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Nobody ever asked that before. I grabbed the camera and went out to the terrace and captured the cakes frais sign. I not only don't know how it's pronounced, I don't know what it is. Gateaux fresh? Cold?

photo, red shoe of the week

Then Joann and Paul went into raptures over the meal that they had a secret truckstop out in the Porte de Lyon at a burg called Dardilly, at the L'Espace. This five–star resto is so new that it only charges for two stars and isn't in any guides, yet. The photos off the back of Paul's camera looked, well, small – but very delicious!

Back in town last Sunday, here in sunny Boggleville, the two were out at Roland Garros when they noticed a crowd going somewhere in a tunnel so they followed and found themselves at the Auteuil racetrack surrounded by happy bettors wagering on the horses hurdling over hurdles – at the Hippodrôme.

Then member Terrie Blazek arrived, saying that she had been on a canal tour, through the tunnel, and she noticed that Joann doesn't have much of an accent. "You have to be born in Texas to be a Texan," Joann noted dryly.

Right behind Terrie member David Pitt walked in and took a free chair. We haven't seen him in a while. "No complaints at all," he said, even though he lives in the 17th arrondissement. For example, Patrick the waiter of the week was summoned, and David placed his order. "Un Coors Lite," he said, quickly adding, "Oops, un Coca Lite!"

photo, yoko red shoes Princess Red Shoes.

The meeting was beginning to have a lot of members present so I don't remember who said, "One in a row." Whoever said it – you said the Quote of the Week. Bravo! And on the heels of this – of the Group Photo of the Week – Yoko arrived with her customary sacks and bags, saying to Terrie, "I have standard feet." Whatever it meant, Terrie replied, "I have 39."

This is how we came to have a photo of the Red Shoe of the Week, one of a set of two. Out of the other half of my brain I was prompting the members who hadn't yet left for a city of the week. "Santa Barbara," Larry said, "Poor man's Hawaii."

And Terrie, who is staying near the Palais Royal in Japanese noodle bar heaven, wanted to know if there are a lot of noodle bars where Yoko lives. "You advise me to move to where there's a noodle bar?" she asks. Then she gave each of us a chocolate cake she baked. Which reminds me...

photo, chocolate cake The mini chocolate cake of the week.

The Salon du Chocolat is coming up and will feature 130 exhibitions of chocolate and you know what that means. Good things don't last forever so mark your calendars on Saturday, 28. October, to Wednesday, 1. November. Doors open at 10:00 daily and the goodies are on view until 19:00 or 21:00. This will be in in Hall 5 at Paris–Expo at the Porte de Versailles, at the métro stop of the same name. Club members have said the entry charge is worth it.

About the Café Metropole Club

Far easier to believe than to doubt but this is a club meeting report, containing some of the exhilarating conversation today. Cast a globe at the authentic and real story of what might have been going on here, found as usual on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage, containing its fine words reeking of garlic. Next, interactive smellovision. And forever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

Is What This Stuff?

Honestly spontaneous club meetings, totally unrehearsed, begin at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00 every Thursday. These times are the same as 3 pm to 5 pm around other places. These meetings are held around here. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, and sometimes they are, but not always – and if it should by rare chance be written here.* Other, mostly true, stories are welcome too.

Caution – if you have a personal need to remain unfindable via the Web, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be 404 – not found by Web search engines before becoming found. Not becoming a club member is one sure way to become unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the extraordinary amount of true quotes in this report, completely unrehearsed and totally spontaneous, especially "One in a row" of them.

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.
Next club meeting on Thursday, 19. October.

A bientôt à Paris
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