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A Long Overdue Report December 11-25th - Paris/Alsace

At least it's a report back...

about 23 hours ago
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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.”.

So you buy them uncooked and you steam them yourself ? Ok, will do.

No I didn't check the Italian traiteur... I'm ashamed to say it was the first time I entered this market, and it's a pretty weird place... Not much people, it almost looks abandoned, and yet most things I saw looked pretty great. Including the few poissonneries, and some places selling cheese and meat.
I have a feeling I will start lurking around this place more often.

Apr 18, 2014
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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.”.

@Parigi

Went monday... the marché St Quentin was closed...
Went tuesday... the marché St Quentin was open, but the stand had a signed "closed until april the 18th"...
Went today... finally ! I tried a bunch of different dim sum, all very good although I was a bit disappointed to see that she reheats them in the microwave, which dried out a few of their edges. (but since there is no place to sit down, I'm guessing she can't ask for her customers to wait for her to cook a fresh batch every time ...). I went to a spot with some tables and chairs inside the Marché St Quentinn, where I ate everything happily, not sure if I was squatting the tables of the "italian restaurant" that serves minestrone, but nobody told me anything...
Definitely the best I had in Paris (but keep in mind that I haven't tried that many dim sum places), and very original (chicken and clementines dim sum !).

Will return for sure, but where do you usually eat ? Or do you just buy the food and heat it back at your place ?

Thank you !

Apr 18, 2014
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Short trip, long-ish recap

Thanks for the report !

I recently tasted Liberté's éclairs. Posh and expensive, and I'm not sure I really liked the fact that they use a ganache instead of crême patissière... I'm pretty sure they have some good products, but I felt the same way as you : not a very welcoming place.

Apr 18, 2014
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Mayday Mayday : Angela's Banh Mi is no more !

Good news !

Apr 18, 2014
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Appropriate Dress in Paris

"and there would not be a 'French' Paris today without the shedding of that American blood"

Wow, some people still use this kind of sentences ? I think it was Doug Stanhope who had a good one about this... look it up.

Apr 17, 2014
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Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

Ha, it was my lunch boulangerie for years when I used to work there...
Not worth taking the metro for, but definitely the best (sorry) boulangerie around (in the immediate surroundings).
Their tarte au citron meringué is very classical but very well made.

Apr 12, 2014
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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

I've only been to Baratin once and loved it. I can see how the service could quickly switch from typically parisian rushed fun to typically parisian bad mood, but when I went it was fun.

Apr 10, 2014
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Food shopping and cooking in the Marais

I'm up north as well (19th), but mine were as Parigi's : not as sweet as I would like them (yet !)

Apr 07, 2014
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Food shopping and cooking in the Marais

True, but it's still nice to start seeing them in the markets. :)

Apr 07, 2014
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Food shopping and cooking in the Marais

The first Gariguettes are indeed here !

Apr 07, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

Agreed.

Apr 06, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

Yes but the line between one and the other is narrow and different for each individual ;)

Apr 06, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

You're right Parigi, but you have to admit that this "crusader philosophy" is also why Chowhound has become such a great source of really good eats.
I am as puzzled as you by some of the posts sometimes, and yet I am guilty of the same kind of research when I go to a foreign country... When I went to Japan, I didn't search for "the best" sushi, but I definitely tried to get a "very high quality" sushi experience there, and the place I searched for it was Chowhound...
I am going to South Korea soon, and although the Chowhound board is a little dry on that part of the world, I will still thoroughly search it... not expecting "the best" barbecue or "the best" bibimbap... but at least a "Chowhound highly recommended one".

Apr 06, 2014
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Le Chateaubriand: Has something changed?

(it's Aizpitarte...)

Apr 05, 2014
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Paris Must-try Desserts/Baked Goods, Chocolates, Candies, etc.

"L'Eclair de génie for éclairs"

I thought you guys might enjoy this, I certainly did :
http://www.lemonde.fr/style/video/201...

Apr 03, 2014
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Lobrano on croissants

aaaaaaand he's back !

Apr 03, 2014
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Trip Report (Frenchies, Le Pantruche, Spring, Bones, Le Cinq, Guy Savoy, Pierre Gagnaire, Le Pantruche, Paul Bert, Kinitoriya 2, Clamato

Thanks for the report, you did good !

Just for the "search" option's sake : it's Kunitoraya, not Kinitoraya.

Apr 02, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

"The biggest difference is the lack of ink in Paris."

Maybe "less" ink, but unfortunately no "lack" of it...

Apr 01, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

I'm sorry Parnassien, we usually agree on things, but although I would probably qualify as being part of "the young crowd" with its weird ways of speech... I've never heard any of my friends use terms as "SoPi"... we usually talk about a neighborhood by the closest metro. (I'll ask my 20 years old sister if she's heard of such terminology, but I never heard her use it either)

Mar 31, 2014
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Lactose Intolerant in Paris...in April

Maybe you're right, but from my understanding hard and aged cheese virtually contain no lactose, so even though some people may be sensitive to the slightest dose, chances are they can eat Comté.

As for the lactase, you can order it in any Pharmacie, and (in Paris) they will have it the same day or next day tops. However, I don't have personal experience with it, and am not a doctor... so if you (Indy) have pills that work for you, I would bring them with me (I usually prefer to bring medicine I'm used to, to another country... but maybe that's just me being paranoid).

Mar 29, 2014
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Lactose Intolerant in Paris...in April

Actually as long as it is not "fresh cheese", any aged cheese would do, especially hard ones which contain almost no lactose.

Another solution is to buy a little flask of "lactase" from Drugstore, and have a couple of drops with each meal, and hooray !! All the cheeses and milk and lactose in the world with no issues !

Mar 29, 2014
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Report from my stay in Paris – and the much-debated overnight in Fontainebleau

"bevi il vino, non l'etichette."

I'm sorry, but that's exactly what it sounds you're doing over and over again... I agree that we don't know each other, and writing on the internet can often make comments seem harsher than they intended to be (I've fallen into this trap myself).

But you keep commenting on diverse topics "only" to say that "this or that" (coffee, prosciutto, truffles...) couldn't possibly be right because it wasn't made by an italian or in Italy, and therefore that people have no clue.

Not only it makes it sound like you are judging everyone's palate (just what you are accusing me of doing to you), but it also makes it sound like you judge the wine, not by the label, but by its country of origin... but it's 2014, and there are now some great wines in California, in Argentina, in Australia, in............

Mar 25, 2014
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Report from my stay in Paris – and the much-debated overnight in Fontainebleau

Thanks for the ironic reply which perfectly proves my point, you couldn't care less about how something tastes, you just need to see the passport of the person who made it.

Bravo to you.

Mar 25, 2014
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Report from my stay in Paris – and the much-debated overnight in Fontainebleau

I agree with you, the product would be different... but not necessarily bad... I never tasted Czech camembert, but we both know if it's bad it's probably not because they are trying to bring french tradition to their cheeses, but rather because it is an industrial and cheap lookalike...
If a small Czech farmer, passionate about camembert would give all his heart into making his version of the cheese, it could be good (although it will surely be different from the french kind).

All I am saying is that you seem to have very precise opinions about how things should be, which is not a bad thing if it comes from experience, but rather than emphasizing on how things should be "taste-wise" you only talk about regionality, and how french chefs could never cook italian, and italian chefs could never cook french... What if I told you one of the best italian restaurants I've been too was in... Japan ?

Mar 25, 2014
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What French groceries to buy on a budget

Tasted the Leader Price Tortilla Chips !

Not bad, pretty thin (for french standards) which is a good thing. But you should taste the Doritos if you find them, they're slightly thicker, but their corny taste is unmatched by LP's.

Mar 25, 2014
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Report from my stay in Paris – and the much-debated overnight in Fontainebleau

"If the Italians decided to make comte', epoisses, reblochon or camembert, the French would be laughing."

I wouldn't be laughing... if they are done with traditional means and care I'd be very curious to taste them... They would probably taste very differently, but that doesn't mean they would taste bad.
First I use my palate, then I scrutinize the origin and creation process, not the other way around.

Mar 25, 2014
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What French groceries to buy on a budget

The only tortilla chips I found in France that actually taste of corn AND are not too salty (and that don't have a rancid after-taste) are the Doritos "dippas nature" with the light yellow packaging. But they're hard to find as it seems most people prefer the (dreadful) nacho cheese or sweet chili kind, which taste salty and artificial to me.
I'll give the Leader Price ones a try if I can find them at my local Franprix !

Mar 23, 2014
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What French groceries to buy on a budget

No, but I would do the same if it was "only" regular Bordier Butter (doux).

The beurre aux algues is indeed special, but it is not "everyday butter".
For regular use (including cooking, but also morning toast), although I do find Bordier superior to supermarket (obviously), the different price-tag doesn't seem worth it to me.

Mar 19, 2014
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What French groceries to buy on a budget

It's really hard to say about the cheeses... I've wondered the same thing before, but I found out that depending on the fromagerie, and on the cheese, sometimes it is definitely worth it to buy it at a fromagerie, sometimes not so much...
As an example, I used to be plenty satisfied with supermarket camembert (au lait cru bien sûr), and when I bought it in a fromageries I rarely felt it was worth it. I have now discovered a camembert that I buy from la Ferme de Jouvence... and I can't go back to supermarket camembert...

The paté will probably be better at a charcuterie, at least when taking into account the sourcing of the ingredients (but maybe I'm being naive).

As for the butter, I disagree with Parigi on this one. Butter in France is really good. Even supermarket stuff. And while it's interesting and advisable to try some nice butters from time to time from a fromagerie or crèmerie, I would not pay the extra cash for my regular consumption.

Mar 19, 2014
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