hi, people. i'm back from my honeymoon, the first 6 days of which were spent in paris. i'll be back soon with some details, but a quick "bottom-line" impression first. both my wife and i agreed that, in paris--and elsewhere in europe, for that matter--even basic food seemed fresher and of a better quality than, for example, the states (where i'm from). vegetables were fresh, coffee tasty, and breads put us off the idea of tasting any for a while here in japan (where she's from, and where we live). large portions didn't sacrifice subtle taste (unlike, ahem, certain leaders of the free world). we literally didn't hit a "clinker" for the duration of our trip (12 days).
as for specific paris restaurants, i'll only say that taillevent, alas, disappointed in some regards, whereas le bristol most assuredly did not. bofinger's, too, was a very pleasant surprise--as was a wild-card on our last night in montmartre, au pied du sacre coeur. anyway, more on this when i have my notes at my disposal. they're not copious, but they should provide some detail for anyone interested. (no photos, though: my wife felt a bit too self-conscious, so i gave up on the idea.) i'll be back with more in a day or so. just wanted to give a shout of "merci beaucoup" to all who offered suggestions, advice, encouragement, etc.