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Couscous

After last week's visit to Chez Omar, where I didn't have any couscous, I expected readers to bombard me with questions about it. You didn't. All the same, for starters, couscous is not a miss-spellingphoto: fetes de seine, venice for the German word for 'kiss-kiss.'

Couscous is finely-ground wheat meal - or semolina - mixed with salted water. When made at home by hand, the wheat meal is laboriously rubbed until all the grains are evenly moistened.

Yet another signal that Parisians desperately want a carnival of their own.

Then it is steamed in a colander over boiling water, before coming to the table. It is usually topped with meat such as chicken or lamb when it is a main dish, and is served somewhat like spaghetti.

This cereal is a mainstay throughout all of North Africa, from the Atlantic to the Nile. It is also eaten as a sweet, when sprinkled with sugar, and sometimes topped with peanuts.

Metropole's Services

All three of the firms mentioned below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association. They have figured out who you may be, and what you may possibly want or need.

These firms are not advertisers in the traditional sense. If you patronize the services or purchase the products offered, the benefits resulting from the links will help Metropole to stay online.

Health Care In Paris

After planning your visit to Paris long in advance and then finally getting here, the worst thing to happen is coming down with some kind of 'bug.' HighwayToHealth offers a service that allows you to seek medical aid here almost as easily as if you were at home.

HighwayToHealth has fashioned a 'city health profile' for Paris, which can give you information about local health services, including the ability to make appointments for health care.

Added to this is a full line of travel insurance. You can take care of this before you leave home, so be sure to check out all of the 'HighwayToHealth' services for travellers.

Air Freight Your Boules Home

The game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime, by nearly everybody. Any old bit of ground can be used as a playing field - as you might know if you've seen the game played around Paris.

Regular boules are made out of metal. You can buy these in France, but they are a bit heavy to carry around in your baggage. 'Petanque America' imports France's Obut boules and can ship them to you anywhere in the Americas.

Petanque America's online shop also has boules for children, plus books about the game and its short list of rules. Get Petanque America to do the heavy work for you while you shop around for scarves as light as feathers and other bijoux.

Paris Hotel Online Reservations

'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service permits you to get a preview of hotels in Paris, enabling you to choose your Paris accommodations easily, well in advance of your arrival.

The Café Metropole Club's 49th Meeting

The server-lady Linda Thalman was the only member of anyphoto: rue du pot de fer 17? category at last Thursday's club meeting. We had a chat of no consequence; so I filled up the bulk of the 'report' with the latest news about France's fuel crises.

If you skipped Thursday's update, you didn't miss all the wonderful 'Quotes of the Week' that remained unsaid. The 'report' therefore contains little, and most of it is 'old' news now.

New readers can look at the fairly new 'About the Club' page, if they are interested in learning more about this magazine's club for readers in Paris. Anybody is allowed to look at it actually.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.37 - 13. Sept. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Between Waves.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'José Bové Freed!' This issue had two features, titled 'La Hôpital Saint-Louis' and 'The Canal Saint-Martin.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Paris Pumps Up the Volume' and was accompanied with '2000 In Paris - No Wheels In Corcorde's Sky.' Therephoto: rue neuve ste genevieve were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Pedal Day - Coming Soon.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.37 - 14. September 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Blowin' In the Cold Wind.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title asked 'Is Johnny Really 'Live?'' This issue had two features, titled 'Who's Afraid of the Institut de France?' and 'Higher, Further, Faster - The Balloon Race That Wasn't.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'We Can See the Tower!' This year; it's gas pumps.

Metropole Paris' Exclusive Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

This countdown - which was suspended for the duration of August - remains suspended in September. If you are reading this, you won't understand this at all. If you aren't reading this, you shouldn't care be because it's short.

For those who are still confused, there really are only about 111 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really picky readers, this figure is on target. On account of this section being kind of turned off on account of August, and now September too, you probably won't care that 256 days have gone since New Year's 2000.
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