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Good coffee in Paris?

Thanks for the article, yes it pretty much sums up my understanding of a "long black".

Nov 25, 2014
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Le Cinq's 17 hr lamb shoulder

Can't say about the Maghrebi butchers, because I never went to one (the halal butchers near my place don't look all that great)... but I agree about your comment of non-Maghrebi butchers.

Not only do they want to control everything about the size and way the meat is trimmed, if you tell them how you will cook it and they don't agree with your inspiration, they will immediately make a snarky comment.
I once bought some saucisses de Morteau which I planned to braise in Cider... oh my, you should have seen the look on the butcher's face, like I was out of my mind.

The sausages turned out excellent.

This is one of the sadness in my life by the way, that I didn't find a butcher with quality meat with whom I made a bond of trust... they're all so pretentious in my hood...

Nov 24, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Good coffee in Paris?

@RandyB
I've never been to Australia unfortunately, so I trust your experience...
My definition of a long black is only based on the thorough reading and research I've been doing about coffee for a while now... but maybe it's just the new "hipster description" of it...

Nov 24, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Le Cinq's 17 hr lamb shoulder

Usually you do pan-sear meats after (or before, or both) sous-vide.
As for roasts, being a big fan of slow cooks, long simmers, and steady braises, I agree with you.

I just see "precision cooking" as a new opportunity to try new things rather than a method to "replace" other cooking methods.
Anyway, I haven't received my devices yet... so we'll see how it goes !

Nov 24, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Good coffee in Paris?

@RandyB

I'm with you on the general "disdain" of long coffee drinks starting to change. However I must note that there is a difference between an allongé and a long black. The allongé, as you mentioned, is made just like a lungo but with even more water. A long black is made by doing a double espresso over a cup of hot water.
The end drink may have the same "water to coffee" ratio, but in case of the long black, the coffee was only brewed for the amount of time necessary for an optimal extraction (usually around 25 seconds), while the allongé was brewed longer, hence often resulting in an over-extraction with its bitter notes.

Having said that, I find very interesting that a barista and yourself tried experimenting with allongés, and the optimal blend/roast/etc... I'm convinced that there is a way to make allongés taste good, it will just probably not happen with your typical espresso coffee/grind.

And if anyone is wondering, the difference between a long black and an americano, is that in an americano you pour the water "over" the double espresso and end up loosing the crema, while a long black keeps the crema intact (whether that actually makes a difference in the taste of the drink other than an esthetic one, is up for debate).

P.S.: Glad to see a fellow AeroPress user !

Nov 24, 2014
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YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

I do quite the opposite, as I always feel uncomfortable giving money to friends, I think : "Oh, you "tutoye" me ? Then we're friends... I can't just give you money, it would feel weird".

And usually I never come back, as I hate fake familiarity.

Nov 24, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

YIKES-Another thread on tipping in france

Who's Wendy ?

Nov 23, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Good coffee in Paris?

Thanks for the feedback, I will check it out !

Nov 23, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Le Cinq's 17 hr lamb shoulder

You're right, but steam ovens are more expensive then recent circulators (and you need the space for it), and you'd need a pretty good one to be sure the temperature is accurate and doesn't fluctuate much... having said that, I agree with Ptipois and you that for a mechoui, I'd rather do it in a good old cast iron cocotte. Unfortunately I have the misfortune of having a gas oven that cannot go below 150°C... so I'm doomed for all the low temp cooking (until I receive my sous-vide apparatus that is !).

P.S.: And yes, everyone should have an oven thermometer in their oven at all times !

Nov 22, 2014
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Le Cinq's 17 hr lamb shoulder

Immersion circulators are becoming cheap... if I were you I'll look into it. (or there's always the ghetto-style sous-vide, done in a beer cooler... there's an article on seriouseats about that method).

Nov 21, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

Went by the neighborhood tonight... hadn't passed by for a long while... Was surprised to see a bunch of "new" places having "South Pigalle" (in english) written on their front signs. One place was actually called "Something (I forget what) in South Pigalle", and others had their name written in big letters, and then a smaller underline saying "South Pigalle"...

Didn't see SoPi, but was still surprised (and slightly annoyed) that South Pigalle seems to definitely be a thing now...

Ate at Sambuja, a korean joint... wasn't expecting much but it's not half bad ! The dolsot bibimbap was very nice with crisp fresh ingredients, and good flavors. The banchan were a bit bland and underwhelming... but it's my first kimchi since I came back from Seoul this summer, so I'm still happy (until I get to start making my own).

Nov 21, 2014
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Le Cinq or Guy Savoy?

I actually had a "baccalauréat scientifique", so I'm not all clean in the literary front either...

Nov 19, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Le Cinq or Guy Savoy?

Not only they do, but they enjoy the hell out of it !

Nov 19, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Le Cinq or Guy Savoy?

I guess it goes to show who are the scientific people and who are the literary people !

Nov 19, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Le Cinq or Guy Savoy?

Well technically it's : "You might as well pull a fart from a dead donkey", which you use when something is deemed impossible... So although it is not phrased that way, it does mean that "you can't do it", as Ptipois suggested... not the opposite.

But sometimes expressions have variations, maybe there is one you know that was derived to mean the opposite thing ?

Nov 19, 2014
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Good coffee in Paris?

@helloterrestrial2014
Thanks for the heads up, I had heard that some ex-Ten Belles were opening a new café, but didn't know where exactly.
It's closer to me than Ten Belles, but not as convenient to get to... I'll try to pass by some day though.

Nov 09, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

French hound in Seoul - Trip report

Thanks for sharing !
Our experience seem similar for the "raw" part, but unfortunately my cooked meat wasn't "silky"... I'm sure it depends on the restaurant. I'm glad you still enjoyed the experience, I did too !

Long report: a Franco-African week in Paris

What everyone said. Great report !

Nov 06, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Alex Croquet's Kouign Amann

Tease !

Just kidding, hope you'll get another one in the future.

Nov 06, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Restaurants for Christmas Eve in Paris

True.

Or at least it's a more "cheery jolly controlled" kind of zoo.

Nov 06, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Restaurants for Christmas Eve in Paris

I didn't chime in because I don't want to pass as the grumpy old fart amongst the hounds (especially since I'm probably amongst the younger crowd)... but "never again" indeed... Everything you describe is spot on and it has always befuddled me how anyone could see this as enjoyable.
This year, I will probably rent a house with some friends, somewhere in the country-side. They have a baby, so we'll probably go to sleep right after midnight (if not before). I can't wait to have a relaxing few days...

Nov 06, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Restaurants for Christmas Eve in Paris

Chow and Chowhound only share the same name, website, servers, and probably some of the staff... but in my mind they are two completely separate entities with nothing in common.

Nov 06, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Alex Croquet's Kouign Amann

Thank you.

Nov 05, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

Yay let's go to the catacombs !

Nov 05, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

Of course it does, but I don't think this is the kind of experience tourists search for when asking about places without english spoken... or if they do, maybe they're even more naive than I thought...

Nov 05, 2014
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Alex Croquet's Kouign Amann

You win.

Nov 05, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Alex Croquet's Kouign Amann

Don't dare me !

Nov 05, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

I'm flattered but I'm hardly divine ;)

I agree with you, but I thought this particular paragraph was mainly the source of confusion, which is why I pointed my finger at it.

Nov 05, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

Alex Croquet's Kouign Amann

Duely noted, next time I'll try it this way (I'm not kidding by the way, I think we shared the whole thing in 6 slices...).

Nov 05, 2014
Rio Yeti in France

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

Agreed.

Nov 05, 2014
Rio Yeti in France