I promise to write a detailed report over the weekend.
I just wanted to stress, because it was brought up some on the board in the weeks before I left, that I ate incredibly well and I did not experience one iota of "attitude" that people discuss. So many people seem so concerned about it and really I am here to tell everyone to relax and just enjoy their trip. For the record I don't speak French at all. I can "get through" a menu but that is it.
I've never had a problem in Paris and I continue to not have any problems in Paris. I hope travelers to Paris will enjoy the wonderful city without so much apprehension before they go.
If you want to eat with the "locals" try to eat at 9pm or later; for most of our meals we were surrounded by the sound of French being spoken. Another idea is to hit the residential neighborhoods for lunch, it is very very easy to pick out the cafe that is the "real deal" so to speak.
I will say that we were involved in at least 4 different conversations, in english, started by various Parisians sitting next to us. People couldn't have been friendlier, and if you do want to have a chat be prepared to brush up on your politics.
I promise to write in detail about the food. I'm pretty picky but I'd say in general we were happy with our meals. I will say that the "ambiance" factored into the equation more than I would have anticipated. I didn't think our meals were crazy expensive either, but that could be because I live in NY.
More tomorrow as I'm wiped out! Please excuse any typos/grammatical errors.