I saw this... Looks interesting!!!! Waiting until I see a few more countries on their list before I sign up. :-)
Hi Steve- I'm most definitely hitting up Genin, and I'll bring home all the cheese I can, although I'm sure it will be eaten along the way.
Thanks so much for the great tips!!!!
Fantastic!!! I'll look you up.
Thanks for the lovely responses. I appreciate all of your feedback!!! Any thoughts on the revised list below??
1. Caramels from Jacques Genin - try 1 each of flavors and purchase fav's (mango passionfruit). Also, Henri Le Roux....for his "CBS" caramels.
2. Mustard made by monks sold at the Comptoir des Abbayes
3. M Pouret white vinegar and banyuls vinegar of Le Guinelle available at Le Dernier Goutte in the 6th and the small provisions store at the covered marche at Place Aligre. I swear I've seen this brand in the US? Maybe lighten my load here...
4. The best "chunk of Comte" I can find at Laurence Dubois' Place Maubert in the 5me.stand in the Place Maubert, AND Maroilles as well as Marcel Petite 40 month at Ferme St. Hubert on Rue Rochechouart. - This will never make it home... I'll eat it on the train to Avignon.
5. Jam - 1 from Christine Ferber at La Grand Épicerie; 1 from the fab confiture shop on the lower part of the rue des Martyrs - same side of the street as as Arnaud Delmontel- (Parigi, do you know the name?); 1 from Restaurant Cristal de Sel on the rue Mademoiselle in the 15th - the "fait maison" line of jams, AND Christian Constant apricot - Rue Fleurus in the 6th ( try the strawberry sorbet if they have it)
6. Fleur de sel de Guérande and grey sel from G Detou
7. Foie gras and great duck and ham products - Oteiza on Blvd St Michel near Blvd St. Germain.
8. Pates a tartiner from Monoprix (confiture du Lait, a sort of a milk jam, that is smooth and slightly caramelized. Under their label Reflets de France).
9. Pierre Hermé Pates de Fruits - get the box that has the teal colored cover because that is the assorted variety.
10. Ble Sucre for Madelaines
11. Macarons - try them all
Apparently I'll need to bring an additional bag for all this, as I have not even made it to Avignon and surrounding areas for wine and whatever else I fancy. I think I'm in big trouble! :-) Need to regroup.
Backup Restaurant List:
L'Assiette -cassoulet, pork belly, verveine souffle and creme caramel.
I'm in Paris for 1 week and Avignon for 1. I've cut back so I can find my own hidden treasures. Also doing a private tour with Wendy Lyn - I'm sure she'll share her fav's as well.
As always, I'm open to constructive criticism...
See you next week!!!
Yes, it's my first trip to Paris. I'll heed your advice and not over-plan. I just like to have all of my options out there. :-)
Quick question: I was reading your review of A. Noste and just went to the website. Did it close for the summer?
"Julien Duboué will be happy to welcome you soon reentry into his new restaurant". Maybe it was the english translation??
At any rate, Frenchie is off the list and I would love to reserve here.
Great tip! Merci.
Wow!!! This is great. I've read all about the guys from the experimental cocktail club.... It's right up my ally!!
Don't worry... this was a list of everything I had gathered. I want a few good reservations, and to also have a back up list if we're out and about.
Last week I was completely overwhelmed and stated out loud that I didn't even care what or where I ate. LOL
I can go with the flow, so a baguette, pate and some great cheese will make me happy.
I agree with being realistic. It's all about the experience. I came home from Spain last year with wine, spices and 10 pound of cheese, but not one memorable meal to speak of. I wanted to put a little more work into this years trip.
Thanks for the tip. I hear so much about this Speculoos, and quite frankly it sounds horrible. I'm have more room in my bag for mustard. lol
Consider it done. I have rented an apartment and we'll have plenty of butter on hand. I've heard that some people have attempted to pack it in dry ice to take home on the plane. It is that good??
Grace - I'm obsessed with Macarons. I'll didn't include any on this list as I plan to check out all of the hot spots, and often. Outside of Laduree, Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki, Fauchon and Grégory Renard, am I missing any???
Wow, this is really great advice. Thank you!!! I'll re-work my reservations and shorten up the list. I'll post my final for your review.
Yes, please keep me!!! I know I'll hate coming home...
I've spent the last couple of months on CH putting together a list of restaurants, made a few reservations, and compiled of list of goodies to bring home with me to Seattle. I would love your input and expertise on what I have so far.
* as a note, in a perfect world I would have reservations for every dinner or lunch in Paris, but it wouldn't fly with my travel companion. She's not a planner and would have a problem revolving her day around a specific time to eat.
With that being said, here's the list:
Things to buy in Paris:
1. Salted caramels from Jacques Genin
2. Speculaas cream
3. Mustard "on tap" from the Maille Boutique at 6 Place de la Madeleine
4. Hédiard's 3 peppers mustard and Herbes de Provence - around the corner from Maille.
5. Savora, a spiced mustard-based spread
6. A chunk of aged comté
7. Christine Ferber jam - the best selection is at La Grand Épicerie, however Da Rosa sells them as well, although they’re a few more euros per jar.
8. Champagne vinegar from Huilerie LeBlanc and from G Detou I get dried mushrooms like cepes and morels as well as fabulous almond paste.
9. Big bag of course grey sea salt and fleur de sel de Guérande
10. Gerard Mulot pastries
11. Dehillerin, whether it's a commercial grade saute or sauce pan, or something easier to carry, such as a specialty knife, whisk, chinois.
12. Bon Maman Madeleines
13. Pierre Hermé Pates de Fruits
Restaurant Reservations: I have 7 nights before leaving for Avignon - we won't eat out for all of them.
Thursday - David Toutain
Friday- Franck Enee
Saturday -Atelier de Joel Robuchon Saint-Germain
Sunday - Le Coq Rico
We're staying in the 6th. Here's my list of Cafe's:
Breizh Café - buckwheat crepes In Marias - stick with the classic complète with ham, cheese, and a sunny-side egg
Gerard Mulot - Wonderful pastries.
Breakfast in the 6th:
Eggs&Co, Un Dimanche à Paris, Ralph's (whose courtyard is paradise in summer), Colorova, Cafe Cassette, Le Bel Ami, etc. Bread & Roses
Drinks in the 6th: need a little help here
La Closerie des Lilas - the Hemingway bar
Restaurants I want to try but have not reserved. Major edit please!!
Chez Jenny for good choucroute
**Chez L'Ami Jean - haven't been able to get a hold of them to reserve.
Le Pont de Yunnan - Chinese
Cafe Les Deux Magots
Youpi et Voila
Le Verre Vole
Ze Kitchen Galerie - cuz John Talbot said so!
Traveling to Paris and Avignon for the first time next month... I've perused the boards but haven't found restaurants that specialize in these two items - not both at the same restaurant mind you.
Any suggestions? I know duck confit is common, so I'm looking for the best. It's hit and miss at most restaurants in the states. Choucroute I make at home in the fall and winter. I would love to try the real thing!
Thank you kindly.
fantastic!!! thank you.
Agreed!! Thanks so much sunshine!!!
Thanks!! I'll shoot you an email.
I like the bus idea... I'm up for a fun day trip, but I'm really wanting a winery with a tasting room vs a tasting room in town featuring many. I'll probably do both, but I'm all about the experience. I drink Tavel Rosé all summer long. Actually going there to taste would mean the world to me...
Yes, I was thinking a guide so I wouldn't be bothered by how much wine I had consumed. If you know of someone, do please let me know. Otherwise I'll strike out on my own...
I'm not keen on tours unless they unleash things I would't find on my own. Thanks so much for the advice!! Now I'm on to the best restaurants. So glad the discussion board is going strong!!
Thank you kindly for your response.
You make a very good case for the car. My thoughts were that it would be a pain to have a car in Avignon and there would be plenty to do... I may have thought wrong. I looked for a food or market tour, even a cooking class, but alas, nothing. Where is Wendy Lyn when you need her! :-) I need to do more research here.
We're picking up the car on the way out of Avignon.
I really appreciate the tips on the signage for wineries... I was told many don't accept visitors, but now I'll know what to look for.
I'm staying 4 nights in Avignon and 3 in Gigondas. Touring Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel is top of list, but I'm having a hard time finding a guide that will do both in one-day. I don't need to go to many places, I just one one or two of the best. I've received one quote for 700 EU /day, which I find quite expensive. I would rather eat in a 3-star restaurant for that rate.
In addition, I understand September is a challenge as it's harvest and many wineries don't accommodate visitors ( Chateau de Beaucastel in which I'm a member of their sister winery in California said they're closed).
Any recommendations on where to go? A possible tour guide? I don't mind small groups.
Part two: I'll picking up a car in Avignon for my continuation to Gigondas and plan on touring as much as I can in that area. We're staying at Les Chambres de l'Oustalet. If there is something I shouldn't miss in that area I would love to hear from you.
Hey Chicago Hounds!
I'm a Seattle Hound coming to Chicago for the 1st time. I'll be staying in Old Town but can easily walk, cab or take the L. I've searched the boards and have a list of Chicago hot spots, but what's missing for me is a concentrated list in Old Town. Are there any "cant miss" spots here? Or close by?
Any great happy hours would be great to know about. I'm ALL about the food, not necessarily the cocktails...
Any great wine bars? A spot for the perfect Martini?