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What Washington Lacks

StephenB | May 25, 2002 06:13 PM

After 4 days in Paris, I am awash in crustaceans and cheese. Last night, we dined at Le Bar A Huitres in Montparnasse and had Le Geant Plateau de Fruits de Mer. It included lobster, oysters (belons, claires de fines), mussels, shrimp, crevettes, snowcrab, escargots (!) and an amazing variety of clam that was salty and rich and posed the classic dilemma -- do you chew it or just let it slide down your throat? I mostly chewed. Then there was the cheese board, and a creme brulee. I had 12 different cheeses at a luncheon at the Hotel Meridien, and tonight at a private dinner, there were six cheeses following the stew. Sorry, but D&DeL just doesn't cut it compared to what I've had here. We have to get more and better cheese in DC. As for the seafood, I don't think we're even at a jumping off point. Kinkead's has an *appetizer* platter for $95 that is a tiny fraction of what we had here for 66 euros. I never thought I'd say this, but France may be worth keeping.

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