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Dress Code/Clothes for lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Paris?

I have always thought, both inside and outside of his restaurants, that it's best to sport underware printed with an image of chef Robuchon's smiling face.

Aug 11, 2015
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Ice cream

'Une glace a paris' 15 rue st croix de la bretonnerie. Right bank, sorry, but the best ices and sorbets I've had
in a long time. The raspberry sorbet is particularly good. They do to go.

Jul 18, 2015
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Ober-salé - Rio Yeti report

I have often felt challenged the use of salt in Parisian restaurants, that like a bunch of things in French life becomes a moral, rather than a esthetic question.

I think that a chef should be allowed to salt to their taste or best judgement...as long as there's a salt seller on the table. Or you're not made to feel that you're commiting a crime against gastronomy when you ask for salt.

Jul 14, 2015
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Lobrano, Best New Paris Bistros

I agree with you. The bad-mouthing of "tourists" on these boards is at best ignorant, and at worst offensive.

May 29, 2015
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One more Paris lightening round - Chez Janou or Bistro Bellet?

Bellet was very good. But the old chef left, and a new one has just arrived...

May 28, 2015
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Thoughts on best cocktail bars in Paris?

I'm not a cocktail expert, and it's in my neighbourhood and I'm lazy and have a soft spot for anything that has the good taste to be nearby, but I do like the Syndicat on the rue du Faubourg St Denis.

The facade's covered with layers of old ad's and posters, so you can't even see it's a bar and you have to pull aside a curtain to get in.

The drinks are exclusively concocted with French-made gin/vodka/whisky/vermouths. I like the ones I tried for not being too sweet. The staff are friendly and far less earnest than in other cocktail bars I have tried.

Apr 07, 2015
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Marks & Sparks Food Emporium at 6 Rue de la Pepiniere in the 8th.

I work out of the same complex as the M&S flagship store at Beaugrenelle. My colleagues are all native French speakers. None of them, not one single person, calls it "M&S". They all refer to the store as "Marks".

Apr 03, 2015
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Neighborhood recommendations in the 10th?

I second Parigi and Ptipois' recommendations. The Marche St Martin on the rue du Chateau d'eau is worth visiting too.

It can be patchy, but I recently had a really good meal at Le Verre Volé on rue de Lancry.

I find their names, and sometimes the attitude of the staff, irritating, but 'Du pain et des idées' on the rue de Marseille, and 'Liberté', on the rue de Vinaigrier both have good bread.

For cocktails, the Syndicat, on the rue du Faubourg St Denis is friendly, fun and you won't find their drinks anywhere else in the world. On the same street there are multiple and very tasty "ethnic" options that have been much discussed on these boards. For an evening option, I really like the Bistro Bellet on the same street. They do basic French stuff, with a few recherché twists, for reasonable prices in a nice decor, with friendly and anglophone, if needs be, service.

I live there and I like it, but be it for food, drink, or just people watching I think it's difficult to find a more "parisian" neighborhood than between the Porte St Denis and the rue de la Fidelité/rue de Paradis.

The bread at Bistro Bellet comes from the Chez Michel/Pointe du Grouine/Chez Casimir empire, all owned by the same chef on the rue Belzunce (that for film buffs figures in Louis Malle's Zazie dans Le Metro). All of these restaurants are worth a visit. La Pointe du Grouine being the best value (evenings are hell there. If you can go for lunch, do).

Mar 12, 2015
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Books, Mostly About Food, Food, Delicious Food in Paris and Brussels

And also, more for entertainment, Edouard de Pomiane's 'Cooking in Ten Minutes.'

Another one I've used a lot is 'La Cuisine pour Tous' by Ginette Mathiot, and "un groupe de professeurs de l'enseignement ménager" and which was translated into a cute English edition a couple of years ago.

Feb 21, 2015
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Books, Mostly About Food, Food, Delicious Food in Paris and Brussels

I also really like 'Morjou' by Peter Graham.

Feb 21, 2015
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Books, Mostly About Food, Food, Delicious Food in Paris and Brussels

Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cooking. Not a single address is up to date, but I don't think you could ask for more from an English language book about French cooking.

Feb 20, 2015
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I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

Let us know if this works out and at what time. Nous sommes Banh mi.

Jan 10, 2015
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Normandy/Caen/ Bayeux

Went to Chez Francois in Genets last night. A warm potato salad with pigs ears, then the pig's snout stuffed with black pudding, all served with perfect frites and a salade verte and all very good.

Jan 04, 2015
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Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: let's go to war!

1. Move to a a country with an enlightened euthanasia policy - the food's better in Switzerland than the Netherlands, mais c'est selon.
2. I don't agree with, but understand the BN prejudice, but not against the whole Beaujolais region. You're talking about several thousand different wines, terroirs and producers.
3-6, Thanksgiving? What's that?

Nov 27, 2014
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L'Office, take two

This hoary old English bird's opinion differs from your's and your lady friends', but not because I don't get the concept.

I get it - mid century furniture, hype, beards, but no verbs and God forbid, adjectives, on the menu. My meal there wasn't bad, but the hassle of the evening service, (a bobo with a day job, I can't eat lunch there), the uncomfortable bar-stool, the waiter bugging me as to when my wife was going to arrive, have left me with far more memories than the "creative" food.

As I mention above, I think in the same 'hood, Bistro Bellet, just up the street, is a much better bet.

Nov 23, 2014
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Volunteer(s) need to test Bistro Chez Remy near the Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris, no experience required.

"the closer to get to the center the worse the food is." This is like Dante.

Nov 22, 2014
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L'Office, take two

I've eaten at the 52 Faubourg St Denis. An overwhelmingly underwhelming establishment. A prime example of the "saladification" (I wish I had invented that term) of the cuisine that's favoured by that that chatters in and about the city of light .

The "egalatarian" no-booking policy's a royal pain in the arse, but if you're going to go that way, waiting staff should be more indulgent with dining companions who arrive late. Also, I'm fine with eating at the bar, but please make the bar-stools comfortable.

The kitchen needs to get over itself, the front of house out of its derriere. Bistro Bellet up the street is a much better bet.

Nov 22, 2014
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Where to get the kind of chocolate mix that is used for breakfast chocolate?

Banania, Poulain, or Nesquik. Available from anywhere in France.

Nov 02, 2014
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Newish Taiwanese(I think) in the 10th

Operaasia on the rue de Mazagran near Strasbourg Saint Denis/Bonne Nouvelle, in the 10th.
Been there twice now. They sort of try and push the nems and Bo-bun on you, but they have stuff that is more interesting - little starters of (smoked?) tofu or tripe or seaweed. The mains are good too. Just had a pig's feet stew. Soft tofu with a sort of caramel orange sauce for dessert. Lacks a bit of ambiance so I go for take-away. I think it's Taiwanese.

Oct 29, 2014
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Too Many Michelin Restaurants In This Ski Resort.

Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.

Have a great time!

Oct 27, 2014
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French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

Because they're an acceptable national stereotype. Duh.

Sep 13, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

I believe it was I who "revealed" Angela to these boards in 2010. And I'm proud of it!

Sep 02, 2014
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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
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