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is the confiserie le Furet Tanrade gone?

It would be interesting if Ferber sells higher/lower volume products that are different from each other in quality. I notice that La Grand Epicerie is not carrying too many Ferber confitures at the moment. There are more gelees than confitures. Galleries Lafayette is carrying more Ferber confitures than LGE.

Have you tried any of Alain Milliat's jams? I haven't, but I do like Milliat's nectars and juices very much. If the quality of the jams are on par with those other products, I think I will like the jams, too.

I have not seen his jams at GL or LGE, but they are for sale at his shop/restaurant at 159, rue de Grenelle in the 7th.

Mar 29, 2012
nl06 in France

Paris Itinerary Help - Primary question Le Cinq or Guy Savoy for lunch

I had the pork belly at LR just the other night and loved it. Thanks very much for the recommendation!

Thanks also to someone else who posted (on a separate thread) the full French name of the pork belly dish. Without this info, finding it on the menu would've been difficult for me.

Similar to the dish itself, the name is a mouthful: poitrine de cochon fermier moelleuse de chez Ospital, la couenne croustillante, lentilles vertes du Puy cuisinées comme un petit salé

Mar 28, 2012
nl06 in France

is the confiserie le Furet Tanrade gone?

Thanks, RandyB, for the lowdown on the jams that you listed, especially the Carla jams. The mango and passionfruit by Christine Ferber is one of my favorites, so I am interested in giving Carla a try.

Speaking of Christine Ferber, you had written:

>The famous Christine Ferber sold at Pierre Hermé: Framboises à la Violette. The only outstanding aspect to this confiture was the price. Perhaps it is the violet, but it has an almost chemical overtone. Not an intense raspberry flavor. Texture quite liquidy. Not worth buying again, particularly at its high price.

I have never tried the Framboises à la Violette, but I did enjoy the Ispahan jam that she makes for Pierre Herme. Perhaps Ispahan (and not Framboises with Violet) is the one to get??

Mar 28, 2012
nl06 in France

Paris Itinerary Help - Primary question Le Cinq or Guy Savoy for lunch

Thanks for the report on the duck for two supplement at LRSH. Was the meat fully cooked, or was it more on the rare side?

I'll be at LRSH in a few weeks, and I've been going back and forth about whether to go for the duck . . . or some other supplement . . . or just the regular menu.

Mar 15, 2012
nl06 in France

Visit to a wonderful, new chocolatier - Pascal Legac (long)

Thank you, pjshapiro, for the report on Quai Wauthier. As you suspected, the information came a little late for me (I was in Saint Germain in April). But perhaps it'll prove handy for a future trip.

Regarding Pascal Legac, his chocolates are indeed very good, and I really liked his macarons, too. The caramels were good, too, but I think I preferred the flavors at Jacques Genin. Now that I am not in Paris, I would kill to have either. But, when you are there, you have the luxury of picking and choosing.

Saint Germain indeed made for a nice side trip from Paris, and I am very glad that I learned about it on this board.

Oct 20, 2011
nl06 in France

Duck confit

Thanks very much for the posts on the duck-confit-to-go at Saint Amour.

I recently purchased several packs and followed what RacerX did. It made for a fantastic, easy meal. Only thing that I had to remember to do was: take the bag out of the freezer the night before.

Like RacerX, I thought that the duck legs were not that fatty.

Oct 20, 2011
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

Patisserie Tholoniat

Unfortunately, I did not get to try the "Tholoniat" pastry. I had seen (your?) earlier posts recommending this signature pastry. However, whenever I arrived at the shop, I tended to get "side-tracked" by other gems that were on display. And, as I quickly found out, I could eat only so much in one day.

Is the "Tholoniat" pastry displayed out in the open, or is it kept in one of the closed cases?

And, the Madame is Madame Guerreau??

Apr 08, 2011
nl06 in France

Patisserie Tholoniat

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Anglaise, for recommending Tholoniat. If not for you and Barbra Austin

http://www.barbraaustin.com/2010/11/t...

I would not have looked for this patisserie while in Paris.

In the mornings, their offerings include great croissants, brioche, kouigh amann, and pain au chocolat. When I asked Madame whether the croissants were butter or margarine ("nature"), she responded proudly that everything is made with butter. (At least that's what I think she said.)

In the afternoons, their offerings include great financiers, sables, and tartlettes (all in various flavors). Also available in the afternoon is the mille feuille -- which, as Anglaise reported, is excellent.

And to top it all off, Madame is extremely gracious and extremely kind. After a busy day of sightseeing/shopping, the twinkle in her eye as she throws in an extra goodie in your take-out box lifts the spirit.

It is kind of strange that this estabishment is surrounded by hair salons, but it is easily accessible by Metro. It's less than a block away from the Chateau d'Eau station on Line 4.

Apr 07, 2011
nl06 in France

Currently in Paris: Brief report on Des Gateaux et du Pain; seeking advice on Le Grand Pan

Post-visit follow-up:

Turns out that I didn't need to worry. Le Grand Pan serves up demi portions of the porc as well.

At first, I thought the manager was telling me that one person could finish the whole portion. That was a misunderstanding, and he was really saying that demi portions are an option for individual diners.

Finished off an entree, demi portion of the porc, and dessert, pas de probleme. The pork was really great. Many thanks to everyone who recommended this great find!!

Apr 01, 2011
nl06 in France

Currently in Paris: Brief report on Des Gateaux et du Pain; seeking advice on Le Grand Pan

No worries, Nancy S. When one door closes, another one opens. After leaving DGEDP, I walked around the neighborhood and stumbled upon Gare Montparnasse.

Found the Baillardran stand, and guess what -- the canelé traditionnel were warm. So, the food gods were not entirely cruel to me that day.

But I am jealous that you were able to enjoy warm croissants every day for a week last fall!

Mar 29, 2011
nl06 in France

Currently in Paris: Brief report on Des Gateaux et du Pain; seeking advice on Le Grand Pan

Deluca -- Thanks, that's exactly what I was hoping to learn. If the cote du porc is gonna be around two pounds, I think I will be able to handle this and a starter. Might have to take a "pass" on dessert. Unfortunately, I can't eat like Uhockey can.

PBSF -- Thanks for the cheer-me-up. I think it was Nancy S. who posted that everything at DGEDP was "exquisitely warm" at 8am. Reading that post really got my hopes up for something awesome. Oh well. If I run into Madame Deneuve while she is out shopping for bread, I will beg her to purchase a croissant for me.

Mar 29, 2011
nl06 in France

Currently in Paris: Brief report on Des Gateaux et du Pain; seeking advice on Le Grand Pan

Des Gateaux et du Pain:

I arrived shortly after 8am (around 8:05), hoping to try their warm croissants. Unfortunately, the "trip" turned out to be a letdown because the croissants that I got were no longer warm. Should I have specifically requested that it be hot from the oven? The croissants were pretty good, but not as crispy as I would like.

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Le Grand Pan:

I will be eating here later this week. Am planning to order the cotes du porc for 2. As a solo diner, will there be room for anything else? I saw their menu, and would like to order a starter and/or dessert, but am worried about ordering way too much food.

Thanks in advance!

Mar 28, 2011
nl06 in France

restaurants near Montparnasse with kids?

Is the creperie Genia closed on certain day(s) of the week?

I have read good things about this creperie on multiple threads, but I haven't been able to find what days/times they are open. (Haven't been able to find that info elsewhere on the web either.)

Thanks in advance!

Feb 24, 2011
nl06 in France

Visit to a wonderful, new chocolatier - Pascal Legac (long)

Thanks very much for the information, mbcraw4d. I will definitely stop by Legac's shop to buy goodies "for my relatives and friends back home." I did not know that Patrick Roger is now in Saint Germain as well. Will check out his shop, too, especially if I do not visit his shops in Paris.

I will look into Wauthier. If you try it out (or know someone who has), please report back. As it turns out, I am planning to visit Saint Germain on a Tuesday, so I will plan to check out the market.

Feb 18, 2011
nl06 in France

Which restaurants will take kindly to requests for doggy bag?

Uh oh. PhilD and sunshine bring up valid points that I hadn't thought of. If a restaurant would take kindly to a request for a doggy bag, then might they also take kindly to requests for fridge space in their kitchen??

JUST KIDDING.

The good news is I'll have an apartment with a fridge and microwave. I think I know what PhilD means about the "lost opportunity to sample a broader range of produce." But the thought of changing into sweatpants and attacking the leftover roast chicken or cote de bouef without worrying about manners or table etiquette is kind of nice, too...

Feb 18, 2011
nl06 in France

Visit to a wonderful, new chocolatier - Pascal Legac (long)

The above post is great. Does anyone have more recent experiences at this chocolate shop?

Also, if anyone would like to recommend other food places in St. Germain en Laye, that would be appreciated.

Based on other posts on this board, I understand that Cazaudehore, La Rotisserie des Loges, and La Gerbe d'Or are all good.

Feb 16, 2011
nl06 in France

Which restaurants will take kindly to requests for doggy bag?

Thanks to everybody who responded.

Yes, I will be a solo diner. My initial understanding was that asking for doggy bags in France was a total no-no. But then I saw some posts that seemed to say that it would be OK to ask in certain situations (when you have ordered a larger order of meat). Maybe the situations apply only when you are "such an habitué that [you are] practically a shareholder." :)

I didn't want to "miss out" on dishes that are typically prepared for two people, but, at the same time, it sounds like asking to take leftovers will be a hassle. I think I'll be able to find plenty of other dishes to keep me happy.

Feb 15, 2011
nl06 in France

Which restaurants will take kindly to requests for doggy bag?

I've read some posts that imply that it's OK to ask for a doggy bag at certain restaurants -- for example, Chez L'Ami Jean.

Are there other restaurants at that price range that would be OK with this?

I would like to try larger orders of meat (whole roast chicken or cote de boeuf from somewhere like La Rotisserie, etc.) without feeling like I should attempt to finish the whole thing in one sitting, or else let the food go to waste.

Thanks in advance!

Feb 14, 2011
nl06 in France

Bistro Provence - going tonight. Any recent visits?

Went there for lunch and dinner last fall. For the main entree, I enjoyed the roast chicken and the Beef Bourguignon.

Feb 05, 2010
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy fresh ginseng root?

Can anybody recommend places that sell fresh ginseng root? In terms of location, I'd like to stay within L.A. and the SGV. Thanks in advance.

Oct 20, 2009
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

Great places to eat in Seoul, Korea (long)

Specifically, if anyone can recommend some great places for soon tofu, that would be great. Thanks in advance!

Oct 06, 2009
nl06 in China & Southeast Asia

Great places to eat in Seoul, Korea (long)

I second the comments that this is a great list.

Does AppleSister (or anybody else) have any updates and/or additions? Such info would be much appreciated.

Oct 05, 2009
nl06 in China & Southeast Asia

fresh passion fruit

Thanks, miwine. Can you post which vendors sell the passion fruits? I will try looking for them at this Sunday's market.

Sep 01, 2009
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

fresh passion fruit

Glad to hear that you did find the passion fruits at Coleman's. I'm new to the Santa Monica farmers market, and so far I've been to only the Weds market. Prior to reading your post, I didn't know that Coleman sells at the Sat market, too. On Saturdays, is Coleman at the market on Arizona and 3rd?

Thanks for your comments on the frozen pulp sold at Vallarta. I've never tried it, but I assume that it would be hard to beat the fresh product (even if, like you said, I end up freezing the fresh product myself).

Do you know how long it would keep in the freezer? I froze one batch for a week, and of course that was fine.

Aug 31, 2009
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

fresh passion fruit

Are you certain that Coleman Farms no longer carries fresh passion fruits? In August 2009, I visited their stand at the Wednesday market in Santa Monica, and bought fresh passion fruits from them on two separate occasions. On one Weds, they had the passion fruits. Then, on the next Weds, I didn't see them. Then, the passion fruits were back again on the following Weds.

If anyone finds passion fruits at any other markets or location, please post to let us know.

Someone posted (in a related thread), that frozen passion fruit pulp is available at Vallarta markets. I guess I can always use frozen pulp in place of the fresh product.

Aug 31, 2009
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

Fortnum & Mason tea?

Has anybody ordered teas from their website?

http://www.fortnumandmason-usa.com

May 19, 2008
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

Documentary on corn industry on KCET tonight (Apr 17) [moved from Los Angeles board]

I noticed that tonight, from 9:00-10:30p, KCET will be airing "King Corn," which played in theaters last year, I think. The documentary covers the importance of corn in the fast-food, meat, soft-drink, etc. industries.

More info on the film is available at:

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/ki...

Apr 17, 2008
nl06 in Food Media & News

Songkran (Thai New Year) 4/13 in Thai Town

Does anyone have further information on whether the Wat Thai food stalls will be open this weekend (Apr 12-13)? Thanks in advance.

Apr 09, 2008
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

Thai Street Food Vendors

I really miss the mango with sticky rice that was sold at Wat Thai.

Does anyone know if the mango vendors that were at Wat Thai are currently working out of New King Seafood (or anywhere else)?

I remember there were two mango vendors at Wat Thai. I really liked the one who was located opposite the long row of other vendors. The lady who peeled and sliced the mangos would often be chatting away on her bluetooth the whole time.

Mar 27, 2008
nl06 in Los Angeles Area

The Best Tres Leches in LA

Good catch, Das. I wouldn't be surprised if the cake did have "much, much butter."

I was surprised, though, that two different branches were so different. Thanks for the recs on the other two locations. Will have to check them out.

Mar 26, 2008
nl06 in Los Angeles Area