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Lisbon/Madrid: Two weeks of highs and lows! (long report...)

Thanks so much for this extremely detailed and helpful post! I'll be in Lisbon for 4 nights in March, and I'm planning on trying some of these places, particularly Cerverjaria Ramiro. Would you be able to give some ballpark prices per person on the places you like?

Jan 09, 2014
mllecathy in Spain/Portugal

Christmas in Colmar ?

Four years ago I spent a few days at the Christmas market in Colmar and loved this little town. I found it to be very charming and friendly. If you want to have a nice meal, I had a wonderful lunch at a place called Jules, I believe, run by a charming young man named Julien Spiegel, don't know if he and the restaurant are still around. I stayed at the hotel La Maison des Têtes and didn't try their restaurant, but it was full to bursting every night with both tourists and locals. I agree with Longroadahead's statement that you don't need to do a lot of research, I just wandered around and followed my nose, so to speak, and had only good food and memories. Enjoy!

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Suggestion for client lunch near La Madeleine

I ruled out Goumard because I know at least one of the people I'm taking out is not into fish or seafood, but I definitely want to try it another time. The Bistro Volnay gets pretty terrible (Google) to mediocre (John Talbott) reviews so I wouldn't want to risk it. I get my hair done across the street from the Royale Madeleine and it always seems so staid, and while I like it when there's not a lot of choices on a menu, because I think (ideally) it means the chef concentrates on quality produce and perfecting those few dishes, the Royale's menu is so classic as to almost be boring... I'm difficult, aren't I? ;) But thanks for chiming in with the suggestions!

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Suggestion for client lunch near La Madeleine

Sold! I *love* rognons, especially in the winter and haven't had any yet this season. Merci encore !

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Suggestion for client lunch near La Madeleine

Place du Marché is definitely more than a 10-minute walk from Madeleine, I confirm because I used to work right by there! :)

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Suggestion for client lunch near La Madeleine

Ok, unless I hear of another great suggestion (my only hesitation about Tante Louise is that I live in Burgundy, so I eat Burgundian food *all the time* ;) I'm going to book Tante Louise. Thanks, Souphie !

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Suggestion for client lunch near La Madeleine

I'm sorry, I should have been more specific. By "near La Madeleine" I mean within a less than 10 minute walk from the church. These are folks who have to get to and from their office as quickly as possible due to demanding work schedules, so if we hope to have 1.5 to 2 hours to lunch together, it needs to be very close by. L'Absinthe is definitely too far, but thanks for the suggestion!

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Suggestion for client lunch near La Madeleine

From a (mostly negative) review I read of Le Passage, I had the understanding that it was only bar seating, and we would need to be at a table (preferably round). I'm still reluctant to try one of the new Senderens ventures because I have read so much bad press about them, particularly the service... Any other ideas?

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Suggestion for client lunch near La Madeleine

I'm coming up to Paris on Friday, December 16 to take some clients out to lunch and am looking for a good place as close as possible to La Madeleine. Usually we go to Le Tastemonde, but the last time I was rather disappointed so I'm hoping for something better. I haven't been back to Lavinia since it first opened because I was *very* disappointed by my only lunch there. I'm not inclined to try Senderens because I didn't like it when it was Lucas Carton (the food was ok, it was mostly the service and pretention and "good old boy" feel that put me off) but if anyone thinks that I could get a reservation at this late date and that it would be worth it, I'd be willing to open my mind. Budget including wine at lunch of up to 50 or 60 euros per person. Thanks for your help!

Dec 08, 2011
mllecathy in France

Sunday lunch and dinner in Bologna

Update on my Bologna eats:

The Sorbetteria Castiglione was hands down the best gelato I have ever eaten, and I have eaten A LOT of gelato in my 41 years. I had the pistachio and hazelnut flavours and it took all of my personal strength not to go back for a second helping later in the day...

I had lunch at Osteria di Mura (not sure that was exactly the name, it's across the street from a hotel on the south end of the city center near the Porta San Mamolo. Delicious and fresh whole fried baby calamari, house-made pasta with clams (not on the menu but I saw the owner's daughter eating a bowl of it when I came in so I asked if I could have some too, not a problem!) Very friendly service and charming décor. A bit more expensive than Osteria dell'Orsa but that is not saying much! Since most of the choices involve fresh fish or seafood, the prices are extremely reasonable.

Dinner at Osteria dell'Orsa. I'm sorry to say I was *very* disappointed in the tagilatelle con ragu. My starter, the vegetarian crostini, was wonderful, and the house wine in carafe surprisingly good. The tagliatelle con ragu, on the other hand, had so little meat it would not have even filled a spoon if I had scraped it all together, and the tomato sauce was just so-so. Also, not the best fresh tagliatelle noodles I had while in Italy. The most positive point: all that plus a liter bottle of sparkling water only cost 15 euros, and the staff were very friendly.

May 27, 2010
mllecathy in Italy

Sunday lunch and dinner in Bologna

This is fantastic!! Thank you so much!!

May 11, 2010
mllecathy in Italy

Sunday lunch and dinner in Bologna

Also, any insight on Osteria dell'Orsa? I saw it recommended in the New York Times but worry that it might be too touristy...

May 09, 2010
mllecathy in Italy

Sunday lunch and dinner in Bologna

Thanks for the replys! These suggestions look great, but I have a few questions: 1) is Da Gianni definitely open on Sundays (and should I book?) and 2) what are "reasonable" prices in your opinion?
Would the gourmet supermarket also be open on Sunday? Having lived in France for 15 years where almost everything is closed on Sundays, or at least Sunday afternoons and evenings, it is odd for me to imagine that an even more Catholic country would have stuff open on Sundays...? But I hope to be pleasantly surprised!

May 09, 2010
mllecathy in Italy

Sunday lunch and dinner in Bologna

Unfortunately I only have 1 day in Bologna on my way back from Puglia. I will be arriving early in the morning on an overnight train, and then leaving on another overnight train from Bologna to France. I intend to leave my luggage at the station and walk around all day, punctuating the visit with at least 2 delicious meals I hope. Any recommendations on sights not to be missed and trattorias open on Sundays at lunch and/or dinner? I'll be on a budget, so ideally I wouldn't want to spend more than 15 to 25 euros for a meal if possible. (at lunch I probably won't have wine since it makes me sleepy, but for dinner I'll definitely want plenty to help me sleep on the train ;)
Grazie in advance for your advice!

May 08, 2010
mllecathy in Italy

spicy food near Gare de Lyon for a Monday lunch

Are they definitely open on Mondays? It's a tad bit farther than I'd prefer since I hate to have to rush lunch, but I'll keep it in mind. Thanks!

Oct 19, 2009
mllecathy in France

spicy food near Gare de Lyon for a Monday lunch

Living in rural southern Burgundy, our food choices in the region tend to be limited to Burgundian cuisine, French cuisine, and pizza. I'll be meeting a friend for lunch near the Gare de Lyon in Paris on a Monday and we were hoping to eat a spicy meal (I saw the rec for the great Vietnamese place nearby but it's closed on Mondays) be that Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Indian, whatever. Knowing that Mondays are when many restaurants close, if no delicious spicy options are available, I'm also craving Corsican or authentic Italian. Would settle for some excellent couscous or a tagine. Also, the closer to Gare de Lyon the better, as my train departs at 13h50, which doesn't leave much time for a leisurely lunch.
Many thanks in advance!

Oct 17, 2009
mllecathy in France

Cheese and wine meal in central Paris

As someone who lived in Paris for over 10 years, in my opinion there's no better place to sample French cheese and wine than the Resto-Zinc Les Marcheurs de la Planète, at 73 rue de la Roquette in the 11th (near métro Voltaire or a 10 minute walk up from la Bastille). It's only open in the evenings. The owner, Yann, is a charming young man with extensive wine knowledge and he only buys his cheeses from small, high quality producers (so be warned, sometimes this means that he's out of some things on the menu). You can get a plate with several cheeses and meats at very reasonable prices. I highly recommend the duck sliced like thick prosciutto. Tell him Cathy the Texan girl who now lives in Burgundy sent you.

Oct 17, 2009
mllecathy in France