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Pouic Pouic in the 6th: "Ordinary," I'd Say, Said One of My New Brazilian Acquaintances.

By Johntalbott

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5.0 Pouic Pouic, 9 rue Lobineau in the 6th,, closed Sunday dinner and Mondays (Metro: Mabillon); my Franco-American friend whom I've known here since 1953 entered and immediately asked "Why did you choose this place?  It's empty and all the other places on the street are full."  I explained that (1) it was new and interesting sounding, (2) it was on my "list" and (3) a poster on Chowhound was curious if anyone had been.   "Huuuummmm," she said.

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We both had the escargots in little pastry shells that were quite tasty, then she had St Pierre in a broth of chopped veggies ("minestrone") and I had veal kidneys in a wine sauce on a puree.  I realized I'd lost her when she compared my rognons to those prepared with mustard by her companion; and she was right; much as I tried to justify them as another preparation, they were not as good as our life partners' preparations.

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To get the meal back on track, we shared a tart of the day, this of figs, which were quite OK.  With that, a bottle of bio Cotes du Rhone Nouveau, no bottled water and two coffees, our bill was 88 E (dB level 81.1)

Go?  Well, on my way out a young Brazilian couple got up out of their chairs and said "Excuse us, but that was a most interesting conversation you had at your table."  Oh oh, what was it?, the discussion of Hiliary Clinton bashing by the Republicans, my saga of getting my "new" top-loading washing machine working, the discussion of gun-control and mental illness, the extraordinary level of "morosite" reported in Le Monde or our dispute about the wars we Americans keep getting into and the dictators we keep supporting?  I chose not to ask, but asked what was their verdict on their meal here after a week in Paris.  "Ordinary" they both agreed.  I seconded that.

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