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Delivery to Auxerre help please

LE COMPTOIR GOURMAND in Auxerre seems to have online ordering and the products you are looking for.

http://www.lecomptoirgourmand89.fr/

about 4 hours ago
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Intimidation of Restaurant Reviewers

I rely more on description.

I have read reviews that advise readers to avoid a room, but a discriminating read shows that the writer had personality or cockpit issues, booking a table in order to check out the kitchen, and experiencing a chef who is cooking a style that is not understood or appreciated.

Tell me about the carte. Tell me what you ordered. Describe what you were served. I will happily make my own judgements.

Dec 17, 2014
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Internet Source for Chocolate and Champagne

Excellent choice.

Dec 17, 2014
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Intimidation of Restaurant Reviewers

I would think that precise description, perhaps accompanied by photos, and without editorializing, eg cautions to avoid, would be difficult to counter.

Dec 16, 2014
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Meilleurs Ouvriers?

That's the only award that matters.

Dec 16, 2014
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Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Fallot saffron mustard.

Knorr and Maggi products.

(Maille mustard in Minnie Mouse jars for my 3 year old granddaughter. :) )

Just cruise the aisles in any supermarket or epicerie.

Dec 16, 2014
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Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Good points by bauskern and DCM. Familiar brands sell many flavors or styles in France that are not sold in the US and that are worth hauling home.

Dec 16, 2014
mangeur in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

I will warn that Fred's Merveilleux have a short shelf life. I bought a self-selected box of six and DH only got two. Also, I would doubt the feasibility of trying to bring them home. They are ethereally light and delicate and while the box is very strong, just the slightest jostle bumps them together into an eminently edible mess.

Dec 15, 2014
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Meilleur Ouvrier de France

Kind of, but more like Waitrose's featured wine of the year.

Dec 14, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

We all need to remember that reviews are often a single point-and-shoot candid from one diner's Brownie. Sad to think that they are taken more seriously than that. As I preach, read and read and read and read and...

Dec 13, 2014
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Paris: Cave a manger / Bar a vins

Interestingly, last week at Porte 12, we were served an ER orange wine as the wine pairing with pigeon. It was not disagreeable nor was it the best match for pigeon that I've had. More importantly, in this case, the heavy sauce served with the pigeon would have been better served by a sturdy red.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

Another epiphany! We have always used Saturne as a Monday night book. They wouldn't possibly schedule their lamest staff for Sunday/Monday, knowing that they will be full by default...would they?

Dec 12, 2014
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Paris: Cave a manger / Bar a vins

"ignore the walls"

Ahhhh. This should apply to all things. Lovely phrase, Pti.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

I am reminded of one of our first visits to Saturne. We had requested counter seating. When we arrived, we were warmly greeted and were told that our counter seats awaited us...but that since it was such a nice evening, would we rather sit on the "terrasse"? "Well, okay. That sounds fine."

Happily ensconced and into our first course, a couple roars up on a motorcycle and crosses the street. We recognize him as one of our favorite chefs, who comes over and chats a bit before going inside...probably to our counter seats. :)

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

Having a French cel certainly makes the reservation process easier. Before we got ours, I would spend at least a minute on the phone arguing with the restaurant, persuading them to take our hotel phone number, assuring them that we would reconfirm and that we would appear, period. With it, there are no hassels, just a quick confirmation that they have recorded our request.

A Paris number may make a service difference, but I have a suspicion that calling in person also helps. I sense better initial reception when I call, even with my horrific French, than when my hotel makes the reservation for us. In the latter case, I often feel that we are assumed incompetent until we prove otherwise: poorer table, Anglo seating area, handed English cartes.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

It's not an inconvenience, John. You just have to understand the drill. I would have found our recent visit much diminished had we skipped dining at "old" favorites and checking out the new.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

Parigi covered it well. But this is a good opportunity to warn and remind diners that in most of the hot dining rooms it is absolutely mandatory to understand the reconfirmation policy: who is responsible for making the call and in what time frame.

I agree that I prefer direct contact with the restaurant when making and much more importantly reconfirming reservations. On our recent visit, I did notice either confusing or redundant reconfirmation procedure at restaurants that rely on La Fourchette. I dislike options like "call or click" which add an unnecessary opportunity for slip-up on either end.

Dec 12, 2014
mangeur in France

Internet Source for Chocolate and Champagne

I would call Grande Epicerie. They have concierge service and delivery. I'd give them the price range and see what they propose.

Dec 11, 2014
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Dining in and near the French alps, September 2014: Flocons de Sel, La Table du Trappeur, La P’tite Ravine, Pere Bise, Annecy Friday morning market, and more

Aka tomorrow night's dinner. Thanks!

Dec 10, 2014
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Dining in and near the French alps, September 2014: Flocons de Sel, La Table du Trappeur, La P’tite Ravine, Pere Bise, Annecy Friday morning market, and more

AAargggghhhhh! This was on our schedule but DH was dragging from severe chest cold and we snipped our itinerary daily. Is the St. Antoine venue also doing this, as they have other winters?

Dec 10, 2014
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La Cave à Michel

Actually, it was after Matiere a. And we were surprised that as "joyous" as it appeared/sounded, there were several gaps where one or an intimate two could belly up to the bar.

Dec 10, 2014
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La Cave à Michel

We walked by after dinner elsewhere last week and it was hopping. Romain was behind the bar and looked like he was having a great time, huge smile and lots of interaction. A photographer stopped us outside the door and went on at length about how great the tapas were. We told him we had just finished eating and he repeatedly told us, "Next time..."
(He also touted A. Noste.)

Dec 09, 2014
mangeur in France

Report on 6 days in Paris

Good point. A parallel of my going-to-church tenet.

Dec 09, 2014
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Report on 6 days in Paris

Sure hope you find it.

But seriously, "vibes" are an essential part of any dining experience, and are often hard to discern before booking. Besides the usual anti-tourist rant, many ambiance and service issues turn well cooked food into a "whom-cares" experience. And sadly one can often not know by looking in the door or even reading the best reviews.

Dec 09, 2014
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New Rino

Just saw this. Am devastated, as we fly out today.

Please report back if you go.

Dec 07, 2014
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Table d'Aki

We returned tonight. No surprises, everything just as enjoyable.

Standout dish was the scallops on a pumpkin puree with Jeruselem artichoke mousse, topped with a healthy amount of white truffle. Other plates sang of freshness and restraint.

We love this civilzed room!

Dec 06, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

I think that this is a given. However as a distinct and separate category from fresh, there is a universe of and continuum of quality among canned sardines. The best are extraordinarily good at date of sale and can also be aged to another level.

Dec 06, 2014
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Indeed and indeed.

Interestingly. all of our current top choice restos are no choice. I think that it frees up the chef's creativity and keeps our palates engaged.

Dec 06, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

It sounds to me like a "plating" jest that didn't work for your table. Amusing cuisine and service doesn't play equally. I have aleays wished that Thomas Keller had just put his wonderful food on the table monus the puns. but others love it.

Dec 05, 2014
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Under my banner of "Describe what you ate, damn it", on our night the entree was a marbre of mi-cuit de foie gras/confit de canard with grilled chestnuts, clementines and topinambour mousse. Fish course was steamed merlu with lemon confit, sweet potato, pineapple and sage, with clams quickly sauteed and their juices.
Meat was Simmental entrecote with cocao nib infused juices, leeks with caraway and roast oyster plant...atop grilled potato mousse. We skipped cheese and dessert which we watched being constructed, very professional chocolate shells to be filled at serving.

This sounds like a lot of clashing flavor elements but they were added with a light hand and, sitting in the prime pass seats, we watched Courteille taste and taste and taste, so nothing escaped his exacting concept.

This is not "new cooking" or even particularly modern, but it is one man's vision and passion.

Dec 05, 2014
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