• La Compagnie, the boutique airline, operates a 74-seat 100% business class flight between Paris (Orly Sud) and Newark, NJ airport. There are two flights a day.

    Below are the ratings from 0 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding) for our flight B0100 from Orly Sud to Newark airport on Saturday, October 27th 2018 :
    • Checking in with La Compagnie at Orly Sud was smooth and easy: 7/10.

    • Priority lane to immigration and custom checking relatively quick: 6/10.

    • The Icare lounge at Orly Sud was average with a small offering of foods and beverages: 5/10.

    • The boarding and the flight were timely : 8/10

    • The plane, a Boeing 757, looked clean and well maintained but extremely noisy: 6/10.

    • The 160-degree reclining seat was spacious with a good system of removable tray but with no storage space besides the overhead compartment, a fluffy pillow and a warm blanket:  5/10.

    • The entertainment system was displayed on a 21"x22'' tablet and equipped with a good headset, but with a limited choice of films, music and TV shows: 5/10.

    • The food and the drinks were surprisingly good and tasty, good bread too: 8/10.

    • The crew on board was professional and helpful: 7/10.

    Overall rating of our outbound flight: 7/10.

    Our return flight B01200 from Newark, NJ to Orly Sud on Saturday, November 3rd 2018 was not as enjoyable, unfortunately:

    • Checking in with La Compagnie at Newark airport Terminal B was smooth and easy: 7/10.

    • No priority lane to immigration and custom checking, it was crowded: 4/10.

    • The Art & Lounge lounge was undergoing renovation works so all the seats were packed, it was overcrowded, not very clean, smelly, worst than a third world garage with a very poor food and beverages offering: 2/10.

    • The boarding and the flight were one-hour late due to a couple who arrived late and who forgot their luggage at the gate: 3/10.

    • The plane, a Boeing 757, looked worn out and extremely noisy : 4/10

    • The 160-degree reclining seat was spacious (the foot rest was not as comfortable as the one on our outbound flight though) with a good system of removable tray, a fluffy pillow and a warm blanket but again no storage space:   5/10.
    • The entertainment system was displayed on a 21"x22'' tablet and equipped with a good headset, but with a limited choice of films, music and TV shows (the exact same ones as on our outbound flight even though the month had changed - other companies usually update their entertainment program monthly): 5/10.
    • The crew did not give us prior notice they were going to serve breakfast, did not wake us up gently from our short night sleep by turning on the lights, making an announcement, asking us to pull up the blinds, put our seat in the upright position, etc. They just started serving breakfast when half the plane was still in slumber or half asleep in their reclined seats. They gave us the warm towel to clean our hands but never retrieved it and, last but not least, the breakfast itself was average with a terrible coffee: 2/10.

    • The crew on-board looked overwhelmed, awkward, not well trained and badly managed: 1/10.

    Overall rating of our return flight: 3/10.

    La Compagnie - Boutique Airlines

    La Compagnie - Boutique Airlines

    La Compagnie - Boutique Airlines

    La Compagnie - Boutique Airlines


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  • Quasi-inconnu en France, Anthony Bourdain était un globe-trotter et surtout un globe-fooder. D'abord chef lui-même, sa passion l'a ensuite amené à voyager dans le monde entier pour découvrir d'autres cultures et d'autres lifestyles à travers les cuisines locales. Curieux insatiable (au propre comme au figuré), ses émissions télé No Reservations, The Layover et surtout Parts Unknown (dans l'épisode sur le Vietnam il avait réussi à convaincre Barack Obama, alors POTUS, de venir partager avec lui un Bun Cha dans un boui-boui à Hanoï, tous les deux assis sur des tabourets en plastique minuscules, Bourdain enseignant à Obama l'art du "slurp" pour manger les nouilles) avaient fait de lui un véritable ambassadeur culturel et de nous des fans assidus.

    Anthony Bourdain s'est suicidé le vendredi 8 juin 2018, à Strasbourg où il tournait la nouvelle saison de Parts Unknown. Il avait 61 ans. Bien sûr je ne le connaissais pas personnellement mais j'adorais le personnage (et quel personnage !), son approche des voyages, de la bouffe et, malgré
    tout, de la vie. Et cette voix...

    Anthony, tu nous manques déjà.

     

    Article signé par Pivoine

     

     


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  • Jouevance est une petite épicerie fine qui se trouve à proximité de la gare d’Austerlitz au 14, boulevard de Saint-Marcel.


    Si jamais vous passez par là, avant de prendre le train, et que vous avez besoin d’un cadeau pour un ami ou un membre de la famille, Jouevance a tout ce qu'il vous faut pour faire plaisir.

     
    Vous y trouverez du bon vin avec quelques belles références de la Loire à la Bourgogne en passant évidemment par le Bordelais ; des jus de fruits bio, des pâtés de la maison Vidal, du chocolat de Michel Cluizel, du yaourt de Touraine et des friandises.


    Jouevance se la joue éclectique par la diversité de ses produits et son offre, de plus le gérant, Monsieur Philippe Hô Van Cam est sympathique, avenant et serviable, n’hésitant pas à expliquer à ses clients l’histoire de chaque produit.

     

    Jouevance

    14, boulevard Saint-Marcel

    75005 Paris

    Tél : 01 42 50 20 32

     

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  • At Littleboboon, we travel around the world to review restaurants and hotels for our customers, readers and for our own pleasure.


    One thing we notice is in the hotel industry -- particurlarly at the high-end so called "5-star" resorts -- that not all 5-stars resorts are equal. For instance, let's have a closer look at the Anantara resorts in Thailand which belong to the Minor group.

    We chose Anantara resorts in Thailand to spend our Christmas and New Year holidays with family and friends. We stayed at Anantara Bangkok Riverside from December 23rd 2017 to December 27th 2017, then Anantara Chiang Mai from December 30th to January 2nd 2018, and finally Anantara Bophut from January 2nd to January 6th 2018.


    The Anantara Bangkok Riverside and Anantara Chiang Mai were true 5-star resorts, both were very well located and beautifully built  with great services. Our rooms were nice, clean and superbly designed, especially at Anantara Chiang Mai. Each resort has it own identity and personality, with great breakfast buffet, restaurants and bars.


    Our New Year's eve party with the Phantom of Opera theme at the Anantara Chiang Mai was one of the highlights of our trip to Thailand.


    Then came our last stay at the Anantara Bophut.  It was a disaster in every sense, from our arrival to our last day.


    On arrival, we had to wait 40 minutes in the library  before we could check into our rooms.  In the four rooms that we occupied, each room had an issue: in one room, the television was not working, in the others the bathroom had not been cleaned properly, the telephone was not working, the air conditoning was extremely noisy and one headbed lamp was missing.


    The breakfast buffet was very poor compared to Anantara Bangkok or Anantara Chiang Mai.
    One early morning, a call from reception woke us up at 6:20am just to check if there was no fire in our room!  Apparently their fire alarm was not working properly.


    The last issue was for our last day: we had ordered a minivan to go to a restaurant outside the resort. Reception told us that a minivan was on the way only to inform us 15 minutes later that there was no minivan available for our group. When we asked them to order two taxis as there were eight of us, only one was available. Visibly even a simple request they were not able to manage properly.


    That's exactly where the problem laid: in our humble opinion, Anantara Bophut is poorly managed, plus the resort looks quite old and run down, the team lacked training and certainly did not show a client-oriented attitude and sense of service that a 5-star resort demand.


    It was clear to us that we would not recommend Anantara Bophut to our customers and readers.

     

    https://bangkok-riverside.anantara.com

    https://chiang-mai.anantara.com

    https://samui.anantara.com

     

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

     

    Anantara Resort in Thailand

    Anantara Resort in Thailand


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  • Gaggan ** (Gaggan Anand) - Bangkok, Thailand

    Louison (Gérald Passedat) - Le Puy-Saint-Réparade - France

    Racine * (Kazayuki Tanaka) - Reims - France

    Issaya Siamese Club (Ian Kittichai) - Bangkok - Thailand

    Restaurant AM * (Alexandre Mazzia) - Marseille - France

     Arola * (Sergi Arola) -Sintra - Portugal

    Oak * - (Marcelo Ballardin) - Ghent - Belgium

    Pertinence (Ryunosoke Naito & Kwen Liew) - Paris - France

    La Condesa (Indra Carillo) - Paris - France

    Mraz & Sonh ** (Markus & Manuel Mraz) Vienna - Austria

    Shiki (Alois Trant) - Vienna - Austria

    Alma * (Henrique Sa Pessoa) - Lisboa - Portugal

     

     

     


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