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March 24, 2022

Wines news of France XVIIII !!

And let’s get going in Spring with another in my series ,Wines news of France now in its 19th edition; thanks to all my readers and/or followers! Spring is in the air and work around the house has started easy does it; also more wine more wine the best in the world! Oh yeah, that is France just in case you still do not know it ….Often imitated, some time equaled ,but never surpass! Let me give some news shall we; hope you enjoy it as I.

The French love to put labels. In terms of wine, this passion is reflected in the importance given to classifications, the criteria of which the consumer is often unaware of. Indee too much marketing by all, and the main thing is who is the producer and what happened that year in the vineyards ! If the best known of the classifications remains that of the red wines of the Médoc, in Bordeaux, dating from 1855, there are a whole myriad of classifications within the French vineyards. That of Burgundy prepared under Napoleon III, that of Champagne crus created in 1919, that of Graves wines, endorsed by the INAO (National Institute of Origin and Quality) in 1953, that of Saint-Emilion since 1955, that of the crus de Provence in 1955, that of the crus bourgeois in Bordeaux since 2003… The list of this French passion for classifications resembles a veritable inventory !

Because there are as many ways to classify as there are classifications! The 1855 classification was created by the brokers, the only wine buyers at the time, based on the prices of wine from the different châteaux over fifty years. The Premiers Grands Crus Classés are the most expensive, the latter a little less. Suffice to say that 167 years later, water and wine have flowed under the bridges, and this classification no longer makes much sense, While in Alsace and Burgundy, the classifications are based on the terroirs , the best ranked are those reputed to produce great wines. A basic criterion that totally ignores the know-how of the winemaker. The classification of Saint-Emilion created in 1955, and revisable every ten years, it is contested each time, often in court. To the point that Château Angélus and Château Cheval Blanc have withdrawn and will not appear in the next one, expected for September 2022. In this ranking, tasting counts for 50% (only 30% for the first grand crus), the reputation of the cru for 20% (35% for the grands crus), the land base and the homogeneity of the terroir for 20% (30% for the grands crus) and the management of the vineyard for 10% (5% for the first grands crus classés ) So what are these rankings for? Essentially for three things: satisfy the ego of the owner, provide a marketing argument that reassures the least informed consumers, and define the price of land. It is therefore not a buying guide, and the consumer should not be mistaken. Thus, it will be better to trust the recommendations of your favorite magazine or journal or wine amateurs like me lol !!!

And there you go folks, after ten years of proceedings and multiple twists and turns, the Bordeaux Court of Appeal agrees with the Saint-Émilion 2012 ! classification and confirms that of 2022, which is currently being drawn up. This decision fell and it looks like a victory for all the winegrowers of the appellation who aspire to a little serenity, as the pressure has been intense for months. Of course, they will go before the Council of State, highest court Reacted Me Eric Morain, the lawyer of Château Croque-Michotte, denouncing a “totally incomprehensible motivation and twisting the reality of the roles of Messrs. de Boüard and Castéja”. The Saint-Émilion Wine Council salutes the meaning of this decision “which highlights the seriousness and rigor of the work carried out by the Inao, the Classification Commission and the independent certifying bodies » So the ego pride continues ,in the meantime check their prices lol !

In 1965, repatriated from Tunisia, Marc Pagès set out in search of a terroir with great potential. He chose Château La Tour de By because it is in a frost-free region, as per Frédéric Leclerc, who joined his grandfather in 2005. At the time, it represented an area of 32 hectares, which is has since grown to 75 hectares. Today, the entire vineyard of the property located north of the Médoc, between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, covers 115 hectares. In 2009, Benjamin Richer de Forges rejoined his cousin at the head of the estate. As for the 2014, it diffuses aromas of black fruits, cocoa, roasted on the nose. On the palate, it is fresh, creamy, like a pulpy, juicy fruit, coated in present and pleasant tannins. Sublime ; Webpage :

Alain Brumont Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Le Blanc d’Alain Brumont 2020, Inseparable from Gascony, Alain Brumont is a winemaker never jaded, always in search of experimentation. On his land in Madiran, right in the stronghold of tannat, he enthusiastically tries his hand at white wine. And selects with his son-in-law Antoine Veiry the clay-limestone terroir of Château Bouscassé, to launch his brand new cuvée of dry Pacherenc. This white is a delight, a superb balance between tension and fat. Between white flowers and citrus fruits, this grapefruit skin side which brings sharp bitterness, a beautiful energy emerges. Jovial, nervous, enjoyable, this white wine sets the bar very high. Indeed delicious !! Webpage :

Domaine Tissot Trousseau Singulier Rouge 2020, A figure of the Jura, Stéphane Tissot is one of the pillars of Franche-Comté, an inventive and talented winemaker. Indeed one of my first wines ever from France was one of his vin jaune ! Each year, he delights us with his cuvées which cover the entire spectrum of local grape varieties. Reds, whites, sparkling, sparkling or oxidative wines: no false note here, the wines are of a level rarely reached. This trousseau grape offers beautiful scents of wild strawberries, of a disconcerting delicacy. We are on the wire, the step of a ballerina who points here to finesse, there a tapered weft in a long ribbon. A little gem to book with poultry or finely cured meats. Another work of Art ! Webpage :

Finally, retirement for Régis Camus, Cellar Master of Rare Champagne, After 28 years of service, the man who was eight times best Champagne Cellar Master of the Year by the jury of the International Wine Challenge between 2004 and 2013, will therefore take a rest. Responsible for the Charles Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck brands, he devotes himself exclusively to the jewel of the house, Rare Champagne officially created in 2018. Rare Champagne originated in 1885 for the celebration of the presentation of Piper-Heidsieck’s first prestige cuvée to Queen Marie-Antoinette a century earlier. On the occasion of this centenary, Pierre-Karl Fabergé, jeweler to Tsar Alexander III, had imagined a bottle embellished with gold, diamonds and lapis lazuli that technical constraints did not allow to achieve. One hundred years later, Van Cleef & Arpels gave life to the bottle designed by Fabergé by creating a unique bottle of Rare vintage 1976, the first vintage of the 20C of Rare Champagne , Since that date, each vintage of Rare Champagne, always produced in series limited, celebrates an exceptional year, sign of a triumphant nature and magnified by the expertise of the Cellar Master and by the work of time, Webpage :

When Champagne wakes up at the Aube (dept 10) , In the far south of Champagne, languishing on a border line with Burgundy, the vineyards of Aube have long been carpeted in the shadow of the great houses of the Marne. With a production that is close to a quarter of the 300 million bottles sold worldwide each year and a predominance of the venerable pinot noir vinified wonderfully, the Aubois are today however far from being at bay, pushed by a few estates including the cuvées that left me speechless. The same free and impertinent spirit at Charles Dufour, to whom we owe a radical conversion of the family domain and sublime cuvées without sulfur Not far from here, we also find the astonishing Jeanne Piollot, who beyond the two family domains Courtin and Piollot took over a plot in Molesme, in the Châtillonnais, where it vinifies magnificent bubbles in the Vin de France appellation. Not to mention the intriguing Champagne Clandestin project, a modern trade born from the collaboration between Benoît Doussot and Bertrand Gautherot of the Vouette & Sorbée house. The Aube Champagne webpage :

This pas Sunday March 20,2022, the 61st Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges auction was held. An edition considered exceptional, with a result that for the first time exceeded 2 million euros, an increase of almost 30%. It was held at the Château du Clos de Vougeot, in a warm and caring atmosphere. It gave rise to an exceptional result, despite the poor harvest obtained following last year’s late frost. Thus, for the first time, auctions exceeded 2 million euros, with a sales result amounting to 2,486,000 euros for 109 pieces sold, up almost 30% compared to the previous year ( 114 pieces on sale in 2021). This year, the average price of the piece has therefore also reached an unprecedented record, at 22,481 euros for the reds , an increase of almost 35% compared to 2021 (16,687 euros) , and 58,000 euros for the only white piece, i.e. a surge of 115% over 2021 (27,000 euros). At the same time, the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges traditionally reserve a barrel for the benefit of an association. This “Piece of Charity” raised 43,585 euros for APF France Handicap, the main French organization defending the rights and supporting people with disabilities. Great cause and I am a proud donor over the years ! Webpage Hospices de Nuits :

APF France :

And hold on, here comes the Bretons !! The first Breton wines are expected for 2023 In Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh, there are around fifty winegrowers in the planting phase who, within ten years, will be harvesting and making wine. Among them are Mathieu Le Saux and Noémie Vallélian, at the Ferme de Port Coustic, on the Île de Groix island off Lorient in my Morbihan 56 ! Already cider producers, in 2020 they planted three hectares of Chenin, Grolleau and Folle Blanche, and will complete their planting this year with 0.5 hectares of Pineau d’Aunis and 0.5 hectares of Albariño, a grape variety from Galicia. With a microscopic production expected for 2023 (about 500 bottles), they hope to increase their production and create « Anjou-type wines » ! Meanwhile, on the Presqu’île de Rhuys peninsula, in Sarzeau, also, in my Morbihan ! the couple of Champagne winegrowers, Guillaume Hagnier and Marie Devigne, have been patiently cultivating 27,000 vines since 2020. The first harvests are scheduled for 2023 for bottling in 2024. Just as for the wines of the Ferme de Port Coustic above, a Loire profile is taking shape. Under the iodized spray of the Gulf of Morbihan, plants of Chenin, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Folle Blanche are currently growing.

Edouard Cazals, winemaker in Saint-Jouan-des-Guérets, in Ille-et-Vilaine (dept 35). In 2019, he planted two hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Grolleau and in the winter of 2021 another two hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier and Portuguese Blue. His first harvest will take place this year, in October 2022 ! Aurelien Berthou, a graduate of SupAgro Montpellier and oenologist, he is the coordinator of the first Breton wine training (BPREA) at the lycée Kerplouz Lasalle high school in Auray (my twins boys went here!!!) , in Morbihan as well. To date, eight students are following this course, and four new ones are expected for next year. But Aurélien Berthou also has another activity, his own this time: on April 4 2022, he will plant 2.5 hectares above the port of Saint-Goustan (Auray-Morbihan!) , very close to his high school. I am going to plant soreli, which is a cross between friulano and a resistant Hungarian grape variety, muscaris, which crosses solaris and muscat petit grain. And also Sauvignac, a cross between Sauvignon and Riesling, Aurélien plans to make its first harvest in 2024 for bottling in 2025.

There are two association helping improve winemaking in Bretagne ! These are the Association for the Recognition of Breton Wines (ARVB), and the (AVB), the Association for Breton Winegrowers, which brings together only professional winegrowers already in activity and whose operating area exceeds the legal framework for heritage vines (vineyards intended for family consumption, whose surface does not exceed 1000 m2, and whose fruits must not be used for commercial purposes, So Yec’hed Mat! (breton) Or à votre santé !(French).


The AVB:

Mme Pascaline Lepeltier will represent France in the 2023 World’s Best Sommelier Competition, Born in La Rochelle in 1981, based in New York since 2009, member of the RVF (magazine revue du vin de France) tasting committee, Pascaline Lepeltier will try to win the prestigious title of best sommelier in Paris. As sommelier of the world. She is already meilleur ouvrier de France in sommellerie and best sommelier in France, You have to be up to win at the end of such a whirlwind of tests, entirely in English: Theoretical questionnaire, identification of photos, preparation of a dry martini, tea service, several blind tastings… For example, the candidates had to define a thiol, precisely describe eight wines blindly in four minutes, or slip into the shoes of the head sommelier of a large establishment in New Delhi, in charge of setting up a strategy to sell 60 bottles of Mouton Rothschild 1981 which threaten to lose their luster. Best of luck !! webpage:

You have heard or read, the 2022 Michelin Guide has just unveiled its awards 627 starred restaurants make up this edition, including 49 newly promoted establishments. One special one for me for the place is Plénitude – Cheval Blanc Paris within the walls of La Samaritaine, where chef Arnaud Donckele directly wins the triple winner. There are 522 restaurants now crowned with a star in France Michelin Guide…In total, 74 establishments have been awarded two Michelin stars in France in the 2022 list. Finally, 41 restaurants have won their first Michelin star!

Some highlights as my favorite either ate there or have friend connections in the business are the Lalique hotel-restaurant at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Grand Cru Classé of Sauternes (Gironde 33), Les Belles Perdrix at Château Troplong Mondot in Saint-Émilion; and in Bordeaux, the Maison Nouvelle by Philippe Etchebest. Also, Le Favori – Les Sources de Cheverny (41) , and closer to home the Gavrinis (Baden-Morbihan 56) where chef Luca Marteddu does wonders, The Sources (Lorient-Morbihan) where the brothers Mathieu and Nicolas le Tirrand submit iodine to refinement to magnify the taste of the product ; Also Ronan Kervarrec (Ronan Kervarrec – Le Saison à Saint-Malo Ille et Vilaine 35) who recounts a story worth tasting; The La Tête en l’air (Vannes-Morbihan ), chef Clément Raby creates masterful and original creative cuisine, with relevant combinations and recipes that hit the spot! La Chebaudière (Auray-Morbihan ), La Chaumière de Pomper (Baden-Morbihan ), Gare aux goûts (Lorient-Morbihan), and Hyacinthe et Robert (Pontivy-Morbihan), The official count in the Guide Michelin webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy edition of wines news of France, a superbe hobby which grows over the years and by now will only stop with me gone. Hope you enjoy this post as I. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

March 24, 2022

My best Café de la Paix!!!

To go out eating in France is heavens and we love the gastronomy and wines of my belle France. I like to tell you about this memorable Café de la Paix with a nice history,and I am glad was part of it, It is one of my sentimental all time favorites places to drink and eat while in Paris for many years ,and still do stop by when visiting.


The  Cafe de la Paix in the quartier or neighborhood of Chaussée-d’Antin in the 9éme arrondissement or district of Paris. Close to the Opéra Garnier, it is located on the corner of the 5 Place de l’Opéra and the 12 Boulevard des Capucines. . The Café de la Paix opened its doors in 1862. It was then the Cafe restaurant of the Grand Hotel de la Paix. In 1896, film projections are organized. In 2002, the Café de la Paix is renovated.


It was built in the purest Napoleon III style, on the ground floor of a luxurious Haussmann building, which now houses the InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel (former Hotel de la Paix, then Grand Hotel). It is one of my previous job in Paris in management and always with fond memories of it, visit now for the old days sake and friends still there. The empire followers of the emperor gathered at the Café de la Paix, on the Boulevard des Capucines, which then received the nickname of Boulevard de l’île d’Elba.

One could not choose a more beautiful location, as a meeting place, than the Café de la Paix, in one of the splendid buildings built during the reign of Napoleon III, this property is decorated with a great luxury. Painted ceilings, moldings, elegant columns, superb chandeliers, huge glazes concealing the walls, And of course, ceilings walls done by Charles Garnier (same of Opera Garnier next door), and a historical monument of France! It is a wonderful palace where everyone can enter. Beside rises the immense mass of the opera; Opposite, on the other side of the boulevard, you will open the Avenue de l’Opéra, which stops at the place du Théâtre-Français, and the Rue de la Paix, built by the leader of the Imperial dynasty. At the end of this road, place Vendôme. Where we can see the column of Austerlitz.. Everything in this neighborhood recalls the memories of the two empires; Instinctively as much as in taste, Napoleon’s friends and supporters will walk there, reminding of the great past and future hopes.



One sees the Café de la Paix in the cartoon movie The Aristocats.

The official Café de la Paix

The Paris tourist office on Café de la Paix

There you go folks ,if you come to Paris and want to experience the real Parisian feel in historical surrounding with great company and food, then by all means the Cafe de la Paix is classy chic tops. And to add, I was in charge accounting wise of it, and my procedures are still in force !! Great!! Hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

March 24, 2022

My Best Restaurants in Paris!

Ok this is a heavy issue with Paris been a culinary delight and gastronomic excellence there ought to be a lot of differences of mind in choosing one restaurant. However, I emphasize this is most of the restaurants I have visited, so my list. I think that visiting the city every day , worked in it for 9 years , while living in royal Versailles put me in a good level to express an opinion on the subject. Of course, disclaimer as said tastes are very touchy issue ,we all have our favorites; and if you come and try one, it becomes your favorite no matter what. However, if you visit these you will be delighted. Therefore, let me update for you and me my best restaurants in Paris!

We step into the La Flamme 6 avenue de Wagram, It has a colorful ambiance in purple and red, with terrace and French traditional dishes. Right down from the Arc de Triomphe on Avenue de Wagram right hand side. The baroque period frames are bordering the TV screen  The service was very good and the place very cozy indeed even for a family to be quiet. More info here:

There is Pizza Pino. The pizzerias are very popular and found in several locations in Paris. My favs are in more the 57 bd de Montparnasse and the Place de la République. The Champs-Elysées location has closed. More here:

Café bar La Marine for a taste of some fish and chips with cold Carlsberg beers and a new taste of  IPA rather sweeter brew; just nice ,,,,as always. Great cozy tables and great sports match ambiance; more here:

This is a chain where I have been to the Place de la République and Avenue du Maine locations. The  Indiana Café , great crowd, wonderful service and a great pastrami burger with a good Affligem beers. More info:

Café L’ Imperiale, 240 rue Rivoli, 75001. open from lunch and dinner long hours. Metro Concorde or Tuileries lines 1,8,12.  This was and is my stop for a quick meal, coffee or a drink with a magnificent location across from the jardin des tuileries. I used to work nearby so for an after lunch coffee or an after work quiet happy hour it is great. Quick meal on your way to the Louvre too. no web but cant missed it intersection of rue de Rivoli and rue Rouget de Lisle. More here:

I had my lunch and drinks at La Terrasse du 7éme resto on the place de l’école militaire, all there in the square is good and sublime. More info here:  

I can’t tell you enough about this place, I worked in management of the chain Intercontinental Hotels Group and they were and are attach to the Le Grand Hotel at Opéra. Historical, grand and magnificent meals to remember forever. The Café de la Paix webpage:

I used to work by Montparnasse before moving to the Morbihan/Brittany and the  Cafe Montparnasse was tops More here

I was invited to an event at the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 rue des Fossés Saint Bernard, 5éme; very nice views of Paris and the food is great too. The Zyriab Restaurant that is. More here: 

You entered the resto by avenue Winston-Churchill, pont Alexandre-III, the resto call the Mini Palais  inside the Grand Palais, with great views over the pont Alexandre III, more here:

Casa del Campo,  ironically the one I frequent the most was at the pl de la Republique and it closed to moved to Bercy Village at 55 Cours Saint Emilion, and tapas and cruzcampo beers ; went to pay a visit as well . More here:

The Bistro Saint Ferdinand is part of a group of Bistro run by Dorr ,(closed) and it is just around the corner from the Porte Maillot on 275 Bd Pereire. The concept is simple a fixe menu per person including sharing a bottle of wine for two, entrée, plat, and dessert, plus coffee. the price is ok for Paris , and the food has improved from my first visit here a few years back. More info:

The Moulin à Caffé ,  22 rue de Caumartin ; not far from the Grand department stores at Haussmann. Nice place indeed, recall one day took 10 of my colleagues here and was a bash!!! Very nice service ,great food, funny actics of the owner server, and the fun for everyone nice prices. More here:

We had to go out with a bunch of colleagues this time to introduce me to this gem, been over and over . The Au Petit Riche, 23 rue Le Peletier,9éme walking from the grand dept stores on Haussmann to rue Le Peletier left , and it was a great choice. We were on the second floor or 1er étage in France, nice view over the window on the street below, and away from the more noisy street level area. More here:

One local gem à la Americain with nutty entertainment to boot, usual sports bars and great service will do at the American Dream, 21 rue Daunou, 2éme . more here:

The a world beater of the Hard Rock Café , 14 boulevard Montmartre 9éme; good stuff food anywhere with live sports, music TV. More here:

The Le Café des Musées, 49 Rue de Turenne. deco 1900, nice and good views ;1930’s look. more here:

Go high up the Tour Montparnasse and find the Ciel de Paris , entrance by 23 avenue du Maine, good food too and of course the best view of Paris… More here:

Then, if you want a bit of Brittany in Paris go by the Little Brittany neighborhood and try Creperie Josselin, 67 rue du Montparnasse, metro edgar quinet line 6. Deco a la Breton, very popular its always full. More here:

Some exotic try a cigar and mojito ,and salsa at Cubana Cafe, 47 rue Vavin, metro Vavin, line 4 with webpage :

The brasserie Chez Eugene is an old family favorite, my first meal ever at the Butte de Montmartre was here back in 1991! Still going strong… More here:

O’Sullivans Pubs several all over like tried Cergy and St Germain en Laye (closed) ,however,my favorite is the one at the Grands Boulevards, 1 blvd Montmartre, metro grands boulevards lines 8 and 9. sports tv all over, even some music, best second floor up to your left in front of bar counter. More here:

Le 7éme Vin restaurant,68 ave Bosquet, tel +33 01 45 51 15 97 .  This place rocks ,never a let down all handle by able friendly courteous service by the owner Olivier. Near école Militaire, more here:

Belushi’s Bar, The Americans in Paris, a chain with many in various cities in Europe. In Paris at 159 rue de Crimée,  inside the Christopher’s hostal 19éme. tel +33 01 40 34 34 40.Metro Crimée line 7 or Laumiére line 5. Five big screen TVs for all the action and great burgers, an American diner in Paris. Now by Gare du Nord as well. More here:

The Great Canadian Pub, 25 Quai des Grands Augustin, 6é +33 01 46 33 54 20.Metro St Michel line 4. Great ambiance very popular with expats get togethers in Paris.  More here:

One of the nice places to eat and dance is at Cuba Compagnie Bastille, 48 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 11éme. salsa ambiance, mojitos, and Cuba. More here:

Au Trappiste, 4 rue Saint Denis, 4éme.  metro Chatelet line 4,11. Here you are in Belgium with the monks; lots of good beer, simple good portions of food, moules or mussels and fries,and grill sausages. The first or ground floor is more noisy ,the second floor more calm and better views! of Chatelet. its just by the metro exit and rue Rivoli. Best way is the metro ,the RER is too crowded to get here. One of my all time favorites,many times here and great meetings of visiting and local friends over the years. More here:

Au Métro, 18 bd Pasteur, 15éme, Open from 7h until there is nobody in the place ! even Sundays during world cup plays. metro Pasteur lines 6,12. The cradle of rugby in Paris, if you like beers,and good fun, great ambiance,friendly people and can see a match of rugby than comes here you wont be disappointed. Always something happening.  Great for a start of your evening here and then go for more substantial restaurant or a very late night snack .More info here:

La Perla, 26 rue François Miron, 4éme. metro hotel de ville line 1,11. behind the Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Tequila I found you in Paris, great bar, and fast texmex food, huge selection of cocktails and beers. A great chic crowd after work, and a fantastic place to start or end your day in Paris. More here:

Le Comptoir du Relais, 9 carrefour de l’Odéon. Metro Odéon line 10 or Marbillon line 10. a great location ,great food and great service cant ask for more. People passing spectacle in a nice area; relax after a long walk in Paris or come after work. In the bottom of the excellent Relais Saint Germain hotel. More here:

Joe Allen, 30 rue Pierre Lescot,75001. Open  Sundays to Wednesdays from midday to 00h30 ,and Thursdays to Saturdays from midday to 01h. Tel +33 01 42 36 70 13. Metro Chatelet lines 11,4. The New York address in Paris and a great place to meet with me and other Americans in Paris. .Other locations in New York and London . More here:

The Villa Verdi Italian restaurant. Very friendly , got even to practice on my Italian a bit ::) Very nice indeed, and  good reviews by all; More on the restaurant here:

At Au Dernier Metro is the work of a family from the always enterprising bistro tribe of the capital, the Basques. It was not born yesterday, since the Lafargue family, originally from Mauléon, (see post) have been in charge for thirty years. More here :

The simple but chic  Berts right next Alma-Marceau metro line 9 exit off the Avenue du Président Wilson (closed)The Berts is a French chain of fast food restaurants proposing sandwiches and pastries etc à la Française of course. Webpage:

This place is so well placed that it can be reached by any means of transport. A smiling staff shows a high level of hospitality at this place. Friendly service is what guests love here. You can expect an attractive price in this steakhouse chain restaurant, Buffalo Grill République. More info :

My favorite hangout in the area Le Café de l’Esplanade just off the side seeing all the canons of the army museum! great service and glorious food. More info :

We had a blast at Cafe du Commerce,51 rue du commerce,15éme. The service,the food and the wine was good ,More info here :

This Rotonde de la Muette with its Art-deco facade, its terrace, its interior revised, wooded, colorful, the fashion of today in simili Garcia, is the place where to meet oneself.   the ideal place to rest for a breakfast with friends or a client. Recently renovated a year ago, this brewery has kept its stamp while gaining a touch of modernity. Their webpage

Le Cassenoix or the nutcracker at 56 Rue de la Fédération 15éme. I had a wonderful basque dish of pork and choucroute, with perle de japon fruit cocktail dessert, and expresso coffee, all wash down by a nice Bordeaux chosen by the hosts for the occasion. The place is nicely decorated with antiques of Paris, and all wallpaper very nice. One more nice address in Paris, More info here:

The Indiana Café and was as good as old for dinner, great crowd, wonderful service and a great pastrami burger with a good Affligem beers, and double noisette coffee. A great place and chain and glad they are still going strong, More info:

The Bodega Cambronne.  Add a layer, come and revive the Spanish music to your ears with concerts organized at the Bodega Cambronne every weekend. You can,  also eat very well. The Bodega Cambronne is at 37, rue Cambronne 15éme.  More info here:

Le Clou de Paris ,1 Rue Danton right by the Place Saint André des Arts which itself is near the Place Saint Michel!  Fantastic service and the food was delicious lentils and sausages with bacon, ,crême brulée, all with a quart of Bordeaux house red and expresso coffee, all for about 25€;nice!!! More info here :

The Comptoir Principal , I was there only for a cup of coffee once early in the morning and another on the way out in the late afternoon. However, the service was fast courteous and from what visitors are saying it seems a good place to be. I did stop by myself later on for an apéro! This is just around the Tour Eiffel where my last office in Paris was. More info here:

The Léon de Bruxelles 8 pl de la République, the famous chain of Belgian restaurants specializing in mussels and fries since the end of the 19C, Léon de Bruxelles République welcomes you until late. The undeniable freshness of their products, fresh mussels are delivered every day and well-chosen potato producers to have the best fries! More info here :

And for memories’s sake i have been to several that are now closed for various reasons but need to have here for the souvenirs, the times, the good family times. In honor of these memorable eating places of my eternal Paris.

I had always good service at my now routine place ,Brasserie Porte  Océane, (closed) inside gare Montparnasse on grandes lignes level for the TGV train.

A wonderful find at Restaurant A Table (closed)  in Levallois Perret, right off the rue Georges Pompidou and at 43 Rue Baudin. Service was wonderful and so was the company.

The Charlie Birdie chain (closed) by the quais looking at the Seine and Bois de Boulogne,or at Place Etienne Pernet 15éme.

I stop for dinner a few times here at Restaurant Le Carré (closed) 12 pl Saint Augustin; wonderful modern ambiance and inventive fusion food, tops, chic, class, well done.

It had some personal problems with the owners so some of the chain has closed out I believe this one still open and it was my favorite with the one in Bougival where had my kids birthdays. Chez Clement, (closed) 9 Pl Saint André des Arts, just around the corner from the place Saint Michel.

My fav La Gare (closed) in the 16éme ; several times here and even some visiting friends taken. It is an old train station several years ago converted into a wonderful resto bar in a great area of Paris chic.

Montparnasse 1900, (closed) 59 bd du Montparnasse, great selection of beers for a happy hour or just chat with friends, good views of the square in front.  A historical jewel of Paris.  Now the Bouillon Chartier.

Agua Limon, (closed)12 rue Theophile Roussel, 12éme Metro  Ledru Rollin line 8 or Gare de Lyon lines 1,14. The best Valencian in Paris, the food of Valencia paella per excellence and Horchata drink. Great ambiance and welcome by the owner ,natives of Valencia, Spain.

Bistro Romain, (closed) 122 ave Champs-Elysées, 8éme . Metro George V line 1 near Lido.  A nice cozy Italian chain that wont break your bank and allows for a nice family meal. This is the location of my first date with what was my dear late wife Martine!!!, so it was an annual pilgrimage for us . It had several locations in France.

 Cafe Lacombe (closed) was in rue des Acacias 55 , 17éme of Paris. Also ,the corner with 37 avenue Mac Mahon, The decor is refined with floral decoration, gilding, velvet sofa so nicely done. An exquisite setting to plunge you into a world as beautiful as Paris!

The Brasserie Le Saint Severin (closed) 3 pl St Michel, had a green terrace with a breath of fresh air on Place Saint Michel with its dark green awning with white stripes and a new graphic and exotic visual identity. Inside, the daylight, reflected by the large mirrors and the clear ceiling, illuminates the room and enlarges the volume. Brass and sandblasted glass suspensions, decorative paintings imprinted with gold and pink marble, plant engravings, a set of moldings on the ceiling create a resolutely modern and up-to-date atmosphere. Memories forever! as when friends in Paris wanted to talk we had our apéros here; sort of a happy hour or after work.

There you go folks, I think I remember them all to post here, and sadly some already gone, that is the restaurant business anywhere and in Paris we do have our share of out of business.  Enjoy Paris, it has these and a whole lot more to be life a bit more merrier.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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