Everyone should have a friend who knows the ins and outs of shopping for food in Paris, keeps a private list of secret neighborhood bistros and can let you in on mysterious French traditions such as why Parisians never buy croissants in the afternoon.
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"I just wanted to thank you for the tour - we really enjoyed it, and more importantly Chris had a great time. It made us want to live in Paris and be able to shop in those places every day! The sad thing is we didn’t seem to find the time to go back and buy lots of goodies to come home, so we’ll need to visit again armed with the Gourmet Paris guide.
Also, Les Papilles was superb – lovely atmosphere, we had an extremely tasty pumpkin veloute with chorizo, some fantastic beef (skirt we think, but slow cooked to be meltingly delicious), a blue cheese with a divine prune compote and a kind of apple trifle. A brilliant start to the weekend and on the list as one of our best meals ever. L’Epigramme was also great, different atmosphere, much more formal but still relaxed. I had scallops which were so good I can’t remember what Chris had, then an amazing soul warming pot au poulet while Chris had lamb with beans followed by cantal cheese.
We also (heroically) went to Le Timbre for lunch on Saturday – the chestnut soup and cochon noir followed by Stichleton (hurrah!) with a lovely Pic Saint Loup was also up there as one of our greatest meals.
Thank you again – we had a brilliant time."
Gwenan Dee, Manchester