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Parisian restaurant good for children

"Do the French do children’s menus?"
Very, very few do. At least not on a printed menu. Sometimes they make a simple, streamlined dish for children of very young age, as an exception of an exception.
It also depends on the child. Once a friend went with us to a small bistro that, in typical Paris bistro style these days, serves a lmited number of in-season dishes. The parents told the waiter that their young daughter would eat nothing but pasta. The waiter apologized. The restaurant had no pasta dishes among its 4 main courses.
The waiter made an effort to give the child 2 dishes of a starter that has little bit of pasta. Then my friends wanted 4 more such starters for the antichrist. It was disruptive to the extreme (while the antichrist was committing terrorism in front of the door of the kitchen). The restaurant finally could not accommodate. We died from embarassement.

What do you think of all the recurrent threads about dining with children in Paris. Do none of the restaurants appeal to you ?
http://www.chow.com/search?q=paris+ch...

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Intimidation of Restaurant Reviewers

"So I must confess that I like it that the chef overdid it a little, because I have seen too many (utterly too many) of his colleagues taking shit from abusive critics without moving an eyebrow, as some sort of fatality. "
I am afraid the chef is not doing himself a favor. The value of his tirade would only be momentarily therapeutic, Even if I find Aaron's wording has a vehemence that is an instant turn-off for a critique, the chef's over-the-top outburst just makes himself look bad.

1 day ago
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Spain report, Part 4 - Malaga, Benalmadena, Granada

Thank you very much. Going to be in Granada for the New Year. Your info is most timely.

1 day ago
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Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

The Abbaye Sept-Fons jams also use 30% less sugar, no colorant, no preservative.
You can get it in Paris at the Comptoir des Abbayes, a treasure trove place that blows away those Hédiard joints.
Another fruit jam brand sold there also uses less sugar. It is by the Trappist nuns from l'Abbaye Notre Dame des Gardes.
Those jams taste so truly fruity, unlike regular jams.
The whole store is full of such goodies.

2 days ago
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Saturne

Customer abuse, open Sunday nights and Mondays.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

Having dinner with me.
Just kidding.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

I think calling a person is just … better received. And showing up is even better.

Even my French clients are that way. The job I do allows me never to have any contact with my clients. In some cultures that's ok. In France, I noticed my clients like to get a call from me once in a while, or, better, get me to show up, for no special professional advantage that I could see.

With the handful of restaurants that are notoriously hard to get through, that are also within walking distance, evil places like Abri or Frenchie or Table 12 (becoming evil fast), I just as soon show up and make a reservation. It works very well and has no glitches. I know, sounds so primitive.

With Saturne, with the odd seats that I prefer, really, I reserve on the same day or 1 or 2 days before.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

I am not a vip at all and have not had problem having my reservations honored.

I am not that fond of the policy of obliging the diner to call the restaurant back to confirm. The restaurant should call the diner to confirm. But if we don't agree with this policy and don't want to comply with it, we don't go.

I don't remember the restaurant website offering a click to confirm reservation. In general I don't trust restaurants' non-phone communication so much in France, and just as soon give a direct call.

Another reason why I have not experienced reservation victimhood is that I very often call only the day before or earlier in the day, to ask for a table that I love, that many do not: the counter seats in front of the bar. The restaurant did not oblige me to telephone back immediately for confirmation. :)

But indeed, the restaurant's kitchen is very good. There are often a variety of issues as the food makes its way out of there, unfortunately.

Dec 12, 2014
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Luncheon in the 8th in May

The 'hood, not the fellow diners, silly.

Dec 12, 2014
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Please (oh please) review/comment on our hurriedly cobbled list....

75% ?
I know of 3 glutin-free places.
There is suppoed to be one gluten-free pastry shop in Paris, did not register the name.
There is a gluten-free café, maybe, on rue des Martyrs, whose name I also did not register. La Marelle, or Marielle. The calligraphy is very stylized and hard to read.
There is a gluten-free restaurant. The name is easy: Noglu.
That's about it.

Dec 11, 2014
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Please (oh please) review/comment on our hurriedly cobbled list....

Indeed.
But the V people who write here also say, at one time or another, that they eat, besides fish,
- chicken,
- beef,
- veal,
- foie gras !

One even says she is a vegetarian who is not a vegetarian but that it is easier for her to say she is. -- I'm not making this up.

My brain has therefore stopped registering the v-word until people write as though they believed words have meaning.

Dec 11, 2014
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Please (oh please) review/comment on our hurriedly cobbled list....

Since Parn mentioned the Enfants Rouges market…

One of my fave chicken men, for whom I cheat on Marcel of Marché St Quentin, is at the Enfants Rouges, but not everyday. Michel's poultry farm is in the Dordogne and does not come to Paris everyday. His poultry is very good, and very reasonably priced. He supplies le Châteaubriand and other restos. I just got my belated thanxgiving turkey from him. Since he was not at Enfants Rouges last week or this week, he delivered the bird to me downstairs !, on his Thursday round delivering to restaurants.

He also sells an excellent … pineau des Charentes.

He will be at "Noel Gourmand" food fair 19-22 December
at Palais Brogniard (the Bourse building)
and at Enfants Rouges 20 and 21 December

He has a very small stand in the very back of Enfants Rouges. Look for the sign "Ferme Avicole" and/or "Grands Champs".

Dec 11, 2014
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Luncheon in the 8th in May

It is indeed a bit of a see-and-be-seen kind of place, which is not why I go. I have very bad eyesight and cannot even read the menu in the dim light, much less the celebs around, if there are any. I like it for being the only French restaurant with a bold use of spices. I mean some dishes are downright - gulp - spicy. As in relevé. Oh, and the great view.

Dec 11, 2014
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Dining in and near the French alps, September 2014: Flocons de Sel, La Table du Trappeur, La P’tite Ravine, Pere Bise, Annecy Friday morning market, and more

"Take a whole reblochon fermier, scrape it clean and shave off part of the crust (not all). Then slice it in two halves horizontally and lay both halves on the potatoes, cut side down. Leave to melt on very low heat for about 30 to 45 minutes until completely melted and only the crust remains on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve with a green salad seasoned with a shallot and mustard vinaigrette."
That is how the tartiflette was made in the ferme-auberge in Menthon St Bernard, which is why one has to specify the order when making a reservation. The reblochon will have been melting on the potatoes before one arrives.

Dec 10, 2014
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Luncheon in the 8th in May

O shit.

Dec 10, 2014
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Dining in and near the French alps, September 2014: Flocons de Sel, La Table du Trappeur, La P’tite Ravine, Pere Bise, Annecy Friday morning market, and more

Dunno, but that would be my guess. We all have or had that cold, world-wide.

Dec 10, 2014
Parigi in France

Dining in and near the French alps, September 2014: Flocons de Sel, La Table du Trappeur, La P’tite Ravine, Pere Bise, Annecy Friday morning market, and more

If anyone in Paris is jonesing for some tartiflette, Beillevaire rue de Martyrs whips up a very good batch.
Not as good as the ferme-auberges' standard, but still tasty. The mountain ferme-auberge type offers much better definition besides freshness: the potatoes are extra potato-y, the cheese is wonderfully cheesy, ditto the onions, the cured meat. (Note to self: do not go into food writing if lose day job.)

Dec 10, 2014
Parigi in France

Paris: Cave a manger / Bar a vins

The caves à manger / bars à vins places are really bistros with a wine focus. Reservation is, as always, the safe way to go.
Except for Avant Comptoir which has a more sophisticated cuisine, most of these places (Autour d'un verre, Albion, Juvéniles) have honest classic dishes and tend to be inexpensive.
Why don't you tell us which us you are interested in, so that we can share our experience better ? It is difficult to give blanket recommendations for this whole genre.

Dec 10, 2014
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Luncheon in the 8th in May

L'Avenue. 3 minute walk according to Google Map.

Dec 09, 2014
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Report on 6 days in Paris

As one of the Louises say, les vibes c'est moi !

Dec 09, 2014
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Report on 6 days in Paris

Help ! I can't find my vibe-rater.

Dec 09, 2014
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fine dinning with kids

Parn as usual makes great points about l'usage of Paris dining. Even in a casual bistro, a meal can be 1.5 to 2 hours, and dinners easily 2 hours. Even if a child is well-behaved, do we want to subject him to sleeping late then staying quiet for 2 hours à table ?

All the previous threads whose links I have given have valuable info about people dining in restarautns with very young children. All agree that it is not whether a restaurant is child-friendly, but whether a parent is restaurant-friendly. :)

Dec 09, 2014
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fine dinning with kids

Dec 09, 2014
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Meilleur Ouvrier de France

Le Grenier à Pain on rue des Abbesses not only has an deservedly award-winning baguette but also makes other excellent breads, including a ficelle that is clearly superior to its baguette. -- Time to have a Meilleure Ficelle contest ?

A question not related to MOF: Has this been happening to you ? I was logged out twice by the site today. I keep having to log in and, as though it served any purpose, I keep checking the "remember me" box. Ha, ha, ha.

Dec 08, 2014
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Meilleur Ouvrier de France

Last year I was dragged along by a journalist friend to sample breads and pastries to a group of Meilleures Baguette winners, to pastry gurus like Génin and Gaudard, and a handful of MOF. I too was disappointed by the two MOFs in my admittedly limited sampling. But I want to sample more of them.

Dec 08, 2014
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Suggestions of where to purchase "picnic" items near Gare de l'Est?

Excellent point. Hahahaha, you are not called Sunshine for nothing.

Dec 08, 2014
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Suggestions of where to purchase "picnic" items near Gare de l'Est?

Yes. I see you should have time to have a short lunch - say, with poulet fermier and roast potatoes, - at 11:30. At 12 you should be able to leave for the station. Plan 10 minutes - ample time - to get there and find your train on the big board.
Indeed if your hotel is in a central part of Strasbourg, you should have no problem getting a hotel picnic dinner, especially with wine (why carry bottles all the way from Paris?) and bread.
To play it safe, you can always get a jar of Marcel's good foie gras at the marché in Paris. Marcel has very good sources, and also makes his own.
The Nasty Cheese guy's cheeses are great quality and also an easy thing to carry.
In general you don't want to and don't need to be too laden.
Have a good time and report back.

Dec 07, 2014
Parigi in France

Suggestions of where to purchase "picnic" items near Gare de l'Est?

Since Rachel is between two major commutes and with her mother on tow, I also would "streamline" the itineraries.

Rachel: Gare de l'Est is really near Marché St quentin. Google Map puts the walking distance at 4 minutes. Even with luggage and with the long traffic lights, it should not take longer than 6, 7 minutes.
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&am...

Instead of leaving your mother at the train station, it is perfectly doable for her to be with you at the Marché, which has a nice area with tables and chairs for people to rest and eat. The market is relatively compact. You will find it easily. It is right outside the Italian traiteur. You can park your mother there, then you go get the picnic stuff.

An alternative is that both of you go to the station first, put the luggage in a locker (look for "consignes" or look for the locker-like icon). Then both of you are free to walk 4 minutes to the market together.

May I ask: what time do you arrive in Orly ? I won't stalk you. :)

Dec 07, 2014
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Suggestions of where to purchase "picnic" items near Gare de l'Est?

You are welcome. It is a thrill to get someone to enjoy what one enjoys.
I am confused. Are you spending one day/night in Paris ?
Or are you leaving in the afternoon on the same day of your arrival to Paris?
Will you have time for a meal ?

Dec 07, 2014
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Suggestions of where to purchase "picnic" items near Gare de l'Est?

Marché St Quentin is the best bet: 1. Near Gare de l'Est. 2. Excellent quality. 3. Most if not all the stalls will be open. (Market reopens in the afternoon around 3:30pm or 4pm latest.)
I don't know if the dimsum lady will be working, but you have enough backup.
My choice train picnic would be a jar of foie gras and roast poulet fermier and roast potatoes, all from Marcel Marcel Devineau (stall right at central entrance on bld Magenta, next to the market café with child a toy car in front). You can ask Marcel to heat the chicken and potatoes for you "réchauffé s'il vous plaît".)
Diagonally across from him and across from the café is the famous "nasty cheese" guy. Great gruyère d'alpage. Not the cheapest, still good value and so insanely good.

The couscous guy is great too. Maybe a bit messy to eat on train.

As you know, dimsum is not very good reheated by microwave. It should be steamed. If you bear this in mind you will not be so disappointed. She also makes a sesame noodle dish, which I am about to take to RandyB's wingding right now.

Dec 07, 2014
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