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Posted by voyager on 23 September 2015 - 09:53 PM

My money's on you, Wingding.   You will be the best at whatever you do.    Although I do like your pie-in-the-face gig idea...

#1346658 Panaché

Posted by voyager on 23 September 2015 - 02:11 AM

Panaché doesn't belong here because it really isn't non-alcoholic, but the alcohol is so slight that we can look the other way.    A French drink, panaché is the unlikely combintaion of beer and lemonade.   No, don't flinch.   It really is rather good, neither bitter nor sweet and definitely refreshing.    There doesn't seem to be a standard recipe, proportions ranging from half and half to one part beer to 3 parts lemonade.    Or citrus flavored soda.    Don't use a dark beer for the real thing, but go ahead and experiment.  


I started ordering this at a country pizza truck in the Languedoc.   Then in Paris when I wanted something light and seemingly non-alcoholic.   Now DH is hooked for those moments when a beer isn't right but neither is a soda or sparkling water.    FWIW....

#1321957 Two kids in Paris, in December

Posted by voyager on 18 February 2015 - 08:41 PM

The usual street markets are as lively but perhaps not as colorful, i.e., flowers.    There are two huge food expos, Salon Saveurs in November and early December.


I would recommend Les Papilles for dinner for the youngsters.    Very simple "like Grandma's" comfort cooking; no choice but always very approachable.   http://www.lespapillesparis.fr/#about-1-1


Take them to rue Montorgueil market street.   LIned with food shops.    Srohrer is classic.  

#1217026 An American in (and outside of) Paris

Posted by voyager on 16 January 2013 - 01:59 AM

Hearing you, but emphasizing that it is never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever an appropriate solution.   A moment's act solves only one problem while leaving behind concentric circles of lifelong agonies and grief. 

#1208640 Paris Bistros, Restos

Posted by voyager on 24 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

vivant lunch today



#1205150 Place we're curious about ... Paris

Posted by voyager on 22 September 2012 - 07:21 PM

My aunt and uncle just emailed me a photo of them at the Falafel restaurant.. So jealous, not of the falafel but, of them being in Paris.

If they were at As du Falafel, be very jealous. Not for the falafel but for the table sauce. I always bring arched eyebrows as they notice that I have emptied the (all too small) container.

#1150224 Agapé Substance

Posted by voyager on 24 July 2011 - 02:45 PM

Name should be Agapé Substance.

Has anyone been? I'm trying to decide whether or not to keep an upcoming dinner res.

Do I read the no choice "menu" correctly that Toutain not only decides how to combine the elements depending on which size meal you order but also opts to serve different preparations to different diners?

#1150155 Hedone

Posted by voyager on 23 July 2011 - 02:00 AM

Who's been? :rolleyes:

#1146747 Paris Bistros, Restos

Posted by voyager on 25 June 2011 - 09:33 PM

I didn't love La Regalade. I didn't think the quality of ingredients was that great; I thought the preparation was a bit lazy; and I hated the atmosphere of the room.

I agree. I was willing to forgive the non-service, "you are so lucky to have secured a reservation" attitude and the ordinary room that annoyed my husband on our first visit, but found these aggravating on my return when coupled with an overcooked pigeon and cement textured riz au lait. I found myself frowning in annoyance with some frequency, which is a poor way to spend an evening in Paris. I had hoped that Doucet might break from the Camdeborde mold and create a bistrot with good vibes. But, no, he's practically handing Jego that claim on a platter.

#1089569 Hotel Faurie

Posted by voyager on 06 May 2010 - 05:13 PM

Here is what I posted elsewhere about our March visit to this very sweet address:

Philippe Bouissou, previously with two stars at Terrasses d'Uriage, returned to his grandfather's hotel in St. Agreve, decreased the number of rooms from 30 to 4, closed the public dining room in order to cook a table d'hote nightly for a maximum of 8 diners. Sofi, Mme Bouissou, took on the job of redoing the spaces, balancing a respect for the history of the hotel with excellent bedding and plumbing. The result is a jewel box.

We arrived on the Monday before Easter, just after they had reopened for the season, to find that we were the only guests. I asked if I could take photos of food and rooms and was told that I could if I agreed not to post them on the internet. His reason: he and Sofi wanted to keep the element of surprise for future guests. (The website is intentionally enigmatic.) Keeping that faith, I am also giving only general descriptions of what Philippe cooked JUST FOR US.

The nightly table d'hote is a six course meal priced at 75€ with a wine paired with each course at 10€ to 13€ a glass, also available by the bottle. Our table looked into the kitchen. Each course was presented by Philippe and served by Sofi: Sauteed foie gras sandwiched between wafers of caramelized pear; grilled calimar with herb butter; St. Pierre atop artichoke ravioli; 90 day old veal pave with its infant kidney and sweetbread; local cheeses; baked apple with house made glace; super good coffee glace. Every course was well sourced, perfectly executed and delicious. My only complaint was the quantity of food I ate.
Breakfast was no less delicious and generous: hot sweet and savory dishes, fresh fruit, juice and coffee, billed at 25€ for the two of us. The rooms range from 90€ to 135€. Our incredibly tiny tab for the room, dinner with wine and breakfast: 330€.

A delightful stay with adorable people who are serious about providing generous hospitality and superb food! We'll be back.

Philippe Bouissou
Hotel Faurie
36, avnue des Cevennes
07320 Saint-Agreve

Note: Easy access = take the TGV from Paris to Valence, pick up a car and drive west for about an hour to St. Agreve in the Ardeche mountains. Beautiful country!

#957871 Cooking paella on the grill

Posted by voyager on 06 September 2008 - 02:16 AM

QUOTE(omnivorette @ Sep 2 2008, 07:30 AM) View Post

(I'm talking about the paella, of course of course)
laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif Oh, yes!

#878220 Class action settlement on overcharges

Posted by voyager on 18 January 2008 - 11:51 PM

If you travelled and used your VISA, MasterCard or Diners Card to make purchases in foreign money (including catalog, eg Amazon) or to withdraw foreign currency abroad from Feb 1, 1996 through November 8, 2006, you are entitled to a refund.

At a minimum, you can request the EASY refund ($25.) if you certify that you spent a week abroad during this time. Period!

For an ESTIMATION refund, you tell them why you traveled and extimate the number of days you spent abroad. This will get you 1% of what "they" compute to be average expenditures.

If you are a real compulsive and still have your statements, just tally them up (it took me less than an hour) and, you will get from 1 to 3% back.

This is close to the most I've ever been paid for an hour's work, and certainly the easiest!

See it all and even request your refund on line!

#860027 Goody Goody "Bon Bon" slippers

Posted by voyager on 14 November 2007 - 10:39 PM

I have just come home from downtown where I saw these in the flesh. The photos do not do them justice. They are handsewn of silk, suede leather soles. I need every pattern I saw. A selection but nowhere near the whole story.

#806830 Sunglasses

Posted by voyager on 02 June 2007 - 09:39 PM

I really feel that this belongs under an "annoyance" forum. I hate the sun in my eyes. Any bright light. I practically live in sunglasses. (My opthalmalogist told me that my eyes indicate no sun damage, very unusual for my age.) Every few years I pop for what is fashionable at the time, and I always wind up hating them. Particularly in recent years. Tiny sunglasses are useless. I walk down the street and 9 our of 10 women are wearing them and squinting. :wub: So, I got out an older pair, almost Jackie O style, black with gradient tint, and took them in for updated prescription lenses.

The lab called me yesterday to tell me they broke my frames :D but would let me select anything I wanted as a replacement free of charge. But I don't want anything they have.

I have decided to go elsewhere, but this kind of frame is really hard to find. Am I nuts to hold out for something that is so out of sinc with fashion? On the order of these or these, my all time favorites and similar to what they destroyed.?

(I may be old but I have no frown lines! :D )

#802254 l'Ambroisie, Paris

Posted by voyager on 15 May 2007 - 10:02 PM

You never know. I "wandered in" to Chez Benoit one lunchtime. Half empty. Upon learning I had no reservation, the proprietor made me go away and come back in half an hour.


It actually makes sense. French diners consider 2 to 3 hours a reasonable timeframe for lunch. What looks like a half empty restaurant may be reserved for time slots in the next hour or so. Add to that the probability that the house is holding back a few tables for important regulars and, voila! "Come back after we have determined how many free tables we're going to have today!"