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Firefighters battle bushfires in Barossa -- wineries & vineyards damaged

This is really tragic.

Dec 20, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Champagne Recommendation <$75

My favorite NV, Charles Heidsieck, retails for around $55

Dec 20, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

I thought the choice of authors was interesting. There are SO many famous - in fact legendary - Boston authors. Stephen King is from Maine...

Also sad to see Katsuji go.

Dec 17, 2014
ChefJune in Food Media & News

Meilleur Ouvrier de France

I don't know about "everything," but personally, I am very impressed with the chocolatier Patrick Roger.

Dec 09, 2014
ChefJune in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

hmmm interesting news! I'll be in their 'hood this afternoon! :)

Dec 07, 2014
ChefJune in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Amen to the Bordier butter. Wish I'd brought back more of it.

Dec 07, 2014
ChefJune in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

You can bring tinned meats back, but afaik, not jarred. I definitely brought back tinned pâtés back in October. As for the cheeses, they have to be vacuum packed, and no one seems to care whether or not they are raw.

Dec 07, 2014
ChefJune in France

May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

When are you going to Lyon? I was just there for 5 days in October. Message or email me or check my comments on some of the Lyon threads. We actually did a lot of cooking in our air bnb apartment.

Dec 02, 2014
ChefJune in France

Paris restaurants for New Year's Eve

Since you have an apartment, I suggest laying in whatever provisions you prefer for a New Years Eve celebration and do it at home. It will be much more affordable, and you'll be able to avoid the crazies who are out and about. Did I mention the inflated prices for NY Eve???

Also like John Talbott's suggestion of a special lunch that day rather than dinner.

Nov 23, 2014
ChefJune in France

Japanese bathe in 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau wine

heheheh glad to hear it's good for something... ;)

(but they misspelled "Labouré" in the article).

Nov 22, 2014
ChefJune in Wine
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Wine for prime rib and traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner?

imho, in a group you are never better off ordering by the glass. BTG prices often are the resto's price for a WHOLE BOTTLE! (Can we talk about highway robbery?)

Unless there are just two of you, you will no doubt go through at least two bottles of wine (5 glasses in each bottle). I would choose a lighter red such as Beaujolais or Barbera for the turkey, and a heartier red - maybe a Bordeaux? for the prime rib. And if someone insists upon white, a bottle of Riesling.

Nov 22, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Brief Lyon Report

I agree completely, Phil. I sometimes try to bring some St. M. home, but it rarely makes it. It's best to just gorge on it while you're there and sadly wait for the next visit. I have been more than disappointed with any I have purchased from even the finest fromagiers in US. It's expensive and always over the hill. Ick.

Nov 16, 2014
ChefJune in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Which week will you be on your own? Maybe I'll be there then...

Nov 12, 2014
ChefJune in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

<And btw, we have already reserved the apartment for next year, same time frame, but for five weeks. :)>
You really think an extra week will "do it?" ;)

Nov 12, 2014
ChefJune in France

Brief Lyon Report

<Besides the culinary wealth, it was just a beautiful city with some of the friendliest people we met in France; full of pride for where they're from and deservedly so.>

I completely agree with you on that. That's why I continue to return again and again.

Nov 10, 2014
ChefJune in France

Lyon help, with apologies in advance...

Well your list is missing my favorite place, Brasserie Léon de Lyon. Long a 2*, in 07 Chef Jean Paul Lacombe turned in his stars and made the beautiful place more casual. Food is still top notch, as is the welcome.

If you are still in Lyon, I hope you go. But I'm disappointed you didn't check this forum for recent posts on Lyon, which are definitely here because I added to them, having just been there for the 8th time.

Nov 08, 2014
ChefJune in France

Long report: a Franco-African week in Paris

great report! I also enjoyed Chez Hamadi. I stayed around the corner.

Nov 06, 2014
ChefJune in France

Must order dishes at Daniel et Denise?

My traveling companion had a very good joue de boeuf. I'm still swooning over the Gras Double I didn't order this time. I would pass on the Quenelle. It was just okay.

Nov 06, 2014
ChefJune in France

Budget dining in Paris?

Going to Le Taxi Jaune tonight Will try to report back.

Oct 27, 2014
ChefJune in France

Budget dining in Paris?

What DCM said.

We are both here now. I hope OP will see her way clear to add a few Euro to her food budget each day. It truly enhances the Paris experience.

[Sad to say that paying more does not ensure a great meal. Many tourist traps are plenty pricy.:( ]

Oct 27, 2014
ChefJune in France
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Where to go for a Monday late lunch (2pm) in Lyon?

I was not impressed with Brasserie Georges (the one behind Gare Perrache). The one time I went there did not leave me wanting more...

Friday at Léon de Lyon I had a delicious soup with Topinambours puree and a poached egg and maybe the best joue de boeuf ever. My companion had wonderful jambon persilee and a magret de canard with courge puree. They have both traditional and modern menus, and you can mix up the two. We sure did.

As for dessert, I think they do the traditional Praline de St. Génix better than anyone in town.

Oct 27, 2014
ChefJune in France

Where to go for a Monday late lunch (2pm) in Lyon?

Daniel et Denise is wonderful IF you go to the one on rue Crequi. DO NOT go to the one in Old Town. Two different experiences altogether.

Oct 27, 2014
ChefJune in France

Where to go for a Monday late lunch (2pm) in Lyon?

I saw them seating people for luncheon after 4 pm. I think it's no problem.

Oct 26, 2014
ChefJune in France

Where to go for a Monday late lunch (2pm) in Lyon?

Léon de Lyon is open on Monday (every day) and also serves late. We had a magnificent lunch there on Friday. I think you'd enjoy it.
1 rue Pleney in the 1er.

Oct 26, 2014
ChefJune in France
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Foie Gras

I don't know why you would do that when Hudson Valley Foie Gras in upstate New York will be glad to sell and ship you a fabulous one produced in US. I get mine there.

Oct 18, 2014
ChefJune in France

Visiting Paris in November for 40th Anniversary

Yesterday I received a no hold barred recommendation for l'Assiette. I am definitely hoping to get there before this adventure is over, and I suggest you do the same. (big smile.)

Oct 16, 2014
ChefJune in France

Major change of plans... will I be blacklisted at places when I cancel???

I was there in November my last 2 visits -- near the end of the month. Weather was fine, and Paris was just as wonderful as ever.

Oct 13, 2014
ChefJune in France
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Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Amen, mangeur. I always feel sad when someone tells be they've "been to Paris," and it was just for a few days, but they feel they've seen/done it all.

Oct 11, 2014
ChefJune in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

If you're interested in Josephine, you should know it's Chez Dumonet, not "Dumont." You'll never find it that way. And it's a place I LOVE.

Oct 11, 2014
ChefJune in France

Have you all seen Ruth Reichl on Jules Verne?

so sad because to the uninitiated, it SOUNDS like the ideal, romantic dinner. The Eiffel Tower, a famous chef, wow. Except not...

Oct 11, 2014
ChefJune in France