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Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

My yardstick for success is how well an entity fulfills its mission. From my perspective, Le Fooding is successful at early discovering and writing up the evolving dining scene. Over time, it will necessarily cover pop trends when they become important players as well as new serious restaurants and young emerging chefs. This is both necessary and expected.

Le Fooding provides me with timely news. Some is of limited interest, but the same would be true of any other source. I ignore what doesn't pertain to my life and eagerly glom onto those addresses that sound like our kind of place.

about 13 hours ago
mangeur in France

Pouic-Pouic

It would be wrong to fatwa Le Machon d'Henri. It is a strangely singular little place. We've been returning probably once a year for 20 plus years. It is hard to describe. Food is quite okay if you order simply. We've enjoyed the same weekday server since the first time we walked in. The place is filled with modest and well behaved tourists, not the demanding and entitled sort that you often run into in more upscale places. They are multinational couples, families, singles, often completely baffled by the handwritten chalkboards. But the waiter helps with generic translations and the table next to them fills in the blanks. The single cook works in a closet sized space, steps out periodically to check how diners approve of his plates and blows kisses to regulars. Yes, there are lots of neighborhood regulars and longtime returning visitors, like us. This place has simple soul. We always leave with a smile and resolve to return, even though it cashes a horded dinner slot.

about 13 hours ago
mangeur in France
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Pouic-Pouic

Naw, go ahead and rec Machon d'Henri. No one will go. it will remain a sweet and down-to-earth place. it doesn't draw the same crowd as Chez Fernand and friends.

1 day ago
mangeur in France

How A Major American Travel Magazine--Conde Nast Traveler--Gets Paris Food Shopping Hilariously Wrong!

Hint: We learned about the pain d'epices flavor from our hostess in Santenay who told us her intriguing dressing for greens was made with this mustard.

2 days ago
mangeur in France
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

In the US food press and on menus both here and in France, crumbles, both sweet and savory, have been super-trendy for a couple of years.

Jul 21, 2014
mangeur in France

Five Days in the 15th

Rue Saint Charles is an outstanding food shopping street. (Of course, I'm biased since it hosts a Mervielous de Fred shop.)

Jul 20, 2014
mangeur in France

Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

"And whether in French or English, the reviews of Balls and the Grilled Cheese Factory refer to decidedly horrific restaurants that would never have gotten a look-in from Le Fooding when it first started out, hence my original post."

Indeed we reel from the ink that is allotted to this type of current and popular eatery. Nor would I spend a nano-second in line at a food truck. But these are the trends of our times. I have no doubt that neither of us would be tempted to visit either of your examples, but they do illustrate the kinds of new food venues that the (French) public is interested in supporting.

Perhaps this is what you meant by PR driven, but in the larger scheme of things, a reporting vehicle (i.e., Le Fooding) has to write about the kinds of places that their constituency wants to read about and to patronize.

Jul 19, 2014
mangeur in France

Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

The personal bias certainly didn't refer to you but rather to the blogs. Blogs are essentially written as an expression of personal opinion so it would be quite out of the norm, IMHO, for a blog to aim for scientific neutrality. When it comes to food, personal taste and preference are hard to overcome.

eta, all I have tried to say is that I find Le Fooding a valuable tool in learning about new dining rooms in Paris and insolite places I might miss in the country. LF is never the last word for me, any more than any recommendation from newspaper, blog or word of mouth. These are all tools that help us find the food we are looking for.

Jul 19, 2014
mangeur in France
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Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

I would also add that I notice your links are for the English version. Somehow, like a menu, it reads a lot better in French than in translation.

Jul 19, 2014
mangeur in France

Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

Interestingly, I find more personal bias in those you name as alternatives. But, of course, once you sort that out, you do have additional input.

Jul 19, 2014
mangeur in France
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

We practically eat ourselves sick when Reine-Claudes are in season. They are far superior to any Greengage we've found at home.

Jul 19, 2014
mangeur in France
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Both! :)

Jul 19, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

Never dined there, but I've been told that the wife of one of our most demanding Hounds asks to go to Petrelle for special occasions. http://www.petrelle.fr/ From what I understand, it is tiny, personal, well sourced and cooked, eclectic in decor, rather like visiting your wealthy but outre great-aunt. It's on my someday list...

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

:) Not a chance.

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

Biarritz or Bayonne?

It would help if you tell us that you are swinging from point A to point B. Bayonne is real while Biarritz is, in my experience, more touristy. There is wonderful stuff both along the coast and inland. Given your coordinates, I am sure hounds will come up with great suggestions for either crawl or picnic. It is one of our favorite areas.

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

I would guess that x'ed out dates indicate either closure or complet. If possible, give them a call. Perfect English spoken.

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

It's good for hooks, not recommendations. What I want is a name and description that I can start cross-checking. It's one of the early kids on the block.

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Mortgage the ranch, girl, and GO!

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Parigi, do you know about the ethereal plum elixers at Issy Workshop? Not inexpensive but worth every penny.

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

For my purposes. it still beats most of the alternatives.

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

1st time in Paris!!

I just booked an August table at Pramil after a rave rec from a trusted Hound.

http://www.pramil.fr/

Jul 18, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

Excellent. Do you need someone to carry your bags?

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

It's a good list. Prioritizing it is a strictly personal judgment. Aka a crapshoot. Even at Chateaubriand, DH liked it a lot, I didn't. Neither of us was wrong. :)

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

Looks great, in fact considering it's August, it's spectacular. Nice job paring. Enjoy them all!

eta, I would not be afraid to phone any of these. Greet in French, ask if they speak English and I am sure that they will each and every one switch to English.

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Absolutely second Chef June's rec for Gras Double at Daniel et Denise.

Note also that the various shops at Les Halles don't open awfully early. In order to make sure your targets are up and running, I'd aim no earlier than 11am. Especially Mere Richard and huitre counter.

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France

Pesky Yankees, cut the volume, please!

Bonus check day?

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

Learned if from Buatto or Bourdain or some other pulp writer. :)

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France

Tourist Hate

If I may alter your metaphor, one third of the reviewers disliked their meal in this restaurant staffed by unpaid help.

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France
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Paris....in August?

Do I expose my IQ by admitting that our singular disaster was a Saturday night on rue Paul Bert? Duh. Nothing that DH would consider during our 45 minute "walk for food".

(Slammed is a kitchen term for working beyond full capacity.

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France

Paris....in August?

"a plan B of good restos in the immediate area in case your first choice doesn't pan out."

Gospel. But a word of warning. We have been blindsided by finding that every one of our plan B choices were also slammed. I guess one idea might be to abandon your usual list and search out some obscure names for your flop-plan. Seems obvious after the fact.

Jul 17, 2014
mangeur in France