Most memorable French meal?

Jun 14th, 2001, 09:13 PM
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can you recall the name of the restaurant that you visited just outside of Blois? We are leaving on July 1 for a week in the Loire based in Amboise, so any names you could give me would be much appreciated - my mouth is watering already after your description of that meal - I am trying to lose a kilo before we leave to make extra room!! Thanks in advance.
Jun 15th, 2001, 05:51 AM
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Nerida, the restaurant is called Les Rois de France, it's the restaurant at Hotel de France in Contres, south of Blois. The phone number is 02 54 79 50 14, fax 02 54 79 02 95. We had lovely meals both nights we stayed there. But be forewarned, there is absolutely nothing else going on in Contres, they roll up the sidewalks at night. There were no other native-English speaking people around when we were there, but we liked that. Cheverny is also nearby and looked like a nice town. You might want to check that out as well. Don't forget to try the wonderful cheverny goat cheese! Enjoy and have a great time! I wish I could go back with you!
Jun 15th, 2001, 06:41 AM
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I introduced my wife to escargots in Paris. They were like hard peas. It took me ten years to get her to try them again, in Hong Kong, and she loved them! Can’t remember the name of the restaurant; who would want to?

I think French cooking is way overrated.
Jun 15th, 2001, 01:11 PM
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I just started reading this from the beginning today. And I saw the message posted on 5/25/01 by [email protected] being upset about this string when there are poor and staving in the world. I have to comment. Obviously "Alruth" has access to a computer and the internet. Maybe he or she should give up his/her computer because there are poor in the world who don't have access to one! Ever think of that! Sorry to spoil this lovely chain of emails - but someone has to point out that God would not us to exchange our wonderful experiences on his earth for a wool sack cloth and to eat only bread and water! On to my best meal ever. 4 years ago I went with my boyfriend (now husband) and 4 other people to Paris. We ate at a small restaurant (nothing fancy) and I had veal with a puff pastry lid, an exquisite sauce and for dessert, three flavors of sorbet decoratively displayed on an artists pallette. I can still remember how "peachy" the peach flavor was. That is one memory. And then my other memory is my first bite ever of a pain au chocolat when I was in Paris for the first time when I was 10 years old. 30 years later I can still taste it and remember the wonder I felt when I saw that someone would combine the two best food items ever...chocolate and bread!
Jun 15th, 2001, 04:06 PM
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It was early April in Paris, a dreary and cold day, with showers most of the afternoon. We stopped for dinner at a small bistro and ordered the pot a feu. The soup was rich and flavorful, the meat fall off the bone tender, and the bread crusty and chewy. It was the perfect meal for that day.
Jun 18th, 2001, 03:35 AM
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Outside of Paris, the finest meals I've ever had were at CLAUDE MARCO, a restaurant/inn located about 6 miles north of Cahors, in the hamlet of Lamagdaleine via the D653 road. The dining room is a former cave, made of golden, vaulted stone. I spent 2 nights there in May 2000 and it was one the the best surprises I ever had. The restaurant is listed in the red MICHELIN guide (1 star).


Luis E. Vernon
Jun 18th, 2001, 05:12 AM
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I would not call "the most" memorable, but it just reminded me of our Mom's cooking, and it was really delicious.
We went there for a late and short lunch around 1.30 p.m.
"Boeuf bourguignon" (FF 70.-, enough for 2!)

Brasserie "Fernand"
127, Blvd. Montparnasse
6th arr.
Métro: Vavin
A nice place with a lot of typical French food. From what I saw, their dessert do look terrific too.
Not expensive and always somethin to watch inside and outside. I would also recommend it for families with children. I observed a waiter who was extremely friendly with them and joking around.
Brasserie "Fernand" is closed on Sundays.
Jun 18th, 2001, 02:49 PM
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Restaurant Lyon de Lyon.
Lyon, France

5 course lobster meal that lasted for 5 hours. Brought us both to tears.

But come to think of it, all of the meals in Lyon brought us to tears. Definitly a foodies paradise.
Jun 18th, 2001, 02:58 PM
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My recent memorable meal was in Burgundy where in a restaurant that I returned to after many years. The very same one that my favorite food writer MFK Fisher also stayed and where we both for the first time we tasted fresh from the stream that flows beside the hotel, the Trout Bleu, which I have never seen served in the states
Jun 18th, 2001, 03:15 PM
what's that
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what's trout bleu
Jun 18th, 2001, 03:22 PM
mimi taylor
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a truite au bleu=blue trout. The living trout is plunged into a court bouillon and it turns blue and it's body becomes curled. A false truite au bleu cannot curl.
Jun 18th, 2001, 07:06 PM
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Just recently,most wonderful grilled sea bass at Fruit de la Mer in Nice in cours Seleur(SP?). Fresh & simple, but perfect!
Jun 18th, 2001, 10:01 PM
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Best meal in Paris? April 11th, 2001. An apple on my hotel balcony at sunset, the thrilling prospect of a whole week on my own ahead of me. Secluded behind potted ferns on the curlicued, black wrought iron railing, tilted back in my wooden chair munching my apple, I eavesdropped on pedestrians below and watched in fascination as lights were turned on in the apartments directly across the narrow street, revealing furnishings and inhabitants, each window a bedtime story.
Jun 20th, 2001, 02:16 PM
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Pepe' Le Pu along with some Bon-Bons and a glass of sparkling French wine!
Jun 21st, 2001, 07:46 AM
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One of my fondest food memories was of eating a simply delicious panini sandwich served by an extremely cheerful, helpful food merchant on L'Avenue des Ecole near a little park at the end. We took our little sandwiches and ate by the fountain.

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Jun 21st, 2001, 11:48 AM
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Like a previous reader, LaFermette Marbeuf is the most beautiful restaurant in Paris. On my first trip to Paris several years ago, we ask at the information center on the Champs E. for a recommendation. It was great. The food was wonderfully prepared and we ate in the dining room with the green stained glass. I could not wait for a return trip to this great city and to this restaurant. I still return to this restaurant when we visit Paris. It has great memories.
Jun 21st, 2001, 03:39 PM
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We had just come off the bus tour from a day trip to Mont St. Michel. 4/12 hours of driving each way with only two and half hours on the Mont. Somehow the math didn't sink in until after we did it (but we're glad we did). Tired, dirty and a bit strung-out from sitting so long on a bus (is this what someone feels like after being in space?), we knew we were hungry, but couldn't even articulate it. We were staying on the Ile St Louis, where there's the Brasserie en I'Ile, next to the bridge that leads to Notre Dame (we had had many a drink there). Crawled to our table and pointed to Choucroute on the menu and was rewarded with the plumpest, sweetest pork sausage, chops, and ham hocks along with juicy sauerkraut. The taste was so clean and simple, without the salty nitrate aftertaste we get here from our pork products. Then the lights on the Cathedral went on. We sank our spoons into a little creme brulee and everything was right with the world again.
Jun 22nd, 2001, 02:53 PM
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We recently returned from Paris and on previous trips had seen this but never experienced it. Here's our favorite . . .

Imagine a HUGE ice-filled platter topped with a vast array of fresh shellfish - crab, clams, shrimp of every size, sea snails and things we had never before seen or heard of. Add to that several wonderful dipping sauces, a delicious bottle of wine (Sancerre), the best seat in the house and an accomodating waiter - this was truly a memorable meal.

While I've had many exquisite gourmet meals that might quality as "better", this was an experience we'll remember for years to come.

The restaurant is Le Bar a Huitres in Paris (Montparnasse location) and our meal came to about US$65 which we felt was an incredible bargain.

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Aug 24th, 2001, 04:13 PM
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There is no competition for this. It was the lunch I had last weekend at the Pre Catalan in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.

My daughter and I ordered the tasting menu (about 6 courses), the cheapest bottle of wine we could find on the wine card because we don't know wine (and wanted to have money left in the bank when the meal ended), and two glasses of champagne to start.

The price? I don't know what it cost but I suspect about $250.

The reason I don't know is that the kindly gentleman at the adjacent table picked up the tab. I could not have imagined this script if I had tried. All we did was talk to him (and the much younger woman with him) during the course of the meal. When I asked for the bill, I was told I wasn't going to get one.

Our kindly old gentleman, who told fantastic tales about the Resistance and Arthur Rubenstein--among other things--turned out to be a well known General and politician. He is now, of course, retired.

I will remember this experience forever and I do intend to return to the Pre Catalan someday, but I doubt the experience of last Saturday will ever be repeated. What happened can only happen once in someone's lifetime.
Aug 24th, 2001, 05:11 PM
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salad with a hotdog on top! We thought it was soo funny at the time. Boy I missed out on all the good french food. Guess I will have to go back.

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