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Paris with picky teenagers, help needed

Did you check this thread ?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963592

Apr 23, 2015
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Trip Advisor top 30 restaurants in Paris

No, TA is the dark side... the convenience of an easy list, with easy to read, fast comments. It's tempting, the path to the dark side is seducing, but the true power of the force can only be found through hard work perusing the labyrinth of posts that is Chowhound.

It is the only true way to become a Food Jedi.

Apr 20, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Trip Advisor top 30 restaurants in Paris

Don't be tempted by the dark side...

Apr 20, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

If you manage to eat couscous after a lunch at Chez l'Ami Jean, I think there is a special registration you can fill in for the Guiness Book of Records (that is, if you don't pass out of course).

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I agree that some of the dishes I had at Semilla were a bit sloppy, but I still enjoyed it overall. Some parts didn't work, but the ones that did were spot on.

For instance, I recently went to Ober Salé, and although everything was cooked to perfection, and masterfully prepared, the lack of seasoning and/or spice and/or acidity, made everything feel a bit flat (did anyone say soulless ?).

So while not the hugest fan of Semilla, I still feel its a nice place to go on occasion (I wouldn't make it one of my top recommendations though).

Apr 17, 2015
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Searching for the best baba au rhum in Paris

This explains a lot, I didn't know that there was only a small quantity added to the sirop, I always assumed it was already well soaked in rhum, and that the bottle on the table was for the "extra kinky" ones... Which of course I always was, but now I feel better about myself for that, hehe.

Apr 16, 2015
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Searching for the best baba au rhum in Paris

But mangeur and PhilD... is it really ?

I like to get hammered as much as the next guy, but shouldn't a good baba au rhum have the "right" amount of rhum, and shouldn't the chef/patissier know what that right amount should be ? Isn't leaving the bottle on the table just encouraging you to add more rhum, gorging yourself in liquor, and living with a smile but... wouldn't just ordering a glass of rhum do the same ?

I'm asking questions, because I rarely order baba au rhum, but every time I did, and the server left the bottle on the table, it was always with a "wink-wink" attitude, as if to say "We all know you're going to get shit faced now !"... Is that really what this dessert should be about ?

Am I thinking to much ? Actually... don't answer that...

Apr 16, 2015
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Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

Wednesday
- Pierre Gagnaire
- NEED TO FILL THIS SPOT

Fill this spot with a baguette, some butter and some ham... I doubt any restaurant will seem enjoyable after having lunch at Pierre Gagnaire. You need time to sink in what you ate (and digest it), so I would not worry about filling this spot, and just improvise a sandwich.

Apr 16, 2015
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Porte 12 ,Paris

Very informative review, thanks.

Apr 15, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

First time in Paris--only three days

Finding good places that can suite vegetarians is really complicated... A friend asked me about this recently, and I started researching and looking at menus... In some places you can find one starter and get a cheese platter, and that's about it, but a lot of places will have nothing. I'm a big meat eater, but I have to say when I did this research I felt a bit sorry for the person asking me... I mean, when you have a very small place with 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 3 desserts, I get it that you may not want to have a third of those vegetarian, but I've stumbled upon restaurants with 5 to 7 choices of apps and not one of them was actually vegetarian (and some of these restaurants have websites with beautiful colorful vegetables as a design, I'm not talking about the meat-focused places)...
I ended up recommending Maceo, as is usually the case here.

As Parnassien said it all depends on how strict their vegetarian diet is. If it is strict, I'm afraid the rec for Japanese joints is not good, as the main stock for nearly everything is Dashi, which contains fish...

Apr 12, 2015
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Trip Report (was Another Paris planning post)

Wow, you did well... really well ! Thanks for reporting back !

Apr 12, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Raw Bar/Seafood

I always love getting a good smack on by some fresh seafood !

Apr 10, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Jacques Génin making an Easter Egg (video link)

Jacques Génin making an Easter Egg.
I thought you guys would enjoy this. It's not so much about cooking techniques than it is about craftsmanship, but I found it pretty fascinating.

Apr 10, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Traveling to Paris with child, and question about Frenchie

I'm sorry to ask but have you done some research on this board ?
Your initial post talked about Ladurée, Frenchie, Hermé, l'As du Falafel... places with usually negative comments on this board (mostly because there are just as good or better options elsewhere, not necessarily because they're bad).
And now you ask what people think of Chez l'Ami Jean, when it is clearly one of the most talked about and loved place on Chowhound (at least by the majority of posters)...

You really should do a little bit of research, and come back if you have more questions.
Actually I'll help you out, just one week ago there already was a conversation started which included Chez l'ami Jean, and its Basque (or not) influence : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1009356

Apr 08, 2015
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Marks & Sparks Food Emporium at 6 Rue de la Pepiniere in the 8th.

Wait... so if they don't sell knickers... what am I wearing ??

Apr 02, 2015
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Am I achieving my goals? Quick trip to Paris!

Everyone has their own way of enjoying art... and I agree with you that as a Paris resident, it's much nicer to go to the Louvre, enjoy a few paintings in the evening and go eat... But if she is anything like me, noaagirl will not have enough time if she goes there just for an evening. The Louvre is huge, and of course impossible to view all in one day, but if you're serious about art and discovering a place like that for the first time, you will want to spend much more time than an evening will allow. So although you're right about the crowd and the lines, I still think I would go on the morning.

noaagirl. Chez l'ami Jean is a restaurant located in an old Basque pub. The chef's cuisine used to be basque influenced at the beginning, but it is now "just" french cooking. Which is not to say I don't recommend you go have a blast at this restaurant, just don't expect to eat Basque food.

Apr 01, 2015
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Input/help narrowing my list please

Haha I remember when I had brains then sweetbreads at Baratin... I thought it was too much offal for one meal, but I enjoyed the hell out of it !

Mar 31, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Input/help narrowing my list please

But please pronounce brownies as "brooneez", or nobody will understand you here !

Mar 31, 2015
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Turning away customers when you have unreserved tables; happens in France to unstarred/unhearted/untoqued places?

The loud guy on his iPhone, with annoying children and his wife that wants everything on the side, didn't shed a drip of blood...

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Ok, please expect a quotation for the job on offer soon.

I will detail each different job description with the appropriate remuneration in sugar, flour and butter (weight only), so that you can add up the total and decide what cake would be appropriate.
I will then add 20% VAT which you are free to pay in fruits, chocolate, or nuts (included in the cake in question of course, not separately).

Mar 27, 2015
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A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Ok, sold. Next time I'll try the bobo au rhum.

Mar 27, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Well... if you need an intern, you know, for research... I mean field research... I happen to know a certain bearded one with a sweet tooth (no not that bearded one, the other one !)

Mar 27, 2015
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A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

I'll have to try the baba... but you know... they call it a "bobo" au rhum... and I'm all for self-derision and all, but it sounded kind of corny to me. (but if it's good, it's good I guess).

Yes I like the plain cream tart too. But I'm not crazy about their eclairs, nor their chocolate tart (the square one, not the round cream/chocolate tart which is also nice).

Mar 27, 2015
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A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

You say the best location for Liberté is rue Ménilmontant. Is it for "decor" or quality ?
Because I only know the location rue des Vinaigriers, and although I enjoyed their cream tart and the pain granola, I wasn't impressed with anything else I tasted.

Mar 27, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

I would skip Delmontel, I really don't get why it's considered as one of the top boulangeries/patisseries... aside from its posh atmosphere, everything I had there was just ok, nothing exceptional.
I'm not familiar with Gaudard, but do recommend Landemaine.

Mar 27, 2015
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Tasting menu at Dersou with cocktail pairing

Nice.

Thanks for the heads up, I usually avoid cocktail pairings, or even wine pairings actually, because I always feel I'm going to get wasted and will not enjoy the food as much... of course getting wasted in good company with good food is one of the pleasures of life, but the kind of restaurant where there are 5+ courses are usually the kind of restaurant where I want to remember the food... but I'm boring that way.

Mar 25, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

11e gems for a foodie student

Most of the restaurants mentionned on the board are in this price range... So I suggest you search a bit, or give a few more insights into your preferences (or more importantly your friend's preferences). Also on the atmosphere you're looking for. If you are a wild bunch and don't mind talking loud, I'm sure A Noste (which is a favorite of the board, but I've yet to try... damn it !) would be a good fit.
When you say "long time favorites and solid hitters and don't need to be wowed by inventiveness", La Régalade immediately came to mind.

Mar 25, 2015
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Paris, Change of Pace Meals

Ok, will have to check it out (when I crave a burger... which as John suggested usually means I'll make it myself, but who knows ?)

Mar 23, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Paris, Change of Pace Meals

Is it still one hour wait ? Yesterday evening I passed by the Point Ephémére (near Metro Stalingrad), and it looked like you could get your burger in under 15 minutes.

Actually I now see that friday and saturday they will be at la Villette right near me, maybe I'll check them out.

Mar 23, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Paris, Change of Pace Meals

You don't like Le Camion qui Fume ?

I must be the only "blogger" in France who has never tried it, but it was still on my "must do one day, just because" list...

Mar 23, 2015
Rio Yeti in France