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This was a comfortable restaurant,photo: bagpipers, champ de mars with space between tables, reliable chairs, lots of headroom and decor that could be ignored because it was unobtrusive. It was also nearly empty because it was late, but they kindly let us in and gave us half the place from which to chose a table.

Not '2000,' but some guys in skirts on the Champ de Mars on Saturday.

Actually, the only edible item they had that was 'all you can eat' was oysters. Imagine - oysters don't come out of cans, so if it is late and they are 'all you can eat' you can probably eat all the restaurant has.

The first platter of ice and oysters, about the size of a bass drum-head, had 36 on it. So did the second. I don't remember if we had a third platter because they were à go-go, but I recall quite clearly being asked if we wanted any more. I am pretty sure we didn't have four platters.

If we hadn't had all the drinks and desserts, it would have cost less than a fortune. But what the hell! - it was good to have 'all you can eat.' Especially if they were oysters.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Two weeks ago Allan had time to muse about the Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc label and why it is like it is. How it got to be this way it is, is also shown.

This week Allan has been totally involved with something important concerning the wine, but he hasn't sent any new news so there isn't much I can pass along.

For readers who might be 'first-timers' here, this is about the sparkling wine Allan makes, and has named 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc.' The link from the word 'muse' above will take you to the page with more information about it.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Tap this link to last week's 'Christmas In February' club meeting report, which was again graced by a new member and three familiar ones.

One member sent a Christmas package to the club, in care of the Café La Corona, in early December. The club's secretary distributed the gifts in it, but forgot to open his own until the 'Waiter of the Week' Patrick passed on his thanks at last Thursday's meeting.

You can say this club is always good for surprises, if at the same time you discount its secretary'sphoto: terrie's gifts behavior - which should be no surprise to anybody - even though he says he is trying to reform. Members are too clever to believe this is possible.

The treasures from Terrie Blazek's Christmas package.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 27. February. This - final! - February meeting finally marks the definitive and final end of all February meetings for this year. The saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte-Honorine.

Nearly all of the three details concerning the club - actually only the club's address is useful to know - are handily placed on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual membership card may be useful, especially if it is laminated.

The 'Call for Beano 'List' - asking readers and club members for their favorite Paris restaurants - if they are willing to share their favorites - is getting a steady stream of responses. Although the 'list' is still not long it is getting longer and I need to put it together, in some tidy fashion.

This is to be sort of the Café Metropole Club's own guide, suggested exclusively by its hungrier and possibly thirstier members. You might trust fellow members taste if you trust your own. And you do, don't you?

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.09/10 - 25. Feb 2002 - This issue, stretching over two weeks, began with the Café Metropole column, 'Surprise - We Are Seven!' The 'Au Bistro' column featured the 'Chunnel Rocky Horror Hungry Trip.' There were sort of no features. The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 28. February was called the 'No Sausage of the Week' report and the update for 7. March was named the 'Club Mutiny' report. The 'Scene' column appeared again with 'Much, Much, Way Much More.' The week's four new 'Posters of the Week' were actuallyphoto: sign, rue lebois xiv six and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, '7 Bougies At Last.'

This Was Metropole Six Years Ago

Issue 2.08 - 24. February 1997 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Rare Piece of Fiction Marks 53rd Issue.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Sports, Porno, Short, Tall, Organ and Flop Stories' There were four features - mostly repeats - titled 'Personal Opinion: France Is In Neutral - Between Past and Future,' 'Grands Boulevards' to Get Overdue Face-Lift,' 'Springtime on the Champs-Elysées - Date: 23. March 1995' and 'Dreaming in Montparnasse' - from Metropole's First Issue.' There was no Café Metropole Club update for this issue because the club didn't begin until the fall of 1999. The 'Scene' column wasn't around then either. The four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'One Bougie for Metropole.'

Three Count-Downs That Still Are

Jim 'Exciting Count-Down' Auman is beyond getting sick and tired of shovelling snow, which he collectedphoto: sign, fermez la porte in piles higher than his head, only to find it turning into water and threatening to submerge New Jersey. 'Covering' for him, I therefore propose a count-down until Metropole's next anniversary - only 364 days from now.

Music lovers will be no doubt continue to be delighted to learn that Hector Berlioz will have his 200th anniversary this year, on Sunday, 11. December. Hector is headed for permanent residence in the Panthéon too, on Saturday, 21. June - coinciding with the Fête de la Musique - which is 118 days off. Otherwise, Hector's 200th birthday is 291 days from now.

The number of days left this year is 303. This makes three count-downs with only one new one being added, including two anniversaries. Other count-downs are 'on hold' until the buds spring into bloom, or whatever it is they do.
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