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116. i am thinking of thanksgiving at our friend's house
can you believe it's been 8+ years now? :loveya: too bad you moved away, because i've had many wonderful meals with her since then. thanks for the great information. i never made it to paris, but i did spend some time in italy and greece, and the food was wonderful. i hope to make it to paris next spring, and i know who i need to talk to before i leave, :hi:
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  -The Restaurants of Paris (France) -- about service and stuff. TahitiNut  Apr-09-09 08:44 PM   #0 
  - recommend  xchrom   Apr-09-09 08:48 PM   #1 
  - Great Stuff. Makes Me Miss Europe Deeply.  Mr. Ected   Apr-09-09 08:49 PM   #2 
  - Thanks for posting this, TahitiNut!  Suich   Apr-09-09 08:50 PM   #3 
  - I agree about the small neighborhood restaurants in Paris  cobalt1999   Apr-09-09 08:51 PM   #4 
  - Absolutely. I remember that many years ago, we drove into a suburb of Paris  JDPriestly   Apr-11-09 01:48 AM   #154 
  - Our food culture in the US is really weird (or family's is)... I do most of the shopping  NRaleighLiberal   Apr-09-09 08:52 PM   #5 
  - We make it hard to shop small in the US  NeedleCast   Apr-10-09 10:52 AM   #78 
     - check this out  northzax   Apr-10-09 11:23 AM   #83 
     - Wow, thanks  NeedleCast   Apr-10-09 11:49 AM   #84 
     - Signing up now!  elleng   Apr-11-09 04:56 AM   #159 
     - check out this link  wolfgangmo   Apr-10-09 11:53 AM   #85 
     - You may be lucky enough to have a CSA type farm locally.  northofdenali   Apr-10-09 02:33 PM   #110 
     - I agree heartily and would shop there if in Durham, NC.  Tunkamerica   Apr-10-09 04:40 PM   #124 
     - I sometimes mix frozen/prepared with non-frozen stuff  Hippo_Tron   Apr-11-09 03:20 AM   #156 
  - Thanks for one of the best posts it has ever been my pleasure to read  Tuesday Afternoon   Apr-09-09 08:52 PM   #6 
  - The very observations the OP makes speak volumes about her own rare qualities,  Joe Chi Minh   Apr-10-09 10:19 AM   #71 
  - D'accord.....  marmar   Apr-09-09 08:57 PM   #7 
  - Dinner was two hours, at least. Conversation, enjoying the food and wine.  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 09:12 PM   #12 
  - LOL - The joy of walking off a good French dinner  XOKCowboy   Apr-09-09 09:20 PM   #17 
  - speaking of Spain.... or specifically, Barcelona....  inna   Apr-10-09 08:29 PM   #146 
  - What surprises me  JerseygirlCT   Apr-09-09 08:59 PM   #8 
  - Bertucci's is a surprising gem of a chain operation  Stinky The Clown   Apr-09-09 09:25 PM   #20 
     - LOL - enjoy their waitstaff, but not their pizza!  JerseygirlCT   Apr-10-09 08:11 AM   #62 
  - I like this thread -  givemebackmycountry   Apr-09-09 09:03 PM   #9 
  - And check out the right-wing asshole ordering 'Freedom Fries'  santamargarita   Apr-09-09 09:06 PM   #10 
  - If you want a comparable experience, go to New Orleans.  JackDragna   Apr-09-09 09:12 PM   #11 
  - I've agree.  cobalt1999   Apr-09-09 09:16 PM   #14 
  - I've eaten out in virtually every large city in the US, including NO.  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 09:22 PM   #18 
  - There's plenty of good, reasonably priced places in NO.  JackDragna   Apr-09-09 09:31 PM   #23 
  - Hey, post those recs!  cobalt1999   Apr-09-09 09:36 PM   #27 
     - Let's see..  JackDragna   Apr-09-09 09:47 PM   #32 
  - You must mean The Maisonette in Cincy  cobalt1999   Apr-09-09 09:31 PM   #24 
  - That's it! (I don't know why I was blocked on the name.)  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 09:34 PM   #25 
     - Best Duck I ever had, that's why I remembered it.  cobalt1999   Apr-09-09 09:44 PM   #30 
  - in agreement with everything you said  medeak   Apr-10-09 12:31 AM   #56 
  - Probably John Grisham, if you could get hold of him. He's a great fan of Italian nosh.  Joe Chi Minh   Apr-10-09 10:25 AM   #72 
  - I too have eaten in almost every state and large city in the US.  wolfgangmo   Apr-10-09 11:56 AM   #86 
     - well, what do we Americans value enough to care and take time for?  CreekDog   Apr-10-09 02:22 PM   #108 
  - Thanks for the tip. I will seriously suggest it to my grown son & daughter the next  patrice   Apr-09-09 10:17 PM   #41 
  - Agree  Sgent   Apr-10-09 12:40 AM   #57 
  - My first trip to NO, I was warned about eating from hole in the wall restaurants  nichomachus   Apr-10-09 02:03 PM   #103 
  - The Brennan's in Houston was destroyed.  Manifestor_of_Light   Apr-10-09 03:04 PM   #117 
  - Being from New Orleans, I agree  Hippo_Tron   Apr-11-09 03:26 AM   #157 
  - Good Post. Thanks !  BlueJazz   Apr-09-09 09:14 PM   #13 
  - The food in Paris is my favorite. Thanks for the fun post!  Olney Blue   Apr-09-09 09:16 PM   #15 
  - Tres Bien!  XOKCowboy   Apr-09-09 09:17 PM   #16 
  - I should also mention the chairs. They were comfortable.  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 09:29 PM   #21 
  - When I was in school, after I got out of the Navy, long about 1969 ......  Stinky The Clown   Apr-09-09 09:22 PM   #19 
  - You're right about fresh! I learned how even a cheap toasted sandwich and  patrice   Apr-09-09 09:30 PM   #22 
  - A Monte Cristo? (Yum!)  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 09:38 PM   #28 
  - My daughter and I rode bicycles in the Loire River Valley too.Beautiful clean, nearly empty, asphalt  patrice   Apr-09-09 09:59 PM   #37 
     - I love that region. Good wines and wonderful Son et Lumieres at the chateaus.  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 10:18 PM   #42 
        - The Wine  NeedleCast   Apr-10-09 02:05 PM   #104 
           - Some of the better wines don't "travel well" I guess.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 02:34 PM   #113 
              - They probably don't  NeedleCast   Apr-10-09 02:37 PM   #114 
  - Everything was good there - even museum cafeteria food was good - jambon et fromage  Trocadero   Apr-09-09 09:47 PM   #33 
  - croque monsieur  Trocadero   Apr-09-09 09:48 PM   #34 
  - When I think of some of the things I've eaten in airports here, sometimes I get a little sick  patrice   Apr-09-09 10:10 PM   #40 
  - For me it was a tomatoe/mozzarello sandwich in the Milan airport....  XOKCowboy   Apr-09-09 09:51 PM   #35 
  - Yeah... When I was in Paris I was too poor to eat at restaurants...  TygrBright   Apr-10-09 06:09 PM   #131 
  - Beautiful story, TN,  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-09-09 09:34 PM   #26 
  - My grandparents were Norwegian. Lutefisk. Uffda.  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 10:23 PM   #44 
  - Beautiful sentiments about a beautiful city. Thank you. n/t  myrna minx   Apr-09-09 09:42 PM   #29 
  - Mange ou bois?  Trocadero   Apr-09-09 09:46 PM   #31 
  - My favorite Paris restaurant memory -  closeupready   Apr-09-09 09:54 PM   #36 
  - Paris is definitely a city for people with functioning taste buds.  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 10:02 PM   #39 
     - I like all the cheap little doner kebab places, too.  closeupready   Apr-09-09 10:20 PM   #43 
        - The street food in Paris is far better than what a lot of 'fine restaurants"  Lorien   Apr-10-09 10:57 AM   #80 
  - Dining out in Paris  Citizen Worker   Apr-09-09 09:59 PM   #38 
  - Dining out  Mimosa   Apr-09-09 10:36 PM   #45 
  - Got any Favorites?  AndyTiedye   Apr-09-09 10:45 PM   #46 
  - For "Down Home" French Provincial cooking in a busy but friendly atmosphere....  marmar   Apr-09-09 10:50 PM   #47 
  - Restaurant Nicolas ... near the Gare du Nord  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 11:07 PM   #48 
  - Oh TAILLEVENT!  medeak   Apr-09-09 11:09 PM   #49 
  - Pricey, pricey, pricey ...  TahitiNut   Apr-09-09 11:32 PM   #51 
     - best $ ever spent  medeak   Apr-10-09 12:00 AM   #53 
  - I can live on the cheeses, bread and wine.  RagAss   Apr-09-09 11:27 PM   #50 
  - I've done that.  Lilith Velkor   Apr-10-09 12:15 AM   #54 
  - A story about NATO troops from about 15 years ago  eridani   Apr-09-09 11:34 PM   #52 
  - never been to france  keroro gunsou   Apr-10-09 12:19 AM   #55 
  - The Club Med in Tahiti (on the island of Moorea) was an interesting collision of cuisine cultures.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 01:30 AM   #59 
     - right now  keroro gunsou   Apr-10-09 09:59 AM   #67 
  - Thanks, TahititNut, for such a pleasant and informative  truedelphi   Apr-10-09 01:03 AM   #58 
  - You didn't mention a few other things. They don't take kindly to "special requests"  krabigirl   Apr-10-09 01:57 AM   #60 
  - Question. My French inlaws told me to never tip  uppityperson   Apr-10-09 03:16 AM   #61 
  - A 15 % service charge is included in the price. You can tip if the service was good, but never  Mass   Apr-10-09 06:51 PM   #134 
     - Merci beaucoup (sp)  uppityperson   Apr-10-09 10:04 PM   #151 
  - Bistro owner showed me how to make pommes frites.  trof   Apr-10-09 09:23 AM   #63 
  - I have similar memories, even though it has been many years  MineralMan   Apr-10-09 09:23 AM   #64 
  - That's weird  MellowDem   Apr-10-09 09:24 AM   #65 
  - "Service compris"  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 09:46 AM   #66 
     - ahh... that makes sense now  MellowDem   Apr-10-09 10:28 AM   #73 
     - all meals are " service compris", whether they say so or not. It is the law.  Mass   Apr-10-09 06:56 PM   #135 
        - Y'know, I gotta wonder about the obsession with this.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 07:10 PM   #137 
           - Because people who know France well are surprised when you speak about this type of tipping.  Mass   Apr-10-09 07:23 PM   #139 
  - It's a place where you'll find old waiters.  mainer   Apr-10-09 10:04 AM   #68 
  - Very good.  H2O Man   Apr-10-09 10:04 AM   #69 
  - People who have interesting politics also seem to have had wide personal experience of the world  leveymg   Apr-10-09 10:16 AM   #70 
  - I love the places that sell the rotisserie chickens outside on the sidewalks.  AllieB   Apr-10-09 10:34 AM   #74 
  - You bring back great memories. All of France is wonderful but  yy4me   Apr-10-09 10:41 AM   #75 
  - Vacationed in France with 2 British couples....  PassingFair   Apr-10-09 10:47 AM   #76 
  - I Think Its A Better System  NeedleCast   Apr-10-09 10:48 AM   #77 
  - (deleted - DU software glitch duplicate)  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 12:00 PM   #87 
  - I find that I have a strong preference for US restaurants with mature adult servers.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 12:00 PM   #88 
  - May not be fair but it's correct  NeedleCast   Apr-10-09 01:09 PM   #92 
  - people are ignoring another key difference  paulsby   Apr-10-09 05:10 PM   #126 
     - Another key difference, they have national health care  Hippo_Tron   Apr-11-09 03:31 AM   #158 
        - not necessarily true  paulsby   Apr-11-09 05:18 PM   #165 
  - I'm down there two or three times a month for work  DFW   Apr-10-09 10:54 AM   #79 
  - Thanks for the post  lark   Apr-10-09 11:01 AM   #81 
  - We also loved our dining experiences in Paris  skepticscott   Apr-10-09 11:13 AM   #82 
  - Agreed. A lot of Americans think the French are "rude" when they are in fact  mistertrickster   Apr-10-09 12:40 PM   #89 
  - Many Americans expect servers to kowtow. The French won't kowtow to rude  rhett o rick   Apr-10-09 01:55 PM   #101 
  - Another thing. Americans some times think it is rude that the French don't understand English.  rhett o rick   Apr-10-09 01:56 PM   #102 
  - Service compris  frazzled   Apr-10-09 12:40 PM   #90 
  - (I've also learned it's a good thing to read a thread before posting.)  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 01:33 PM   #95 
     - No, I didn't read the entire thread  frazzled   Apr-10-09 02:54 PM   #115 
  - I'm in Paris right now...  remedy1   Apr-10-09 12:57 PM   #91 
  - I would kill to trade places with you. I adore everything about Paris! n/t  poverlay   Apr-10-09 01:35 PM   #96 
  - I'm so jealous!  AllieB   Apr-10-09 01:42 PM   #98 
  - Please ... when you next step outside, say "Hi, Paris! TahitiNut loves ya!"  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 01:49 PM   #100 
  - What?  AlbertCat   Apr-10-09 01:23 PM   #93 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Apr-10-09 01:28 PM   #94 
  - And we in the U.S. say we have a service-based economy. k+r!  ColbertWatcher   Apr-10-09 01:37 PM   #97 
  - I agree. I learned that when you dine in Paris it is supposed to be an experience. The servers are  rhett o rick   Apr-10-09 01:46 PM   #99 
  - I agree and disagree having just spent two weeks in Paris.  jeffrey_X   Apr-10-09 02:05 PM   #105 
  - I agree! J'adore Paris!! My fondest wish has always been to live in Paris for about 3 years.  DrZeeLit   Apr-10-09 02:12 PM   #106 
  - c'est bon!  ulysses   Apr-10-09 02:17 PM   #107 
  - Thanks for bringing back some old memories!  AlexDeLarge   Apr-10-09 02:28 PM   #109 
  - K&R TahitiNut -  northofdenali   Apr-10-09 02:34 PM   #111 
  - Thanks, Tahiti Nut, for the insight.  Joe Fields   Apr-10-09 02:34 PM   #112 
  - i am thinking of thanksgiving at our friend's house  noiretextatique   Apr-10-09 03:00 PM   #116 
  - You bet. I tell folks about that Thanksgiving and how much I enjoyed the company ...  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 05:55 PM   #129 
  - My gastronomic European contributions...1958-1999  Lena inRI   Apr-10-09 03:46 PM   #118 
  - The liquor even includes a version of Alka Seltzer ... it's called Fernet Branca  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 05:46 PM   #128 
  - thanks for the post. love things french but have never been there. someday  davidwparker   Apr-10-09 04:04 PM   #119 
  - this makes me want to return  unpossibles   Apr-10-09 04:06 PM   #120 
  - so they never ask "are ya still workin' on that?"  maxsolomon   Apr-10-09 04:14 PM   #121 
  - food and music are respected in Europe...  MrsBrady   Apr-10-09 04:24 PM   #122 
  - Traditional Service is a Rare Treat  On the Road   Apr-10-09 04:26 PM   #123 
  - "Our Ancestors Were Gauls" (but in French) is the medieval restaurant on Isle deSt. Louis I went to.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 05:32 PM   #127 
     - I really dislike andouillette too, but a lot of people like it.  Mass   Apr-10-09 07:02 PM   #136 
     - I remember the first time I had steak tartare ... it was in Detroit.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 07:24 PM   #140 
        - (We miss a lot by not trying things.)  XOKCowboy   Apr-11-09 01:29 AM   #153 
        - Best Steak Tartare I Ever Had  On the Road   Apr-11-09 05:14 PM   #164 
     - Haha -- That's Great!  On the Road   Apr-11-09 04:54 PM   #163 
        - That's the place! I think it's a "must do" for anyone. As I recall, there were two ...  TahitiNut   Apr-11-09 05:24 PM   #166 
  - I tipped 20-25% when I was in France (not just Paris) - in large part  kestrel91316   Apr-10-09 04:53 PM   #125 
  - Yes. I didn't spend nearly as much time in Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland but ....  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 06:02 PM   #130 
  - Their coffee and croissants are magnificent.  GentryDixon   Apr-10-09 06:15 PM   #132 
  - Petit dejeuner ... nice way to start the day.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 07:31 PM   #141 
     - My favorite part of eating on my trip through Europe was the mornng  GentryDixon   Apr-10-09 07:41 PM   #143 
  - After this thread, I will need to go cooking some nice French meal.  Mass   Apr-10-09 06:47 PM   #133 
  - Make a side of pommes souffle and I'll be right over.  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 07:35 PM   #142 
     - The Incredible French  Dirigo   Apr-10-09 08:17 PM   #145 
  - Thank you!  lilyreally   Apr-10-09 07:12 PM   #138 
  - I'd suggest the Bateau Mouche dinner cruise on the Seine. We sat outside on the rail ...  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 08:33 PM   #148 
     - Great idea...  lilyreally   Apr-10-09 09:25 PM   #150 
  - The Bistros & Cafe's of Paris France  Dirigo   Apr-10-09 08:02 PM   #144 
  - Clearly, the excellence of Parisian restaurants hasn't reached Tahiti ... BUT ...  TahitiNut   Apr-10-09 08:29 PM   #147 
  - But finding a vegan meal in Paris is HELL! Not so in the UK, though.  kaygore   Apr-10-09 08:59 PM   #149 
  - I really don't doubt that.  XOKCowboy   Apr-11-09 01:17 AM   #152 
     - It is very easy being vegan anywhere else in Europe  kaygore   Apr-11-09 10:06 PM   #167 
        - I do feel sorry for you....  XOKCowboy   Apr-11-09 11:32 PM   #168 
  - How lovely to read this. A prof I worked for told me how he actually wept over an omelette...  Hekate   Apr-11-09 02:43 AM   #155 
  - Most of our meals on a European trip (58) were tasty and well received cept for London  opihimoimoi   Apr-11-09 05:02 AM   #160 
  - Fascinating insight into another culture. Thank you!  geckosfeet   Apr-11-09 10:21 AM   #161 
  - Great Piece TN, kickin you to Page One  omega minimo   Apr-11-09 01:47 PM   #162 
 

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