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Good afternoon, Karen! We still stay in the 7th at Hotel Valadon, which was owned by friends. It's been purchased by Cadran across the street. We just like the neighborhood and the easy access to the Metro.

When did you last eat at Ginette's? There is a new restaurant across the street, where Nuit Saint Jean used to be that's not bad. In fact, one of the waitresses from GInette's works there. L O N G story on that one :) We love Brasserie Balzar across from the Cluny. Reservations are a must, but they are open all day long and the food is quite good. Chef Phillipe at Le Petit Bordelais next door to Ginette does a very good job. There is an incredibly good restaurant, Sorza, on Île Saint Louis, right on the main street.

I also love Bistro de la Dôme in the 4th, across from Bofinger, which I do NOT like!

I don't think there will ever be another Ginette :( I wish I had the drawing from here WC that says "Water is only good for one thing."

My email address is teamfur@ptd.net. I think Beardies are wonderful, and yes, I think we would get along just fine. My heart is healed; I have a good friend that I travel with. Here's a link to my Paris album from this past trip. http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/c...

Mar 18, 2012
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Good morning, Karen. Thank you for the information! No, I don't live in Paris, but I have been fortunate to spend New Year's there for the past 11 years, and for all but 2 of those New Year's Eves, I have dined with Ginette.

I first met her as she was cleaning girolles one afternoon in the summer of 2001. My husband had died about a month and a half earlier, and I was in Paris with a friend to recover, before heading to a Choral Festival in Canterbury, England. We made reservations for dinner that evening, and it was wonderful. We were seated with a pair of priests, some Swiss photography students, all in the wonderful back alcove. We stayed for hours, enjoying the girolles, the blanquette de veau, and the ambiance.

We took an interesting photo of GInette, pointing the camera at the mirror, and capturing her image in the kitchen reflected in the mirror. We framed it and sent it to her, and later, gave her a calendar featuring meals we had enjoyed at her table. She displayed both the photo and calendar for many years.

We met Waddy, the dog, and her cat, and her brother, Robert, who served as maître d' a few times when we were there. It was he who gave us the address of the palliative care facility where she was when we saw her last. She was happy and full of life, and I'm so glad we went to see her.

I hope you are well, and that your cancer remains at bay,

Salut!
Katie, and my 5 Golden Retrievers, collectively known as Team Fur.

Mar 18, 2012
teamfur in France

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Karen, the article explains that Ginette sold the restaurant to a former patron, Arlette, who hired a young chef, Mimoun Jaïs. The menu appears to be very similar to Ginette's, and the author waxes poetic about the blanquette de veau, the lentils with crayfish, the kidneys in madeira sauce, and the duck in honey sauce.

Also praised are the tarte tatin and the chocolate mousse.

In short, they are carrying on the tradition established by Ginette 30 years ago.

Their prices for New Year's Eve dinner, though, were very high, so we opted to go somewhere else, breaking a tradition for us.

Mar 17, 2012
teamfur in France

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Karen, to my knowledge, she died of cancer. I know she had problems with her heart, but I remember her saying in December of 2009 that she had "a little touch" of cancer.

She was a wonderful, caring lady, and I miss her very much.

She was proud of being from Normandy, and I believe her daughter lives there.

Mar 17, 2012
teamfur in France

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The chef on New Year's Eve was dreadful. I certainly hope a new, capable chef takes over, but so much of the charm of Au Petit Tonneau was Ginette. I have dined with her for almost 11 years. She was a dear friend, and I will miss her tremendously

Sep 21, 2011
teamfur in France

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I am so sorry to hear of Ginette's passing. We visited her in the hospital on New Year's Day, and she as cheerful and vibrant as always. Do you have any more information, such as an obituary or date of death?

Sep 21, 2011
teamfur in France