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Trip report: A. Noste, Les Déserteurs, Bistrot des Capucines, Le Lulli, Mangetout, La Vache et le Cuisiner, Le Pramil, Stéphane Martin

You won't be having the dishes we just discussed. Those tapas dishes are served downstairs.

Mar 20, 2015
Parigi in France

Trip report: A. Noste, Les Déserteurs, Bistrot des Capucines, Le Lulli, Mangetout, La Vache et le Cuisiner, Le Pramil, Stéphane Martin

Thank you for reporting back. You tried a real mix, which makes your reviews all the more welcomed.
Very sorry you did not have a good experience at A Noste. We were just there earlier this week and had the caesar's salad along with my usual faves like fried baby squid, duck heart, panis, etc. My friends who blanched when I ordered baby squid and duck heart came to like the meal so much that they had gone back twice in this same week.

Your experience at Lully is also intriguing and your review very much appreciated. I know exactly what you mean by the combination of flavors striking one as unlikely yet it works, and marvelously so. For me, I admire all the more the chef's inventiveness and in general like it very much when a chef serves me something I didn't think I would like, that turns out to be a revelation that wins me over. I don't truly understand why it is detracting for you. You mean if the food had tasted as bad as you had expected, you would have felt better ? :)
But I am grateful that you point out and described so well this trait of France's modern bistros.

Merci encore.

Mar 20, 2015
Parigi in France

Disappearing citron presse?

Best attitude every. I should try that.

Mar 20, 2015
Parigi in France

Specific Paris Sunday Question

6pm Sunday ? Not just Grande Epicerie but most food shops will be closed. They are open only Sunday morning.

"Bread: Paul"

Whether it is open or not, it is not very good. But if it is open 6pm Sunday, get it. You don't have much choice.

"Cheese: Sanders"

I don't know it. And it is open only in the morning.

Dessert: Gerard Mulot AND G. Larnicol

"Deli/Charcuterie items: ? , pierre oteiza would have been ideal but is closed..."

You won't find charcuterie shops open Sunday late afternoon. The only épicerie I can think of that is open then is the (quite good) épicerie section of Jeanne B rue Lepic which is nowhere near you.

And the highest temperature Sunday is 10°C. It will be colder by 8pm.

How was your meal at Pré-Catelan back in 2013. I missed your review.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918135

Mar 19, 2015
Parigi in France

what dishes in spain typically contain nuts?

Google translate is never that accurate, in any language. Somtimes it gets the giest of the meaning across.
If your card is already in Spanish, the Catalans will understand. Both languages are taught in school and heard all through life.
Between Google Translate and just using Spanish, I would think Google Translate presents a bigger risk of your getting it wrong or at sounding confusing.

Mar 19, 2015
Parigi in Spain/Portugal

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Great review. Your review is food porn !

Mar 19, 2015
Parigi in France

Need to find a restaurant for 10-12 people near the 3rd

Yes, as long as it is not totally arcane complex.
For a large group, I would avoid toom much division. It is time-consuming for all, and is a non-food-related burden for the restaurant.

Mar 19, 2015
Parigi in France

3 days in Paris - please help

In complete agreement.

For happening areas I'd add the Abbesses part of Montmartre, much of the 10th, from rue des Petites Ecuries to Canal St Martin, the Ribéval area of Belleville. Around Westin Vendôme it's definitely non-H, nor are there any H areas within walking distance.

Good bistros near you:
On Friday, not too far from the touristy neighborhood where Westin Vendôme is located, there are Zébulon, Heimat. For Sunday ther is A Noste. You may want to check the "walk" option of Google Map if you personally consider this distance walkable.

As everyone else has advised, one really needs to get out of that area to find more choice. If you can't walk, then metro, buses and taxis are abundant.

Mar 19, 2015
Parigi in France

Disappearing citron presse?

You ordered citron pressé and got lemon soda ? That's awful. This has not happened to me.
Why didn't you send it back ?
No waiter has ever voluntarily proposed café américain to me, but some American friends with whom I traveled have complainted that the espresso I make in the morning is too strong, and the coffee they make is undrinkably weak for me. Finally I talked them into drinking mine, diluated with hot water. If I were a waitress, I would also start asking for precision.

Mar 19, 2015
Parigi in France

Looking for a place for easter brunch in Paris

Indeed, as others said here, brunches are mediocre here as they are elsewhere.
Sunday lunches can be lively and fun and good. I like A Noste and Jeanne B rue Lepic.

Mar 15, 2015
Parigi in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Everyone made you feel welcome during the 300+ replies, no ?
The most important thing is your children's health. I hope they have recovered ?

Mar 14, 2015
Parigi in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

I am.
I am surprised that someone recently said that the regularly made SFCarole their darling because she has been to paris before and speaks French. These 300+ messages demonstrate that that is not true.

Mar 14, 2015
Parigi in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

No.

Mar 13, 2015
Parigi in France

Paris: ramen? pho? tofu stew? Or any other amazing soup! (for tonight!)

Great review. I just had a very nice meal at A Noste and now I want to go next door to have some satisfying ramen.
Ramen as a genre do tend toward the salty side.

Mar 13, 2015
Parigi in France

Luberon end of May

Bordough is right. We did that once, and barely made it to the Catselas lunch. And that was when we had a house in Saignon, which is on the way between Coustelet and Sivergues, where we could stop and literally threw our market food (meats, veg, fruit) inside the house and immediately start out for Sivergues. We were late for lunch. The entire communal table was served at the same time, at 1pm. We arrived at the end of first course, but our friends who were there had saved us some wonderful pâté, the farm's own smoked ham, and salad.

If you need to visit the Coustellet market before Castelas lunch, yes, do go very early to the market. If you get meat, once you get to Le Castelet, ask Gianni or the staff if they can stock it in the cold room (chambre froide) for you. We have done this many times. They are always happy to help out. DON'T FORGET IT WHEN YOU LEAVE ! (Sorry for the yelling.)

Holidays should not have much of an effect on the markets or on le Castelas. You are agonizing over A's and A-minuses. Take a deep breath. Remember: you will be in heaven. You can't lose.

Mar 12, 2015
Parigi in France

Neighborhood recommendations in the 10th?

I don't know that part of the 10th so well, but in general am very fond of the food fengshui of the southern and western parts of 10th.

Canal St Martin is very hip, which means that all the restaurants are not as good as they look. They have nice hangout vibes and suck in food vibes.
My go-to eateries around the Canal St Martin are Philou and Hai Kai for French cuisine, plus Tiang Hiang, a vegetarian Chinese restaurant serving a non-dumb vegetarian cuisine, and a Canal-side picnic takeout from El Nopal (one of two non-dumb Mexican places in Paris now, the other being Candelaria) .

Rue Vinaigriers now also has a concentration of promising eateries.

And yes, do take your time and check out the Marché St Quentin, an absolute hidden treasure of Paris.

Mar 12, 2015
Parigi in France

Luberon end of May

Were you looking at the English-language site of SNCF. That site (English language) is, unlike the French-language site, handled by an agency that charges you much more, very often twice the fare, and also does not list all the trains. Try to consult the French-language site.
There are many school holidays in May, which traditionally means busier travel season than, say, June. Reserve train tickets now if you can.
(I just read Mangeur's post. Yes, I hearthe Capitainetrain site is much better than SNCF's own English-language site. It doesnt give you any hidden price increase, and it indicates all the trains.

Mar 12, 2015
Parigi in France
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Restaurant Roulette in Paris

Someone gave a great suggestion here. Do look up Google map, and you can find the distances, including walking distances. Besides, only you know your detailed itineraries.

Paris is very walkable, and not only. The metro works insanely well We locals start bitching if we have to wait for more than 3 minutes for a train during the day time.

I would not compare Paris to SF, where I grew up. SF, for an American city, is considered to have a sense of neighborhoods. But it is not a European city. I could not have gotten fresh oysters, or a goodd butcher, or award-winning bakers, just a few minute's walk from where I lived in SF.

In general, for all your non-food related questions, tripadvisors is a more suitable site. Someone on this board, I think it was Souphie, once described us as food nerds, which is much more fitting than, gulp, foodies. Except for poor Sarariman Parn, we go out of our way to eat well. And we give our recommendations accordingly.

Mar 11, 2015
Parigi in France
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Place to stay/dine in Burgundy for Spring trip

Croissants, juice, and coffee or tea, duh !
There are cafés in the village of Santenay, or in the villages nearby, where you can get a more substantial breakfast like an omelette, I suppose. But one thing is sure: every one of those wine-growing villages in that region is picture-perfect.

Another nearby option is the Château de Mélin, which is a beautiful château, and also with a functioning wine cellar, a real "cave" in the cellar. The lady ("châtealaine) makes fresh croissants every morning. The rooms are big, with period furniture. Prices are not that high for a vineyard castle, just that side of 100 euro. But it is not inside a village, which means you have to drive to stuff. The place with a limited number of rooms also fills up early. Now is not too early to reserve.

Mar 11, 2015
Parigi in France

Luberon end of May

"Will Goult and St Saturnin les Apt both be my destinations for kitchen staples/grocery stores?"

Yes, if you are based nearby. The Coustellet weekly market is fantastic and not photogenic, the opposite of Isle sur la Sorgue and Vaison la Romaine.

Here are all the market days for the various Luberon villages:
http://www.theluberon.com/activities/...

May is not the rain season but, you know, weather happens. Last time Pti and I were at Le Castelas, it was June but was too windy to be out, and we had an enchanting lunch inside the former bergerie, again in one unending communal table. So don't worry about it. You're in Provence in late spring. How o how can you lose ?

O yes I did not see. The Auberge de Presbytère closed quite suddenly about 2, 3 years ago. It was never a great eatery but was one of the world's nicest night-cap spots. The entire vilage (I rented a house next to it the summer before it suddenly closed) very naturally converged on its terrasse or the inside bar for one last drink after dinner. Just the kind of throwaway gracious living that is Provence. I want to cry.

Mar 11, 2015
Parigi in France

Luberon end of May

Market

Check the May/June veg fruit in this table. It is a great time for veg and fruit.
http://www.consommer-local.fr/calendr...

"butchers, fish mongers, etc in and around Roussillon?"
Roussillon itself seems to have only shops that cater to tourism, therefore no butcher, but lots of identical cafés and bad art galleries and souvenir shops. But nearby in the lovely village of Saint Saturnin les Apt and Goult, there are several good butchers and boulangeries.

Your 3 choices are great.

With La Bartavelle, I would reserve 1 to 2 weeks in advance.

And I would reserve several days in advance for Le Castelas too, to make certain it is open and is not too full. I highly recommend lunch, where you can enjoy the unbelievable views and eat outside on one long long long communal table. For Sunday lunch, Gianis gets into the pageantry of bringing out entire porcelets for a little parade before carving.

Mar 11, 2015
Parigi in France

Restaurant Roulette in Paris

"Do you think that being just 4 people will make it easier to get into a restaurant without reservations?"
We make reservations when we are 2.
You like to go to the kind of smaller bistros that this board also likes (good choice), quite possibly in the sighseeing-intensive neighborhoods. There are restaurants where 4 persons showing up at the last minute is not a problem, but it won't be the kind of restaurant you want.
If there is no glaring downside, and if good food has any importance, do reserve.

Mar 11, 2015
Parigi in France
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Place to stay/dine in Burgundy for Spring trip

I have stayed in a very nice vineyard b&b, the Domaine Moniot-Nié, in the wine-growing village of Santenay. The rooms are bigi, with country furniture (which I like), and the window offers a view of vines as far as the eye can see on the Beaune Coteaux. The owner offers a breakfast with the room, and has a kitchen and a small dining room for the guests to use. One cannot cook there but can use the microwave to heat up takeouts from traiteurs, which we do, to heat up the great roast chicken from down the block, from the rôtisserie on the village square. And instead of dining in the small dining area, when the weather is nice, we take our roast chicken and - and this is a must if you are in Burgundy - our Jambon persillé, and taboulé salad and a bottle from the owner's cellar, and go picnic among the vines.
Oh and of course the owner offers tasting in her own cellar. I especially like her very reasonably priced Ladoix premier cru.
Santenay is very near Beaune and is in the thick of the Burgundy wine region. We always stay there to break up the drive between Paris and Provence.
https://www.charme-traditions.com/it/...

Mar 11, 2015
Parigi in France

Pierre Gagnaire Paris

It's a hunting-season dish.

Mar 10, 2015
Parigi in France

Paris Restaurants for April trip

Le Relegade St Honore
Terroir Parisien
are the weaker links of your otherwise very good list.

Dunno Hollybelly

Cafe Prune is a nice place for a drink and people-watching. One does not go there for the food, any food. -- That is the general scene at the Canal St Martin: great people-watching, less great food. Two of my go-to exceptions are Philou and Hai Kai.

Mar 07, 2015
Parigi in France

Paris Restaurants for April trip

For lunch, call a few days ahead if wekeday, a week ahead if Friday.

Mar 07, 2015
Parigi in France

Paris Restaurants for April trip

Menu ? There's a menu ?

Mar 07, 2015
Parigi in France

Paris Restaurants for April trip

I can't. Maybe the others can. I have a lunch there around that time. I can't have two alpha&omega lunches there back to back. Must rest between.
I don't know what the "intimidating" thing refers to. The only "intimidating" thing I can think of about that place is the chef's yelling (and never at the patrons). When that happens, we all quiet down and try not to giggle, like a group of school kids. No biggie.
The staff is very friendly. One hound even complained they are too jovial.
You will have a great time. I did, starting with the first time I went. The chef does not bite (well, does not bite the patrons any way).

Mar 07, 2015
Parigi in France

Paris Restaurants for April trip

Yup. My dégustation lunch there last time, which was the alpha and the omega, averaged out to be 9 euro per dish. And it was so copious I skipped 1.5 meals afterwards, lol.

Mar 07, 2015
Parigi in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Rather early April, to adjust to the Anointing One.

Mar 06, 2015
Parigi in France