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a very specific Paris food search

Believe it, and why I cannot explain. Although I did indeed have very few of my OP dishes(mussels at Leon Bruxelles, Steak at Au Bougnat, and the above mentioned croquet, I left somewhat disappointed. Last journey was mostly about new things, and glutted myself on duck, pigeon, offal, and other foods that I haven't had much, nor prepare at home.This time, it'll be about what MY slant is on classics. I will report back .

Feb 13, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

Spot on LorenzoGA. Have eaten in Paris before but never my OP list( well I actually had three croques that were just terrible). Last time around was more haute cuisine, and lots of market trips and cooking in apartment. And yes, I have eaten bad, good and excellent versions of my list, globally and at home.

Feb 12, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

Thanks manjeur. Being only my second trip to Paris, the first time round was pure magic for me.
everything about it, the environs, the food, the people, all of it, left a lasting impression. I will try and do some unusual things this time round, as I have knocked the "must list" down heavily, and will search for more off the beaten track experiences

Feb 12, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

You had it right! Its a mental thing with me, the "paris experience".I necessarily am not looking so much for the difference, or am possibly wanting to compare styles, but rather look for the emotional part of the search. Thank you Lorenzo!

Feb 12, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

What a great discussion this has been so far. Being the OP'er, I would like to possibly redirect the conversation. We have 4 lunches and 6 dinners in Paris this early May (been to Paris 2 years ago).Everyone hopefully saw the "wish list" of foods. Perhaps, now, we could get solid recommendations for the lunches and dinners, trying to keep the wish list in mind, with perhaps variations on the theme, but can be open to all ideas? Have not established a budget, to date, for meals, and enjoy a glass or two of wine. We are used to spending 150-200 US Dollars when we eat here so translated to euro I suspect 150-175 euros. We don't necessarily need to stay in that range on every meal, especially the lunches, and can go either way, up and down within reasonable limits. Prefer not to have too many suggestions that are too much above that. staying in Latin Quarter but like to walk, metro, etc. Maybe some suggestions?

Feb 11, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

Bravo! I have been traveling for some time now and just want a good meal, a nice place and a memorable time to add to my forever wanderlust experience. and believe you, me, the food plays an important role in that. Thanks to all who have given me their kind words.

Feb 09, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

@Steve I did not fall off of the proverbial "turnip truck" this morning. I know what a conversation means and entails. Without being sarcastic nor snarky, you assume more than you know. It just happens that you indeed were my very first response following my OP. You assume I am a chef, yet you have no idea whether I work and cook in a Michelin star atmosphere or perhaps sling hash in a roadside diner( although I have eluded to "foams, dirts, beads gastronomy", etc and maybe I attempt these things in the privacy of my home?)You assume that I travel alone(perhaps I am traveling with a very finicky small child who happens to adore onion soup or even my ages grandmother who, because of her lack of teeth, can only eat smooth liquid foods?)
Assumptions, too, are a funny thing!
Again, no snark here, just another conversation.
IYO When in Paris, if you do enjoy Choucroute, where do you go? it does not have to be limited to any of the many brasseries that serve it.

Feb 09, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

@LorenzoGA I get it! However the food thing IS or should be the thing here, not so much about the other things to do in paris. I know it is a forum and it is a place to share ideas and thoughts and I really enjoy that aspect, but still, I really believe it should be food-centric. Without sounding like a snob, isn't that the reason for tripadvisor?
@Parnassien I like the way you think! your incite on the oysters was spot on and nothing , to me, is better than a hint of truffle, and on a croque!! Sounds divine, and the decadence I seek. More please. Have I not heard of a place in paris where they stuff truffle under the skin of a chicken a roast whole??

Feb 09, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

Thank you John Talbott for the kind words and inspiration, as you are always,what I would like to call "my CH guru", always a vast wealth of knowledge and joie de vivre!
I have not given up and will continue the pursuit!

Feb 09, 2015
russspezial in France

a very specific Paris food search

I am overwhelmed with the responses I received from my OP. Did I think that the plethora of responses would range from valuable suggestions to unrequested babble? I suppose I should have expected this! I have always believed that Chowhound should be a, if not "the source" for food and dining searches, coupled with personal experiences, good and bad. I return to CH again and again for information, in hopes of expanding my experiences while traveling, and gaining insight as to what I feel will satisfy my palette. I now am beginning to realize that some CH posters just like to stir the pot, adding insult to injury. That's fine too, as I have a strong backbone and can take the criticisms. I do not, and will not, however, feel that this board should ever be a site for uninspired minutiae.
Folks, just answer the requests as best you can, and give your incite , as you are the experts here, with pools of knowledge and hands on experiences.
Before all of the egotistical babble, My OP was precise, straight forward and, although perhaps a tad basic and uninspiring for Paris, my desires nonetheless while eating in Paris. I know how to make a croque,I know the process of pate, I know that foie gras is not pate, and I know where Choucroute originates from. Remember that I am a cook by trade, and I am the person in the kitchen who stands behind a hot line for many many hours on end turning out the delicious foods that you crave and later review, again good and bad!
So to end, I honestly thank those who have given insight to my OP with your suggestions.I will head to Paris in May and I will, again, enjoy the city that I love, searching out my food choices. And people, try to remember the whole reason that CH is available to everyone: It is a sharing of infos, and a gigantic source for travellers who want to eat well. Again, thank you so very much and would still want PLACES that feature my humble list of foods. "MEAN GIRLS" need not apply LOL !

a very specific Paris food search

Thank you everyone for your ideas. This post could have easily turned out to be a real "bashing", as I know my list was quite ordinary and not very inspired for Paris dining. These are the French foods I like and will search out regardless of the lack of creativity. I cook for a living, and am surrounded with"foams, dirts,gastrobeads, etc" all the time. I create these things at home, and at work, hence, my simple wish list for eating on vacation in Paris.
Two more questions?
Oysters in May? how will they be? And since I am a gulf coast resident, I am used to Louisiana oysters, quite large, hints of brininess and pretty creamy? Farm raised in natural waters?
And maybe one blow out meal? 300 euro for two, with just a glass of wine? I do want to have a memorable dining experience in Paris?

Feb 05, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

Ok so after much searching and lots of CH response, perhaps it may be better to itemize my list of foods that I would like to eat in Paris and the places that serve top notch varieties.
So here we go:

-Filet of beef with incredible sauce( au poivre?)
-Choucroute Garnie
-Raw Oysters
-Croque Monsieur
-Mussels
- Duck Confit
-Onion Soup
-Pate entrée
-Beef Boeurgignon
-Savory Galettes or Crepes
- Roasted chicken and tates

I realize that this is a silly list, with all of what I believe are old Parisian classics, but this is what I want to eat, whether you agree or disagree. What I would like, please, are your recommendations for these foods and where you may believe are the tastiest places that serve them. I am asking this board because I believe that most everyone that responds to food requests on this site are consistently a great wealth of knowledge( and most times, criticism !!) I will humbly appreciate all of the comments. Merci!!

Feb 04, 2015
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Where to find the best in Luberon and St Remy de provence

No apologies needed. I suppose I assumed that "chef and foodie" was an easy way of saying "food lovers"
Again, just sort of feeling the territory , and simply wanting suggestions for new places.
Funny though, today I chose L'Estagnol
To have Sunday lunch. It seems just perfectly suited for us.
I will check into your suggestions in Paris.
They all sound what we are looking for.
Thanks and anything more would be very helpful

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

Parigi, my apologies for using "best". I suppose I should have used excellent, or better yet, memorable. I have figured out the luberon part of the trip but lack the St Remy part. After endlessly scouring the many websites, blogs and reviews(mostly trip advisor) I cannot get a good feel for the dining scene! Am I missing something here?
Our last part of the journey will end in Paris for a week. Have already decided on some of our old haunts( Tastevin, Au Bourgnat) but may consider Bistro Paul Bert and Jaqueline Chez Dumonnet as that approach to dining suits us well. Also never ever did the Brasserie thing so just for kicks and giggles will have a lunch in one( realizing that the food is not so much the focus but rather the experience) Heavily considering Bofinger, as it is close to our apartment. Any suggestions for other classic Paris dining and Brasseries?

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

Early May travel, three days in Bonnieux, 3 days in st Remy de provence. Have eaten at Cesar(bonnieux) Fournil(bonnieux)Auberge de la loube( Bioux)Enjoyed all three of these tremendously. Now looking for some new places. Don't mind a bit of car travel(within 30 Ks)Want some really good provencal dishes, love the plat, and eat almost anything. Chef and foodie traveling together.Prefer no Michelin stars but rather a simple approach with very little fuss( no foams, no gastronomy, you get the idea here!) Willing to spend what delicious, well prepared, food costs along with friendly service and warm environs. Please give us your thoughts and ideas, and of course your vast knowledges!! Thanks

Jan 20, 2015
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Tuscany area best dining recommendations

May 2014 trip planning on visiting , staying for lunches, in Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, and Chianti area with day trip stops at Radda, Castellini and Gaiole. Looking for fantastic places to have lunches only. Looking for those great places that possibly give us great vistas and great food.
We are basing our evenings in Greve and need ideas for our dinners(6) in that town as well
Thanks

Mar 25, 2014
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Trying to find bagged Ice in Florence

Will plan to enjoy lots of delicious wine next month but also prefer a cocktail or two relaxing in my apartment terrace. Can someone suggest a place in Florence where I can purchase bagged ice? Would it be a COOP? I once heard there is a small grocery in Oltrarno that sells bagged ice but have lost that info. We really need some help here so all suggestions will be greatly appreciated

Mar 19, 2014
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Florences top restaurants for splurge meal?

Thank you all for the advice and opines.
I feel that I have a good grasp on my Firenze dining, and now, I am onto my country and day trip choices.
Will be in Greve as a base for 6 days and will day visit:
-Montepulciano and Pienza
- Arezzo
- Radda, Castellina, Gaiole
-possibly Sienna

Once again , looking for the best in these places, all lunches, farm to table, etc. Food style not such a concern, just looking to have memorable lunches
Please help!

Feb 26, 2014
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Florences top restaurants for splurge meal?

Heading to Firenze in early May and am wanting suggestions and reviews of best meals for one or two splurge dinners. Considering the following:

-Cibreo ristorante
-Cantinetta Antinori
-Il Sant Bevitore

I want seriously experiences for all or any of these places, good or bad! The reviews I read are so, so mixed that I am boggled!! We are true enjoyers of fine food, I myself being a chef in NOLA. One peeve is fine dining with a speck of food on an enormous plate. and not a big fan of a seven or eight course tasting menu.
If I'm paying top dollar, I want to leave satisfied!
so, all being said, Please help us with your ideas .Thanks!

Feb 13, 2014
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Need my "liver fix" in venice!

Getting back to venice next week and gotta have some of that wonderful liver. Last trip, remember the Gruff sisters place in Dosudoro recommended for the liver. Went, had the liver. liked it, but want a few recommendations for other places serving that famouse venetion liver. Any ideas?

Oct 25, 2010
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Greve restaurant recommendations

Thanks jen kalb. Your guidance is always well recieved and helpful. I will check out the link

Oct 18, 2010
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Greve restaurant recommendations

We are going to be in Greve for 4 days. We have a lot of day road trips planned but will pretty much end up in Greve around dinner time each night. Been before to Greve and ate at Gallo Nero 2xs. Loved the food, loved the place but want to broaden my horizons with some new places. I realize that Lamole, Panzano are nearby, but really looking for placed in Greve( renting an apartment in Montebeni and considering walking to dinner in town. We need some really good ideas as to where to have dinner. We are all adventerous eaters and like to dine out. Kitchen professionals here and absolutely DO NOT WANT TO COOK on our trip so no recs for market , butcher, etc where I need to cook my own meals please. All recs will be appreciated .

Oct 18, 2010
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5 days in Tuscany - Please critique my current plan - worried it is too ambitious

parrat01, so funny! I too have scheduled a very similiar trip with 5 days in the country visiting as much as I can stand! My traveling partner keeps commenting on how nice it is going to be just to relax at the farmhouse and read lots of books! Little does he know that this is soo not going to happenLOL! Good luck with your itinerary and I too suggest Trattoria da Leo over Buca di antonio. I have eaten at both, and although theyb are both really wonderful, da Leo is a little more casueal and "younger". Have fun on your trip!

Aug 31, 2010
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Bistecca in Tuscany

Ospreycove, of course not. That is just common sense and good etiquette never to insult the owners, or better yet, anyone, anywhere, anytime.. As a previous restaurant owner, I too, believe that mine was the very best!

Jul 23, 2010
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Bistecca in Tuscany

I suppose I too have mislead all to believe that I am somewhat of a snob when approaching the topic of Bistecca. My past experiences of this famous steak have been a bit up and down and all over the place. I have had really chewy, stringy and grissly cuts in Florence, as well as times when the steak was too drastically raw . I understand the idea behind the prep of the dish. It should be perfectly charred, and seared on the outside and SOMEWHAT raw and (preferably) room temp on the inside. Personally, if the cut is not of the highest quality, this process deems itself useless, as inferior beef is inferior beef. Back to my main search, I want the finest quality of Beef, prepared correctly( Olive oil, salt and pepper with perhaps fresh rosemary) over wood fire, without all the drama! Really it doesnt matter to me if I am sitting in a hole in the wall or a place packed with knowing tourists or not.
I will check out all of the above places and go from there. And a side note: I have in the past found some of the best restaurants in a guidebook or two,, and do refer to all of them for their wonderful resources and ideas.

Jul 23, 2010
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Bistecca in Tuscany

Again, thanks to everyone for their ideas. Being a foodie and chef, my ideas of bistecca and off the beaten path ar, I, suppose, somewhat different.
We are looking for really tasty steak, really, it doesnt matter if it comes from Japan , as long as it is delicious and prepared perfectly, a liitle char on the outside and cold on the inside. Where the actual cattle is raised is trivial, it is all about the actual meat and its flavor, sear, texture, etc. After all, regardless of all of the hype, this is what it is all about, flavor,flavor,flavor. So who has the best prepared, perfectly presented and tasty piece of steak in floence?

Jul 22, 2010
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Bistecca in Tuscany

Thanks for all the responses here, and I will check out the butcher and his empire!
On another note, how about giving some advice on good bistecca in Florence. I have already been to Sostanza and Trattoria Mario and am looking for an alternative. Has anyone had the bistecca at Cinghale Bianco or Quatro Leoni? Looking for something off the beaten path.

Jul 22, 2010
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Bistecca in Tuscany

traveling and staying outside of Greve in the fall. Wanting any advice and opinion on the best place within the area to get top quality Bistecca. We are willing to travel throughout chianti area to find the best there is.( Radda, Castellini, Gaiole,Greve , etc)
Had it in Firenze a few times but figured the best would be in the country somewhere. Any ideas please?

Jul 20, 2010
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aperitivo in florence

I certainly didnt intend to sound like I doonr appreciate the guidebooks, because I use them and rely on them heavily with all my travels.
thanks for the link to the "real thing "aperitivos. I will check it out and hopefully find a few places that will work out
Ciao

Jul 01, 2010
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san Miniato truffle fest in Nov 13

Anyone been? any advise?

Jun 25, 2010
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