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Soft Fruit in Paris

Will do, thanks ! (leaving tuesday !)

about 9 hours ago
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Soft Fruit in Paris

Wow you're lucky my Franprix's fruits suck big time...

about 10 hours ago
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recommendations for restaurants in Paris

Wait, this wasn't an April's fool ?

1 day ago
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Ice cream

Now that's what I'm talking about !

Une Glace à Paris is awesome. I didn't care much for the sorbets (the mango was very thick, almost sticky, and the strawberry/hibiscus was not bad but not amazing), but I loved their ice creams. The Tanzania Chocolate was very creamy and intense, but still sweet enough to cut through the bitterness, the "parisian cookie caramel" (or something like that) was great, as was the fior di latte (very milky).
They had 2 vanilla ice creams, one from Madagascar I think and one from Congo which was described as more original and "woody", so that's the one I got. Indeed it was clear that the vanilla used was of incredible quality with a very distinctive taste, however it was very subtle, and I wish they'd use a couple more pods per litter...
The pistachio was one of my favorites, although it's unfair to compare it to other pistachios because this one had a drop of fleur d'oranger in it (which I'm usually not a big fan of, but was incredibly balanced).
I also had a taste of the smoked vanilla which had too strong a smoky taste in my opinion, but if the smoke was less present I could see this as being a very addictive taste !

I wouldn't say that it knocked out Grom (especially the sorbets which are Grom's strong suit), but it would now get into a taste by taste comparison, and Une Glace à Paris definitely had some winners (and the texture was overall incredibly smooth).

On to the next one !

Aug 23, 2015
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Le Galopin, August 2015

I'm actually reading this in beta mode, and can see the pictures fine.

Aug 22, 2015
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Ice cream

Thanks for the report ! I may have to be in the area tomorrow, if I am I'll take a lick !

Aug 20, 2015
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6 nights in Paris for anniversary

I do think that le Florimond being more casual (from the look of it, I've never been), would be better after Pierre Gagnaire... however putting Pierre Sang on your first night depends on your personal stamina and energy after the travel and jetlag... When I travel, the first evening, I usually just try to find something close to the apartment where I'm staying, because I'm exhausted. But if you think you will be up for it, (keeping in mind that Pierre Sang is a place where they ask you to guess what's in your plate, so if you're too tired to play the game, it's a bit of a shame) then I do think that it's best to interchange Le Florimond with Pierre Sang.

I don't know Prémices nor le Petit Champerret... but again, from the look of it, I would choose Le Petit Champerret, just because it seems more casual (bistro), and it would give more contrast to your list which is almost exclusively modern/high end. But having not been to either, I have no idea if one is better than the other, I'm just basing my recommendation on the styles of the places.

Aug 19, 2015
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6 nights in Paris for anniversary

I wouldn't do Pierre Sang after Gagnaire. You will be stuffed after Gagnaire, and probably amazed, it wouldn't be fair to go to Pierre Sang on the same day.
And I wouldn't even go to l'Astrance the day right after Gagnaire... but that's just me, I need time to "digest" big expensive creative meals.

However, given your list, aside from cancelling one or two places, I can't advice on a switch that would make things work better.

Aug 19, 2015
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Pierre Sang Boyer

I don't doubt the accuracy of your report, and I personally never went to the Oberkampf place. But you either went to Gambey on a bad day, or I went there the day the chef got engaged, because my meal was honestly spectacular. I have yet to write a report about it, but I was very very impressed.

Aug 13, 2015
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Pierre Sang Boyer

My experience was miles away from yours. I was blown away by the precision, the balance, the flair.

Aug 13, 2015
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Pierre Sang Boyer

Yes, you can reserve (and pay in advance) online.

Aug 13, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Dress Code/Clothes for lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Paris?

You're giving me an idea for a whole line of Celebrity Chefs Underwears !

I'll send you a business plan.

Aug 12, 2015
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Paris - need basic restaurant recs!

No reminder needed !

I will send you an email from your blog.

Aug 09, 2015
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French hound coming to Seoul 2 - The return of the bearded one

Ok, you sold me, I will have a go at it!

French hound coming to Seoul 2 - The return of the bearded one

Thanks for the tip about lunch.

I will look into Congdu as well.

French hound coming to Seoul 2 - The return of the bearded one

Thank you Steve.

I will definitely check out the duck.

I did go to some mandu places, but nothing worth remembering. I tried to go to a recommended place near Apgujeong, but it was close. So Myeongdong Gyoza is now on the list !

Not sure about tteokbokki, I have trouble seeing it as anything but student/stoner food... but I'll try it out if I'm in the neighborhood.

Didn't have time to check your links but will do shortly !

French hound coming to Seoul 2 - The return of the bearded one

Thanks Mikey !

French hound coming to Seoul 2 - The return of the bearded one

Dear 'China & Southeast Asia board', you've helped me tremendously last year when I came to Seoul (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980009), and it resulted in some great eating (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/989692).
But now it's time for a new round, because I'm coming back baby !

So I will be in Seoul in September, and plan on revisiting a few favorites from my last trip (Wang Jokbal, Bong san jib, Gwangjang market, Gangnam Myun Oak...). Last time I chose Jung Sik Dang for a more upscale meal, so I will probably try Poom this time.

Since last year I've been learning a lot about korean food, cooking some of it myself, and drooling over some of it on the internet. So I come with a bunch of new questions and asking for a few new recommendations. Here goes !

- Pajeon (or other jeon). Aside from the great bindaetteok at the Gwangjang Market, the only jeon experience I had was in a random place with greasy pancakes, and one gochu-jeon which destroyed my intestines for 48 hours... Since then I've been making some pajeon at home, but I never had a truly good version of it in Korea, so I'd like to experience this to better calibrate my own recipe.
So, any recs for some good jeons ?

- Sundubu jjigae... can you believe I've never had sundubu jjigae ? Me neither ! Where should I try this iconic dish ?

- Gimbap. I've tried the great Mayak Gimbap at Gwangjang Market, but never went to a place specializing in the thicker/fuller kinds of gimbap. I realize this is more a snack food than a meal (although it's probably the most filling and healthy snack there is), but if you happen to know a place that do them particularly well, I'm all ears.

- Majang Meat Market. Should I go there ? Aside from picking your meat and having it cooked (like the fish at Noryanjin), quality-wise will I get anything there that I couldn't get in some other good meat restaurants (like Bong san jib or Gangnam Myun Oak) ?

- Pizza... Ok, so aside from the novelty value of eating a pizza that is as sweet as a dessert with some toppings that seem crazy... should I try korean pizza ? Is there anything really worth seeking out ?

- Jajangmyeon. For some reason I'm really looking forward to this chinese-korean dish (which is apparently nowhere to be found in China). Any particular place where I should get this ? Or is it pretty much always the same ?

- Cooking classes. As I said, since last year I've been cooking korean, and I love it (I just made my second batch of kimchi !). So I'd like to take one or more cooking classes in Seoul. My research has brought to my attention O'ngo and Food & Culture Korea Academy.
O'ngo looks more professional, but I like the fact that I can choose between a seemingly greater variety of dishes at F&CKA... Does anyone have any experience with one of them or both (or some other cooking class) ? Any feedback ?

- Bringing stuff back to France. Last year I brought back some samjang and gochujang from the supermarket, but I now realize that I can get those ingredients in France (and they're not that much more expensive). I also brought back some gochugaru from the Gwangjang market, and that was very nice as I'm guessing the quality is better than the ones sold at the supermarket, and it's very light so I could bring a bunch of it and give some as presents. So I plan on buying some more gochugaru, but is there anything else that you would recommend bringing back to France ?

And on a side note, when I bought the gochugaru, not knowing what were the differences between the different ones available, I pointed at the most expensive one, thinking it was probably the highest quality... The vendor refused to sell it to me, making signs to his mouth and miming a dragon, to make me understand that this one was very hot... I insisted, he insisted... he won, I bought the second most expensive.
So is there a way to know which quality and/or heat level I'm buying ? Should I be looking for a particular kind of gochugaru ? I got used to spicy food, but I would still prefer a very fragrant gochugaru which is not too spicy over a very spicy one that is not too fragrant... Any advice ?

I can't wait to go back, visiting a place for the second time is very different, I will be more relaxed to just enjoy the city, and get to know it's neighborhoods a little more.

Thank you very much for your help !

Cheers,
Rio Yeti

l'astrance closure?

I don't know if it will be open, but if you ask I'm guessing you don't have a reservation yet, and if you don't, I doubt you will get one for next week...

Aug 04, 2015
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Michelin Starred in Paris with a 12 year old?

To be honest I'm not 100% positive on what state it was... but I actually do think it could have been Texas (if not probably California).

Jul 30, 2015
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Ice cream

The high-tech system is not mine, it's dietndesire's !

When Amorino first came to Paris I liked it, but soon I preferred the other unnameable, so I haven't tried it for a few years... If I remember correctly the texture of their ice cream was incredibly smooth, but kind of too sweet... but again, it's been a while.

Jul 21, 2015
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Ice cream

So... after checking his website and Google, to be sure it was open, I shlepped all the way to Christian Constant to find a closed shop. No sign, no nothing... just closed. So I don't know if their closed for the summer (which would be weird since there was no sign), or just today...

Having crossed half Paris for ice cream, I walked to another contender in this thread : Le Bac à Glace, on rue du Bac.

I hate comparing things, but since this was specifically a comparison trek, I only took flavors I had before at Grom (with my sister helping me out).

- Strawberry
Pretty good. Good texture, but very sweet. Miles... no Kilometers away from the strawberry at Grom (which is in my opinion their star).
- Vanilla
This was plain meh. The vanilla was very mild, nothing to do with the intense spice of the one at Grom, and the flavor was altogether boring.
- Caramel beurre salé
This flavor was ok, while a bit weird. It was very milky but not necessarily in a good way (like powdered milk).
- Hazelnut
The only flavor I never had at Grom, was one of the best today. Again it was very sweet, but the hazelnut flavor was intense and addictive.
- Pistachio
The other star of the day, and the only thing I tasted that came close to the flavor at Grom, although, again, sweeter (which makes me baffled that some people think Grom is overly sweet...). But pretty great.
- Whipped cream
I'm a sucker for whipped cream, so I had some also (which was kindly comped because I didn't have enough change). Very thick, but not as thick and rich as the one at the ice cream shop that must not be named (but which I've already named 6 times), and most importantly, lacking the small matured taste which I like.

Now before I wrap up this post, I'd like to point out that unlike previous posts where I fully admit to hair-splitting, it is not the case here. In fact I would say that if I had eaten at this shop by chance, I would probably have thought "Oh, this is pretty good ice cream" and then never think about it again or wish to come back.
This was good, this was artisanal, but this was nothing special.

If I was to take the rating system by dietndesire, I would say :
BR = 20
Grom = 60
Bac à glaces = 45

(this is purposely tongue in cheek, but you get the point).

I'm still really looking forward to tasting Christian Constant, as well as the other contenders in this list (maybe I'll phone them before, just to make sure they are open).

Jul 21, 2015
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Ice cream

Well... I'm trekking today, so we'll see!

Jul 21, 2015
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Wild Goose chases wanted...

Reminds me of a "yuba" soft serve ice cream I had in Kyoto. I didn't expect to like it, but was curious. Mrs. Yeti was sure she wouldn't like it so she passed... then stole a lick, and bought another one for herself.

Jul 20, 2015
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Ice cream

True, it probably has to do with my upbringing. For me ice cream was never something you would go out of your way to get, it was just a nice treat in the hot summer (and more often than not, in other countries). Whereas in my family you would go out of your way for a dessert or pastry !

Obviously I'm trying to change that, hence the posts in this thread !

Jul 20, 2015
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Ice cream

Wow, here I go watch a movie and when I come back this happened ! I thought my ears were ringing at some point...

@Ptipois
Ok, next time I go to Bordeaux I'll come back for advices (except I don't know when that will be, because my bordelaise friend now lives in Paris...).

@mikey8811
Thanks for the input. If everything goes to plan (busy week), I'm meeting my sister at Constant's in a couple of days.

@dietndesire
I live in Paris and always have. Part of my family moved to the USA, so I visited since I was a child. But as Ptipois said, there once was a Baskin-Robbins near Mabillon (in fact I just realized it changed to Ben & Jerry's, although I probably passed in front of it a bunch of times... but never paid attention to the difference).
I never was an ice-cream kind of guy, which may explain my lack of Parisian ice-cream knowledge... So we'll see if an epiphany awaits...
As for the question about air conditioning, I'm not sure where you're going with it... but right now I'd love to have it in my apartment !

@JohnTalbott
That is very kind of you to say, but I'm afraid it's not true. I'm just the rookie here.

@mangeur
Again, thank you for those kind words... but I'm only beginning. It's easy to post about what I know and have seen and make it seem like it's a lot, but really my passion for food is relatively new, and I'm sure even by living here I haven't been to half the restaurants you did... (and being a broke artist doesn't help) !

The ice cream adventures continue... with this heat, it won't be hard to try all the recs on this post pretty fast !

Jul 19, 2015
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Ice cream

Ok, actually I also like Grom's sorbets better than their ice creams, so I guess my brain dials will be properly calibrated !

Jul 19, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Ice cream

Ouch... Ok, duly noted. I will go have some Constant ice cream soon. Better be good !

P.S.: I'm a Parisian born, Parisian raised fellow. Not saying this to amp up my street cred, just to answer your question.

Jul 19, 2015
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Ice cream

Ok, I am not an ice-cream specialist, and I've yet to taste most of the recommendations on this thread. But I just can't watch my beloved Grom getting a beat down and not do anything.
So here goes.

I only tried the Grom on rue de Seine in Paris, so I don't know if all Groms are created equal or not.
The strawberry ice-cream that is only available in the summer, is in my opinion totally amazing. I tastes like the purest essence of the best strawberries you could have. I really don't see where it would be overly sweet, unless you think good strawberries are overly sweet. When they have it and I get some with another flavor I always regret not getting only the strawberry, because nothing beats it.
The pistachio ice-cream also changed my perception of pistachio ice-cream. No fake green, no almond extract which gives all pistachio desserts this artificial taste... just pure pistachios. I've tried the pistachio ice-cream at "Gelato del Marchese" which was lauded on a french radio show. It was really good, but didn't even come close to the intensity of Grom. Overly-sweet ? This flavor is almost savory, that's how little sweet it is.
The liquorice ice-cream, again not overly-sweet, and it doesn't taste like liquorice candy, it taste like you're chewing on liquorice wood, but just in ice-cream form.
The vanilla also is spicy as hell, nothing to do with what people assume when hearing vanilla ice-cream.

And I know that this is an ice-cream thread, but how can one pass on the awesome whipped cream at Grom ? Thick and rich, with an intense milky taste with just enough of a barnyard-y after taste, it's the best whipped cream I've ever had.

Is Grom industrial ? Maybe, who cares ? If I could go to the supermarket and buy ice-cream as good as Grom sold by Coca-Cola, I would. And frankly, industrial vs. artisanal is a false battle... how many times did I have icy and 'meh' ice-cream from supposedly artisanal shops in small places...?
Industrial, artisanal, traditional... this is so boring... just give me good ice-cream and I won't ask for your birth certificate.

So I never tried Constant, and I haven't been to Berthillon for at least five years (because I was fed up of thinking "I don't see what all the fuss is about" every single time I went, so I stopped).
Never tried Le Bac à Glaces, nor Sébastien Dégardin, nor Une glace à Paris.

So maybe I will have epiphanies once I try them... But this thread is making it seem like Grom is just another Baskin-Robbins, and that is so wrong I couldn't just stay there and watch.

Jul 19, 2015
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Ice cream

"Far better than Grom though that is not saying much."

An arrow through my heart...

Jul 18, 2015
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