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Place Des Vosges Area Recs

If the quality of Paris Baguette in France is anything like it is in Seoul, although it will not replace a good ol' boulangerie, it will certainly replace all the bad ones, and it will be miles better than the "pommes de pain" types of places...

As for "la jeune rue", for those of you reading french, here is an interesting (and a bit scary) article about the personnage : http://www.lemonde.fr/le-magazine/art...

Aug 17, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

Sorry for the late reply (I was in Hadong, far from the internet...). And thanks for all the info.
Unfortunately my trip is coming to an end on wednesday, and I've yet to try a few dishes high on my list... So I guess I will delve deeper in the world of bloody food next time I come...

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

Yes it did come with the salt (and they also added a few pieces of jokbal, which was also not as good as one I had a few days earlier)...

I tried to find a stand where the soondae was steaming, and where people were eating it. But it felt like there were too much noodles inside, and not enough of the "good stuff"... I did see a few soondae plates (without trying them) since then (around town or in restaurants), and their color looked darker, and less packed with noodles... Also maybe I'm just not fond of the steamed version and would prefer them in soup, or stir fried... It may also be a personal preference, I really love spanish morcilla, but the taste is very "assertive" and rich.

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

I actually made the same remark when I came back from Japan two years ago.
It seems to me that the reason why you can go to any little random place wherever you are in Japan, and it will probably be good to great, but if you do the same thing in France it will be bad to mediocre, is the pride that the Japanese cooks (even small ones with no particular ambition) put into their food.

Before the ingredients, the technique, the knowledge, the creativity... comes the pride of the cook.

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

It does interest me, but my days are getting shorter, and I will probably go to the countryside for about a week... and still so much I didn't eat in Seoul ! ;)

I'm writing down your rec though. Thanks.

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

Well... I ended up going to gwangjang market today, and lo and behold I came across some soondae... Maybe I should have gone to that place in Yeonji-dong which wouldn't have been very far, because I was somewhat disappointed, I found it to be pretty bland (it was the steamed version), and a bit hard to swallow those big chunks...
I had an awesome Bindaetteok though, so not all is lost.

But soondae hasn't seen the last of me... I'll be back for more (in fact, the pictures on the blog with the squid version look really appetizing !).

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

Thank you, it does help ! :)

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

Hi Steve, thank you for replying. I'm sorry, I hadn't realize that the chicken place you mentioned was "fried chicken"... somehow I wrote it down as "garlic chicken" and forgot that it was fried... This place is still on my to-do list though !

I need to clarify what I meant by "looks pretty bad"... I've eaten in quite a few small hole in the wall type places in Seoul now, I have no problem with food alleys, street foods, etc... It's just that the "two two chicken" that is near my apartment is very small, seems to be always empty (when I pass by), and they have fried chicken waiting in the window, so it doesn't seem like they cook it to order... These are the reasons why it "looks bad" to me, not because it's "gritty" or doesn't require a jacket ! ;)

I will look out for soondae, and if I pass near the place you mention I will have a go, thanks.

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Personnally I was more thinking about absinthe (blanche), absinthe (verte), absinthe (feuille morte)... but we have time to plan. ;)

Aug 04, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Ok, enough said. Next Chowmeet will be an "Heure Verte" !

Aug 04, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

French hound coming to Seoul - Need a few insights

Hello all,

Still in Seoul, and so far things are going great !

I will of course write a report when I'm back in France, but in the meantime, I am hitting you all with a few more questions !

First of, I ate at Bon Sang Jib, the original location in Yongsan. It was really great, the meat had an amazing beefy flavor, and the little vinegary sauce with chives and peppers cut nicely through the fat. The server was also very nice and seemed quite surprised that we had heard of the restaurant. They didn't have the cheaper lunch set however, and the 160g chadolbaegi was 20.000W, and jjigae for 2 was 8.000W. The jjigae was incredibly rich and comforting and well balanced, I thought the little pieces of gristle/fat inside where a bit off putting, but other than that it hit all the right spots !

I have a question about this restaurant to people who've had other chadolbaegi. I'm not sure I want to try another chadolbaegi if it will be inferior, but I'm wondering if this one is really that much better than others ? And if it is, what makes it so much better in your opinion, is it just a matter of sourcing good quality beef ? Is it the thinness of the cut ? Or is it everything "but" the beef (basically the banchan) that make this place stand out ?

Ok, the rest of it will be short... I'm having a blast with food here, and I'm even getting better and better at handling the heat ! ;)
But there are two things that are not on my list yet, and I feel should be, but can't find much info on the internet:

- Sundae (or Soondae). If it is anything like boudin/black pudding/morcilla, this dish is for me. But I don't really know where to have it. I saw there is a "sundae alley", but I didn't really enjoy the experience of the kalguksu alley with all the cooks screaming at you to try and make you seat at their stand. I don't mind street food, or eating on a plastic chair, I just would rather choose my own spot without someone trying to lure me in. Any thoughts on where to have sundae ?

- Fried chicken. I've heard the "chains" or pretty good... but frankly the "Two two chicken" that is near to me looks pretty bad... I read some articles about a place called Kyochon Chicken and another one called Hanchu. Any thoughts on good fried chicken ?

Thanks again for all your help, from me and my palate and my belly, we thank thee !

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Yes me too, I actually have a replica absinthe fountain which I love to use. Or if I'm just making one glass for myself I will use the "brouille à balancier", it's also quite charming.

Aug 03, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

You know you are supposed to dilute the absinthe with 3 to 5 parts ice cold water... If it is too strong for you, maybe you just need to dilute it a little more ?

Aug 03, 2014
Rio Yeti in France
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

"Adding "eh con" to the end of every sentence is an option."

But a recommendable one.

Aug 02, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Good coffee in Paris?

Ok... I rarely connect to Chowhound while I'm in Seoul (yes I'm bragging)... but what the hell is going one with the interface ??

Anyway, I second helloterrestrial2014's recommendation. I only buy my coffee from Brûlerie Belleville, because although it costs twice as much as my little local roaster's coffee does, and although I would indeed prefer (intellectually) to give my business to that old nice and weird fella, with bottle bottom glasses, rather than to bearded hipsters... Taste-wise, I just can't go back to the bland stuff I used to brew at home...

As for the coffees served in cafés (trendy or not), I already had a debate with Ptipois about this, so will not get back to it. But in my experience of drinking quite a few cups at Ten Belles, I only had one acidic cup which sent rockets to my jaw (which I didn't at the time of our initial debate, so I now understand what you mean), but I also had many many great cups of coffee, and twice had an actually exceptional cup : rich, complex and balanced...

Compare this to the countless nose bending bitter muds I had over the years at "regular" cafés... and I'm sorry to say I'll have to take sides with the hipsters... (but maybe one day I will shave my beard and see the world in a whole new color spectrum !)

Oh yeah... and what the hell is going one with the interface ??

Aug 02, 2014
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

I was a bit like you, except I still dislike pastis, and will only like fennel when it is cooked "right".
I'm ok with liquorice candy, but it's definitely not my favorite.

When I discovered absinthe, I found it to be way more complex than any pastis I'd tried... but to be honest, even in the absinthes I choose I tend to favor herbal or woody, or "candied fruits" flavors, rather than the more anise-y ones (I really like all the "Parisiennes" line of absinthes created by Luc Santiago from the shop Vert d'Absinthe).

Aug 01, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

"Still, the absinthe of long ago seems to have been particularly addictive."

Especially since after the phylloxera epidemic a glass of absinthe at a neighborhood cafe was cheaper than a glass of wine...

Having tasted more than a few vintage absinthes (hundred years old), aside from being quite tasty (absinthe, ages really well !), I noticed no difference in the addiction to it (although some of my friends do consider that I am addicted to absinthe... so who knows...).

Jul 31, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Good to hear we're on the same page!
Sorry I misunderstood your comment.

Jul 30, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Thujone doesn't make an absinthe good, nor does it make you trip.

I could go into details, but I'm afraid it would get boring, suffice to say that scientific studies have shown that the great absinthe of the Belle Epoque (like Pernod Fils), barely contained 10mg/liter of thujone (the legal requirements are of 25mg/liter max today).

Jul 30, 2014
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Disappointed by LE FOODING these days. And you?

I've never heard anyone, french or not, saying a "burger sandwich"...
Sometimes french people say "un cheese" instead of cheeseburger though.

Jul 22, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

You guys made me hungry, I hope they'll have them at my market tomorrow morning !

Jul 19, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

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

I usually make my own jam (yes I'm bragging a little) ;)

But yes Bonne Maman is one of the brands I trust. Even their yogurts/desserts are not half bad.

La laitière has also a few good things, but the ingredient list gets slightly longer.

Jul 17, 2014
Rio Yeti in France
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How A Major American Travel Magazine--Conde Nast Traveler--Gets Paris Food Shopping Hilariously Wrong!

The quatre quarts are nice and buttery.

I agree, their products are probably the best supermarket brand (if you exclude the products from small producers sometimes found in some supermarkets).

Jul 17, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

I'm younger than both of you (I think)... But my step-mother often recalls how when she came 30 years ago to Paris, she could just go anywhere and the food would be good (at the very least), and how now it will probably be mediocre...
Thankfully her stepson is a bit food obsessed and she now rarely goes "anywhere" when she comes here.

Jul 16, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

A Europe Virgin needing help

I'm adding a vote for David Toutain.
Although it does contain a few asian influences, it is nothing like the fusion you expect (even when it is well done like at "Ze Kitchen Galerie").
Although there a bunch of cutting edge places, from my experience this is the one that is the most original and with the chef's personality shining throughout the food.

For both great value and (somewhat) classic, I also strongly recommend "La Régalade". (not an original recommendation, but it just never disappoints (the original in the 14th at least)).

For the 3 star, like Parnassien said, it depends on a lot of factors... Would you want this splurge to also be cutting edge, or more Grand & Classical experience ? Or just great fun ?

Jul 16, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Helping in narrowing down the Paris list

Great report, thanks !

Jul 16, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

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

"I have to admit that I do enjoy the individually wrapped madeleines from Bonne Maman"

Have you tried the ones with a thin layer of milk chocolate underneath ?... mmmm guilty pleasure... (although you are right, not so guilty considering the short ingredient list)

Jul 16, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Tourist Hate

"I do know the basic greetings and am polite."

On the contrary, we do like tourists that know the basic greetings and are polite.

Welcome.

Jul 15, 2014
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Volunteer(s) need to test Bistro Chez Remy near the Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris, no experience required.

Theme Park Insider... *insert here smiley with HUGE eyes*...
Now that's a job I wouldn't want to do !

Jul 15, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

What does "fait maison" at a restaurant mean?

They should have added : "except for potato... come on !..." (or in french "sauf les pommes de terre... faut pas déconner quand même !")

Jul 14, 2014
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