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Back inside the café's 'grande salle,' Sally says, "I have a thing for macaroons," and she produces two green ones which she says are 'anis-pistachio.' We break one into pieces and I think mine tastes like green meringue. Sally says there are curry-flavored ones too.

Steve notes that there are three distinct 'Mom's Days,' with one in the United States, another in Britain, and last Sunday's, in France - which was also 'Demo of the Month' day.

After some other bits of club talk involving guessing ages, political correctness and the definition of 'America,' Steve prepares to leave because he has to work because it is morning in San Francisco.

Lauren remains with us and the food talk continues, mostly about chocolate and where to get it in pieces or in liquid form. For my sake, I am even told in passing where I can get mustard 'on tap.'

It is late in the meeting's time zone when new members Lori and Doris Kursay arrive, from - in order - Lori from Clearwater, Florida, and Doris from Saint Petersburg, Florida. The sisters each immediately order a Croque-Madame, which just as immediately becomes the 'Food of the Week' - while they last.

Sally and Lauren are still reeling off chocolate addresses and Lori and Doris pick up on them too. We roll upphoto: doris kursay the meeting and roll out on to the Quai du Louvre and go past the crowded café terraces to the métro stop in front of Samaritaine.

The department store is open, so I use the métro map to point out the stop for the Galleries Lafayette, which has been promoted by Sally as having some extraordinary chocolates in some location that is between the ground floor and the basement.

Doris looks for the 'Food of the Week' in the café's menu.

The sisters have exactly 80 minutes to get there, find the chocolates, and get to another rendez-vous somewhere else in the city.

In the small Rue Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois that runs parallel to the Quai de la Mégisserie that I like to take to get to the métro at Châtelet, I hear a rooster crow. I look in the window where the parrots used to be, but don't see any roosters. It must know I'm looking for it because it crows again.

The members are cruising in two or three directions in search of chocolates. Little do they know that roosters are here. The parrots may be gone, but the chickens are still right here.

The 'Hat Story of the Week'

Paul Baker arrived in Paris little expecting 'Hawaiian Shirt' weather to be waiting for him. So he went to a shop and got a cap to protect his head from Paris' relentless mostly sunny sunshine.

The 'Call for Your Favorite Restaurants' subject used to be here. With the weather we are having it seems appropriate to update your knowledge about the new fact that hats can also protect heads from getting overheated. Some French men will do this with a simple hanky, but no one knows how to tie the knots except some French men.

This isn't much of a 'Hat Story of the Week' but it is the only one in this club meeting 'report.'

About the 'Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is pretty low-strain, despite all the talk about high calories. If you read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page it will tell you a bitphoto: croque madame, food of the week about the club and how informal it is. Being free and having cool members are its other plus-points. If you require more information, I suggest that you read the 'About the Club' page several times.

And the winner is - two Croque- Madames - as 'Food of the Week,' with macaroons as the runner-up.

But you can give this 'About' page a pass if its lack of needless details are bothersome. Needing to know more than the one fact that you can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any one or more of its meetings in Paris, in person, is useless.

Where, How, What, Why Not, Who, When?

Club meetings begin - contrary to Paris usual 'exceptions' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's only Zone of Groovy Mythical Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZGMT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare feet-and-ounces areas of the planet, even though club meetings are nearly exclusively only held in the Paris part of it.

Bring any 'Quote of the Week' or concoct any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules' to be obeyed. True 'firsts' are more than welcome too, with 'first' scoring far higher than 'true.' The club secretary's own 'firsts' are ineligible even if 'true.' This is a general rule rather than a club ex-'rule' or informal 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'opted-out-opted,' please tell the club's secretary before hegraphic: club location map makes you mildly famous. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or a 'rule' a long time ago. There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, hardly any special ones.

Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, which they really do sometimes - even when eating or drinking - and by all readers of this online magazine, if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes.*

*The above paragraph is unchanged since last week on account of the club's secretary being out of his mind with joy at being able to wear a Hawaiian shirt again this year.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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