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Paris food recommendations?

He who queries signs himself (herself?) heartfood_yvr. In that Air France has just begun non-stop serice between YVR (Vancouver international Airport) and CDG, one might assume what we have here is a newbie who's made a spur-of-the-moment decision to get away from Vancouver for a few days. It follows that perhaps he/she isn't that serious about it all. So my recommendation is no recommendation: get off the plane, allow yourself to be entrapped by Paris tourism-plus, and next time you'll want to have done your homework.

Where to buy Scotch in Paris?

Maison du Whisky in the 8th; lots there, as you'll see when you put it into their search site.
www.whisky.fr

Apr 29, 2015
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Where to eat near - but not in - CDG airport?

There are no metro stops close to the CDG, and changing to the metro at Gare du Nord or beyond might be a pain with your backpacks. So why not take RER B to Denfert-Rochereau, exit, cross over Avenue General Leclerc and spend you time on Rue Daguerre, a pedestrian market street. There'll be enough happening to keep you occupied for a couple of hours. When it's time, head back to the Denfert RER station and get a train direct to CDG. No subway hassle or time lost making changes.

Apr 25, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

We had a peasant evening meal on their "terrace" last summer and were served by the owners' nephew from Spain; which made me wonder whether the business is about to be passed on to a new generation?

Apr 25, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

gracohen, I assume from your research you've already identified the usual suspects (wine bars that show up time and again in the yarns of lazy travel writers): Le Garde-Robe, Le Rubis, Tonneaux des Halles, La Robe et Le Palais, La Tartine, Les Pipos, Baron Rouge, Baratin. To which I would add L'Auberge Café (1st), genuine old-timer; Taverne Henry IV (1st), well-known but still an experience; Jean Bernard A.O.C. (3rd), modest and virtually unknown; Le Temp des Cerises (4th), not my favorite because of its stubby little wine glasses; Le Porte-Pot (5th), younger crowd; La Cave Drouot (9th), older crowd; Les Bricoles (11th); Dis Vins Gaulois (15th); Les Brandevin (16th); Les Caves Angevins, also known as Chez Clarisse (16th), nice wines, but wish they'd replace the stools with chairs; Yayin (17th), Kosher wine bar; Au Bon Coin (18th), very inexpensive locals' hangout; A La Vierge de la Réunion (20th), not a tourist in sight here. I've left out some already mentioned plus a ton of wine-friendly bistros, for there's only so many places you can check out in a couple of weeks, right? Have fun and report back.

Old (very old) wine bars

gracohen, it's my guess age isn't your only criterion, but that you're interested in wine bars with patina and atmosphere, as opposed to trendy joints patronized by bobos and tourists. If I'm right, I can offer you a few suggestions. I've been researching this for a few years for
a possible book.

Apr 12, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

Another of the renowned oldies is Au Vin des Rues in the 14th (21 rue Boulard), where Jean Chanrion held forth for ages, serving his favorite wines of the Mâconnais. He sold the place circa 2001. I believe it's changed hands once or twice since the departure of Chanrion, who died last year.

Apr 12, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

Jacques Melac sold the joint two years ago, but new owners Didier and Denise Madamour are said to be carrying on as before.

Apr 11, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

Correct. But Jackie wasn't critiquing the food, and gracohen wasn't enquiring about food.

Apr 11, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

How about Aux Négociants, 27 rue Lambert in the 18th. "It's the last of the great, old-time, veritable Paris wine bars," the author Jacqueline Friedrich (The Wines of France and other books) wrote on her blog.

Apr 10, 2015
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Paris Dinner and Focus on Wine

Preston Mohr, a young American from Minneapolis, offers wine tastings in Paris and doubles as a rep for an apartment rental agency.

http://www.parisbytheglass.com/about-...

Apr 03, 2015
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Paris Dinner and Focus on Wine

This handsome, relatively new shop in the Latin Quarter is run by a pleasant, mature couple, both of whom speak English. Ignore the 'whisky' in the title because the focus here is definitely on wine.
It's the antithesis of the trendy O Château. In other words, defintely a spot for adults.

http://vinetwhisky-claudel.com/

Apr 03, 2015
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Paris, Change of Pace Meals

Agreed, Parnassien. A couple of them have table service, which defeats the definition of 'food court.'

Mar 30, 2015
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Paris, Change of Pace Meals

There's a food court in the Carrousel du Louvre, too.

Mar 29, 2015
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Tasting menu at Dersou with cocktail pairing

Reads like a promo, sounds like a promo, walks/talks like a promo,
could it be a promo? Or maybe it's just my age talking (five drinks at dinner that are not wine?)

Mar 25, 2015
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Ask and you shall receive - I am coming to Paris!! :)

And perhaps this is Claude http://www.restaurant-chezclaude.fr/

Mar 01, 2015
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Ask and you shall receive - I am coming to Paris!! :)

Probably means Le Port-Pot http://www.leportepot.com/

Mar 01, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

And then let's have lousy wine lists to be avoided at all costs. The absolute worst wine list in all of Paris is Chartier, so even if your cousins want to go, tell them no.

Feb 13, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

There will always be "secret," "hidden," "undiscovered," et cetera. The mags need this sort of stuff.

Feb 13, 2015
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Le Marsangy -- An Unsatisfactory Experience

notdrinkingpoison in paris

Feb 13, 2015
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Le Marsangy -- An Unsatisfactory Experience

Aaron is a wine guy but he's now reviewing retaurants on his blog. Have you been mentoring him?

Feb 13, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

Marketing indeed, just like "secret" places that only the writer knows. Bumpf.

Feb 13, 2015
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Le Marsangy -- An Unsatisfactory Experience

Evidently Le Marsangy changed owners last year. This is what the wine list used to look like (photo taken from Aaron Ayscough's blog). http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0o7S1q2ifLg...

Feb 13, 2015
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

Sounds like a sweetheart.

Feb 11, 2015
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

Ditch the vacuvin but keep the stoppers. You're open (but stoppered) bottles are good for a few days and, if the wine is well-made, the better for it.

Feb 10, 2015
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Nicolas Wine Shops

I popped into the Nicolas across the street from the Emile Zola métro the other day to buy a couple of wine glasses. I liked the ones in the window, on sale for just over three euros apiece. (The apartments we rent in Paris never, ever have deccent wine glasses.) The clerk told me they did not have the glasses in stock, despite them being displayed with a price. They were just for show.

Nicolas is a good source of grande marque Champagnes, especially
when they have their promotions, but the fact that it stocks some
of the better négoçiant wines is not particularly meaningful. Anyone can do so. Obviously Nicolas' bulk-buying ability gives the chain a price advantage. It would be nice to see evidence of some of that saving being passed on to the consumer. Not bloody likely.

And, Onzieme, if you taste wine professionally, as I suspect, would you prefer to spent your time talking shop with a clerk in Nicolas as opposed to, say, having a discussion with the passionate and knowledgable Serge, the proprietor at Mi-Fugue
Mi-Raisin (Les Caves Delambre) in the 14th?

My point is that in Paris there are so many options to explore individuality among wines. Nicolas is not among them. Sending the wine novice to Nicolas does him/her no favor.

Feb 06, 2015
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Foraging in the 5th?

I used to import a French gin called Citadelle, flavored with much more than juniper. I believe it is still produced, but I have't looked for it in years.

Feb 03, 2015
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Foraging in the 5th?

Strange that no one has mentioned La Cave Bourgogne, which has a Mouffetard address although its south of the Mouffetard strip and is not really part of the Mouffe scene. It's not a cave and it has nothing to do with Burgundy, so I'm not sure where the name comes from, but it has a great long bar with lots of beer on tap, which may appeal to TVHilton, plus a friendly bartender who clearly runs the joint. The wines are sturdy, as is the food, and on any given night you'll find neighborhoodies there of all ages. They served us a corked Brouilly the other night, which they replaced without question, and we were out of there for less than 70 euros--an aperitif and two glasses of Sancerre beforehand, aforementioned bottle of wine, shared starter, two plats--hard to beat that elsewhere in Paris, given the quality. Anyone else's experience?

Feb 03, 2015
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Foraging in the 5th?

But for some reason Ptipois did not include La Fontaine aux Vins at
107 Rue Mouffetard on her list of cavistes. This is a great shop for well-priced, traditional (as opposed to 'natural') wines, and the proprietor is quite a character in her own right. Her young staffers all speak English. Vina Villa is cute/funky but prices are out of line. Avoid Nicolas indeed. Pedestrian wines and the clerks haven't a clue.

Feb 01, 2015
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Sunday lunch in Provins?

In her book, An Hour from Paris, Annabel Sims recommends La Table St. Jean, which she describes as "a cosy, restful restaurant in a 13th century building, with a log fire and a garden at the back. Traditional, although not inspired, French cooking." Open Sundays.

Jan 21, 2015
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