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Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

I believe you may be thinking of Frederic Lalos, who sells through about 4 different branches of "Quartier. . . . ?"
His card was given to me as the purveyor to Guy Savoy.

Apr 15, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Croque Monsieur in Paris

While not in the Marais, the cafe Nemrod on Cherche-Midi, just a block from Bon Marche, makes a good one.

Apr 15, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Dinner in St Emilion, Lunch in Bergerac

Here's where we stand for these few days. Arrival day in Bordeaux: dinner at Bistrot Gabriel.
Next day, enroute to St Emilion: lunch at Belles Perdrix/Troplong Mondot with casual dinner at L'Envers du Decor.
Next day (Friday) hit marche in Bergerac with lunch at Table du Marche. Then onward to house in Envaux.
I'd love to enjoy another ferme-auberge, but this choice seems a good rhythm. Anyone spot a problem?

Apr 01, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

I'm happy to have this input. We've had occasional luck with supermarket sales on St Barth's, which is why I posed the question. (There are really only 3 wine cellars on the island). I'm also wondering how many small wine merchants there are in the mid Dordogne. We know Nicholas. Does anyone have a wine merchant to recco?
And where? Thanks again, everyone.

Mar 31, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Dinner in St Emilion, Lunch in Bergerac

Thanks to you both! As far as two big meals is concerned, we'd be looking for dinner on Friday, lunch on Sat, followed by picnic type dinner Saturday. We'll look into St E options.

Mar 29, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Dinner in St Emilion, Lunch in Bergerac

Wow, I figured there would be some reccos on this. Nothing from you folks? Maybe a little secret or two?

Mar 28, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Does anyone have any supermarket reccos???

Mar 28, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

CA Olive Oil recommendations

Thanks to everyone! Having now returned, I can report that local friends arranged a tasting at Round Pond (Napa) for their oils ($42/head, with some wine and veggies, etc for tasting purposes.) A bottle of their Blood Orange oil came home with us. But we really enjoyed stopping at DaVero in Sonoma, which is due to the reccos here. Great stuff.
We were able to get the Nuovo plus two bottles of the Meyer Lemon that had just come back for sale and was on "allocation" only 2 bottles per customer. The kind folks there told us that Batali no longer buys from them as they simply can't keep up with the quantity he demands. Love the small producer! Thanks again, folks!

Mar 24, 2014
ScottnZelda in San Francisco Bay Area
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Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Thanks, Kerriar. Definitely will do. I'm looking forward to it.

Mar 24, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Remembering the CA cabs from the 60's/70's that were once our house wines (BV was a big label then), it was a shock to see the "Big Napa Cabs" selling for $100 (really?) at the vineyards. France should be a relative bargain. You've given us a good excuse to try many labels. Thanks.

Mar 24, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Dinner in St Emilion, Lunch in Bergerac

We'll overnight in St E and would love to have your reccos for dinner. Any thoughts on La Tertre? Seafood might be nice before 2 wks in ducky Dordogne. Also need a fairly quick lunch in Bergerac enroute to our rental house. "Quick" because we'll want to hit a supermarket there for provisions and visit the Maison du Vins for tasting. L'Imparfait's website seems to show only a dinner menu. Any thoughts on a good but time efficient lunch place?

Mar 24, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Thanks, Deluca! Back "in the day" my memories of Cahors were very deep and heavy. The "Black Wine" right?
Will definitely look for Cuvee Madame from Tirecul.
BTW, are you in Napa? We were through there a few weeks ago.

Mar 24, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Collioure, thanks for the information! You are broadening our horizon, and will be on the lookout for these. Are there any particular labels you regularly buy? I think we may rely on supermarkets for the bulk of our buys. There are definitely Cab-drinkers in our group, if any other CHounders have Bergerac cab ideas for us, too.

Mar 24, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Certainly. I meant Monbazillac, the sweeter wine from the region (for selected foods such as foie gras and strong cheeses). Can also use a recco for the sauvignon white types for cocktail embibing. In other words, all local wines that are great values for every day drinking plus a few specials. Our male companions prefer reds. So this is really a request for "Bergerac Wines for Dummies."
Sorry Parigi, I don't know about the Barca-Real game. That one went over my head.
Thanks for asking for clarification. My spelling error.

Mar 23, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

For our May visit, we'd like to enjoy the local wines in the Dordogne and Lot. Can someone offer a few favorite reccos? Starting with general table wines under 10 or so euros and a few upward from there? What I'm really looking for is your favorite every day wines from the Bergerac region and maybe a few from the Lot. We'll be "at home" for most dinners, so will need to buy wine in some quantity to consume there.
This is a wine region that has evaded us so far. Thanks again for any assistance.

Mar 23, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Truffles in Dordogne

Didn't I read that there is some effort to replant the species of oak trees that provide the correct environment?

Mar 23, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Truffles in Dordogne

I learn so much here. You folks are really the experts.
Thanks again.

Mar 22, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Truffles in Dordogne

Pti, the NY Times article this week also discussed the advent of truffles from Burgundy. I think there is a move afoot to get AOC identification for some truffes!

Mar 21, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Truffles in Dordogne

Thanks, Sunshine. I guess we'll have to return during winter some year! Any particular producers that you like?

Mar 20, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Truffles in Dordogne

I'm wondering if there is any chance at all to find "fresh" winter truffles anywhere in the Dordogne in May. If this sounds terribly crazy, I just read a NY times article that says that weather (not enough rain) can delay them from being harvested, sometimes as late as March, etc. With that said, we'll be scouting out where and how to best buy these black diamonds, in jars if necessary. Your best sources, brands, marches, etc would be most welcome info. Also, best sources for foie gras??
Thanks to everyone for all the help.

Mar 19, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Your favorite brands of walnut oil and truffle oil

We have a reservation for lunch! I read your post that booking ahead was essential, so it will be a real treat for the four of us. Thanks, again! Are there any other special "do not miss" places? We're staying in tiny Envaux, and have also booked Le Vieux Logis for tapas lunch. Dinners will be mainly market- driven in our rented house. (2 weeks) with lunches "out." Two nights in Bordeaux before the house arrival. A week in Paris after. Can't wait.

Mar 18, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Your favorite brands of walnut oil and truffle oil

Parigi, I'll be there in May! Thanks for the tips.

Mar 17, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

CA Olive Oil recommendations

Thanks, Robert

Feb 26, 2014
ScottnZelda in San Francisco Bay Area

CA Olive Oil recommendations

Thanks for all of these wonderful tips! I am definitely looking for the 2013 pressing. We'll be staying in Healdsburg and Napa and Elk. Any oil out in Mendocino, or forget it?
Thanks again for your help!

Feb 26, 2014
ScottnZelda in San Francisco Bay Area

CA Olive Oil recommendations

Later this week I'll be visiting Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino. Can you guys recommend local olive oils for us to look for/taste? I'd like to bring back a few bottles. Up to now, one of our favorites is from Les Baux/Maussane in France, but I'd like to try a spicier one, too. Many thanks!

Feb 25, 2014
ScottnZelda in San Francisco Bay Area

Tarbais beans in Paris

After I made a cassoulet using dried Tarbais beans, purchased at Detou, he found "Tarbais" beans, grown in CA, online. I didn't taste them but he said they were great.
And much, much cheaper.

Jan 31, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

challenge - 21 "Best" Dishes

I thought I read that frog's legs were not sold now. Maybe in 2002.

Jan 06, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Anything the guidebooks won't mention in and around Antibes?

We were robbed in Vallurais in the Madoura pottery parking lot, as soon as we pulled in and unlocked the car door. We actually tried to chase the guy, but eventually spent a few hours in the local police station reporting the crime. Local chief of police in cowboy boots and USMC memorabilia in his office, but no help except a phone to call credit card companies. The thief reached into the car and grabbed my handbag from near my feet.

FYI, the nom d plume stems from one of many ways we have signed postcards to friends. From Cuba, we'd be Ricky and Lucy, f.i. Since this is the French Board. . . ScottnZelda.

Jan 03, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

The death of the "American section;" Long live the Asian section.

Or a small French West Indies island, like St Barths.

Jan 02, 2014
ScottnZelda in France

Anything the guidebooks won't mention in and around Antibes?

I hate to say this, but robberies. Watch your bags, lock your car doors, even when driving.

Jan 02, 2014
ScottnZelda in France