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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

I'm older, to steal a quote from someone on another forum, than God's teeth. Not quite older than the Venerable One but breathing heavily down his neck.

In Northern California, we have no winter. Greens of all kinds are year round. Some people rue the absence of seasons. I love it.

about 14 hours ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Kurtis, I have tried to duplicate it over time but she has me bested. However, if you will travel, I'll keep trying.

about 14 hours ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Fads are annoying. But when they are cloaked in a mantel of "Eat this! It's good for you! It's vital for you!", and you find it on every menu day after day, it becomes harder and harder for me to sign on. And I am The Veggie Freak talking.

I was eating kale and potato soup 70 years ago and somehow our Swedish next door neighbor, who used to pass a pot over the back fence, used to make it delicious. Where is she now, I wonder...

about 14 hours ago
mangeur in France

Dans les landes

Super report. Thanks, Pti.

about 14 hours ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Sorriest, but, no, not even for..,

about 15 hours ago
mangeur in France

Favourite French (language) sites for food and restaurants in France?

That's very reasonable. However, anyone with intentions of spending any amount of time in France would do well to learn to read enough French to feed oneself well.

about 18 hours ago
mangeur in France

Favourite French (language) sites for food and restaurants in France?

While not actually suggesting that those are fusty, I'll just stick with Le Fooding. Not perfect, but it sings to my beat.

In a perfect world, Pti would post weekly, but that isn't her calling, the pity for us.

about 18 hours ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Great point, Pti. Begs the question, "How many fads are truly "enjoyable"? Particularly when they become commercialized or franchised or, in the case of restaurant menus, monkey see, monkey do. ("Hey, ya gotta add a kale dish". ) My idea of soulless food.

about 20 hours ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Can we agree that we will never enjoy another kale-centric dish?

about 20 hours ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Ah. Another neighborhood with banh mi abeit across town.

about 23 hours ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

I don't understand the turn that this benign thread has taken. My take was that Angela's was originally mentioned as an inexpensive and fast street food that was crafted to order. It was mentioned again when Angela gave up the original space and again when she resurfaced on Turbigo.

As with any mention on Chow, lots of people made it a destination and many were delighted, others not so much. It was never a fad other than among readers. It's just another cheap lunch option, like Chinese Ravioli Nord Est.

As far as "ho-hum", at John's and my age, it is difficult to come up with a readily available food or dish that we haven't tried. That doesn't mean that any of them isn't potentially delicious and enjoyable, only that we've been around the track a few times. For those who have not experienced these foods, they can certainly be a revelation when well executed, as Angela's are.

I don't believe in nay-saying just because I find a restaurant boring or not to my taste. Every day someone on Chowhound touts a restaurant I think is grim, but if others like it, my opinion is beside the point. In fact, I not infrequently write up a restaurant with a neutral point of view because it has some merit even though I didn't particularly enjoy it. I don't tout it; I merely describe it.

Angela is what she/it is. Fresh, cheap, true to its origins (as much as any transplanted food is true), delicious if you like banh mi. Try it if you are in the neighborhood; cross town if you are a FOMO. It's not a big deal.

about 23 hours ago
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Where did you buy yours? On 6th Avemue or on Clement?

1 day ago
mangeur in France

Are bagels "a thing" now?

I prefer to leave them on my plate. As an old woodworking friend used to say, when he completed a perfect mitered corner, he needed no approbation because he alone knew it was correct and perfect. Same with pigeon toe bones.

1 day ago
mangeur in France

About Paris, France; Regarding sites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, etc.?

I am appalled at the offerings on so-called kid menus. Why not offer something the child can use as a stepping stone to fine food appreciation? I remember sitting in a Basque restaurant at home with our then 4 year old. He balked at tasting sweetbreads, but after finally taking a small bite responded, "Why didn't you tell me it was chicken. I like chicken." And off to the races...

1 day ago
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Fait Maison

Am I committing absolute heresy if I say that I care little in whose maison the food was prepared as long as what appears on my plate blows my socks off and costs something I am willing to pay?

We actually most often chose those tiny restaurants where we can watch the food from stem to sauce, bloody chunk of beast to sauteed bliss. If they're faking it, they're really good.

1 day ago
mangeur in France

Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Angela's Banh Mi are very similar to the ones we buy on Clement Street and on 6th Avenue. I give my home town sandwiches a slight edge, but Angela's are definitely not shabby.

1 day ago
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Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

I think it's 81 Turbigo. (If not, we ate at Brand X!)

Aug 31, 2014
mangeur in France

Are bagels "a thing" now?

Yeah, soft tacos from a truck, so overstuffed with meat that they don't really fold over. I rewrap mine in the paper, forming essentially a cone and pray, knowing that I'll be home in a couple of hours and can change. DH uses a fork for the overstuff and comes home clean.

Aug 30, 2014
mangeur in France

Good coffee in Paris?

"San Jose, whether one likes it or not, is the epitome of a good French brûlerie delivering the traditional French taste."

Pti, if you speak of the coffee at the retail shop on Petits Champs, it is indeed a name and outlet to remember. It was new to me this August when I was directed there by Thé Donovan.

Aug 30, 2014
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Are bagels "a thing" now?

I'm on the hit list of every alley cat who depends on bones from restaurant garbage cans because there is nothing, NOTHING, left on the bone when I am finished with any kind of chop or fowl. I pick up boney food. Everywhere. No one ever gives me so much as a sideways glance. Should one, I would just lift and crook my little finger and continue to munch.

Aug 30, 2014
mangeur in France

A Europe Virgin needing help

Prospective diners should also be aware that the ambiance is different during different days and times. e.g., Sunday lunch seems to be local and calm, while dinners can be visitor and noisy.

Aug 30, 2014
mangeur in France

Please help plan food centric vacation to Paris and possibly Lyon

" A meal in a Paris 3-star palace is a peak dining experience in the same way that an evening at the opera is a peak musical experience, in that both are an extremely mannered performance requiring careful cultivation of some very specialised talents to produce, and an acquired taste requiring education and the right circumstances to appreciate, let alone enjoy. "

Thanks for this excellent analogy, Phil.

Aug 30, 2014
mangeur in France

Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

GourmetPiggy, I would recommend that you avoid Passage Sainte-Elizabeth when approaching rue Vertbois at night. It is the tiny street northeast of the Church Sainte Elizabeth, the cut-off from rue du Temple to rue Vertbois.

I have no qualms about its safety, only that it tends to shelter the homeless who receive help at the church. As I said, not dangerous but perhaps unsettling at night if one is alone and not expecting the sleeping bags along the sidewalk.

Aug 30, 2014
mangeur in France

Are bagels "a thing" now?

My husband eats both tacos and burritos with a fork and not one of the locals sniggers.

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

We're there. Just well-behaved and quiet. Same all over France and elsewhere and even at home. It's just the loud bores whom one hears.

Aug 29, 2014
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Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

Thanks, Boredough.

Your earthy sounding "creme de truffe & champagne" reminded me of one of our favorites, a "kir royale chataigne". Usually comes in way less than €20.

Aug 29, 2014
mangeur in France

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

Yankee is just a metaphor for diners of any nationality who alter the ambiance of the dining room with their exuberance.

Aug 29, 2014
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A Europe Virgin needing help

Totally agree with this self-assessment. Maybe he/she/they meant "JT modern" versus his traditional gems or "modern in general".

Aug 29, 2014
mangeur in France

Trip Report, May 10 - 17 (Fish, Le Villaret, Chez Casimir, A La Biche au Bois, Other)

Great news. Thanks.

Aug 26, 2014
mangeur in France

Trip Report, May 10 - 17 (Fish, Le Villaret, Chez Casimir, A La Biche au Bois, Other)

We have found it available in most Morbihan drugstores where we have inquired. I bought the last in Pont Aven in a very modern shop, the last place I would have expected to find it.

Aug 26, 2014
mangeur in France