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April 2015 trip report

jock | Apr 6, 201501:06 AM

Arrived early on Wednesday to overcast and light rain. Our first stop is always lunch at Juveniles. The owner is a friend so you can decide if my comments on the food are biased. Braised beef cheeks with root vegetables were good if a bit salty. Lamb with cheesy polenta was very good. Comfort food accompanied by an excellent cava for my wife and a crozes hermitage blanc for me.

As is often the case Tim had planned a lunch the following day with a winemaker from entre duex mers and I was invited to join them. Lunch was the house specialty sausage with puree and tomato jam. This has been on the menu for thirty years and I always have it at least once. Needless to say the wines were great.

When we do lunch out we generally eat in at the apartment a baguette, some cheese, fresh veggies, fruit from our shops on Montorgueil and the boulangerie just around the corner. Oh, and a nice bottle of wine from Juveniles, Legrand or ??

Friday we went for lunch at our “Midnight in Paris” place. The Bar Fleurie on rue Plateau near Buttes Chaumont. It is like going back 30 years to when we first came to Paris. It hasn’t changed for decades. The people are charming and the food is solid if not extraordinary. Anyway, we go for the place not the food. No tourists, guaranteed! They have several very good Beaujolais. Pas cher aussie. Poulet fermiere with frites E6.95.

Saturaday. Still overcast and rain but what can you expect from April in Paris? Lunch with good friends at Angela’s. Our first time. The Bahn Mi is delicious and the Bo Bun even better. Orangina – what, no wine?

Easter Sunday. Hello Mr. Sun, it’s about time. Got to Baron Rouge just before the crowd. Half dozen perfectly fresh briny oysters, an asiette charcutrie and a pot of our usual rose de Touraine. Only the rose disappointed, not particularly good this year.

Next week we do a little more upscale dining and try some new places.

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