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How do the French get their food?

There are nice, touchy-feely farming lobbies in France, like the Confédeation Paysanne, but also meaner ones who lobby and obtain the rights to do lots of dodgy things to our food...or perhaps the nasty French veal industry, which dominates Europe, is an example "great local produce"?

Aug 02, 2014
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Good coffee in Paris?

Ptipois, extensive and scientific research (reading this article: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...
)leads me to believe that the reason that some coffee tasted bad was because it is "under" roasted.

Saying that, the coffee served in Paris' cafés, like the breath and beards of the members of the hipster brethren who daily pour oh-so-many shots of poor expresso here, invariably leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

This is an old debate though.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6936...

Aug 02, 2014
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How do the French get their food?

At the risk of seeming pernickety...

The Common Agriculture Policy (the PAC in French), of which a large chunk of of the European Union's budget goes to, and whose polices support, a lot of the time, intensive big agriculture to the detriment of smaller "friendlier", and often "tastier" methods of farming, exists largely through the efforts of the French farming lobby. French agriculture, for bad or for worse, is very a powerful lobby in France and in Brussels and receives by far the biggest cut of the PAC, which, pour info, represents 43% of the EU budget.

Jul 31, 2014
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Frenchie is making changes

It's like Vatican II !

Jul 03, 2014
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What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

Macaron? Is it 2004 already?

What about the cupcake contagion? The choux scourge?
And now endemic eclairs?

Jun 23, 2014
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What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

The pastry at Tholoniat was good for a while, but then pascal guerreau the baker left and it went down hill. The bread has remained good, but I mourn the mille-feuilles and their signature Tholoniat semi-freddo which is a shadow of its creamy self.

Jun 23, 2014
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What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

Isn't "that Hounds just happen to know for one reason or another" the whole point ? Or is my existence even more meaningless than I hoped it was?

Jun 22, 2014
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What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

Yes. He has 3 places. They sell the bread at the Pointe du Grouin.

Jun 22, 2014
vielleanglaise in France

What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

I hate the name, but Liberté on rue des Vinaigriers is very good for bread. For bread again, Thierry Breton makes and sells great loaves from his Chez Michel, Casimir, Pointe du Grouin empire.

The bread and pastries in my immediate 'hood, rue du Faubourg St Denis, suck. I wish it would change.

Jun 22, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

With pleasure. There's about 19 of us.

May 31, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

I was there thursday. Shambolic and a little crazy, but very good.

May 31, 2014
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Buying Milk/Cream in France?

If in Paris, you can go to Marks & Spencer or M&S where they sell double cream which is like US heavy cream.

May 26, 2014
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Favorite place to picnic in Paris and get provisions

You are completely right! It's Cour de la Ferme St Lazare. I will now go and commit hari kiri.

May 15, 2014
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Favorite place to picnic in Paris and get provisions

The thing about not being allowed to sit on the grass is no longer true. Most parks and gardens allow it now, apart from when the grass is "en repos".

They are more strict, however, about consuming booze.

May 14, 2014
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Favorite place to picnic in Paris and get provisions

If you have kids, there's a tiny "square" that goes off the grenier st lazarre in the grounds of the old clap hospital (nor to be confused with the bigger neighbouring park which is fille with louche characters).There's very little grasse, but it'a clean and quiet - I often have it to myself - and it has wooden pigs. You can get supplies from the nearby marché st quentin or rue du faubourg st denis.

May 14, 2014
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Is it ever right to order the house wine?

I see a lot of people ordering "rosé piscine", and "champagne piscine", with ice cubes floating in it.

May 13, 2014
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French Service Anecdote - Any Others?

May 12, 2014
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French Service Anecdote - Any Others?

Just found these on the menu of a restaurant in Cannes

The salad of believed cabbage heart
Lenses
The skewers apples in the air
Pellets of oxen to grasses
Let us pepper & Moules
The laminated one with nuts

May 12, 2014
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Overwhelmed with Too Much Research!

Fortunately, or unfortunately, I'd say about 60 % of the restaurants recommended on this board correspond to the demand 'a stop on the #10 line'.

Have fun.

May 10, 2014
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Is it ever right to order the house wine?

I like and have drunk too many and much of the house wines at Le Rubis.
When I went to Point du Grouin they only served house wines and out of boxes. It's fine.

May 07, 2014
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Two grocery items I cannot find in France

You can get Horlicks malted milk powder from the Indian and Pakistani grocers in the 10th.

May 05, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Brilliant.

May 03, 2014
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About Paris, France; Regarding sites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, etc.?

I'm not sure how much he knows about food, but I think Stephane Simon writes, or can write well. He has made me laugh. I can remember similes and metaphors and analogies he has used. I don't have an opinion about Emmanuel Rubin's style.

There is no discernible style in the A Nous Paris reviews - apart from the use of clichés - but I find them informative and useful.

Apr 30, 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.”.

You shouldn't go to places where you go.

Apr 30, 2014
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About Paris, France; Regarding sites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, etc.?

Sometimes the writing annoys me, but I like the reviews in A nous Paris.

Apr 30, 2014
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French Service Anecdote - Any Others?

Meats do not all have the same terminology for degrees of doneness. I think the saignant/bleu thing refers to steak. For foie de veau, in my experience, in Paris, the term for rare is "rosé". Same thing for lamb and duck.

Apr 30, 2014
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French Service Anecdote - Any Others?

Alright:

Ebats = Love-making
Abats = Offal
Baiser = To copulate*
Poupee = Doll
Paupiette = Faggot (uk)
Faggot (uk) = Meatball (US)

Bon appétit!

Grazie altrettanto!

*"fuck" would be a more accurate translation, but you never know who might be reading!

Apr 27, 2014
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French Service Anecdote - Any Others?

I found my self working in the IBM tower at La Défense. I needed some drawing-pins "punaises" but screwed the word up in my mind and went from office to office asking serious IBM managers if they had any "pucelles" (young virgins).

They didn't.

Apr 27, 2014
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French Service Anecdote - Any Others?

Here's one for you:

The first time I met my ex French mother-in-law, I had prepared a meal for us in the tiny one bedroomed flat I shared with her daughter.

The meal was almost ready, but we had very little furniture, and I wanted to get the chairs that my girlfriend and her mother were sitting on and take them into the kitchen where we were going to eat.

My French was very rudimentary at the time. I wanted to say "we need the chairs". In English "need" is a verb, so I figured that "besoin" was one too and I started conjugating it in my head "Je besoin...Tu besoin...Il besoin..." as I grabbed hold of a chair, looked the mother of the woman I loved in the eye and asked "nous besons" which came out as "Nous baisons? Nous baisons? ". To her credit, she just got up from where she was sitting and answered "jamais avant l'apéritif."

Apr 27, 2014
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French Service Anecdote - Any Others?

I have a friend, who, her first morning in Paris - indeed outside of the USA - wanted to by some strawberry jam to go with some left-over bread. She went to the pharmacy, which she assumed was the equivalent of an american drug store, and asked in english scattered with a little french, if they had any jam. The pharmacist didn't understand the word "jam".

My friend searched for another word for jam she thought the pharmacist might understand and came upon "preserves".
Finally understanding what this pretty young American wanted, the pharmacist's eyes lit up, and she asked my friend what she kind she wanted. "strawberry..." answered my friend "...fraise".

She was so embarrassed when the pharmacist handed her a packet of strawberry flavoured condoms ("préservaifs), that she paid for them and left.

Her breakfast was very chewy.

A few years later, I was with the same friend, who looked like a young Linda Evans, in a PMU dive bar in Auxerre that we'd stopped at to use the phone.

My friend went to the bathroom, and for some reason when she came out she wanted to share with us, and the bar, what she'd been doing in there. She meant to shout out "je suis une pisseuse" which is bad, but instead in this bar full of middle-aged gamblers and daytime drinkers, came out with "je suis une pipeuse" which is worse.

Apr 27, 2014
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