[Paris/France] Bonjour Chowhounders

Just saw your post on another thread and responded there. I will stay here again: so great that you are here! — Jake


Have you done your Normandy/Brittany trip?
Last time we were there, we chose the beautiful village of Genêt - with its wowey view of Mont St Michel - as our base, and nearly every firenight we walked to chez François, a small village inn where all the meats are grilled in a big fireplace dating back from who knows how many centuries.
Other bases we love are along the Rance river, either the port of Dinan or the village of St Suliac. But since we have a house rental, and my husband is a fiendish cook, we cook at home most of our dinners at home instead of eating out, as neither of those two spots, as beautiful as they are, have standout restaurants.
If the season is right, you must not miss the famous présalé lamb, from the sheep in the low-lying grassland along the Baie St Michel. Because hey graze on grass that is covered by the sea tide everyday, their meat is naturally subtly salty yet juicy and lean.


PARIGI!!! All good things are worth waiting for. So good that you are here!!


Chère Pilgrim. I don’t een know what I had done to log in suddendly mais me voilà. So happy to give you a hug and a bise.

Hey one day you and I - and all others - should restart that thread on all the good eateries in France’s countryside.

And, hey, one day you should visit your West Coast kin and come join me on a Clement Street dim sum crawl!


I wish there were a screen-licking emoji.


Parigi!!! Great to see you here! And looking forward to seeing you in person next month.

Rio Yeti, you too! While this board is heavily weighted to Paris, it is for all of France.

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So very, very happy to see you here! Your presence has been so missed! Yeah!!!


Gotta admit, I was wondering, both here and on the SlowEurope board. These days, I just don’t want to ask. Glad you’re back on board (not sexy, but a turn of word all the same) – sorry I left before you returned.

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@SteveR, She just got back, and you’re telling Parigi she’s not sexy? Idk, sure seems like a TOS violation to me… :smirk:

I was told the “secret” was mustard plus shallots plus crème fraîche.
I wish Ptipois were here. She’s the real deal.
Try this not-the-real-deal:
In the pan where you had sautéed the steak, sink in a shallot. Let it wilt and turn golden.
Add big Tablespoon of mustard (not the sweet kind).
Mix with 20 cl crème fraiche liquide.
Reduce until mixture thickens slightly. Should be about 1, 2 minutes.

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She may be closer than you think.


(The Cantonese fat-Wa)


Through the years, pigging out with chowhounders has been a moveable feast, moving from Paris to the France-Spain border.
And one such meal involves unlimited gillardeaux oysters.
One frigid winter day, a chowhounder whom I had never met contacted me and made an offer I could not refuse. He was expecting a delivery of a few dozens gillardeaux and asked me to help him eat them.
Nietsche was wrong. Yes there is such a god.
My arm was twisted one revolution.
And why did he end up with half of Pari’s supply of gillardeaux?
Fast rewind to 1 week before that.
He went by a poissonnerie in Paris and saw some “gillardeaux” that did not look right.
Gillardeaux, it turns out, are one kind of oysters that have their own counterfeit. They are rare and expensive, and some poissonniers would sell their oysters as gillardeaux, with price to match, and they are not.
RB had a doubt and contacted the gillardeaux people, asking them if they indeed supplied that poissonnerie.
As he hadd suspected, they did not.
They in turn made an offer to RB that he truly could not refuse: they asked him to send on a photo of the counterfeit, with the name and price indication, and they would send him an obscene number of oysters as a token of gratitude.
RB who was de passage in Paris had to call up an emergency pig-out force. Me voilà.
That’s how I met the charming RB, at his pied à terre in the Marais, on a Siberian day.
A good time was had by all. After stuffing face for an hour, I looked up. to find the courtyard had turned all white, blanketed by snow.
Merci RB. Total magic.


I well remember that long thread on eating and sleeping outside of Paris. In fact, I kept some of it, maybe all of it. When did Chowhound succumb? If I knew the year I could look back through my earlier files to try to find it.

March 2022. RIP…

We got back from our Normandy and Brittany trip in June. Although I did post updates in this thread as the trip progressed I had intended to consolidate the info into a single post but life got in the way.

I just uploaded it today (hope this link works)

Unlike most of our other vacations this one wasn’t really food oriented. The food in Brittany and Normandy is wonderful (it’s French food so of course!) and one can get a good meal almost anyplace. So I just mentioned the ones that I thought were special.


Yes still in Sète! Let me know if you’re in the neighborhood! :slight_smile:

Yes, next September, when we will spend 2 weeks in Collioure.
En route, we will spend 2 nights in Pèzenas, and will as usual go to Sète to have a Tielle worship. Let’s meet there or at Les Demoiselles Dupuis in Bouzigues, Yeti !

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Great! :raised_hands: