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Brittany lodging and restaurant reccs for 5-6 day driving itinerary in late Oct

I'm surprised to read about B&Bs requiring an advance deposit. We use B&Bs during most of our France travels (maybe a hundred places by now) and only once have we been we asked for an advance deposit (and in that case, credit card wouldn't work; it had to be Paypal). However, be aware that most B&Bs require cash payment, and it's handled quietly between breakfast and your departure.

To keep this food-related, I'll add that B&B breakfasts are usually delicious, often with homemade jam, good butter, croissants and baguette, fruit, yogurt, and sometimes a specialty of the house, crepes or a loaf cake or on a lucky day where the host was an ex-patissier, fresh and delicious pastries.

Our experience with hotels is limited to rural and small-town hotels, but for what it's worth, only once were we asked to provide credit card details when we reserved.

Mar 03, 2015
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Please help figure out foodie destinations in France (take 2)!

I hope that it's cricket to link to another site. This is the best list of day trips by train from Paris that I've seen. Post #3 is what you want.

http://tinyurl.com/lw7qvwy

I would take a look at that list and then go to viamichelin.com and look for Bib Gourmand restaurants or good value restaurants in a few of the towns that appeal to you. I'd also see if any of these places were on the list of Plus Beaux Villages or Villes Fleuris. I'd check to see when the town's market day is and try to be there for it. Check museum hours and closing days if that's part of the reason for your visit.

If you can rent a car, there are many more options.

Feb 22, 2015
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internship in French bakery?

This is a long shot, but you won’t have to speak French to take the first step.

There's a boulangerie in Bretoncelles that developed the baguette du Perche, using locally grown flour. The baker, David Lambert, trained an American baker who now (?) works at Cafe Le Perche in Hudson, NY, but her stage with him lasted only for two weeks. It sounds to me like an informal arrangement was made. You can read about it here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/nyr...

Please note that the article is from 2011 but a call to the Cafe would bring you up to date if you want to pursue this particular bread.

An article from 1/22/14 shows David Lambert with another American stagiaire, but the article seems to indicate that he might be taking a break from bread. Again, a call to the Cafe in Hudson might put you on the right track.

http://www.le-perche.fr/3776/bretonce...

You probably know that you can’t find good bread just anywhere. My favorite bread of the past six visits to France is not a baguette, but a pain au levain from the Maison du Pain in Laval.

I hope this works out for you and that you eventually open a bakery a few miles from us.

Jan 29, 2015
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11-13 people for Sat dinner or Sunday lunch

Thanks. I like the looks of the French family dinner. I've sent the link to the group.

Jan 17, 2015
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11-13 people for Sat dinner or Sunday lunch

Good to know; thanks.

Jan 17, 2015
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11-13 people for Sat dinner or Sunday lunch

Thanks, cw. I tried Open Table for the first three you mentioned and all were unavailable.

I hope there'll be time for just the two of us to try Tinto. We also have an interest in Tria Cafe which wouldn't work for a group but might work out for two.

I'm waiting for some of the rest of our bunch to look at the Vietnam website before I call there about availability.

Jan 17, 2015
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11-13 people for Sat dinner or Sunday lunch

Thanks, arepo. The menu looks interesting. What can you tell me about the room at Jake's? Quiet (except for our group)? A table big enough for 11-13?

Getting to Manayunk might be a problem.

Jan 17, 2015
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11-13 people for Sat dinner or Sunday lunch

We're looking for a restaurant that can seat 11-13 people at one table where we can hear each other talk. This would be for Sat night and/or Sunday lunch Jan 31-Feb 1.

A good meal is actually more important to us than being seated together, so we'd be willing to split up into two tables.

Walking distance of Center City is preferable but not necessary.

Thanks!

Jan 17, 2015
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Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

New to us this year was La caramel de pommes dieppoise, a spread in 3 flavors: nature, beurre salé, and cannelle. (I see by their website that they have added more flavors but once I saw "barbe à papa" I stopped reading.)

It was hard to find outside of the Dieppe area this spring, but they have a long list of distributor now, and their website shows it's available at two places in Paris:
Paris 03 Cuissons - 65 rue de Saintonge
Paris 17 Galeries gourmandes - 2 place porte Maillot

We were told it's a fairly new product. We came across it near Dieppe and tried two flavors which we thought were delicious. It may be a little rich and sweet for some people.

Dec 16, 2014
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Meilleurs Ouvriers?

Thank you, souphie.

I was starting to believe that Google and wikipedia had met their match with the MOF organization. Given how much is made of the MOF designation, I was surprised how how hard it is to find this information.

I finally got results through your link; the results aren't exactly what I'd hoped for but I now realize that what I wanted is not practical.

Following your link to chocolatiers led me to patissiers which led me through several other links to the album of the 24th Concours.

http://www.meilleursouvriersdefrance....

I noted the names of the winning patissiers and boulangers, which is where our interest lies. Just before the next trip I'll try to find their locations.

I now see that most of the MOFs worked to accomplish a visual effect, and I don't care about that, only about how something tastes, so any corner boulangerie is still in the running for the (coveted) Crumbs award.

Dec 16, 2014
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Meilleurs Ouvriers?

How do you find actual Meilleurs Ouvriers throughout France?

While we're planning our travels I'd like to find out where the food-related MOFs in a particular area are.

Ideally the MOF website would show a map of France with all the MOFs marked and we could sort by the particular specialty we're looking for. But I'd settle for a list of names and addresses in each category.

I can't find what I want on the MOF website or Facebook page. Am I overlooking something?

I'm assuming once a Meilleur Ouvrier, always an MO, but maybe MOFs come and go and so the organization doesn't find it worth maintaining a list.

Dec 15, 2014
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Normandy advice

I'm glad you liked it. We don't ever get to Paris, so we're never sure how our tastes would calibrate with Chowhounds who live or eat often in Paris. One thing I know is that good restaurants outside the big cities are much more affordable for us.

I hope you'll write about more of your dining experiences on this trip.

Sep 23, 2014
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Two Weeks in Pays d'Auge

You would not be far from Pont-Audemer, a nice destination for a day trip, a town with canals running through it and lots of half-timbered buildings. There’s an excellent cheese and wine shop there. Market day is Friday and it’s worth going to. It’s not a big market, therefore not a mob scene, but it has everything you’d need for a very good dinner.

I see your list lacks a Tuesday market. Our favorite market in this area is on Tuesday morning at L’Aigle, about 45 min south of Lisieux. I won’t claim that L’Aigle is much of a town for tourists, but we love its market. It is claimed to be the 3rd largest in France. (I doubt this; I think they throw in the separate cattle market which is held elsewhere.) But the market is lively and has a lot to offer.

You’ll be in very pretty countryside. The mid-sized town of Bernay was my favorite discovery of our last trip.

Sep 22, 2014
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Normandy advice

Pieds dans l'eau can be a little hard to find. I'd suggest you check Google maps beforehand, starting by figuring out which exit to take off the N12.

The owners are not fluent in English, and once when some lost English guests phoned for directions, they wound up bringing the phone to our table. My husband gave them directions, and then we waited. All of us were relieved when they finally showed up!

Sep 05, 2014
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Normandy advice

If you go by way of the N12, there are two really good places near Mortagne-au-Perche.

At Saint Langis-les-Mortagne is Pieds dans l'eau, which changed hands last year. We've had three excellent meals there since the change of proprietorship.

At nearby Le-pin-la-Garenne is La croix d'or, one of Michelin's Bib Gourmands. This is a long-time favorite of ours, with a menu that features local products. The hostess is warm and welcoming, and the dining room is a mildly updated version of a country inn's dining room.

If you were to go a more northerly route, in Gasny we really like L'auberge du prieure normande.

Each of these would require a reservation. You can check websites of La croix d'or and L'auberge, but Pieds dans l'eau doesn't have its own website.

If you're on the N12, avoid Verneuil-sur-Avre's Hotel du Saumon. Michelin was asleep at the switch on this one.

We have recommendations for Fougeres, Laval, and Mayenne, if for some reason you choose to drive that way.

Sep 04, 2014
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Normandy advice

Can you be more specific about the route you plan to take?

Sep 04, 2014
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Can you explain two words to me?

Thanks to Ptipois, paulj, and maximilien for the definition of cerneaux.

Its absence from my usual online dictionary led me to think "cerneaux" was more exotic than it is.

Jul 03, 2014
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Can you explain two words to me?

Conviettes is it. Thank you!

Jul 02, 2014
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Can you explain two words to me?

Now I think I might have misread my writing (how could that happen?) and it was cannette, which might work with the online translation "petite bouteille métallique" if you interpret it to mean a foil-wrapped roll.

As to "cerneaux," I'm using a photo of the menu, okay, a bad photo. "Le chocolat blanc et au lait en deux textures, et cerneaux de noix" is how it appeared.

This may be a case of menu-spelling, which creeps into the best menus.

A little googling shows me that "créneaux" is apparently a buzzword for "time slot or niche".

I also found this gem, which I hope someday will come in handy: "Lorsque l'écrou à créneaux s'est desserré sous l'effet des vibrations, la tringlerie est tombée; As the castellated nut loosened under vibrations, the control linkage fell out."

Possibly a nut fell into our dessert?

Jul 02, 2014
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Can you explain two words to me?

We returned to a restaurant where a few years ago we had a delicious butter, and this time I came prepared to write down its name. The butter came in a tube, like salt-water taffy.

I wrote it down as "Les Caniettes de Charente-Poitou extra-fin demi sel AOC" but I can't find it online as "caniettes." Should I have written "canettes" and does that refer to its being a foil-wrapped roll?

The other term I need help with is "cerneaux" from a restaurant menu. Could it possibly be creneaux? What would either of these words mean for a dessert? All I can tell you is it was a delicious dessert, somewhat of a highrise construction project, but I didn't notice crenellations.

Jul 02, 2014
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Fete du Pain

We'll be in the Perche (Orne) at the start of the week, but from there we could be heading either north to gardens near Dieppe or a bit south of the Loire.

I Googled the Bugey fours banaux and I am flabbergasted. They built for the ages. I'm glad to see they are still in use.

Mar 26, 2014
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Fete du Pain

The Fete du Pain is May 12-18 this year. Can anyone here tell me anything about it?

I've checked the national website for the departements where we'll be going and only a few events show up, so it doesn't seem to be widely observed. I'm hoping that more events might pop up closer to the time.

Mar 26, 2014
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A wild ride around the countryside...need some suggestions on the sprint to CDG from Nice. We'd appreciate suggestions on any other aspects as well.

I'll look forward to hearing what you and your wife think about the Auberge du Prieure Normand. We liked it the one time we ate there.

Mar 06, 2014
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Michelin restaurant for Saturday lunch?

Here's the Guardian's take on Pudlo's comments.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

Feb 20, 2014
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Michelin restaurant for Saturday lunch?

Steve, that works for places that Chowhounds are able to cover in depth--Paris, mostly. Coverage of the rest of France is spotty.

When we visit France, most of our destinations turn out to be way off the beaten path. I assume it would do me no good to ask here about where to eat in places like Bernay, Souday, and Luneray.

If I lived and worked in Paris, by asking around I might find somebody whose Mamie had a weekend house in Souday and who therefore knows the good places to eat, if there are any.

For us, occasional visitors to France, Michelin fills a need that Chowhound France can't.

Feb 17, 2014
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Michelin restaurant for Saturday lunch?

Uh, I just noticed s/he didn't say Paris, either.

Feb 17, 2014
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Michelin restaurant for Saturday lunch?

The OP didn't ask for a star, just "a Michelin lunch spot."

Maybe the OP would be happy to hear about a Bib Gourmand in Paris that's open Saturdays.

I can't say anything about Paris, but Michelin's Bib Gourmands have satisfied us many times when we're in the middle of nowhere. We can usually find something within driving distance in Michelin.

This has turned into a discussion of whether a guidebook is trustworthy or not. One thing about sticking to one guidebook is that over time you can calibrate their tastes and yours. That's something my husband and I have learned to do with Michelin (we never bonded with Pudlo) but just can't do with Chowhound because this board is mostly about Paris and we don't go to Paris. We’re saving Paris for our old age, when Autoeurope won’t rent a car to us anymore.

Which reminds me of the ferme-auberge thread, so full of riches. I want to make a map of places listed on that thread.

Feb 17, 2014
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Wood-fired bread, pizza, anything

Thank you both. I'm getting hits using the search terms on google and pages jaunes.

Feb 07, 2014
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Wood-fired bread, pizza, anything

We usually think there's something extra about anything cooked in a woodburning oven. I made note of smeagol's suggestion of Le four a bois at Reims, where we probably won't go this next trip.

How would we find boulangeries, restaurants, or pizza places that use woodburning ovens as we go around France?

Is there a website? Does Michelin have a dark brown guidebook? Is there a pagesbrunes?

We have two old standbys for part of our trip, but we need some advice on ways of finding wood-based cooking when we go to new territory.

Suggestions of specific places are welcome, no matter where they are. Our upcoming trip is to Normandy, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and maybe the Loire, but we'd be glad to have your suggestions for any area. There's always next time. Thank you.

Feb 06, 2014
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favourite French supermarket products

Our favorite finds in French supermarkets are Chimay ale in the small size and Belgian chocolate bars. This may not be what you want to read on Chowhound France.

We also go from one chain to another, looking to see who now carries the savon de marseille bars that we like, that once were from Champion and then from Super U and now I think our latest are from Carrefour.

Sep 03, 2013
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