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Food Delights in Lyon

Lyon is actually quite well known as a gastronomic destination. Clearly not as famous as Paris, but it's no secret, eatdrinksleep. You will find a large number of posts in this France forum about food and wine in Lyon.

Historically, it is the 2nd oldest city in France. the Romans called Lugdunum.

Mar 18, 2015
ChefJune in France

Are You a Heretic: Do You Find Mozzarella and Provolone Flavorless?

opinionated... did you know you can order from Salumeria Italiana on line and they'll deliver to your door? No need to go down to Richmond Street. www,salumeriaitaliana.com [FWIW, Modern Pastry also is available on line.]

Mar 14, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Are You a Heretic: Do You Find Mozzarella and Provolone Flavorless?

What kind of mozzarella are you referring to? If you're talking about that plastic-y stuff that comes in shrink-wrapped lumps, I'd agree. But the fresh stuff, when it is fresh, has a lovely light flavor. Certainly doesn't take well to melting or a dish like Eggplant Parm... the flavor is lost.

Mar 14, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

That's a bit of an overstatement John, but Lucy does have great recos and is a wonderful teacher.

Mar 08, 2015
ChefJune in France

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

I was about to suggest you contact Lucy for a class. Either a market tour or a cooking class or a combo. She is excellent as both a teacher and a tour guide.

Mar 05, 2015
ChefJune in France

Help me with my Lyon Itinerary please

Are you in Lyon now? There's a lot of good bread in Lyon. I wish I could remember the place we got ours in October while staying at 20 rue Joseph Serlin in the 1er. It was about 2 blocks away, straight through from our apartment.

Not a lot of "not French food" in Lyon. Isn't that what we go to France for? I've come to really love having an apartment enabling us to cook some of our own meals. Saves on money and calories.

Boulangerie/Patisserie St. Vincent (aka Bob's) near the Quai St. Vincent has lovely bread, and also fine tarts and plain macarons.

Mar 05, 2015
ChefJune in France

Nicolas Wine Shops

I must admit I felt a prejudice against Nicolas before my most recent visit to France. The shop nearby my apartment on rue de la Harpe was staffed by a very knowledgeable and pleasant young man. I was delighted to find nice selection of wines I enjoyed all week, and reasonable prices, and a few I carried back to NYC.

Feb 13, 2015
ChefJune in France

a very specific Paris food search

I would surely go to Josephine for Boeuf Bourguignon. One of the best, ever! :)

Feb 13, 2015
ChefJune in France

A Bottle A Day... Keeps the Doctor Away?

I quite agree, Tim!

Jan 16, 2015
ChefJune in Wine

Chablis tells left from right

interesting. I so love Chablis. :D

Jan 16, 2015
ChefJune in Wine

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

Amen.

Jan 16, 2015
ChefJune in France

Best high end restaurants in and around Lyon?

How did you like La Mère Brazier? I haven't been there in Viannay's incarnation.

Jan 16, 2015
ChefJune in France

Best high end restaurants in and around Lyon?

The closest is Paul Bocuse's 3-star. Troisgros is better, in my opinion, and very close by the train station, which makes a lunch there very easy from Lyon. Or you could drive out there and do dinner. Georges Blanc in Vonnas is another that is not that far from Lyon.

Jan 11, 2015
ChefJune in France

Burgundy on a Budget

You've been there more recently than I, onzieme. That's a real shame. Have their costs increased so much recently?

Jan 04, 2015
ChefJune in France

REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

According to the folks at Sherry-Lehmann wine store in New York who sell the Demoiselle Champagne that was featured there, Senderens has returned his restaurant to Lucas Carton. Has anyone been there since that happened?

Jan 04, 2015
ChefJune in France

Wine Pairing with Lobster Bisque?

Pouilly-Fuissé would be lovely with Lobster Bisque.

Jan 02, 2015
ChefJune in Wine
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Telling Me Wine Names Rather than Generic Grape Types

I start by asking what wineries the wines are from. If I don't get satisfactory answers, I'll ask for another server who might be better informed. However, lately most places I've been list the wines offered by the glass in pretty detailed format.

Jan 02, 2015
ChefJune in Wine
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Lebanon loses winemaking legend

That's very sad news.

Jan 02, 2015
ChefJune in Wine

Burgundy on a Budget

<I wouldn't recommend a splurge in Beaune -- the value isn't there these days. For the same money, you can eat much better in Paris these days, amazing as that statement would have been just a few years ago.>
I definitely have not found that to be true. Prices in Beaune may be up from years gone by, but by no means are they higher than Paris.

Jan 02, 2015
ChefJune in France
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Burgundy on a Budget

Also, if budget is a large concern, I'd recommend staying in apartments rather than hotels. We've been finding them much more comfortable, not to mention economical, than hotels. And you can prepare some of your meals to save big bucks. Especially brinding in breakfast, is a savings, too. And there are many vacation apartment services for all over France.

Jan 02, 2015
ChefJune in France

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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