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Blue crabs in Paris? Was I hallucinating?

Not sure how it has come to pass that I will make crab cakes whenever I am in Paris, but it has, so thanks! I will keep that in mind for Sept! Thanks again...

Jun 13, 2014
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Blue crabs in Paris? Was I hallucinating?

Merci Ptipois! I made some MD style crab cakes when I was in Paris a few weeks ago, Used canned king crab, mainly because I was too lazy to track down some live blue crabs or blue crab substitute...thanks to some smuggled Old Bay seasoning and French's American style yellow mustard, they actually came out really tasty. My French friend who lived in MD and who hadn't tasted a crab cake in 8 years was happy, but I have promised others a true crab feast in September, so live crabs are needed. So thanks again!

Jun 12, 2014
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Eating hamburgers and frites with your mitts or utensils; a cultural difference?

Had dinner with a French friend on Friday (in Paris), The specials included burger and frites. I asked him if he was going to eat it with his hands like he used to (he used to live in the US), and he said I don't know and looked pained, so I let him off the hook and said OK, you can use your utensils. I looked around and everyone else (this resto was deep in the 20th = no tourists I'm sure) was doing the same, knife and fork in hand.
And on a related note, I just learned that I have made a faux pas every time I have ever eaten a salad in France! You use your knife and fork to FOLD the lettuce, don't cut with the knife!!

Jun 02, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

it's a date then (weather permitting)

May 17, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

ooh, the week of the 26th? :)

May 16, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Awesome.

May 03, 2014
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Angéla is alive and hopping at 81 rue de Turbigo

Yay! Just in time for my visit! (hint hint!)

May 03, 2014
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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

Parnassien, I love it that you gave my adopted hood some Chow love! All great suggestions. Lou Pascalou is one of my haunts (despite my being just slightly, ahem, outside the average demographic), and agree with all of your recs. I also wanted to say that I finally made it to Le Baratin recently, and was underwhelmed. Maybe my expectations were too high, but the good but not rave worthy Beef Bourguignon (if my memory serves, I know it was similar) didn't compensate for the bad, rushed and not nice service (was with a Parisian so it wasn't because of my bad French). Anyway, just wanted to add my two cents and to tell the OP that I hope he/she enjoys this off the usual tourist trail part of Paris.

Apr 10, 2014
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

Hmmm...maybe I can cash mine in at the end of May?!
(Sorry Jo! But I know that they won't let you starve...:)
And to keep this on topic, I concur with the reasons listed above as to why there are certain of us on this board who are CLJ devotees...

Apr 10, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

Well, that's ok I think, and Ménilmuche doesn't grate in the same way as BelMen. That is simply awful. Any why not MenBel?

Apr 04, 2014
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Looking for reasonable non-touristy places in the 11th/20th? My report:

I've been out alone late at night and have never had anything happen to me. The area around Parc Bellevllle is really nice, and it offers a wonderful view over Paris.

Apr 02, 2014
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SoPi recomendations

I don't know, as a Baltimorean I especially despise the whole New York-ish SoPi thing...grates on my Baltimore nerves. We just don't do that here. and I wish that that particular New Yorky thing would stay away from my second home...
I shudder to think what the NYT will call my favorite par tof Paris. Stay out of Belleville/Menilmontant NYT! :)

Mar 31, 2014
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Anyone have an opinion on Patricia Wells' "Food Lovers' Guide to Paris" now available in an iOS 7 appS

And I agree as well, I don't use her restaurant guide anymore at all, but I do think that the glossary is useful for people who don't speak French (or even for those who do), as smaller, pocket dictionaries often don't have translations for obscure ingredients, etc. And I liked a few of the recipes in Bistro Cooking.

Mar 27, 2014
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Taste of Aloha In Arbutus

Not a whole lot to add to Crackers'post, I was one of the inveterate dozen and agree with everything above. I'd never had Hawaiian cuisine before so had nothing to compare, but I thought overall that it was Interesting, cheap, good food and the owner is really nice, there's a good vibe there. Hopefully they will allow BYOB as I think a nice cold beer would be delicious with the slider and the Kalua beef (my favorites, although there really wasn't anything that I didn't like). Thanks HowChow and the Bmore hounds...

What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

I always feel like a broken record, but whenever anyone posts about taking teens to Paris I also always recommend Chez Denise, as it was the hands down favorite of my 3 teens several years ago. We took them to many different kinds of restaurants too...
Maybe it was the Baba au Rhum? :) I sure needed to walk back after that meal. So glad to see it still recommended.

Mar 18, 2014
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What person would you most like to dine with in Paris? No rules, Jesus to Dieudonné M'bala.

precisely...

Mar 02, 2014
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Dining Idas for Picky Tween and Foodie Parents in Paris?

yes, totally agree with Mangeur (of course)...just don't try to pass off the Andouillette as sausage ! :)

Feb 11, 2014
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Degustation dinner in Paris

(Waving very chic French pom-poms) I'm joining Rio Yeti and Nancy S on the David Toutain cheerleading squad.

Best Paris chow post of the year so far...thanks. :)

Feb 11, 2014
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Dining Idas for Picky Tween and Foodie Parents in Paris?

Totally agree with the Dans Les Landes suggestion. It's one of my faves in Paris and I think it meets your requirements...

Feb 10, 2014
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Dining Idas for Picky Tween and Foodie Parents in Paris?

I took my kids to Paris in 2006 (at that time 13, 14 and 17). We had no problems finding places that met all of our needs. I relied on Chow for guidance. That was a while ago, but here are some more current threads that may help. And for the record, our kids' favorite place was Chez Denise. I would still recommend it...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8348...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8783...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8150...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8609...

Feb 10, 2014
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

Yes, please check it out and get back to the other orgasm enthusiasts...:)

Feb 04, 2014
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Blue crabs in Paris? Was I hallucinating?

I've never had spider crabs but I love piment d'Esplette,,,I see a whole seafood feast in my future!Thanks for the recipe.
I looked at some pictures of etrilles, they do seem blue crab like.I am definitely bringing the Old Bay and will be sure to report back.

Dec 12, 2013
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Blue crabs in Paris? Was I hallucinating?

Thanks Ptipois, great ideas, I might experiment! Etrilles sound intriguing, John, I hear you, am totally spoiled after discovering a local crabber in Dundalk...maybe local crab-like critters steamed in French beer and Old Bay is the way to go, And then I can make some crab cakes with French (a opposed to FrenchS) mustard...thanks for letting me think this through here...:)

Dec 12, 2013
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Blue crabs in Paris? Was I hallucinating?

I worry about the not very fresh part (and would never buy them frozen!) I guess I'll see what's what when I'm in town in January...perhaps I can substitute another species for the feast? What would taste good steamed in Old Bay and beer I wonder?
DCM, we'd have to partake of MD blues, check back after memorial day hon!!

Dec 12, 2013
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Blue crabs in Paris? Was I hallucinating?

Dear Paris hounds,
Going back to Paris in January and wanted to ask if any of you have seen blue crabs in Paris? I was there in October and saw what I thought were BLUE CRABS on the STREET in Belleville...well, this Maryland girl couldn't believe it! I was thinking of treating my friends to a real Maryland crab feast - was thinking of carting some Old Bay in my suitcase, but wanted to know if any of you Parisians have seen blue crabs anywhere in Paris. Here's a picture of my sister, who lives in Germany, having a moment...please let me know that this was not a once in a Paris experience! I want to treat my Paris peeps to a real crab feast...

Dec 11, 2013
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Some old and some new [Paris Part 1]

And unless I'm mistaken, CLJ is on the left bank as well...

Oct 27, 2013
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Eating our way through Paris ~ my report on our 15 days in heaven (warning ~ very long ~ not for the faint hearted or easily distracted!)

Great report Jo, you really planned well!
I also really enjoyed Septime last year, it was one of the highlights of my trip, despite my reservations that it had become too popular with the likes of my kind.
Sorry you didn't get your duck hearts at Dans Les Landes, but hopefully the millasou made up for it!

Oct 24, 2013
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Looking for reasonable non-touristy places in the 11th/20th? My report:

Yes, I wouldn't recommend the no res/no plan B for a Saturday night. We were lucky that it didn't end in disaster, with me criss-crossing Paris, my dining companions in tow, looking through the windows and at cartes with growing panic...:)

Oct 24, 2013
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Looking for reasonable non-touristy places in the 11th/20th? My report:

I just returned from a week in Paris that was a birthday treat for my niece. And since I was treating, this trip was somewhat on a budget (except for my solo treat to myself in the form of the orgasmic lunch at Chez L'ami Jean, see Parigi for details). We enjoyed a nice birthday lunch with friends at the always fun for a crowd Dans Les Landes, otherwise we stayed pretty close to home in Menilmontant/Oberkampf.

If you're looking for a really cheap, really good fun time look no farther than Les Fabricants on rue Jean Pierre Timbaud. We stumbled upon it after being turned away by Jeanne A (I mistakenly thought that Jeanne A didn't take reservations...not true). Oh no! There I was, in the worst position ever for a chowhound, hungry on a Saturday night and no reservation and no plan B! I have to hand it to my sister, who said, as we walked by Les Fabricants: "this place looks good, it's crowded and that table of guys cleaned their plates". I was not convinced, especially when I looked at the prices...around 9-13 e for plats. hmm. But we were hungry and I was tired so we went in. And I was glad! We had a lovely bottle of Madiran, we split a plate of hot and delicious escargots (perfect balance of garlic, parsley and olive oil), my sister and I both had the steak in green peppercorn sauce...that sauce was SO good. The steak was a bit chewy (see the chewy steak thread), but it was flavorful, and the sauce tasted homemade and we sauce-ed every last drop. My niece had some kind of chipiron stew, again it tasted fresh and homeade. We had a prefectly acceptable creme caramel and a chocolate mousse and the bill for 3 was around 60 e. I googled it later and I think it might be owned/managed or in some other way have a connection to Chez Gladines in the 13th. Same big salads and southwest focused menu at reasonable prices. Anyway, I thought it was a fun and tasty bargain.

I returned as I always do to L'Estaminet. It's my go-to first night bistro, of course not worth trekking all over Paris for, but I crave the Salade L'Estaminet and that's what I get and I know that I will love it and I always do.

I also went to the restaurant that's part of a music venue called La Maroquinerie (right next to the performance space la Bellevilloise.) My Parisian friend had heard that they had a new chef who was good so we tried it out. We only had the plat...I needed a break from my multi-course overindulgence. We both had the seiche, which I had to look up in my Patrica Wells - cuttlefish. It was in a very garlicky sauce provencal that we again sopped up with our bread. It was good, and I also discovered one can order a bottle of wine and only pay for the glasses consumed. I forget the term in French...I usually ALWAYS finish the whole bottle so I guess that's why I never learned the term...anyway, it was a nice space, good service and no tourists except me...

We also had a nice meal at Les Quilles on Blvd Menilmontant. Again, I don't know that I would say that it is a destination place, but it was a great neighborhood choice. I had the foie gras to start and it was enough for 4. I had the veal and my sister had beef...we switched plates because she found it too rare but I loved it. We had a lovely house red from the Loire, and my niece had a really nice "fried chicken" (poulard croustillant). I forget what my niece had for dessert but she loved it. Really warm service, menu if I recall 27e for 2 courses and 31-33 for 3.

So, there you go, some not-so-known names for those of you on the hunt for some new neighborhood haunts. And now I feel very depressed that I am no longer in Paris!

Oct 17, 2013
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Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

I am late to this party, having just arrived back in the states. In my jet-lagged state I don't think I could possibly add anything to Parigi's eloquent if slightly R rated description of our meal. Sigh,

So I'll just say that I am a CLJ fan, no apologies. I have been going there at least once per year for the past 8 years. Have been there with hounds mentioned above and "incognito" with my husband and while the lunch that Parigi described above was by far the culinary pinnacle (deserving of it's 6 O rating), I have always had really good food and a wonderful experience. Every time. Once and a while I was served something that didn't quite hit the big 6 O. No chef is 100% on the mark every day, day in and day out. But it was always worth it and I've never left there feeling anything but full and warm and happy and grateful that I had the experience. It's Paris to me. I personally love the noise, and the cramped tables and the frenzy and the rustic atmosphere. It suits me but It's not for everyone, which is what makes Paris such a food lover's paradise. No restaurant could ever please everyone. And I don't think that any of us Jego "fans" believe that he could. And no, I don't feel that our experience could not be had by everyone. Yes I was with people known tho the chef. But I think it's really an insult to the house to imply that he only only serves the best to people he knows and the hell with the others...he wouldn't have lasted in the business if that were the case.

To each his or her own...me, I will dream of and fantasize about that creamy soup, and those light as air scallops, and that hunk of seared foie, and that swordfish cooked to perfection, and that heavenly ris de veau, and the Paris-Brest. And count down the days until I can return. It was that damn good...

Oct 17, 2013
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