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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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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