitchen that makes an obvious effort to please and is feeding people who are obviously pleased, is reasonable and is local, I think it deserves mention. I used gem in the rarity sense, and this little room is a bijou, one of a kind.

Jan 23, 2015
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Did you carefully read what I wrote? I described what we had. I did not mention soul or character.

The chef is a perfectionist, which means that he cooks precisely to his taste. It may or may not be yours or mine.

I try to describe restaurants, not recommend them, since we all have different taste. Of the dozens of restaurants we visit in a year, less than a handful call us back.

Jan 23, 2015
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Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

Not that I know of. I thought that maybe you had heard something since in the past it has been the quasi-hush-hush hang out of some of our favorite young chefs on their nights off.

Jan 23, 2015
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Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

Is this a current evaluation, John?

Jan 23, 2015
mangeur in France

Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

Oh, nice! Thanks for the good tip, Pti.

Jan 23, 2015
mangeur in France

Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

Humming "My Funny Valentine", I would book the intimate window table-for-two at funky Roseval. Let Simone Tondo charm you with his very modern French food and sommelier Martin find you an amazing if esoteric wine. This should work with your budget. You will dine with locals and passionate visitors.

Having Martin's wine pairings will take you over your target total, but is worth considering.

www.roseval.fr

Jan 22, 2015
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Where to find the best in Luberon and St Remy de provence

I do second boredough's suggeston of Bistrot du Paradou. We've lunched there at least a half dozen times and always leave with a smile, sated with excellent lamb. Note that different meats are served daily, so one might check on what will be offered when making the reservation. I, personally, would be delighted with any of their plates.

This roadhouse was spoiled by Peter Mayle's publicity, but those tourists have mostly long gone and diners are locals, both French and ex-pats. Most are known to the house.

We don't miss dining there any time we are in the area, and have made several hour+ drives to get there.

Jan 21, 2015
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Where to find the best in Luberon and St Remy de provence

Considering that it's some 15 minutes away, and that it was for us a destination consideration, I am surprised that no-one has suggested La Bartavelle in nearby Gordes. Simple, proper, local, delicious.

Jan 20, 2015
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Maison OLHABIDEA email

Thanks. And thanks. :)

Jan 20, 2015
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Maison OLHABIDEA email

Does anyone have an email address for Maison Olhabidea? Or do I have to telephone for hotel/restaurant reservations?

Many thanks.

Jan 20, 2015
mangeur in France

Five Parisian questions

All good advice so far.

For lunch near Jeu du Paume, I would also suggest non-Chowhound and tourists-galore La Frigate on the corner of rue du Bac and the Quai. A very pretty room, central casting waiters, good selections of reasonable light lunch options. Cheese and salad plate, etc. On a frosty day in December, I warmed up with a bowl of quite decent onion soup gratinee and a glass of wine. Pleasant service. Option of sitting outside. Terrasse (sidewalk) has overhead heating as well as lap robes in very cold weather.

http://www.timeout.com/paris/en/resta...

Jan 18, 2015
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Are these choices too similar in style?

!!!!!!!"A dressy experience. I recently went to a business dinner event in a private room at Restaurant 1728 on the rue d'Anjou in the 8th. The food was surprisingly good and I suppose it's even better in the main restaurant... gorgeous setting in Lafayette's old residence."!!!!!!!

This type of room is often sought and seldom recommended. I hope this reference is well noted. http://www.restaurant-1728.com/

Jan 15, 2015
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I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

We visitors need to remember that the locals who post here have demanding day jobs, personal concerns and their own social lives. We are really lucky to have them share as much time with us as they do.

Ruined enamel on my Creuset

Sorry but I go for the no-holds-barred technique. For burnt on grease, inside or outside, I use oven cleaner. (Spread newspaper to cover floor of sink. Put pot in sink. Spray with oven cleaner. Let sit for 20 minutes then rinse. All clean.)

For inside discoloration, I use a paste of BarKeep's Friend. Apply with sponge or soft cloth. Let sit then rinse.

NEITHER OF THESE METHODS IS RECOMMENDED by Creuset or conservative cleaning recommendation, but they both work a charm. And my Le Creusets are ancient!

Jan 14, 2015
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In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

Eno, you do have to start thinking outside your box. The restaurants we frequent are all "little guys", independent geniuses, aping no one, sending out wildly edgy plates. Nothing commercial or cookie-cutter about them. They are located in areas that still maintain neighborhood feeling, that scream old-time Paris. Start thinking about dining in the outer-outer arrondissements.

(And I don't know about your school, but mine definitely celebrated the oddball. How else could I have graduated!)

I will toss out a couple of examples you might consider, starting from closest and extending outward from your box, both in distance and comfort.

L'Ourcine http://www.restaurant-lourcine.fr/

La Table d'Eugene http://latabledeugene.com/

Matière à http://www.tableadecouvert.fr/matiere-a/

Chatomat https://girlsguidetoparis.com/chatomat/

These are all superb kitchens in which independent chefs cook with love what they love. All located in interesting away-from-tourist-central neighborhoods. All calling you...

Jan 14, 2015
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Healthy edible souvenir?

Indeed, moderation should be the universal resolution.

Jan 14, 2015
mangeur in France

In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

I don't remember much about my first trip to France some 25 years ago. I do remember our first meal was at the ancient and classic, now deceased Restaurant Beaux Arts on Bonaparte near our hotel. I remember being delighted by a boy around 5 years old ordering and surrounding a dozen escargot. I remember that the food was absolutely dismal compared to the Julia Child faux-French that I turned out at home: poorly sourced, overcooked, tired. We had a steep and fast learning curve regarding the quality of ordinary food in Paris.

At any time there is the good, the bad and the ugly. You have always had to do homework.

Jan 14, 2015
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In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

This is so true.

The callow kid who sighed "Oooh, aaah!" over the first taste of something new and exotic has grown up and even old. Should I even admit that a signature dish at a hip local restaurant in the 60s was fresh pineapple with marshmallow whip? And we thought it was divine.

Jan 14, 2015
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In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

I hear you, enofile, and, as someone older tho probably not wiser than you, have experienced the same and more changes than you have. What I have learned is that what I once enjoyed is singular and transitory. What I have now is different but often just as amazing in its own way. I love the state of the art restaurants we visit now. I love flying jets rather than DC3s. But I love also the quiet unaffected back streets we can still walk. There is always something new to learn, to experience, to enjoy if we take the initiative to look for it and not stay in one place on our familiar treadmills.

In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

"I counter that spending more time in a place often only goes to highlight how similar places are, not how unique."

This is an interesting premise. I can see how one could adapt their daily living to a new situation and feel a continuity with their old lifestyle. But the nuances that escape a brief visitor only become apparent with longer exposure and understanding. People, cultures, economies differ from neighborhood to neighborhood within a city. How much moreso do they between nations. Granted, I can go downtown and see the same boutique names as I do in Paris or even Lyon, but that does not make any of these cities similar.

Jan 14, 2015
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In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

Nicely said. I would add that many who revere Paris Past obsess on a single period or facet, an author or literary period or era in food, taking only a minuscule bite out of your moveable feast.

Jan 14, 2015
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Anniversary dinner in San Francisco

As barleywino suggested, you will have to dine very early, like at 4pm. One place that seems to serve continuously is Beach Chalet on Great Highway. The food is basic American, but the building is historic and the ocean view unobstructed. Worth considering...

http://www.beachchalet.com/aboutus

Pamela Popo, Liver, and dining vs. eating

I think you should look for foie-de-veau a l'Anglaise. It is frequently on the board at Chez Denise.

Jan 13, 2015
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Help pls w/this Sunday night, walkable to Denfert-Rochereau, don't want to make reservations,

Unless I were really set on sleeping through until morning, I would book anywhere in town and have my hotel call me a cab. Why cheat myself out of a great dinner in Paris!

Jan 13, 2015
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In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

I agree. But I would add that the pesky visitor that JT created is a caricature of the insensitive tourist of any nationality whose sense of entitlement blinds him from understanding that he is a guest first and a consumer second.

Anniversary celebration in the 5th or 6th?

While DH and I might find Les Papilles amusing for an anniversary, I wouldn't send others for a celebratory meal.

What is the current thought on Le Reminet?

Jan 09, 2015
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Mayday Mayday : Angela's Banh Mi is no more !

I think that this model is not unusual for small kitchens that serve unique products. At home, you call ahead to the Liguria Bakery to reserve foccacio, because if you don't, you may well arrive 3 hours before closing to a locked door with the shade drawn. Maybe the guy ahead of you bought half a day's product for a party. It's just the way it is and the way it has been for over 50 years. Those in the know, call ahead or get there at opening.

Jan 09, 2015
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