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FRANCE : NO WINE FOR LUNCH !

 
 
Reply Wed 24 Sep, 2008 07:35 pm
the french economy is on its last legs it seems .
a/t usually reliable sources , the french are no longer ordering the customary bottle of wine for lunch !
mon dieu - what is the poor french restaurateur to do ?
hbg

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French restaurants hit by economic gloom
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3,000 restaurants in France have gone bust in first quarter of this year alone

Number of restaurants going bankrupt rose 25 percent over last year

Restaurant and bar owners seeing fewer international tourists visiting France
(CNN) -- The global economic downturn is taking its toll on gastronomic traditions in France where 3,000 eateries are reported to have gone bust in the first quarter of this year alone.

Unions in the country, which is like many suffering from a sluggish economy, are predicting many more closures of restaurants, bars and cafes as diners worry about paying the bills.

Le Figaro newspaper reported that the number of restaurants going bankrupt increased by 25 percent compared to last year, while 56 percent more cafes were forced to close in the same period.

Instead of their usual steaks diners are increasingly choosing cheaper beefburgers, with restaurant chain Hippopotamus reporting a three-fold rise in sales of "steak haches" compared to last year.

are they perhaps serving "steak haches" made from hippo meat ?

Le Figaro's restaurant critic François Simon said French consumers' frugality was changing habits and pushing restaurant owners to the edge.

Perhaps heeding the plea of President Nicolas Sarkozy, who came to power last year urging the French to curb their long lunches, diners are now avoiding aperitifs and starters, even drinking tap water instead of wine.

Daniele Deleval, vice president of the UMIH restaurant and hotel union, told The Guardian: "We're very worried. Since the start of the year, the number of restaurant customers has dropped on average 20 percent and we're seeing no signs of improvement."

Jean Guillaume, owner of Le Bouquet brasserie on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris's chic 8th arrondissement, added: "Lunch customers used to order a main course, dessert, coffee and a bottle of wine. Now they're limiting themselves to a main course, tap water, and giving up the rest.

"Of 75 customers in this lunchtime, none had a bottle of wine ... It's the end of a tradition of lunching out and it looks like figures will stay this low for two to three years."

Restaurant and bar owners are also reflecting on a poor summer with fewer international tourists visiting the country partly due to the strong euro.



what is this world coming to ?
lunch without a bottle of wine ?
is nothing sacred any more ?
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 25 Sep, 2008 02:29 pm
@hamburger,
That's about two blocks in Paris, isn't it?
hamburger
 
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Reply Thu 25 Sep, 2008 03:44 pm
@cicerone imposter,
i dunno , c.i. !
but am glad at least some attention is paid to the plight of the french .
hbg

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 10:21 am
@hamburger,
Mon dieu indeed!

I hope at least the French are coming to the end of this recession tunnel. I keep hearing that the recession here is finally over. Anecdotally, I personally don't see it.

AS for wine for lunch? My tastes buds aren't refine enough to truly appreciate the subtleties of wine and wine culture but I do appreciate the process of the meditative nature behind ones personal daily rituals like having a glass of wine or two during lunch.
mismi
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 11:24 am
@tsarstepan,
Not at lunch...I would be out cold after a couple of glasses. For dinner fine...as long as I am not driving...light weight. Wink

I can't imagine it's truly over. I keep waiting for something to happen. Shouldn't think that way I know. It's a sort of protection I guess!
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 11:36 am
We are doomed! Apocalypse is coming! Twisted Evil

Fortunately the opinion of a reporter doesn't matter in the whole.

How many times have I seen predictions that went unfulfilled...

Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 11:49 am
@Francis,
Well, and since this has been published (and posted) more than a year ago, there could be some evidence or not ...
georgeob1
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 11:55 am
While the current economic difficulties are very likely adding something, it is the spirit of the age that reduces the opportunities for leisurely meals, lunch in particular, and the wine that can add so much to it. While the French are certainly not exempt from these changes, I'm quite sure that enough sane people remain there who understand that life consists of moments, and that the pleasurable ones should be savored and protected.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 12:05 pm
No Wine for lunch? Champagne grown by the Brits. The End must be near...
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chai2
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 12:27 pm
what's a steak hache?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 12:33 pm
@chai2,
I had to look it up myself ...
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/recipes/steak-hacheacute-511904.html

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• Steak à hacher - steak which is lean but not that tender. It is used for steak tartare and steak haché. Steak haché looks like a burger, but is simply this high quality steak minced up and pressed together. it is usually freshly don, which is why people are happy to eat them rare. You cannot compare a steak haché to a beef/ hamburger.


http://recettes.viabloga.com/images/Steak_hache.jpg
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 12:36 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Well, I've been reading the reports for the touristic activity during this last summer season.

They were not bad at all and even better compared to last year.

The problem about the wine has to do with alcohol levels for driving, people cannot afford losing they driver's licence.
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 12:41 pm
George wrote:
I'm quite sure that enough sane people remain there who understand that life consists of moments, and that the pleasurable ones should be savored and protected.


I don't think we will be lacking this kind of people soon.

I'll do my part, anyway..
georgeob1
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 02:50 pm
@Francis,
I have been holding up my end out here in the West.

Unfortunately we are infested with too many reformers of mankind who are out to reorganize life for everyone else in the pursuit of their illusions.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 03:04 pm
@georgeob1,
georgeob1 wrote:

I have been holding up my end out here in the West.

Unfortunately we are infested with too many reformers of mankind who are out to reorganize life for everyone else in the pursuit of their illusions.
well, I for one understand your plight for I too am surrounded by californians.
Francis
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 03:06 pm
@dyslexia,
Mr. Green Mr. Green
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georgeob1
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 03:14 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

I for one understand your plight for I too am surrounded by californians.


That was good Dys. God will punish you for it. Laughing
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 05:39 pm
@georgeob1,
Actually, god will bless him for it. Mr. Green
georgeob1
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2009 07:27 pm
@cicerone imposter,
cicerone imposter wrote:

Actually, god will bless him for it. Mr. Green


Nope, ... he's toast. I know, God & I went to the same high school.

What the hell does this symbol mean Mr. Green ???? I can see that Francis & Cicerone like it, but that doesn't tell me much.
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Francis
 
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Reply Fri 16 Oct, 2009 01:05 am
George wrote:
What the hell does this symbol mean Mr. Green ????


A good laugh! (or LOL)...
 

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