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  1. Ptipois, yes, obviously it is an ungainly and hopelessly médiatique title. What alarmed me was the sidebar (as it appears when one opens each article): ARRONDISSEMENTS OF THE LEFT BANK 9TH / 10TH / 11TH-12TH /19TH-20TH robyn, I thought that each article was a pretty good rundown of the restaurants people have been talking about for the past three years or so.
  2. Apparently, the current issue of Gourmet magazine has a special feature on Paris, describing what's buzzing in the 11th, 12th, 9th, 10th, 19th and 20th arrondissements. One thing I couldn't figure out, though, is their use of the term "new left bank" to describe these neighborhoods. At first I assumed it was a way of comparing them to some old image of Montparnasse or something, but with the sidebar on "Paris's Left Bank Neighborhoods" I suddenly got the sense that they actually think, well, that those arrondissements are on the left bank. Thoughts?
  3. The marché Aligre. Or else another "populaire" neighborhood like Guy Môquet in the 17th. So, quick question, are you LA pêche (peach), or LE péché (sin)?!
  4. I've had lunch there twice, and it was better a year ago than two months ago. Still, I would sell my soul for the carpaccio de tête de veau.
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    L'Equitable

    Here's an interesting turn of events - I walked by this place today and there was a new awning, dark brown, with in gold letters the name AGAPES. I guess L'Equitable has closed and been replaced by Agapes. The restaurant was closed for the month and there was no menu outside, so no idea what it's like.
  6. Yikes, I know. Having grown up on the North Fork of Long Island, I miss them (and get my fill when I go home for a visit). Also, making New England clam chowder here is a big deal, for me - a real "special occasion" dish. It's something I love to make, but I believe clams cost around $6 a dozen (approx. a kilo) in New York, as opposed to 25 € a kilo, here. Though I have not tried using the cheapie little "coques." Why are they so much less expensive than "clams" and "palourdes"?
  7. The Place Monge open air market, and the worst offender, the poissonnerie on the rue Mouffetard (there are two boutiques owned by the same proprietor, as well as a third on the rue Monge). I should move out to the 19th arrondissement or something!
  8. Lobster at 89 € / kilo? Shrimp at 55 € / kilo? (Cunningly expressed at the marketplace as 5.5 € per 100g.) What gives? It's not like these are manna shrimp from heaven. I can get shrimp for 9 € / 300g at Picard or 4 € / 400g at Leader Price, and I wager they're the same quality of farmed Indonesian shrimp... I'm used to meat costing a king's ransom as compared to the US, but seafood is outrageous. I once bought a single wild salmon steak and it cost me something like 20 €. I have to move to the 19th arrondissement, I think.
  9. Note that they do close between 1pm and 4pm, though - except Saturdays.
  10. Interesting. I've been living here since 1998, have traveled throughout the country, often, and have never seen "service non compris." I wonder if there was some law that changed everything. In 1993, the first time I was in France, the price of baguettes everywhere was standardized; a couple of years later, it was released from that law and now a baguette can cost anywhere from 80 cents to 1.20 €. The restaurant service-inclusion could also date to the same era.
  11. Yep. You see a chalkboard with a 33 € prix fixe, say. Go in, sit down, order, eat, drink tap water. Ask for the check: 33 €.
  12. Actually, it's included at all restaurants in France, from the cheap bistros to the grand tables. So is tax. So basically, one knows the damage upfront and easily (food + wine, end of story), whereas when I go back to the U.S., I'm no longer used to the add-ons, and a meal that originally seems to look like it will cost one amount is nearly 30% more after tax and tip, which is disconcerting.
  13. Thank you for this exciting, palate-whetting journey! I was let down by the missing Comptoir pictures, though. That is my favorite dish there. I always tell myself I'm going to branch out, but I am too drawn by the delicious fried tacky, meaty pig's foot. Did you try the first course "carpaccio of calf's head"? Stunning hot carpaccio of thinly sliced tête de veau. I would sell my soul for it. On the other hand, the wine list is listless. One thing that surprises me is your unequal treatment of food and wine. Wine is not just an afterthought or indulgent splurge...
  14. Mm, salicornes! I used to eat those in La Baule. As for the Marché Saint-Quentin (the covered market near the Gare de l'Est), I think it used to be a little sketchy, but that quality has improved. I strayed in there once a few years ago, and it was the first time I'd seen lamb's testicles on the market. I usually love offal, but one of the worst foods I've ever eaten was rooster testicles, so I steered clear... Have you been to the tiny market on bd Richard-Lenoir and Oberkampf (not the larger on on Richard-Lenoir near Bastille)? I seem to recall a tempting fowl purveyor...
  15. That sounds like fun. I think I would have been in the sec camp, too. (Though a good chèvre frais with a ton of chopped chives and garlic is delicious.) I was in Chavignol in June and brought back half a dozen crottins, which we watched evolve, as we didn't manage to get through them very quickly (we kept buying other cheeses because people were coming over for dinner). Rather than becoming inedible, they just got harder, sharper, and were good to eat to the last sliver. Not sure how sheep's milk cheese would fare - do you mean soft ones like brique or Pérail, or harder ones like Ossau-Iraty or other tomme-type cheese?
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