Friday, December 1, 2017

A CLASSIC PARIS BISTRO AND A WONDERFUL NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD MARKET

Classic bistros are always at the top of our list when visiting Paris. We asked our Parisian friends, Kathy & Philippe to book a table at "Josephine Chez Dumonet" during our Paris trip in October. They snagged the last table for the evening at the "early" time of 7:30 PM. We were famished from spending the day traveling from Mallorca.

I love the traditional decor of old French bistros and Belle Epoch decor of this beauty is right on the mark with the lace curtains on the front windows!

An early reservation has its plus points as later in the evening the waiters will be crazy taking care of their customers. I personally enjoy being a spectator to the frenetic buzz of a great bistro. For travelers new to this environment my advice is to bring a bit of patience and a willingness to savor a new and exciting culinary experience.

We began with the "de rigueur" Champagne and then moved to a beautiful Bordeaux from the Pauillac. It was poured in an interesting decanter. I really wanted to order a "birthday year" bottle in honor of Marla but the magnum came with a hefty price of 4,600 Euros. (Over $5,485 at today's rates.)

The  "Terrine de campagne maison" tasted fabulous!

I was in heaven with the "Morilles farcies", mushrooms stuffed with foie gras! I ordered "Le Demi" portion and it was a small masterpiece!

Philippe is understandably picky when it comes to Paris restaurants and his wife Kathy is an amazing chef in her own right but he thought the meal brought back tasty memories of dining out as a young boy in Paris. This was the "Pot d'harengs with a salade de pommes tiedes."

Marla really enjoyed her duck.

I went "old-school" with the "Cotes de Boeuf grilles" with a wonderful bearnaise sauce.

This was a very nice Confit de canard Maison."

The most beautiful dish for the evening was the "Millefeuille de pigeon et ses cuisses confites." It is an amazing pigeon served on layers of crisp potatoes. 

A waiter prepares a "Tartare of filet de boeuf."

Fresgh figs were in season.

The head waiter brings a trolley of assorted liqueurs for our dessert souffle.

"Fantastique!"

Let the celebration begin,...bistro style!
Josephine Chez Dumonet was a wonderful evening of inspired bistro cuisine!

Kathy suggested we all go to the food market on the Rue Poncelet in the 17th near their apartment. I know Paris has great food markets and this is one of many. I loved it and I felt it was a treasure trove of gastronomy!

We stopped in Fromagerie Alleosse to pick out some delicious cheese. With 250 varieties this is a cheese lovers nirvana!

The market was busy with food shoppers!


Truth be known, I think Marla would rather shop for mushrooms than clothes! There was a fantastic assortment of fungi!

The assortment of fish at "Daguerre Maree" was amazing!

We had to wait outside at "Maison Pou" on the Avenue des Termes. They even had a person to watch cars for customers double parking.

"Maison Pou" is known as an ultra-gourmet deli, or "traiteur gourmand."

Choices...and more choices!

Of course, I HAD to pop into "La Patisserie de Reves" and check out their dessert delicacies!

Kathy and Philippe were fabulous hosts and the dinner was superb! We began with Champagne, then an incredible Condrieu,....and then an amazing Cornas to accompany the amazing dinner! We loved our dinner and the wonderful company.

NEXT WE'LL VISIT MY FAVORITE DEPARTMENT STORE IN THE WORLD!

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