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I hate to be *that* person...

If you are in the art business you should know what you like, and what you want to see... It should be more about the actual art than the place around it.

If I had to choose I would also probably choose the Musée d'Orsay because they tend to have the best temporary exhibitions in my view... and yeah the Louvre is huge, it's touristy, but it's still the m***a-f***ing Louvre.

Jun 30, 2015
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I hate to be *that* person...

Interesting choices, most of them I've never heard about, and never seen mentioned on Chowhound, so if you go please report back, as it's always interesting to read about new places.

From your list, I take it you like very modern food and have no problem with molecular gastronomy.

If that's the case I suggest you read a few reviews about Toutain (which I personally love), Akrame (where I've never been but Parnassien is a fan, and he knows stuff) and of course Pierre Gagnaire if you're willing to spend the big bucks (but apparently you are) for a 3* experience.

Jun 30, 2015
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Best pizza and pasta in Paris

Yes, that's the one I'm familiar with also...

Jun 27, 2015
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crazy questions

I second what everyone has said. I will only add (to give you an idea), that almost every place in Paris is reachable by metro in about 35 minutes... If you're particularly unlucky with your destination, it could take up to a small hour to get there (if you need to change three metro lines and go to the opposite of town), but that's fairly uncommon.

Recommendation for Wine bars/restaurants in Belleville

Good to know that the food is surprisingly good ! I recently discovered Le Bar Fleuri for a wine glass before a concert, and loved both the place and the owner who insisted that everyone ordered a wine he would like (when I arrived he made me taste 3 different wines before choosing, and then when my friends arrived and said the usual "I'll have the same thing", he would say "No, what do you like." and would give information on a few bottles). He would also fill each glass to the very top, which may not be the best way to serve wine, but speaks of the generosity of the guy.

Jun 18, 2015
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La Mare aux Oiseaux [Pays de la Loire] - Rio Yeti report

Haha thank you Parnassien, I've always wanted to be a pornographer !

Unfortunately I "miscalculated" the time it would take for us to get there, so everything was a bit rushed and we couldn't take the time to walk around or try the chalands... It's definitely worth going back and staying a few days in the area.

Jun 18, 2015
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La Mare aux Oiseaux [Pays de la Loire] - Rio Yeti report

Yes it probably was the shih tzu one ! We saw it when we arrived on the first day, but the next day (when I took the pictures) I couldn't find him.

We had the carte blanche which means we didn't know in advance what we would get. However for some reason, the maitre d'hote informed us that he had chosen the Opera for Mme Tilash, and the Chocolate Soufflé for myself... Like I said, Opera was my favorite dessert when I was younger, so I just had to try their version... In retrospect I should have stuck with the soufflé (which I saw passing by, and looked great also... served with buckwheat icecream if I remember correctly). The cactus looks cheesy, but I can imagine it to be quite good as well.

Jun 18, 2015
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La Mare aux Oiseaux [Pays de la Loire] - Rio Yeti report

Thanks all for your kind words !

Is this the chicken you are referring to ? (see photo) I couldn't catch a photo of it but there was another one, probably older, that really looked like a shih tzu dog !
The cranes didn't try to steal my amuse-bouche because we ate them inside, not in the garden. But they were really not scared of humans, in fact it was the opposite. When I went to grab the photo that is on my blog, I approached them, knelt down to aim, and both of them came right at me with a mix of curiosity and a "hey dude, you think you can just take pictures without asking ?!" attitude... I made a few steps backward just in case.

I agree about the desserts, at least the one I had. I saw other desserts that looked good, but some were a bit goofy looking (like a cartoony cactus that looked a bit clumsy). However, although I could barely eat anymore, the mignardises were really good, especially the chocolate with the buckwheat custard oozing out of it.

Jun 17, 2015
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La Mare aux Oiseaux [Pays de la Loire] - Rio Yeti report

It's been a while since I've taken the time to translate one of my reviews in english for the good folks at Chowhound, and the main reason is that I have taken way too long to finish the reviews of my trip in South Korea... But now that I'm back for good, I'm not going to start lightly, as I am going to talk about a lyrical flight I recently took at "La Mare aux Oiseaux".

Taking the car from Paris was a bad idea... long roads... backache... assholes leaning on their horns... my t-shirt wet... my brain pumping...
And then here it is, the peaceful Mare aux Oiseaux.
Watching the pretty birds (which watch you back in return) flying freely in the gardens. Petting the owner's dog. Relaxing in the jacuzzi. And then... eating in Chef Eric Guerin's restaurant for the voyage to go a little further...

- Amuse-bouches -
Little chirps of crunch, of punch, of colors... The "langouille" which is an andouille made from pork tongue was salty in a good way and tender. But the little star was the buckwheat chip with hummus, olive and grapefruit : contrast, harmony and fun. The perfect ambassador for the meal to come.

- Raw tuna, mozzarella, quinoa, citrus vinaigrette -
I'm barely starting the second description and already I have a feeling I will repeat myself... Here again the crunch of the quinoa whirled around the marine and suave tuna, the milky and caressing mozzarella, and the fruity and tonic vinaigrette : contrasts, punch and beautiful colors. (I will not comment on the plate which looked like it was bought at Ikea, which is particularly surprising as the rest of the tableware was very elegant).

- Leeks vinaigrette, free-range egg and coregone (whitefish ?) -
And here we have the aforementioned "punch" (new repetition) becoming a proper uppercut. The egg yolk, cooked at low temperature, poured over the leek cream, the fried leek, the cooked on a flat-top leek and the leek sauteed with love me, love me not, love me, love me not... love me butter ! The coregone eggs added snap to the dish.
It's hard to express how this simple plant can knock oneself out so vigorously. Maybe I should have recorded audio while eating, it would have sounded something like this : "Mmmmmmmm...".

- Asparagus, black pudding, grilled squid -
The green asparagus was intersected with its white cousin, all of it delicately dressed on a cream of asparagus which was slightly to gummy. To escort it, there was a zigzag of black sesame cream, and a little chunk of black pudding one could throw his face on the table for... and a little piece of squid, so tender it would instantly heal the nasty bruise caused by the previous incident...

- Smoked catfish, new potatoes, vegetable caviar and Nantais butter -
The fish was voluptuously cooked, the potato was tender and fragrant, the butter was served on a shortcake, which was a bit weird but not enough to distract from the dish, and everything was resting on a chervil emulsion or an "herb jus", depending if you trust my server or the one at the next table... A good dish which wasn't as powerful as the great ones surrounding it, but which was licked off the plate nonetheless.

- Red mullet, strawberries, olives and parmesan -
The masterpiece of the night. I know what you're thinking : "Strawberries ? With fish ? And parmesan ?". Yes, yes, it's totally bonkers. It's a dish Roger Rabbit would have enjoyed, and so did I. This potential catastrophe managed to walk on the thin thread between madness and genius.
Everything was harmonious, everything was there for a reason... I don't know how to convince you... it was magical.

- Lamb, mushrooms, almonds -
I'm getting tired of so many superlatives... let's try to be brief.
Lamb : tender like the buttocks of a baby.
Morels and mustard sauce : tip top.
Vegetables : perfect.
Mushroom stuffed with frangipane : stodgy but revived once dipped into the sauce.

- Fourme d'Ambert, white chocolate -
Aha ! Finally I will be able to bring out my critic schmitic's canines and sink them into this weakness in an otherwise indecently perfect dinner ! The white chocolate was too sweet, and with the cheese it made for a slightly sickening dish. Ok, let's be honest, it was more of a dissonance than a real wrong note...

- Opera in Brière -
A take on the classical "Opera" cake, which I love and was my favorite cake during childhood. Unfortunately there was no butter-cream to be found, and I just couldn't taste this as being an opera... If I had ordered a "coffee cake, with coffee ice cream", I would have greatly enjoyed the rich arabica and balanced sweet taste of this dessert. But I had "opera" in mind, and not in the plate.

- Mignardises -
As always in those "gastronomic restaurants", they want you to walk out on your belly, and hence came the chocolate mignardises. Just a few remembrances : a buckwheat custard, an apricot cream surrounded by white chocolate and coconut, orange gianduja... and... cream... dark... sweet... eat... too... much... infusion... good... sleep... please... stop...

I rarely mention maitre d's because my nose is always buried in my plate. But the one at La Mare aux Oiseaux was particularly charming, nice, fun and discreet. A big thank to him for a delightful evening.
I would also like to talk about that small cute black bird which during dinner service was trying to get inside the room, peering at every possible window. This poor little fella, who was apparently used to the place, was looking inside and seemed to be saying : "Hey guys ! Be nice, open the door... come on guys, stop joking, it's not fun... let me in !".
Little bird, if I was in charge, I would have let you join the party, but you know, some grumpy old men could bitch about a small character flying over their bread baskets... even as cute as you are...

What a night my friends ! Eric Guerin's cooking is fascinating, he works with playfulness and a great mastery of the craft. His way of pairing savory with sweet is particularly remarkable, especially since it has no connection to asian cuisine which is used to this contrast. A lot of times we're pretty near danger, but paradoxically every dish seems so level-headed. The experiments are not here to pose as "gastronomic art", they are just here to give pleasure. So we warble, we warble...

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As always if you understand french and want to read the review in my native tongue, or if you just want to drool or wonder in front of some pictures of the dishes... please head over to : http://www.chezfood.com/2015/06/13/la...

Jun 17, 2015
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Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

I understand your view, but that smoked eel with black sesame cream really lifted my spirit as if I was hugged by the Chef.
Unlike what it seems I'm not over-intellectualizing my meal, or just reacting to the "artistry" or "modernity"... That dish in particular (and many others also) was as satisfying to me as a bowl of boeuf bourguignon in the winter.

In fact, contrary to what some of my past posts may suggest, I have rarely been enthusiast about a "modernist" restaurant, but I really was here.

Jun 17, 2015
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Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

Hehe wouldn't it !

I also find Pti's comments incredibly valuable, and we rarely disagree on things... but for some reason, when we do, we really do ! :)

And for Toutain, I enjoyed the food there tremendously. Although definitely modern I didn't feel anything was pretentious, or an outrageous pairing just for the sake of modernity. Everything made sense to me and was so satisfying.
I don't mean to be self promoting here, but maybe if you take a look at some pictures of the dishes shortly after it opened, it will give you a better grasp of the style and you can decide if it sounds to adventurous or not (and if you read french, even better) : http://www.chezfood.com/2014/01/08/da...

Jun 17, 2015
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Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

Just for the record (and I said it before), I feel the exact opposite about Toutain.

I would throw out Frenchie for dinner, and maybe Le Cinq for lunch, based on some recent reviews...

Jun 17, 2015
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Gluten Free in Paris??!!

I never thought I'd see the letter F followed by the word "lunch" on a post in Chowhound...

Jun 16, 2015
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David Toutain or L'Ami Jean?

Mmmmmmmh.... calories....

Jun 09, 2015
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David Toutain or L'Ami Jean?

I should have read that before going to le Grand Pan yesterday... I left overstuffed and overjoyed.

Jun 09, 2015
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Best pizza and pasta in Paris

Good to know, thanks !

Jun 07, 2015
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Best pizza and pasta in Paris

It's actually closer to Roman (which in a way is half way between New-York style and Sicilian)...

If you do go back, please report back, not that I want you to be the guinea pig, but a friend of mine recently told me the pizza wasn't as good as he remembered it to be. I haven't been for a while, so... yes, I guess I do want you to be the guinea pig, but it's for the greater good !

Jun 07, 2015
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PARIS -- need basic restaurant recs!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can it wait till the end of September ? We will be back in South Korea until the 24th.

Jun 07, 2015
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PARIS -- need basic restaurant recs!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you think you can just casually send invitations with no consequences just because it's 30°C outside, think again !

As soon as the weather becomes péla-worthy again, I'll be knocking on your door (and I'll bring DCM with me) !

Jun 06, 2015
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PARIS -- need basic restaurant recs!!!!!!!!!!!!

And try it with magret de canard fumés instead of the lard/lardons... Touristy schmouristy, I love it !

Jun 06, 2015
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Paris - April Trip Report or How To Lose Your Abs In 10 Days, Part 2: Pirouette, Chez Denise, Chez l'Ami Jean, AG, Gare Au Gorille

"I'm beginning to doubt if you are a mortal being"

Humm... now this would explain why his "supposed" age doesn't match with his youthful face...
So Mikey, is your real age really 8811 years old ? Are you immortal ?

Jun 03, 2015
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Paris - April Trip Report or How To Lose Your Abs In 10 Days, Part 2: Pirouette, Chez Denise, Chez l'Ami Jean, AG, Gare Au Gorille

No spoilers, no spoilers ! I want to discover everything in your report ! ;)

Jun 03, 2015
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Paris - April Trip Report or How To Lose Your Abs In 10 Days, Part 2: Pirouette, Chez Denise, Chez l'Ami Jean, AG, Gare Au Gorille

Great report again !

Now that I see how sharp your senses are, I am really curious to read what you have to say about the meal we shared (with other hounds as well). I've also yet to write a review, and I know that often times people who eat with me are surprised at my reviews because I don't say much while eating (I'd rather enjoy the company than talk about my plate, but I still focus my attention on everything that passes my palate).

Often friends will wonder why I didn't say anything during the meal while being harsh afterwards on my blog, or to the contrary witness me making some critics while eating to find out that I thoroughly enjoyed the place when reading my written words...

I have a feeling it will be the same with you.

Jun 02, 2015
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Report: Pirouette

I don't think anyone is complaining... just trying to understand...

May 30, 2015
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Report: Pirouette

I have to agree with Ptipois, I'm confused as well...

I can totally understand that some places have great food, but lack ambiance, or where the service is cold... I can understand that an entrée can be spectacular and a dessert underwhelming, I can understand contrast.

But saying "worth the trip" and then saying you wouldn't recommend someone to go...

Saying "extremely delicious" not just delicious, but delicious in an extreme way.

"Seriously spectacular", spectacular wasn't a word strong enough, you emphasized it with "seriously", as in "I'm not just saying 'spectacular' as a meaningless word meaning 'very good' ; I am using it in a 'serious' way, actually meaning it was in par with a grand spectacle taking place in my mouth".

And especially "2 of the best dishes to my palate ever", which I take it to mean that in your whole life if you had to choose your 5 top dishes, 2 of them would come from the same restaurant, and that is this one...

Saying all this and feeling you wouldn't return, or wouldn't specifically advise someone to go is puzzling...

I would go under a bridge surrounded by rats, served by a cold Russian man with his belly sticking out of his pants and his attitude making parisian café servers look like choir boys with lollipops, if I could eat "2 of the best dishes to my palate ever".

And having said that, I'm just bumping Pirouette up my list right now !

May 30, 2015
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Olive oil for cooking

As Parnassien suggested I love Première Pression Provence, you really should check them out.
But as Ptipois suggested, those oils are not for cooking.

Puget is fine, but I prefer Carapelli as a "standard olive oil for cooking", I find it has a little more grassy taste (which I like) than Puget.
But don't get fooled by the Italian sounding name, it is a mix of oils from the UE (just like Puget, and 90% of the stuff you'll find in the supermarket).

May 29, 2015
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Thank you, thank you for Chez Denise rec's!

Our waitress at Les Chouettes was lovely.

May 23, 2015
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4 hungry nights in Paris

@Parnassien

Onzieme beat me to it with the recs... But you are right it is a bargain, and it turned out nice for an improvised dinner with no reservation. I'm just saying I wouldn't specifically call to make a reservation and go there.

It's nice, better than average for sure, but not a destination (for me).

May 22, 2015
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4 hungry nights in Paris

I wasn't impressed with Ober Salé that much. It's a good place, I wouldn't call it "casual", but it's not uptight either. Personally I didn't like the server, I get it that if you are visiting and stumble upon typical Parisian servers with their noses in the air, this joyful guy makes for a nice change... but he kept making jokes, and kept pushing us to order wine (jokingly...), and in the end I found him a bit over the top. I was with a friend who I hadn't seen for a long time, and didn't need all these efforts to make a new friend...
As for the food it was very precise, perfectly executed, but it fell in what someone (sorry don't remember who) coined recently as "a new trend of under-seasoning". Everything was on the verge of being bland, cooked to perfection but I wanted just a touch of salt, or acidity, or spice... just a touch...

This needs to be put in perspective. As you say it is a great neighborhood place, although it is more posh than your typical neighborhood bistro, and I wouldn't refuse returning, far from it.
Actually my friend with whom I ate, enjoyed the place a lot (and I'm guessing he will be surprised when he reads what I have to say about it on my blog... if I ever find the time to catch up with the accumulated delay of posts...)

But I wouldn't recommend it to someone spending just a few days in Paris, and I can't count it as a place I would actively want to go back.

May 21, 2015
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Paris trip report!

About truffle brie.

Never had it til yesterday... I went to La Crémerie, rue de Lancry (which is a great cheese shop by the way), and when I saw "brie à la truffe", I remembered this post.

Bought a very expensive slice (65€/kg I think), and oomph. gloups... Wow.
This stuff is addictive !

Next truffle season I will definitely try to make my own with Pti's recipe !

May 20, 2015
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