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Please help plan trip to Burgundy

@onzieme - Thank you for the great advice!

I'm guessing you were referring to the bar (and not the tasting lessons) at Ambassade de Bourgogne? And, just to make sure that we don't end up committing some sort of a faux pas and offending someone, it's OK to sit at the bar and let the bartender know that we're interested in learning about Burgundian wines and then give him/her a maximum amount that we'd like to spend? I guess this is a silly question but in your opinion, what would be a decent amount for 2 people without going completely overboard?

Lastly, I'm not sure how up-to-date this is but any recommendations - http://www.ambassadedebourgogne.com/i...?

Thank you once again!

Apr 23, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

I was planning a late meal (around 2 AM) after I arrive at Chez Denise but I just found out that they are closed on May 1st.

Would anyone happen to have a recommendation for a late night dinner on May 1st (technically, I guess it'd be early morning 2nd)?

Thanks!

Apr 22, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Thank you! Would the fact that both of us do not speak French be a problem with tasting at small places? Also, just to make sure I understand this correctly - when you say "ouvert signs", you mean signs for tastings? And, are they in French and English usually?

Do you have any recommendations for tastings in the villages that you mentioned - Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, both Montrachets to Santenay? I'm guessing one of the Montrachets is Puligny. What is the other?

Thanks.

Apr 22, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Thank you! I made reservations at the hotel you recommended :)

Apr 22, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Thank you everyone! Based on the great advice here, we've changed our plans. We'll be staying in Beaune now!

The day we arrive from Paris (morning), we'll try to do some stuff ourselves - Jadot, trying to see if I can also get in Drouhin, possibly Bar du Square and food (trying for MA Cuisine). The next day, we're looking into a tour. For the following day, my friend who's accompanying me liked the idea of a bike tour so I'm checking with Evasion (thanks Shakti!) for a half day tour. We also have dinner reservations at Le P'Tit Paradis.

A couple of things that I'm still trying to figure out:

1. One thing that I haven't explored so far are taxis. Are they a viable option to get around or are they not available/prohibitively expensive?

2. For our 2nd day, if the bike tour goes through, we'll still have the morning, early afternoon to ourselves. Are these any villages close to Beaune that we could bike to (if we rent them) and get some breakfat/lunch and taste some wines? I was looking at Mercurey but that seemed pretty far for a bike ride. Fromagerie Gaugry also looked interesting but again, a little too far for biking :(

3. Any lunch places that are recommended in Beaune before our Jadot tour?

Thank you!

Apr 22, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Bakeries, Pastry, Bars and more!

Thank you so much!

Apr 22, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Bakeries, Pastry, Bars and more!

Thank you! Would you happen the timings for 59 rue de Saintonge, 75003 location?

Apr 21, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Bakeries, Pastry, Bars and more!

Thank you!

Are there any coffee shops in the Haut Marais area that are recommended?

Also, how is the ice-cream and gelato in Paris compared to the good places in the U.S.? Any recommendations on those in the area?

Thanks.

Apr 21, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Restaurants open May 1

Would anyone happen to know if Chez Denise will be open?

Apr 21, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

I may have overlooked something. According to my current plan, I'll be in Dijon on Friday 8 May which I just realized is a public holiday (VE Day - WWII Victory Day). Does this seriously screw up my plans? Will a lot of things be closed that day? Thanks.

Apr 20, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Bakeries, Pastry, Bars and more!

Hello, 2 of us are travelling to Paris the first week of May. I'm working on finalizing our restaurant itinerary in another thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1010720). Based on what I've gathered, I have a tentative list of places for baked goods, pastry, chocolates, cheese, bars, etc and would be thankful for some feedback. Logistical info - we'll be staying in the Haut Marais area and do not speak French. Think Paris has so many good places, that going super far for something may not be necessary but if something good lies at a distance, we're open to travel.

A few questions that I have:

1. Locations - I read that Monge location of Eric Kayser is the one to go to. For the others, are there any specific locations that are good or are they all comparable?

2. Bread & Cheese - Is there a way to try multiple breads from a baker (other than purchasing a whole bunch of loaves)? Since it's just 2 of us, one loaf of something will probably last us a while. For cheese, I read that 'Salon du fromage Hisada' has a tasting room but for the likes of Laurent Dubois, is it trying a few options at the store and then purchasing the ones that you like to eat outside the store?

3. Charcuterie - Can good charcuterie be found at some wine bars or should we plan to visit some Charcuterie stores as well? Ideally, we would like to visit some wine bars with great cheese and charcuterie but I'm not sure if that would be possible.

Finally, could you please share what are your favorite things to have at these (any any other recommended) places?

Bakeries:
- Maison Landemaine (close by
) - Boulangerie Pichard
- Les Pains d'Alexis
- Du Pain et Des Idées (close by)
- Des Gâteaux et du Pain
- Eric Kayser - Monge location
- boulangerie Anthony bosson
- 134 r.d.t Boulangerie-Pâtisserie (close by)

Pastry:
- Carl Marletti
- Jacques Genin (close by)
- Pain de Sucre (close by)
- L’Éclair de Génie (close by)
- Sébastien Gaudard - Pâtisserie des Martyrs
- Colorova
- Carette
- Liberté pâtisserie-boulangerie par Benoît Castel (close by)
- Maison Georges LARNICOL (close by)
- Laurent Duchene

Cheese
- Fromagerie Laurent Dubois (close by)
- Alléosse
- Ferme Saint hubert
- Salon du fromage Hisada
- Chez l'Auvergnat

Bars
- Verjus
- Ô Chateau
- Le Barav (close by)
- Willi's Wine Bar (Close to Juveniles)
- Cocktails - Le Mary Celeste (and maybe Sunday dinner as well) (close by)

Chocolates
- Patrick Roger
- Michael Chaudin
- Pascal Le Gac Chocolatier
- Demoncy-Vergne
- Un Dimanche à Paris (I'm guessing the chocolates would be at the La Boutique?)
- Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse ( to bring back)

Markets
- Marche d'Aligre
- Bastille on Sunday
- Marche d l'Anima?

Thank you!

Apr 20, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

Ah! I did not know that. Thank you! I guess I could give Chez Denise a shot. I know that their daily specials are supposed to be good. Are there any other must get dishes there?

Having read good reviews of Mary Celeste and some reviews that said that Clamato was good seafood but not necessarily something that you wouldn't get outside France, I'm thinking about switching Clamato with Mary Celeste. Also read some fair but not very good reviews of A. Noste :(

Apr 19, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Sorry, I'll answer my own question (should have checked Wikipedia before posting) - "Cellar Door: The area of the winery where point of sale purchases occur. This can be a tasting room or a separate sales area."

Are these any cellar doors that are recommended Dijon and Beaune? Thank you.

Apr 19, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

A newbie question - what is a "cellar door" and how does one find them? Thanks.

Apr 19, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

Right, it's the dinner reservation I'm unsure of. What is the best way to try for one? Call them a day in advance or something to see if there was a cancellation? Thanks.

Apr 19, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

Thank you everyone!

We'll be staying in the Haut Marais area. Since I'll be arriving after 10:30 PM, AG would not be possible. Would you happen to have any suggestions on an alternate? I was thinking walking to Chez Denise or Le Mary Celeste (leaning towards this since it's closer) since they both are open late. Also, thank you for your recommending Pierre Sang for Saturday. I'll try to make reservations.

I got the point about the post Gagnaire meal. I'll try to find something light. Perhaps a glass or two of wine and a snack at Le Barav or Le Progres since both are located in the 3rd. I'm open to other recommendations as well.

I've been reading some conflicting recent reviews of Pirouette so I'm on the fence with this now. What would be a good post L'Ami Jean meal? I was toying with trying one from Chez Mamane, Hamadi or L'Atlas. Since Moroccan cuisine is relative well represented in the U.S., I am leaning towards the first two. Any thoughts (or alternatives)?

Is it worth thinking about 'Le Comptoir du Relais' on Monday or is that a waste of time? In addition to the alternates that I mentioned (Chez Denise, Paul Bert, Au Passage) a few more have come up on my list - Taxi Jaune, David Toutain (unsure since lunch next day is at Gagnaire), L'Assiette and le Bat.

BTW, how is L'Assiette as compared to Chez Denise?

Also, thinking about squeezing in Brezih Cafe for some crepes one day.

Thank you all once again!

Apr 19, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Thank you! We like wine but it's not the only thing that we're looking for. I would say it's food followed by wine followed by culture. I do have dinner reservations at Stéphane Derbord & Auberge de la Charme. Any idea how are they?

Since, I don't know anyone in the wine industry who could help me set up appointments, I guess I'll try to set something up with one of the big producers (Jadot, Bouchard or Drouhin).

But, in addition to that, how do things work? If we walk around Dijon or Beaune, will we see some tasting rooms that we could walk in? Are there any favorites when it comes to these tasting rooms?

Also, any recommendations on a tour? I'm not sure how to choose one between the different tours that I found.

Thank you!

Apr 19, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Hello, I posted this in the 'wine' section but wasn't sure how many locals visit so decided to post here. A friend and I are planning a 2 day visit to the Burgundy area. We've enjoyed some Burgundies in the U.S. but are amateurs when it comes to the technicalities of wine. This is our first time visiting France. Unfortunately, we do not speak French. We arrive early morning on a Thursday and leave Saturday morning. I don't think we want to rent a car because both of us want to be able to taste and have wine. I have a few questions and would really appreciate some help :)

- We are currently planning to stay in Dijon since a few people mentioned that Beaune is very touristy (and expensive) nowadays. However, a lot of the vineyards that I've read about seem to be around Beaune so I'm having second thoughts about staying in Dijon. Any thoughts? Also, from what I read, it seems like Côte de Nuits specializes in red Pinot Noirs & Côte de Beaune in white Chardonnays. Out of these, we would like to concentrate more on the former.

- If we do not rent a car, is there a way to get from Dijon to Beaune? Once you're there, can you just walk around?

- Which places to go to and how to organize it?

* On Thursday, I was thinking about doing something ourselves and then a tour on Friday.

* I've requested a visit to Louis Jadot on Thursday an am waiting to hear back. From their website, it seems like that starts at 3:00 PM. Any suggestions on other places to go to before/after that? Maybe some smaller producers for a nice mix? I was also thinking of Jean Chartron in Puligny Montrachet but am unsure about transportation and if it's worth it.

* I found a whole bunch of tours but am having a hard time figuring out a) if we should take a tour and b) if we should, then which one? The ones that I've looked at so far:

http://www.heartofwines.com/uk/
http://www.thehiddenfrance.com/
http://www.bourgogne-avec-chauffeur.c...
http://www.frenchwineroutes.com/conta...
http://www.detours-in-france.com/
http://www.authentica-tours.com/
http://www.burgundybyrequest.com/

* In Dijon, I wanted to check out Chez Bruno. Is that recommended?

I apologize for how disorganized and open-ended the above sounds. Just having a hard time planning this out. Thank you for your help!

Apr 18, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Wine tours in Burgundy and Rhone Valley?

Hello, I am in a similar situation as the OP so decided to post on this thread. 2 of us are planning a 2 day visit from Paris to the Burgundy area. We've enjoyed some Burgundies in the U.S. but are amateurs when it comes to the technicalities of wine. This is our first time visiting France. Unfortunately, we do not speak French. We arrive early morning on a Thursday and leave Saturday morning. I don't think we want to rent a car because both of us want to be able to taste and have wine. I have a few questions and would really appreciate some help :)

- We are currently planning to stay in Dijon since a few people mentioned that Beaune is very touristy (and expensive) nowadays. However, a lot of the vineyards that I've read about seem to be around Beaune so I'm having second thoughts about staying in Dijon. Any thoughts? Also, from what I read, it seems like Côte de Nuits specializes in red Pinot Noirs & Côte de Beaune in white Chardonnays. Out of these, we would like to concentrate more on the former.

- If we do not rent a car, is there a way to get from Dijon to Beaune? Once you're there, can you just walk around?

- Which places to go to and how to organize it?

* On Thursday, I was thinking about doing something ourselves and then a tour on Friday.

* I've requested a visit to Louis Jadot on Thursday an am waiting to hear back. From their website, it seems like that starts at 3:00 PM. Any suggestions on other places to go to before/after that? Maybe some smaller producers for a nice mix? I was also thinking of Jean Chartron in Puligny Montrachet but am unsure about transportation and if it's worth it.

* I found a whole bunch of tours but am having a hard time figuring out a) if we should take a tour and b) if we should, then which one? The ones that I've looked at so far:

http://www.heartofwines.com/uk/
http://www.thehiddenfrance.com/
http://www.bourgogne-avec-chauffeur.c...
http://www.frenchwineroutes.com/conta...
http://www.detours-in-france.com/
http://www.authentica-tours.com/
http://www.burgundybyrequest.com/

* In Dijon, I wanted to check out Chez Bruno. Is that recommended?

I apologize for how disorganized and open-ended the above sounds. Just having a hard time planning this out. Thank you for your help!

Apr 18, 2015
indiefoodie in Wine

Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

Hello, 2 of us will be visiting Paris for the first time (first 3 days is just me) in the first week of May. We live in NYC and eat everything. Food is the reason for the trip so if we just do great food and some wonderful walks, we'll be pretty satisfied :) Price is not a very big consideration but we do not want to do a lot of long, super fancy meals. We do not speak French. Unfortunately, we still have not finalized our hotel but we're going to try to stay in 1st or 2nd to minimize travel time.

I have a few places that I've read about and I would love some feedback on those. I also have some empty slots that I need to fill. I'm still researching the pastries, bread and cheese so we can use this thread for just restaurants. Thank you.

Friday
- Arrive late in the evening.
- Was thinking AG but their online reservation system requires at least 2 people so not sure how will that work. Any other suggestions?

Saturday
- <Leave open for breads, cheese and pastry>
- NEED TO FILL THIS SPOT

Sunday
- Maybe A Noste since it is open on Sunday?
- Clamato: Since this does not seem to take reservations, any suggestions on what time to get there?

Monday
- NEED TO FILL THIS SPOT
- I wanted to go to Le Comptoir du Relais. Howeve, since we are not staying at Relais Saint-Germain, I don't think we'll be able to get a reservation (unless there is some sort of a cancellation). I know that the lunches and weekend dinners are possible but the weekday dinner seemed more appealing. Taking this into consideration, should I substitute this with a different restaurant? Chez Denise, Paul Bert, Au Passage, something else?

Tuesday
- L'Ami Jean
- Pirouette

Wednesday
- Pierre Gagnaire
- NEED TO FILL THIS SPOT

Thursday
- Planning to go to Dijon in the morning. Not sure if something super early would be available before our train.

Friday
- In Dijon

Saturday
- Back to Paris in the morning. <Maybe a bread, cheese, pastry morning>
- Spring

Sunday
- Need a place to go to in the morning before heading out. Les Chouettes maybe?

Thank you very much!

Apr 15, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Return visit to London (researched!!)

Thank you! I would love some West African recommendations in Paris. Could you email them please? My email address is listed in my profile. Thanks!

Apr 09, 2015
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Return visit to London (researched!!)

Thank you so much! Does 'Roti King' do dishes in addition to rotis? Are they good as well?

Paris recommendations would be awesome! Do you mind emailing them? My email address is under 'Location' in my profile - http://www.chow.com/profile/1126558/f...

Thanks!

Apr 08, 2015
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland
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Return visit to London (researched!!)

Thank you. I agree with you that NYC's Indian is not good. I liked the Lamb Chops@Tulsi but now that Hemant Mathur is gone, I'm not sure how the place is doing. His new place, Haldi, has recd. some good reviews - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1003890. Although, the one time I went there, I was underwhelmed.

Do you mean a "favorite" for Indian food or favorite in NYC in general?

Apr 02, 2015
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Return visit to London (researched!!)

Thank you. I'll look into Sedap and The Jugged Hare as lunch options.

Any specific dishes that you recommend at Sadaf?

Apr 01, 2015
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Return visit to London (researched!!)

Hello,

I'll be visiting London the last week of April. I had a great time there last year (report - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9811...). My fav meal was Ledbury and I liked Dishoom, Harp, Nighjar and Bread Ahead@Borough Market a lot. I've come up with a list of places that I would like to visit this time. I would appreciate some help in narrowing down the places and get some advice on filling in the missing pieces. I feel that I've gone overboard with high end places and need to replace them with some casual places.

I live in NYC and will be visiting Paris after London so I would prefer to try things that London does better than those places.

I'll be living near Liverpool Street Station and working around Finsbury Square Garden.

Sat
- St. John Bread & Wine for a Bacon sandwich (or Nigerian@805 or Malaysian?
) - Square

Sun
- Tea@Brown's
- Mohsen for Persian food

Mon
- Gymkhana or Trishna or Cafe Spice Namaste (which one to pick?)

Tue
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Wed
- Hedone

Thu
- Fera@Claridges (Has someone tried Aquavit in NYC? Are these similar by any chance?)

1. Which one(s) from the above should I drop? I really don't want to do so many long, fancy meals in such a short period of time.

2. It seems like London does Malaysian food better than NYC. Any suggestions on where to go? I found references to Sedap but they were not very recent.

3. African - I haven't had a lot of Senegalese, Nigerian or Ghanian food. I read that 805 is good for Nigerian food. Is that true? Any other places that are a must do?

4. Lebanese - Chez Abir (formerly Chez Marcelle), Al Waha, Ishbilia or something else?

5. Turkish - Is it that much better than NYC? Also, after Persian and possibly Lebanese, would this be too much of similar stuff in just a week? A place that I read is good is Antepliler.

6. Are there any places around Finsbury Square that are good (esp. for the cuisines listed above). Lunches last year were at chains around that area and not very memorable.

Anything else that anyone would like to suggest? I know that I don't have a proper pub in my list but I had gone to Harwood Arms and Bull & Last last year and do not feel like doing that again. Are there any brilliant dessert places that I could check out?

Thank you!

Mar 31, 2015
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

JUNI

Hello, 4 of us are planning on going here for dinner tomorrow. Not sure if we'll get the 4 or the 6 course yet. Just wanted to check if there were any recommendations from the current menu - http://www.juninyc.com/menus/dinner? Thank you!

Mar 09, 2015
indiefoodie in Manhattan

La grenouille recap

In case any one else is interested in something similar - 3 of us ended up going on a Saturday around 12:30-1:00 PM. The bar area was empty when we got there so we were seated immediately. The bartender was great! He was very helpful with our wine selection and then proceeded to tell us about the souffles on offer. The menu had some seasonal ones but we ended up getting the chocolate, the Grand Marnier and the pistachio. We all agreed that they were very-very good. The least favorite was the pistachio. It seemed to taste more of almonds than pistachios and had a sight bitter after taste. The others were super delicious! Apparently, they offer some savory ones for lunch so I'll probably check those out at some point. Thank you all for your help!

Mar 06, 2015
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Please help figure out foodie destinations in France (take 2)!

Thank you! A quick question regarding car rentals while touring wine country - how do people usually manage with wine tastings, wine lunches, dinners, etc? By having a designated driver?

Feb 24, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help figure out foodie destinations in France (take 2)!

Thanks! Would you happen to know how do Dijon and Beaune compare in terms of food? What are some of the factors that would influence picking one over the other (except getting to Dijon from Paris seems relatively simpler). I was reading about Beaune and it does seem like a charming town but I'm not sure if 2 days would be too much there.

Feb 22, 2015
indiefoodie in France

Please help figure out foodie destinations in France (take 2)!

Thanks. I think out of the 3 cities that I mentioned, Dijon is the southern most. I would have thrown Bordeaux into contention but it's just too far for a 2 day trip (another time I guess :)

Feb 22, 2015
indiefoodie in France