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One more Paris lightening round - Chez Janou or Bistro Bellet?

I haven't been to either of these yet, but my good friend (and oftentimes poster here) Souphie wrote a lovely pictorial review of Bistro Bellet on fb. Since I've never been disappointed with his recommendations, I'd guess that's a good choice.

BTW, I also love Chez Denise. and my favorite, Josephine, Chez Dumonet.

May 25, 2015
ChefJune in France
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LYON - Sunday with no place to go!

Depends upon what kind of meal you are looking for. I would probably go to Bistro de Lyon. Yes, it's on the touristy rue Mercier, but I've always found the food to be good.

Troisgros is, of course, divine. But it's in a whole different class of restaurant -- and price range.

May 22, 2015
ChefJune in France

Lyon, France

Which location of Daniel et Denise did you go to? The one in Old Town consistently gets bad reviews.

May 22, 2015
ChefJune in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

nothing adventurous about Les Papilles. I was underwhelmed.

May 12, 2015
ChefJune in France

You don't what you've got 'til it's gone . . .

Good thing I wasn't in London today. I might have been tempted to pawn my firstborne for one of those..... ;)

May 09, 2015
ChefJune in Wine

Tips for Dining Well in Paris

I also agree with the above. The item I most noticed missing from your list is "You don't have to SPEAK French, but you do need to know the basics: Bonjour, s'il vous plait, Merci -- and use them. The French sensibility is much different from America. You won't be well received if you walk into a restaurant or store and start out with "I'll have...."

I also had a great first visit, but I was lucky to be friends with Patricia Wells, who gave me great advice on restaurants and shops. And general etiquette.

The best advice another friend gave me was: "you'll be getting there in the morning. And you'll be tired, having perhaps been awake for more than 24 hours already. Stay awake as long as you can. Eat lunch. Forget about dinner. Crash around dinner time and you'll probably sleep around the clock. When you wake up, you'll be on Paris time." That advice has ALWAYS worked. FWIW.

May 09, 2015
ChefJune in France

Where to eat in 6th on first night?

Since I usually get to Paris in the morning, I eat a good meal at lunch, and by Paris' dinnertime by the clock, I'm usually asleep. Next morning I'm on French time. Been working for more than 20 years.

May 08, 2015
ChefJune in France

Where to eat in 6th on first night?

Well, Pti, you've just put Machon d'Henri on our list for November. That's just about our favorite meal... :)

May 08, 2015
ChefJune in France

Reims - continuous service

The real deal is that the meal you could get in Reims given your time constraints, you could get anywhere. I'm guessing you're training in from Paris in the AM. I'd bring along some delicious picnic food to eat on the train. You know -- charcuterie from Oteiza, cheeses from Dubois, some good bread, a few pickles... you'll be fortified for your winery tour. Then, I'd head to a market in Reims and bring another picnic on the train back. And a cold bottle of Champagne to go with it, of course!

May 08, 2015
ChefJune in France
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Yonne + Beaune/Dijon suggestions for family

For me, Chablis is a magical place. :) Hostellerie des Clos is a great little hotel with a lovely restaurant in the town - and it's right next door to the William Fevre winery. I'm guessing you could coordinate a tour and tasting at Fevre with lunch at Hostellerie.

Domaine LaRoche has a tasting room in town and I think also a restaurant next door, which could also work.

May 03, 2015
ChefJune in France

La Cagouille, Paris 14ème -- Bad Report

I've been going there off and on since 1992, and have always had a wonderful meal. Was last there in October 2014 with two friends who live not far from there. We talked about its spotted reputation recently, and I wondered whether Allemandou still owns the place. Do you know, John?

In any case, the lunch we had in October was delicious - every dish we ordered was tasty and cooked correctly.

May 03, 2015
ChefJune in France

Reims: Le Jardin at Les Crayères or 95-euro lunch at Assiette Champenoise

I've dined at both the grand restaurant at Les Crayères and at Assiette Champenoise. Both wonderful but very different from each other.If I had to choose, I'd pick Assiette. Food there is beyond amazing, imho.

Apr 30, 2015
ChefJune in France

The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Winners 2015

Anyone seen a list of the chefs and restaurants winners from Monday night in Chicago? Seems to have fallen off the radar.

Apr 30, 2015
ChefJune in Food Media & News

Wine pairing herby pork?

I'm tasting a Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands with that combination. But I'd leave out the coriander (I'm guessing you mean cilantro?) from the dressing. Doesn't sound like it compliments the rest of the flavors.

Apr 25, 2015
ChefJune in Wine

What knives do I need!!!

You don't need all those knives unless you do those specific things. I'd start with a chef's knife - find one that feels like an extension of your arm - a 3 1/2 inch paring knife and a bread (serrated) knife. If you are going to buy a stone, you need to learn how to use it correctly. Most places that offer knife sharpening use those machines that basically ruin your knives. A sharpening steel doesn't really sharpen the knife, it maintains the edge it already has.

I use and prefer Wusthof knives, but those may not be the best ones for you. You need to go my feel. If you are looking for a good bargain, many chefs use Victorinox knives -- especially in the restaurant kitchens.

Apr 25, 2015
ChefJune in Cookware

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Especially since you don't speak French, I would arrange tastings through the BIVB (Burgundy Wine Bureau) as I mentioned above, They have bilingual guides who will take you around and translate for you where necessary. Many winemakers these days are fluent in English as well as French. But unless you know specifically where you want to taste, they have great contacts. I have met several excellent producers as a result of their tours.

I would also arrange negociant tours (Jadot, Drouhin, Bouchard - one of these is really enough) through my wine merchant at home. I've never tried a walk-in in this case, and wouldn't in Burgundy... altho we did in '11 at the Chateau de Pommard and had a fabulous tasting with the Director of the Winery. As I said above, I've found the Jadot tour to be superb on several occasions. They've offered my groups extensive cellar tastings. Not sure that happens for a walk-in.

Apr 24, 2015
ChefJune in France

Shirley Corriher's biscuits

That should work just fine.

Apr 24, 2015
ChefJune in Home Cooking

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

I would definitely stay in/near Beaune. We loved Le Home (www.lehome.fr) the site is also in English.

Beaune, being in the middle of the area, situates you closer to the wonderful white wines of the area. In Dijon you'd be quite a distance from Meursault and Montrachet...

You will need a car OR you will need to hire a car and driver.

I would recommend you ask your wine merchant to help you get some appointments at wineries. the tour of Louis Jadot is superb if you go through a pro. Otherwise, I'm not so sure.

The Burgundy Wine Bureau (BIVB) has great seminars and wine tours. They'll do something private for you, or you can join a larger group.

Apr 21, 2015
ChefJune in France

Jardin des Plumes, Giverny -- tranquility after the crowds in Monet's Gardens

Wow, that sounds like a great destination place! You're making me hungry.

Apr 17, 2015
ChefJune in France

Favorite Bacon brand

I only buy bacon without added nitrites. My favorite is Nueske's I buy mail order from www.nueskes.com

Apr 17, 2015
ChefJune in General Topics

Chez Denise...Joséphine Chez Dumonet...La Tour de Montlhéry ou chez Denise...Moissonnier

I'm going to recommend Josephine, Chez Dumonet for two reasons.
1. It's just about my favorite bistro in Paris. I LOVE the ambiance and the food.
2. With a good sized group, you will be able to sample a whole bunch of their menu. Never had anything here I didn't love.

Apr 15, 2015
ChefJune in France
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Sunday Lunch near Louvre

Me, I'd probably go to Willi's Wine Bar 13 rue des Petits Champs in the 1er. It's a couple of blocks behind the Palais Royale, and not that far from the Louvre. It's casual, the food is really good, folks are friendly, everyone speaks English as well as French. And yes, the owner is my good, long-time friend. But I don't know anyone who hasn't had a good time when they went to Willi's. And it's open on Sunday. ;)

Apr 14, 2015
ChefJune in France

First time in Paris--only three days

Willi's is now open every day. Macéo is open Mondays, not Sundays.

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in France

Did Pollyo riccota contain the same additives before it was kraft?

I think Philadelphia Cream Cheese was created by Kraft. That has been their product since back when Kraft was only about cheese -- and when Mr. Kraft was alive.

PollyO was a recent acquisition -- long after Kraft was nothing but a name...

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Relatively late reservations in Paris?

If you're in Montparnasse, you're not far from La Cagouille. Long one of my favorite seafood restaurants, we had a really lovely lunch there in October [despite having heard disparaging things from others].

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in France

First time in Paris--only three days

Macéo (15 rue des Petits Champs, 1er) rather specializes in vegetarian, altho they certainly do serve meat and fish. There will likely be several veggie selections. Disclaimer: owner Mark Williamson (also of Willi's Wine Bar next door) is a good friend.

Since the renovation/enlargement, Willi's Wine Bar always has at least one vegetarian selection per course, and the same, wonderful long-time chef. :)

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in France

Did Pollyo riccota contain the same additives before it was kraft?

Interesting you asked that question. The answer is NO.

I worked for the Pollio family doing demos with their lovely ricotta and mozzarella when it was a family owned company. My dear friend Anna Teresa Callen wrote several recipe books for them for pr (which I still have).

The original also had quite a short shelf life, as you might imagine. And it was really delicious.

Apr 12, 2015
ChefJune in Cheese

Trip Report (was Another Paris planning post)

Sounds like a delicious trip -- well balanced with all the art. :)

Apr 11, 2015
ChefJune in France

A short list of Parisian establishments - any feedback??

I love Chez Denise, and also Josephine, Chez Dumonet. I'm not familiar with the names you've listed, even tho I've spent quite a lot of time in Paris...

We also had great steak frites at Au Tonneaux des Halles on the rue Montorgueil. Touristy area, but nothing touristy about the resto.

Apr 10, 2015
ChefJune in France

Raw Bar/Seafood

I've really enjoyed the oysters at l'Écume St. Honoré. I love the place and the simplicity of the offerings. The seafood is so fresh it could slap your face!

Apr 10, 2015
ChefJune in France