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  • Post #1081 - October 18th, 2010, 8:20 am
    Post #1081 - October 18th, 2010, 8:20 am Post #1081 - October 18th, 2010, 8:20 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    Canelé at Senderens

    Those Toffifays™ look tasty, too.
  • Post #1082 - October 19th, 2010, 4:58 pm
    Post #1082 - October 19th, 2010, 4:58 pm Post #1082 - October 19th, 2010, 4:58 pm
    More highlights from a couple recent meals in Paris . . .

    Lunch at La Tour de Montlhéry's Chez Denise on Monday (thanks, Louisa, for the reminder/recommendation). . .

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    Escargot


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    Terrine du Chef


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    Foie Gras de Canard Maison


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    Pied de Porc


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    Côte de Boeuf Grillee (half the order)

    Dinner at La Regalade Saint-Honore on Tuesday . . .

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    Pumpkin Soup with Lardon and Roasted Shrimp


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    Assortment of Sausages in the Southwestern Style


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    Crispy Pork Belly with du Puy Lentils


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    Rascasse (rockfish) with Squid Ink Risotto

    =R=

    La Tour de Montlhéry's Chez Denise
    5 Rue des Prouvaires
    75001 Paris, France
    01 42 36 21 82

    Le Regalade Saint-Honore
    123 rue St. Honoré
    Paris 75001, France
    01 42 21 92 40
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #1083 - October 19th, 2010, 6:01 pm
    Post #1083 - October 19th, 2010, 6:01 pm Post #1083 - October 19th, 2010, 6:01 pm
    The chicken milanese at Freddy's. Not sure it's on the regular rotation of chicken dishes, but it should be!
  • Post #1084 - October 19th, 2010, 7:33 pm
    Post #1084 - October 19th, 2010, 7:33 pm Post #1084 - October 19th, 2010, 7:33 pm
    the pumpkin "shumai" at Green Zebra. pumpkin, blue cheese and shallots. the best dish of the night.
  • Post #1085 - October 20th, 2010, 11:15 am
    Post #1085 - October 20th, 2010, 11:15 am Post #1085 - October 20th, 2010, 11:15 am
    Best thing I've eaten under $4 lately:

    Cheddar char burger at Little Island in Evanston. Pleasantly surprised to find it cooked right between medium-rare and medium without my asking. Merkts cheddar, fresh beef. I'll be back.

    Little Island
    Intersection of Crawford, Central, and Gross Point
    (847) 866-7670
    Last edited by TomInSkokie on October 20th, 2010, 9:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #1086 - October 20th, 2010, 3:03 pm
    Post #1086 - October 20th, 2010, 3:03 pm Post #1086 - October 20th, 2010, 3:03 pm
    TomInSkokie wrote:
    Little Island
    Intersection of Caldwell, Central, and Gross Point
    (847) 866-7670

    Crawford in place of Caldwell
    2600 Crawford Ave.
    Evanston, IL 60201-4922
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #1087 - October 20th, 2010, 3:44 pm
    Post #1087 - October 20th, 2010, 3:44 pm Post #1087 - October 20th, 2010, 3:44 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    I've dreamt about these macaroons two of the last three nights.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #1088 - October 20th, 2010, 4:27 pm
    Post #1088 - October 20th, 2010, 4:27 pm Post #1088 - October 20th, 2010, 4:27 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    Assortment of Sausages in the Southwestern Style


    Damn. I'm heading to Orland Park for some of that sausage! :wink:
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #1089 - October 22nd, 2010, 8:26 am
    Post #1089 - October 22nd, 2010, 8:26 am Post #1089 - October 22nd, 2010, 8:26 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    I've dreamt about these macaroons two of the last three nights.

    Vanille Patisserie can make your dream a reality, IMHO.
  • Post #1090 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:33 am
    Post #1090 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:33 am Post #1090 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:33 am
    A couple highlights from a truly spectacular lunch today at Alain Ducasse . . .

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    Langoustines and Caviar


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    Pate Chaud de Perdreau (aka partridge)

    =R=

    Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
    8 Avenue Montaigne
    75008 Paris, France
    01 53 67 65 00
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #1091 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:41 am
    Post #1091 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:41 am Post #1091 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:41 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    Langoustines and Caviar




    Close the thread, this wins.
    -Josh

    I've started blogging about the Stuff I Eat
  • Post #1092 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:56 am
    Post #1092 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:56 am Post #1092 - October 22nd, 2010, 9:56 am
    It's been about five years since I had dinner at Alain Ducasse in Paris, but I still remember it as one of the few best, if not best, meals I've ever had.
  • Post #1093 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:24 am
    Post #1093 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:24 am Post #1093 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:24 am
    jesteinf wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    Langoustines and Caviar




    Close the thread, this wins.

    Yeah, haven't decided what to have for lunch today, but it doesn't matter now - this pic preemptively ruined it in comparison. Sorry in advance, Mr. G sub from JP Graziano, you can blame Ronnie for landing you in the "Worst Thing You've Eaten Lately" thread.
  • Post #1094 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:40 am
    Post #1094 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:40 am Post #1094 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:40 am
    Ronnie, Your killing me.
  • Post #1095 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:47 am
    Post #1095 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:47 am Post #1095 - October 22nd, 2010, 10:47 am
    Every time I see a new post from Ronnie I simultaneously curse him and cheer him on.

    It's a horrible (yet wonderful) dichotomy of emotions!!!

    Sigh (ARGH!)
  • Post #1096 - October 22nd, 2010, 3:58 pm
    Post #1096 - October 22nd, 2010, 3:58 pm Post #1096 - October 22nd, 2010, 3:58 pm
    Ok, I'm getting really full! :D

    Here are some highlights from a stunningly great dinner tonight at Chez Dumonet-Restaurant Josephine . . .

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    Terrine de Campagne Maison


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    Confit de Canard Maison


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    Morilles Farcies


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    Souffle au Grand Marnier (avec son petite verre)

    =R=

    Chez Dumonet-Restaurant Josephine
    117 Rue du Cherche-Midi
    75006 Paris, France
    01 45 48 52 40
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #1097 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:03 pm
    Post #1097 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:03 pm Post #1097 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:03 pm
    Those morels are speaking to me in French and I'm getting horny.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #1098 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:07 pm
    Post #1098 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:07 pm Post #1098 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:07 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    C'est si bon!


    French nephew? Looks a lot like Lucas in a few years.

    ;)
  • Post #1099 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:11 pm
    Post #1099 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:11 pm Post #1099 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:11 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:More highlights from a couple recent meals in Paris . . .

    Lunch at La Tour de Montlhéry's Chez Denise on Monday (thanks, Louisa, for the reminder/recommendation). . .

    Image
    Foie Gras de Canard Maison


    Never knew the food looked so good in there - it's so dark. That and they serve wine from the barrel.
  • Post #1100 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:21 pm
    Post #1100 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:21 pm Post #1100 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:21 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:A couple highlights from a truly spectacular lunch today at Alain Ducasse . . .

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    Langoustines and Caviar


    I've plated the previous incarnation of that dish when I was in that kitchen and that's still THE most gorgeous caviar I've ever seen. And tasted - had to taste it plenty too.
  • Post #1101 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:22 pm
    Post #1101 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:22 pm Post #1101 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:22 pm
    Jean Blanchard wrote:OMG! I'm sooo jealous that you're in my favorite place in the world. Don't bring home any macarons since they won't hold up well. Just eat as many as possible and bring home some chocolates from Patrick Roger. Best chocolate I've ever had and believe me, I tried lots of them in Paris. This is the one we went to. In fact, if you take the metro (Odeon) it's staring at you as you come up onto the street. Beautiful shop.

    108 Blvd. St. Germain 75006. I checked. It's open Tuesday thru Saturday so don't go today. I'll be looking for lots of posts from you while you're there.

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    Patrick Roger Chocolate - 108 Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris

    We hustled about a mile and a half to make it here tonight and arrived at 7:25, just before they closed. We ate a few samples, immediately fell in love and loaded up on gifts to bring back for friends. Thanks, Jean, for the recommendation. :)

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #1102 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:25 pm
    Post #1102 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:25 pm Post #1102 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:25 pm
    Louisa Chu wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:A couple highlights from a truly spectacular lunch today at Alain Ducasse . . .

    Image
    Langoustines and Caviar


    I've plated the previous incarnation of that dish when I was in that kitchen and that's still THE most gorgeous caviar I've ever seen. And tasted - had to taste it plenty too.

    I was thinking all afternoon -- and even discussed it with Julie -- about how hard a dish like that must be to plate. It was sure as hell exquisite to eat . . . one of the finest seafood dishes I've ever had in my life (not just "lately").

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #1103 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:53 pm
    Post #1103 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:53 pm Post #1103 - October 22nd, 2010, 4:53 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:

    Image
    Confit de Canard Maison

    =R=

    Chez Dumonet-Restaurant Josephine
    117 Rue du Cherche-Midi
    75006 Paris, France
    01 45 48 52 40


    Calling airline for reservations now!! I can't take any more amazing pictures. Nice the strikes aren't affecting the food. :P
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #1104 - October 24th, 2010, 10:02 am
    Post #1104 - October 24th, 2010, 10:02 am Post #1104 - October 24th, 2010, 10:02 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Louisa Chu wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:A couple highlights from a truly spectacular lunch today at Alain Ducasse . . .

    Image
    Langoustines and Caviar


    I've plated the previous incarnation of that dish when I was in that kitchen and that's still THE most gorgeous caviar I've ever seen. And tasted - had to taste it plenty too.

    I was thinking all afternoon -- and even discussed it with Julie -- about how hard a dish like that must be to plate. It was sure as hell exquisite to eat . . . one of the finest seafood dishes I've ever had in my life (not just "lately").

    =R=



    OK - would someone please educate a person like me, with no professional background, and tell me why that's so hard to plate?

    The langustines aren't struggling, they're long dead.
    All you have to do line 'em up and is drop some caviar on them and maybe shape with the back of a spoon...

    What am I missing?

    Is it because the caviar goes from large to small portions?
  • Post #1105 - October 25th, 2010, 11:55 am
    Post #1105 - October 25th, 2010, 11:55 am Post #1105 - October 25th, 2010, 11:55 am
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    Apple donut hot out the fryer from The Apple Haus (Long Grove)
  • Post #1106 - October 25th, 2010, 12:25 pm
    Post #1106 - October 25th, 2010, 12:25 pm Post #1106 - October 25th, 2010, 12:25 pm
    zoid wrote:What am I missing?

    Maybe it's hard to keep the Post-it® Note from curling?
    'This dish is a bad mother- (Shut your mouth)'
  • Post #1107 - October 29th, 2010, 12:14 pm
    Post #1107 - October 29th, 2010, 12:14 pm Post #1107 - October 29th, 2010, 12:14 pm
    Chocolate salty balls from Phillip Foss' food truck today at lunch. They basically tasted like little cake balls, covered in chocolate and a pretty liberal sprinkling of sea salt. They really hit the sweet/salty combination bullseye.
    -Josh

    I've started blogging about the Stuff I Eat
  • Post #1108 - October 29th, 2010, 1:27 pm
    Post #1108 - October 29th, 2010, 1:27 pm Post #1108 - October 29th, 2010, 1:27 pm
    I have two bests to report here, both from the provincial gallows of my new outpost in Old York.

    1. Oysters from the fish market at the Chelsea Market. 12 super-prime selections of west and east coast bottom dwellers, shucked by the fish guys and served in plastic boxes with ice. Can't remember which was which, but one set was briny and mineral, the other umami laden, butter bombs. Impeccably clean, immaculately fresh. And not bad at about 15 bucks for a dozen.

    2. Scallops with asparagus from Manhattan Szechuan stalwart (and mini chain) Wu Liang Ye. A bit expensive at 20 bucks but a generous serving of scallops and remarkably well cooked asparagus in a burgundy sauce redolent with searing and numbing spice, green onions and of course, oil oil oil.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #1109 - October 29th, 2010, 1:34 pm
    Post #1109 - October 29th, 2010, 1:34 pm Post #1109 - October 29th, 2010, 1:34 pm
    popcorn flavored butter :mrgreen:
    made by chef sven from out at fair oaks farm 8)
    philw bbq cbj for kcbs &M.I.M. carolina pit masters
  • Post #1110 - November 3rd, 2010, 11:08 am
    Post #1110 - November 3rd, 2010, 11:08 am Post #1110 - November 3rd, 2010, 11:08 am
    Wild mushroom risotto that I made for dinner last night. The mushroom medley from River Valley Ranch spoke to me at the last MCA farmers market. I'm glad they did!
    -Mary

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