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Michelin quality Catering in France?

I'd suggest you focus on finding a Provençal restaurant that combines great food with your dream of a villa/country house. Here are a few suggestions -
le Mas de la Rose in Orgon (no stars . . . yet) http://www.mas-rose.com/fr/accueil
Domaine de la Coquillade in Gargas (1-star) http://www.coquillade.fr/uk/index.php
Bastide de Capelongue in Bonnieux (2-star) http://www.capelongue.com
La Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes (no stars) http://www.labastidedemarie.com/3175-...
Each one of these hotel/restaurants fits your dream in terms of Provençal architecture and stunning landscaping, plus gives you (and possibly your guests) a wonderful place to stay. Weather permitting, they are well equipped for open-air dining (and, I'm sure, weddings). Of the 4, the only one where we have not dined within the last few years is Bastide de Marie, but you should be able to find reviews on-line. It is in the middle of a beautiful vineyard (as is la Coquillade). Mas de la Rose is the smallest in terms of hotel capacity, but is truly lovely. Capelongue, most likely the most expensive, would make for an unforgettable experience.

1 day ago
boredough in France

My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

Well, I'm a sucker for lit-up buildings, but if you're up for a big lunch, then that's a good idea. If you walk from your hotel (which, by the way, is a great choice), you can either walk around the Vieux Port, or - if it's operating - take the free "navette" that crosses the harbor to the other side, and then head towards the sea and walk along the coast. Not knowing what else you have planned for that day (& how much time you'll have), I think this is a good way to get to know Marseille. OTOH you should take advantage of the site on which your hotel sits, and find an excuse to sit outside on the terrace with its stunning view of the city after dark. If the bar is open & it's not too cool out, at least have a coffee while looking out at the illuminated Notre Dame de la Garde.

1 day ago
boredough in France

My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

Chez Fonfon does not have a terrace so you'd be dining indoors in any season. (Maybe you or your hotel's concierge can request a window table.) The Vallon des Auffes (a tiny inlet/harbor) should be filled with small boats; the view from the restaurant is mostly multi-colored houses across from the inlet, so, again, the season should not matter. The Château d'If - think Count of Monte Cristo http://if.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/ - should be illuminated off into the sea. But it all depends on whether you want to to sample this Marseille specialty (since you'll be there), and whether you really enjoy eating fish. (Personally, for me the highlight is the rouille that comes with it.) If you take a taxi, ask to be dropped off by the Monument aux Morts d'Orient on the Corniche JFK, and find your own way down to the Vallon. (I'm assuming you have no problem navigating a good-sized flight of steps.) Where is your hotel?

Jan 24, 2015
boredough in France

My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

I have never been to any of the Marseille restaurants you mention, but having googled them I notice that not one is along the water. Are you interested in having bouillabaisse? If so, I recommend Chez Fonfon in the Vallon des Auffes. The dish is served in 2 copious courses, so there is no need to order a starter. It will give you an excuse to see the Vallon des Auffes and the Château d'If in the distance.

Jan 24, 2015
boredough in France

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

It goes to show one's priorities - because my husband & I are always interested in restaurants that serve game (and we don't watch football). Still, when we told 2 servers that chicken is not "game", it took a 3rd staff member to even understand why we were disputing what we were told. It would not have been so comical had the first server grasped the reason for our confusion and explained right off the bat the meaning of "game night".

Jan 21, 2015
boredough in Not About Food

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

In a similar vein, we were in a popular NYC restaurant a couple of years ago and were intrigued by their promotion of a weekly "GAME NIGHT". We asked our server what kinds of game would be on the menu, so we could plan on coming back. "Chicken", she insisted. We had to speak to 2 other staff members, explaining to them that chicken is not a game meat, before someone confessed that the game in question was football. (They have a large bar with a TV.)

Jan 21, 2015
boredough in Not About Food

Where to find the best in Luberon and St Remy de provence

In/near Bonnieux:
la Petite Cave in Saignon (note their website's menu is not up-to-date) Closed SUN/MON.
l'Auberge des Carrières in les Taillades - Closed MON
l'Arôme in Bonnieux - Closed WED/THU
la Bergerie in Bonnieux (smaller restaurant of Bastide de Capelongue) - weather permitting you should first have apéritifs on the terrace of the Bastide, overlooking Bonnieux. Closed SUN/MON.

In/near St Rémy:
Maison Drouot in St Rémy - closed MON/TUE
le Mas du Capoun in Mollégès - closed TUE/WED
le Bistrot du Paradou in le Paradou - in May they're open for dinner FRI/SAT only
le Potager (at le Mas de la Rose) in Orgon - closed SUN/MON

Note that May 1, 8, & 14 are holidays in France, so be sure to call ahead (to book &) to make sure restaurants will be open.

Jan 20, 2015
boredough in France

Where can I buy a loaf of brioche?

In case it might be helpful for someone else to know: this afternoon Maison Kayser UWS had challah loaves (but no large plain round brioches). I was told they're available on Fridays only, and at all Kayser shops. Not quite the same as brioche, but close enough for my needs & certainly a good choice for French Toast :-)

Jan 16, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

How do you pronounce 'bruschetta'?

I think that (non-Italians) trying to speak in an Italian dialect (if that is what dropping the last vowel is supposed to be) is not much different than a foreigner learning English and thinking that saying "New Joizey" or "terlet" are accepted pronunciations and worth mimicking. Just because some people speak that way does not make it proper English.

Jan 14, 2015
boredough in Not About Food

Aux Merveilleux de Fred – Heavenly Meringue Pastries

That's impressive! Now if we could only get Georges Larnicol over here...

Jan 11, 2015
boredough in Manhattan
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Foie Gras questions

In case you (zakappel) haven't yet found fresh duck livers...
Today I happened to be at the 79th St Green Market (on Columbus Ave by the Museum of Natural History) and passed the Hudson Valley Duck Farm stand, where the sign lists duck livers @ $8/lb. Apparently they sell out early due to small quantity, but probably have more available at the Union Square Green Market.

Jan 11, 2015
boredough in Home Cooking

Aux Merveilleux de Fred – Heavenly Meringue Pastries

Click on the link in ZaZa's post. I assume they're the same as the ones sold in Paris.

Jan 11, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Aux Merveilleux de Fred – Heavenly Meringue Pastries

great news! thanks for posting

Jan 11, 2015
boredough in Manhattan
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Foie Gras questions

Further to my above message about the Union Square Green Market, the vendor mentioned in that older post may have been Quattro's Game Farm (but I cannot find the original post in order to verify). Quattro's is there on Saturday; Hudson Valley is there on Saturday, Wednesday, & Monday. Again, I'm not sure which vendor it was, but one of them might be willing to supply you with fresh duck livers.

Jan 05, 2015
boredough in Home Cooking

Foie Gras questions

I vaguely recall reading a CH post a while back regarding the Union Square Green Market stall of Hudson Valley Duck Farm, from whom the writer claimed he periodically ordered some duck part(s). Although their website does not mention whole duck livers, it might be worth stopping by & asking if they would sell them to you.

Jan 05, 2015
boredough in Home Cooking

Foie Gras questions

The package appears to be raw foie gras. These small portions are of a size that requires extremely careful cooking, as otherwise it will completely melt away (as fat often does). With a piece that small (as opposed to a big chunk), I start off with a very hot skillet and sauté each side for approximately 30-45 seconds...until each side is nicely seared. It comes out close to medium rare, which is how we like it. YMMV.

Regarding your inquiry about regular duck liver items, I see that Zabar's sells this duck liver mousse:
http://www.zabars.com/on/demandware.s...

Jan 05, 2015
boredough in Home Cooking
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Where can I buy a loaf of brioche?

Update on Kayser UWS: Went in today to buy a baguette and asked again about their brioche loaf, since it made no sense that they didn't have the same products as, for instance, the Flatiron branch. They had none - as was the case the last two times we were there - but this time we were told they were out of them. However as I could see from the ones with the sugared topping that were still available, the plain brioche is more like a bowling ball (as per ZaZa's description) and might not suit jns7's needs (nor would it suit mine, sadly).

Jan 01, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Bouillabaisse for one?

The Marseille restaurants I know that specialize in bouillabaisse serve primarily - or exclusively - seafood, making this a tough call. Chez Fonfon, where you can get delicious bouillabaisse for one without pre-ordering, might be a possibility for you, because I see from their on-line menu that there is one non-seafood option, and that is a veal dish (not lamb/pork/beef, but maybe you just forgot to mention it). Still I'd hesitate to go there without checking in advance (or making a reservation), especially since the menu offering might change (& you don't indicate when this is for). Good luck.

Dec 31, 2014
boredough in France

Where can I buy a loaf of brioche?

Thanks, Yaxpac. Next time I'll know where to go for it!

Dec 31, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Where to buy a fresh goose in Manhattan?

Citarella sells them but you probably have to order it. A day ahead is usually enough time, but this time of year I wouldn't wait past tomorrow (Sunday).

Dec 27, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Where can I buy a loaf of brioche?

to Yaxpac: Maison Kayser on the UWS (Bway/76th) stated they do not sell brioche loaf. (Yes, they have brioche rolls.) They do sell "pain de mie" which is more like a Pullman loaf and denser than brioche. At which Maison Kayser did you find brioche loaf? (I'd like to know for next time....)

Dec 26, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

1st time cooking a leg of lamb--tips?

I realize you already have a collection of recipes, but here's one more:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
The anchovies give the lamb a wonderful flavor, without it being fishy at all. (Don't tell your son until after he tastes it.) If you have a meat thermometer, it won't matter if there's a bone or not. Just keep your eye on it & take it out of the oven when it reaches the temperature you want. 125-130° would be medium-rare, which IMO is preferable to medium. Also there's no problem marinating/studding with the netting on.

Dec 24, 2014
boredough in Home Cooking

Ideas for a Molecular Gastronomy Store Name {prize}

The Periodic Table

Where can I buy a loaf of brioche?

Bought a nice one the other day at Fairway. (Oddly enough, Maison Kayser does not sell brioche.)

Dec 24, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Weekend report

Glad to hear that you liked the Simone. We feel the same way about the whole "package".

Dec 19, 2014
boredough in Manhattan
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Maille Mustard Boutique

Thanks for your analysis. To answer your question, the French Maille website (maille.com) says:
"Périgord region's finest black winter truffles and Burgundy’s famous Chablis white wine" in the mustard's description. And to be fair, the $45 includes $20 for the small refillable ceramic pot; refills are $25. In any case, the boutique is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Dec 18, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

When I spoke to the London director on hand for opening day, I was told that the black truffle mustard is made from actual truffles. I am therefore intrigued by your comment and would like to know how you came to your assertion about a chemical additive. Thanks to elaborate.

Dec 17, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Columbus Circle Holiday Market (2014)

Had the chocolate mousse Kronie and thought it was good but not great. (Never had a Dominique Ansel Cronut so have no way to compare.) Love the sausages from Charlito's Cocina. (The truffled sausage is particularly delicious.)

Dec 12, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

Well I'm (somewhat selfishly) doing my darnedest to spread the word so that the boutique sticks around (my neighborhood). It's great to see the UWS getting some new (good food) blood. It's only temporary, but Charlito's Cocina has a stand at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market - their dry-cured sausages are wonderful (especially the truffle one) and make a great "vehicle" for Maille.

Dec 10, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Dirty French Report

We were there about month ago and the duck was a substantial - & delicious - magret (breast).

Dec 10, 2014
boredough in Manhattan