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« A truly fine meal is enjoyed not once but three times, in anticipation, in consumption, and in remembrance »

Dear followers,

As you might know, I love food, and I love Excel (yes, Excel!), and as such I have a very strong tendency to record, rate and recommend all my favorite restaurants and bars using spreadsheets. (Happy to share them with you, current ‘shareable’ spreadsheets are Paris and London, still working on NY, Dubai and Marrakesh!)

I recently decided that the only missing feature to my little notes was a map, so I could look up what in my favorites or to do list was close by if I was in an area.

Of course, Google having a response to (pretty much) everything, you can create your maps using « My Places » in Google Maps. So here is my Paris Shortlist, in blue are my shortlisted places and in red my to-do list!

Any suggestions please comment on this article and I will gladly add it to my map (even better if you want to go and try it out with me!).

Cheers,
Ambre



View Ambrouille’s Paris Shortlist in a larger map

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Zagat Blog has just published a list of 10 annoying restaurant trends.

While I do not agree that all of them I really relevant (but then, maybe I haven’t been to a lot of trendy annoying places!), here are a few I liked:

Dogs in Cafes/Outdoor Restaurants
Sometime during the early aughts, toting around your dog in your purse became acceptable social behavior (along with texting during dinner and talking about Twilight). As a result, it seems more and more restaurants started bending health code rules to please overly entitled « pooch pushers » who insist on dragging their smelly mutts around with them 24/7. Don’t get us wrong, we love animals (I don’t), we just don’t need to eat dinner next to them (definitely not). Still not convinced that this trend has gone too far? There are restaurants now offering doggy menus. (Is this a joke?)

Overzealous Wine Pouring
If there’s one thing we definitely don’t need help with, it’s pouring our own alcohol. We hate when servers are constantly topping off our glasses (clearly in an effort to sell more booze) when they’re already mostly full – leaving our wine/beer to get warm and stale in the process.

Designer Ice
While bigger, fewer ice cubes help keep drinks cool without watering them down, we’re really not a fan of those giant ice blocks that knock against our teeth as we’re sipping. Also note to restaurants – no one needs an ice cube in the shape of a dodecahedron.

Enormous Wine Glasses
What’s with the humongo glasses? We realize a bigger glass makes for tastier wine, blah blah blah, but when the table is barely 12 in. across, those gigantic wine glasses leave little room for the more important stuff – the food! Plus, using bigger glasses makes the wine pours looks smaller, which can’t be a good thing in terms of pleasing customers.

Ketchup Snobbery (love this one)
We don’t care if your homemade ketchup was hand-squished from eight different types of artisanal heirloom tomatoes. With a burger and fries, just give us good old-fashioned Heinz. « A » for effort, guys, but we cringe hearing things like this: “Oh, we don’t have ketchup but we do have our homemade organic red pepper jam.” Um, no. We also hate when a restaurant is too snobby to provide regular ketchup at all! Meanwhile they’re serving burgers, fries and other commonly ketchup-ed items. Lame.

Sparkling, Flat or Filtered Tap?
Is this a trick question? We realize that the dreaded water question must be asked – but seriously, there’s gotta be a better way to phrase it, because restaurants that make their servers say this seem to be trying to trick their customers into ordering a pricey bottle of water. If we want bottled water, we know how to ask for it.

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Could not find any copright on these pictures, but I like the idea, inspiring!

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Je viens de me les offrir ! Ces verres sont assez amusant et je ne manquerais pas de faire la maligne a mon prochain dîner…

Les lignes gravées que vous voyez sur les verres sont des notations indiquant le bon niveau de liquide a remplir afin de produire la gamme musicale idéale lorsque son utilisateur fait courrir son doigt le long des traits.
Pour deux verres, 23.50£ (27€ environ) sur le site Luna & Curious.

(Je vous ferais un feedback des que je les recoit!)

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The guide to Drunkenness from Aran Kanani on DeviantArt!

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