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Eating through the Tour de France

Breego | Jul 30, 2004 04:44 PM

Everything we ate in the Alps (except fabulous almond croissants) was reminiscent of crappy, expensive US ski resort food. My guess is that this is because we were a captive audience, there to watch the Tour. Perhaps others have had better hound experiences there.

However, I also tried a couple of hound recommnedations in Paris. Austier, in the 11th arrondisement, is a great, bustling bistro in a hip 'hood. Most notably, the fois gras was generous and the cheese plate was gorgeous and overflowing - 22 stinky, beautiful varieties. I had stewed apricots with honey ice cream for dessert, which was fantastic.

I also tried Chez Paul, near the Bastille (in the 11th, i think). Bravo! No "menu" option, but I think I still only paid about 40 euros for 1 person, including a glass of kir and a glass of wine, fois gras salad and main dish. I had the sardines in olive oil, garlic and lemon. 5 gorgeous, plump, whole, fresh, silvery, delicious fishies. 15 euro, I think. The place was bumping, too.

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