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Jun 25, 2011 11:38 PM

quick trip update

went to les cocottes for a quick lunch after getting here from london

chicken fricassee with the most amazing potatoes (especially coming from london where they dont season the potatoes) was amazing the mrs had a cesear salad that was very good as well

grabbed a macaroon from gregory renard - it was excellent and the mrs asked how long they would last if we take them home, always a good sign

l'ami jean was amazing - didnt realize the foie gras was only for 2 and was 80 euro - which was disappointing until i started eating everything else then i didnt miss it at all

had the lobster app which was probably the best lobster both of us have ever had

the beef for 2 (which would actually have been for 4! Seared on the outside and almost blue / tartare on the inside - it was amazing - i liked the blue and the mrs liked the seared outside so worked out very nicely

the rice pudding was amazing - basically what everyone else has already said

the fun factor was actually sitting at the middle table next to others, sat by a very nice couple that was actually coming to visit the us to AZ where we are from as well as las vegas so it was nice to be able to help them out, as they helped us with the menu a bit

there is also one waiter who speaks fluent english so if any english only speaker is scared do not be - you will be just fine

also lance blankenship was there from one of the boy bands the mrs noted, they pulled away in a Rolls, our table was trying to figure out if it was him or not (i didnt know who he was) but after they left in the RR we figured it had to be him

overall great time - don't miss this place - great atmosphere and fun

off for more sore feet and sightseeing will post a proper review later but will update everyone when i can

thanks again for all of your help!

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  1. What a fun report. Thank you.

    1. This is fabulous to read, especially knowing its your honeymoon!

      1. Sorry you missed the foie gras, was my fav thing eaten in 2010. Both of the male waiters speak excellent English, the waitresses less so. Renard's macarons do not last at all, thus cannot bring to States. Enjoy your honeymoon.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          From what I've been told, macarons are only worth eating on the same day or the next.. that's it!

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            "Renard's macarons do not last at all, thus cannot bring to States."

            Well, you are right, of course. But I usually buy some the day before we leave and suitcase them home.

            There is an old saying, What is worse than a severeal day old macaron? No macaron. ;)

            1. re: mangeur

              "What is worse than a severeal day old macaron? No macaron"

              Not true. Better not eat any instead of eating non-fresh.

              1. re: Parigi

                "Better not eat any instead of eating non-fresh."

                Not in complete agreement, Parigi. After your post, I pulled a Renard macaron from my freezer and let it thaw. My husband came in and started munching. Not bad. Not bad at all.

                Several things at play: I buy the macarons the afternoon before returning home, layer them between parchment paper in Tupperware and have them put in the hotel freezer. They are out only for transit. Once home, I individually wrap them in Saran and replace in the freezer.

                Renard's macarons have more filling than others which may be why they are still unctuous after freezing.

                Would I rather have fresh? Sure. Would I like to live in Paris? Sure. But a defrosted Renard macaron with a cup of tea takes me "home". If I were on my honeymoon, I know that I'd take home a few souvenir macs. ;)

                1. re: mangeur

                  Omg, Mangeur, you're a far-gone addict.

          2. Great review of a place we really want to go to in October. Is the foie gras for 2 at 80 euro the pan seared whole lobe that I keep reading about? Is it an appetizer or a meal? Hubby really wants to try that, but it might be a little too expensive if it's just the appetizer. (but then, we're in Paris, so we'll probably do it either way, lol)

            Thanks for sharing,

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            1. re: parisjo

              Foie is an entire lobe, serves three perfectly for one very thick slice each and is really that extraordinary. Yes many things at CLAJ are great, but Oh My. Served as an app but could be anything, and think is 80 euros, or thereabouts

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Thanks, hubby is a foie gras freak and this sounds like it will just up his alley.


            2. Ok Mrs told me it is lance bass from nsync - i must have made blankenship up heh

              hugo and victor was closed but went to la patisserie des reves and were not disappointed it was amazing

              we had something that they said they were best in the city for brest something and then a saint honore both were great

              Louvre cafe (sit down area) was pretty good with a toasted ham sandwich with a ton of cheese they called it a croque madam but it was unlike any i ever had in a good way