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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

Au Bon Coin in the 5th has lost it's teeny Asian girl who made their foie gras terrine, my fave cold foie anywhere, thus cold foie not on menu currently.
l think based on 2 meals, that Saotico is top rung.

about 2 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

Just get there 10-15 minutes before service and you will be fine and get the upstairs seating as well.

about 2 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

Asparagus season

Not necessarily better, but different. The ones here can almost rank their goodness on their price.
Got a lot of Greek, beautiful and white and flavor was good, but the stalks were very woody regardless of how much was peeled off. They were the cheapest. Had some French violet last week at 9 euros/kg and they were just perfect.
If you go to a VERY high level restaurant in Paris during asparagus season, you can expect to pay @ 10 euros per spear.

about 2 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Asparagus season

Ranging from 3 euros/kg to 16 euros/kg have asparagus here in Paris from France, Spain, Portugal, Greece.
Have not seen any from Germany yet. Have tried white, violet, and green.
They have been excellent.
One of my more silly reasons for coming to Europe every Spring.

about 17 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

A sort of stupid, overly obsessive, last-minute question re: Angelina

This may sound like heresy, but give his milk chocolate bar a try, my fave milk anywhere.

about 18 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

Cheese for a Flight

Also remember if you bring a non hard cheese, as an Epoisses or soft blue, you may have difficulty getting them through TSA, would be xrayed and viewed as an emulsion as peanut butter or preserves and are not allowed in carryon.
Stick with things like Istara a Basque sheep, the aged Gouda you mentioned, Cheddars, and firm aged goats and all should be good.

about 18 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese
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Off the radar restaurants in Paris?

On recent visit, it seems the casks of wine have been replaced by a moderately serious list, their cotes de porc was stellar though.

about 20 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

l will salute to that !

about 20 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

Short trip, long-ish recap

Add the comps at Chez Denise, of the cold terrine and the baba au rhum and you got it all including perfect spelling.

What was the problem with the caviar at L'Ambroisie ?
Looks like a healthy dollop, thus size was not the issue.

about 20 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

A sort of stupid, overly obsessive, last-minute question re: Angelina

Isn't that the place where if not careful you can get whisked off the sidewalk by a careening bus coming down the street as the resto is right where the street narrows ? Maybe the 58 ?

about 20 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

Finally made it to Landemaine on Rue Martyr today after lunch.
Yay, it is still awesome, their pain Martyr crust is now all over my kitchen floor as when cut, the loaf almost explodes.
It is as good as it ever was, now have to travel to a branch of the bakery a few miles away, where a crappy branch is 50 meters away and ignored by me.

about 20 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

Pichard has always been excellent, agreed.

about 20 hours ago
Delucacheesemonger in France

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

Maybe he had a bad day, but APduG did not blow wind up my skirt

Apr 16, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

3 days in Amsterdam, need dining help

Thanks for tip

Apr 16, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Europe

Looking for a great "rustic and traditional" place along the 6h drive from Paris to Carcassone

While l would have certainly agreed with Pti' and Parigi, Google maps list the time for the trip at a bit shy of 7 hours.

Apr 13, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

3 days in Amsterdam, need dining help

The exact info given you on your Paris inquiry applies here as well. We have to be told more specific desires by you on location price, cuisine, etc.
OTOH if l would eat one meal in Amsterdam it would be Tempo Doeloe for Indonesian Rijistaffel

Apr 13, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Europe

Butter-Cheese Combo

I used to sell it when l sold, have not seen in States for a while. Checked Murray's and they do not have.

Apr 11, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese

Sun rises from west

l feel the love

Apr 10, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France
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Freezing cheese

l buy/use my cheeses far after the sale date as that is when they are generally ripe. Here in France other than industrial cheeses, there are no dates and that is fine for the French and me.
When you freeze a cheese it changes. Only one with little moisture, as Parmigiano Reggiano and very old Goudas can be successfully frozen.
To keep longer have the product vacuum packed by your local cheese shop, or if this happens with some frequency, get a home sealer.
l have cheese vacuumed sealed in my fridge that have been there for 6 years and they are just fine and aging very slowly.

Apr 10, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese
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Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

If when at Poilane, regardless of branch, one asks for 'tres bien cuit' when ordering you will get a crust that is indeed a lethal weapon.

Apr 10, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Toronto Hound in Philly

l think the reason Vetri has lost its support from the board is the changes that occurred over the years.
Was just fabulous early, see Zeppoli where an old sous chef owns/works, but in the current version has a very expensive prix fixe menu with very expensive wines as well.
Also you get waaaay too much food and as the apps and pastas used to be their strong suit, you wind up paying for things you do not want.
Also seems far fussier than in early days when it was just plain wonderful.

Apr 10, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

At 28 Bd Voltaire just east of West of Oberkampf is Gaia, which is new but thought was decent on last visit in November.

Apr 10, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

Again this is my opinion, l like bread that if it hits your head you get a concussion. l have been back in Paris for @ a week.
l have found over time that the bread situation changes here very rapidly. Some places open and are awesome then they get larger in that they have many branches and they sometimes are great and sometimes just suck. Other new ones open and they rock in the beginning.

Here are some of the ones l have purchased from.

Landemaine-
A major disappointment, since the franchise has been expanding and expanding the breads are cooked less and less so that now the Pain Voltaire or whatever that when cut used to cover your kitchen with crisp shards of blackened crust now just squish under the knife and interior are moist and textureless.
Their bread pudding-like pain au raisin is still perfect.Used to be my go-to

Kayser-
Their miche is now baby food, soft and almost has no discernible crust. Even when baked at home for 10-15 minutes the crust is still useless.

Pain d'Alex Boulangerie Berthollet-
From where l stay a real PITA to get to but so worth the trip. Bought three breads, a miche, a baguette traditional, and a batard. All were very different and all were perfect for me. Might be the fave bakery so far. Please don't change a thing.

Pains et Gourmandises-
not my style of bread, sort of whole grain stuff, crust dense but not chewy, like healthy bread in states. OTOH their walnut loaf small and heavy is wonderful.

Du Pains et Des Idees-
Still a perfectly awesome loaf of bread. Their pain d'ami has not changed in any way. Crust is like a castle wall and interior a little soft but still great texture. Only downside is the cost, at @ 10 euros/kg may be the most expensive bread in the city.

Le Pain au Grenier-
Varies greatly dependant on location.
/Ave d'Italie has changed to the bad completely. Staff very helpful but the three items l tried were a bite and trashed. Even changed their brilliant kouign amann, now very not brilliant.
/Gare de Nord-Always terrible and still is, no change.
/Fauberg-St Antoine-Bread OK, Kouign amann the same as the good ones
/Rue Abbesses-This is still the bomb, their kouign amann is perfect , their ficelle may be my fave bread in city, they carry the full line of La Cour De Orgeres confiture which is my take home brand and at better prices than Au bon Marche.

That is it for now, more later.

Apr 10, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

Had Louis today, still my fave anywhere, bitch about them as much as you like.
My guests loved them as well.

Apr 09, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Toronto Hound in Philly

As this board knows cannot understand the raves for Vedge, nice space nice owners, but food so dated from the 60's IMVHO.
Last time at Fork for duck feast a few weeks ago, it was changed dramatically. Breast meat was tepid, and instead of the fab leg/thigh confit now a tablespoon of smooshed leg meat was served with vegetable or two mixed in. The duck meatballs were great as always.

My choices would be as always

Farm & Fisherman
Zeppoli ( 5 minutes across the Ben Franklin Bridge )
Laurel

Apr 09, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Meh-rigold kitchen & Brauhaus Schmitz

l am one of the few who agree with you on MK. Never understood the love and may have had your waiter as ours was very strange in so many ways.
To me an example of food theater, not good food.

Apr 09, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

End of an era at The Farm & Fisherman

When there last had only 4 courses,
Bloody Beet
Long cooked Rutabaga
Long cooked black carrots
Wild boar rack

Large portions of each which worked perfectly for me and my guest.
As you know l do not do desserts so gladly avoided them.

A neat thing Judy did, they brought an entire gigantic beet out on a tray before slicing it into portions as one would bring a cotes de boeuf before carving.
This thing was the size of a cantalope.

Apr 09, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Hack my Paris Trip!

And what a property !
There might be money in selling Champagne !

Apr 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

OTOH, remember my license plate and thus avatar

Apr 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Buying foie gras d'oie in Paris but not at Fauchon???

.' I don't even know what it means but know that it is like saying "Open Sesame" when I mouth it every time at customs.'

LOL

Apr 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France