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Trip Report: Burgundy, Loire Valley, and Paris

Erika, Erika, Erika...what's not to love. No, worship! Well, within reason...

about 10 hours ago
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September fete des vendanges, Cleebourg, Alsace

I am sure that I have written this up previously, but it is worth another reminder. The village of Cleebourg, just km from the German border, puts on a phenomenal village fete mid-September with wine tastings, a feast of local food, um-pah music and folk dancing and an incredible parade. It starts with the mayor crowning the queen of the new harvest and the crushing of the first grapes. Everyone in the crowd is served a portion of the fresh juice and the quality of the vintage is appraised and commented on. Then demonstrations of local crafts, luncheon under the enormous tent, lots of wine "tasting" and finally the parade.

We stayed in nearby Wissembourg at the Cygne Hotel, comfortable and very regional. I heartily recommend a sidetrip to this event for anyone who will be in the vicinity. This year, September 20.

http://www.jds.fr/agenda/manifestatio...

Google for additional photos.

about 16 hours ago
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Trip Report: Burgundy, Loire Valley, and Paris

After rereading this bumped thread, the one take-away I missed is the absolute necessity of booking a table.

1 day ago
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Place d'Italie

I really worry (probably shouldn't) about heartfood's time allowance. A 2 hour lunch break? Only an hour and a half? He writes "lunch with my tour group", so is a large group staying together and need to be seated? As my French friends are wont to say, "C'est compliqué!"

Jul 25, 2015
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Alsace (particularly Colmar and Strasbourg) - any suggestions?

By and large, I like Le Fooding's sensibiities. Perhaps its idiosyncrasies are also mine. I also don't find the ego that swamps other food review websites but more often small published guides.

Jul 25, 2015
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Cheesemakers in Paris?

You might write to the tourist office or mairie at Coulommiers, an hour train ride from Paris, to see it they could name some cheesemakers who might receive you. The local cheese is a lesser known cousin of Brie.

Jul 25, 2015
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Need dinner suggestions for hearty eaters (my 3 sons) in Paris during August

"Cote de boeuf and galette."

Ooops. Since I think that this is not on the menu at (new, hot, rue Victoire) Restaurant Louis, I guess you are talking about L'Ami Louis which does indeed close in August.

Jul 25, 2015
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Need dinner suggestions for hearty eaters (my 3 sons) in Paris during August

Louis should be open. I had a res for that week. And Spring is open all summer.

Jul 24, 2015
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Upcoming Paris trip advice...Neige D'ete, A.T., ES, Pages, Gares aux Gorilles and more?

Only tasting menus now, and one Michelin star.

Jul 23, 2015
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Upcoming Paris trip advice...Neige D'ete, A.T., ES, Pages, Gares aux Gorilles and more?

Check out La Table d'Eugene's website. I believe the format has changed since your last visit. http://latabledeugene.com/

Jul 23, 2015
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Two Paris Hotel Choices -- Which Neighborhood is Better for Food?

To say nothing of the extraordinary and unusual macarons at Gregory Renard, with their emphasis on sensuous fillings rather than cookie exteriors http://www.chocoparis.com/gregory-ren... and sin qua non chocolatier Michel Chaudun on rue de l'Universite with his true to life chocolate Dremel tool! http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2006/05/... And Bellota Bellota for a sachet of unbelievable ham. http://www.bellota-bellota.com/

Jul 22, 2015
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La Cave à Michel

Romain seems to thrive under the pressure of demand for his ingenious plates regardless of venue. Yes, when we've checked out the scene late in the evening, there has been friendly overflow in the alley. 7 works for us, at least for a reconnaissance visit.

re flirting, the brothers seem to have quietly understood our appreciation without obvious overtures on either side. The coolest and warmest kind of respect.

Jul 22, 2015
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La Cave à Michel

Thanks, Parnassien. Can you tell us which day of the week and what time you encountered this mash? For Romain, I'd belly up to the bar at opening. Or before...

Jul 22, 2015
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La Cave à Michel

Yeh, that's what I would expect from them and that's why I want to go.

Jul 22, 2015
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La Cave à Michel

Looking for a recent boots-on-the-ground report. I know that it is a comptoir, counter with no seating...but are there actually NO stools? The food looks amazing, and I adore the Tischenkos. Would love to hear any reports, including day and time.

Jul 22, 2015
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First time in Paris and I can't wait to EAT!

(Is that what the big guy was doing at Pirouette? I thought it was Flamenco.)

Jul 21, 2015
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Loriol sur Drôme, Sete and Perpignan

I had thought it was in that link, but Pti wrote of a one-woman seafood kitchen on the Sete pier. Perhaps she can refresh us and the thread.

Jul 21, 2015
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Recommendations for reasonably-priced places -- family trip to Les Baux area

Nicely done. Glad you found Le Tracteur. It was our "go to" Easter lunch for a number of years while we were in the area. Sweet people, excellent food.

http://www.lexpress.fr/styles/saveurs...

You can be sure we will try to copy your "lardon, honey, goat cheese" pizza next week-end in the country. Thanks!

Jul 21, 2015
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Ice cream

Amorino always reminded me of cheap soft-serve product. Plus, I found the attitude usually off-putting.

Jul 21, 2015
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Help me with planning s'il vous plait!

Yes, it's the gold standard but most casual visitors balk at the investment.

Jul 21, 2015
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Ice cream

For us uninitiated, it's worth calling Constant before trekking. He has been closed every time I've passed by also.

37, rue d'Assas
01 53 63 15 15

Jul 21, 2015
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Help me with planning s'il vous plait!

Roughly, a line caught white fish with some kind of garnish of mango and avocado;

Peach scented with lemon verbena herb.

You might enjoy Patricia Wells' excellent food dictionary, or get it on an app. http://www.patriciawells.com/glossary/

Jul 21, 2015
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Wild Goose chases wanted...

Again, have walked past it off hours dozens of times. Will make an effort to visit. It is sad that since we don't take an apartment so many extraordinary products are beyond our use. (However, our favorite deskman had no complaints when we laid off a large chunk of Iberico on him at the end of a stay!)

Jul 20, 2015
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Wild Goose chases wanted...

We're in.

Jul 20, 2015
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Ice cream

Good point about simple if guilty pleasures. It occurs to me that a lot of the disappointing ice cream (or fill in your own blank) has been the result of a recommended trek.

Jul 20, 2015
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Michelin Starred in Paris with a 12 year old?

You probably know a lot of people here, just by other names. ;)

Jul 20, 2015
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Wild Goose chases wanted...

Okay. Putting La Tête dans les Olives on the list. We pass it frequently but never while it's open. I see that it is closed during the entirety of our next visit. Will have to go on November's goose chase.

As well as Bac à Glace.

Jul 20, 2015
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Loriol sur Drôme, Sete and Perpignan

Jul 20, 2015
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First time in Paris and I can't wait to EAT!

Question: L'Ami Jean supposedly seats until 10pm which would be tight for the OP unless he cabs directly from Gare du Nord. Is there wink-and-nod exception to this or is it firm?

Jul 20, 2015
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First time in Paris and I can't wait to EAT!

Given the hour you will likely be settled into your hotel and starting out to dinner, I'd jump the metro to Louvre-Rivoli stop and walk the several blocks to La Tour Montlhery/Chez Denise. No more French or Parisian experience in Paris. Extensive menu.

http://www.secretsofparis.com/latestd...

Jul 20, 2015
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