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Chowhound Meetups...?

Not sure if there's already a thing going on, but I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in dining with other Chow members once a month?

Any suggestions for dinner around the Manulive Centre (55 Bloor ST. W.)?

How about Pangae just north of Bloor on Bay. Been going there for Summer/Winterlicious for years and it's excellent.

Reservations for Paris restos

Thanks to all of you...It seems that buying temporary phones is a tricky business..most companies sell "locked" phones because they want you to use their sim card and unlocked phones end up costing a lot, too. I don't want to have to lug my laptop (some people use skype as a phone method) just to make a couple of reservations!

Agh!

May 04, 2010
orangette in France

Reservations for Paris restos

Thanks to all of you! I don't have a Verizon but I will look into my options. My concern was lunch as dinner reservations are so easy to plan considering most places don't begin serving until 8pm...I'm going to be alone, so I prefer to eat out at lunch and make my dinner at my rental apt.

Thanks, again!

Apr 20, 2010
orangette in France

Coffee

Well, this is definitely a touchy subject and I will give it a go when I'm in Paris next month. I will be staying in an apt. so I plan to brew my own. I'll buy some beans in Paris - heard some good things about a few roasters (sorry, their names escape me at the moment).

My final comment on the subject is that, overall, I have fewer bad cups in Italy than anywhere else and not such great luck in the rest of Europe. In the U.S. and home in Toronto, I know where to go, so that's an advantage.

Apr 15, 2010
orangette in France

Do Chowhounds gather in Paris? Good value Bistro? Market in Rungis?

Thanks for the great tip, BV - I just tried their website but it looks like it's under construction.

Apr 15, 2010
orangette in France

Reservations for Paris restos

I completely get that reservations are essential, and sometimes quite far in advance. This is tricky for someone who's not sure what she'll be doing from day to day (or what I'll feel like eating when hunger strikes in whatever neighbourhood I will find myself in on any given day)...that, and that I won't have access to a phone.

Any suggestions? Are there public phones in which one can use a phone card? I've heard so many people moaning about how difficult it is to get a reservation at certain restos, this is pretty disheartening for a visitor.

Any helpful suggestions are welcome!

Apr 15, 2010
orangette in France

Do Chowhounds gather in Paris? Good value Bistro? Market in Rungis?

Thank you, Parigi! I'm going to be in Paris for 11 nights so this is all doable!

Mar 17, 2010
orangette in France

Coffee

So, when is someone going to open a cafe with GOOD espresso/coffees in Paris??? Clearly, there is a need. Even if "good" coffee is a matter of taste, there is an undeniable consensus that virtually without exception, coffee sucks in France and several other European destinations. I'm surprised the Italians haven't clued in and moved over to supply the French with a proper espresso (I say this objectively, despite being of Italian heritage).

Mar 17, 2010
orangette in France

Do Chowhounds gather in Paris? Good value Bistro? Market in Rungis?

Fantastic - Thank you!

Mar 11, 2010
orangette in France

Spoiled Seattlite looking for good coffee roaster in Paris

And thank you for the tip about the Carte Noir! I agree also with LaGentille that you don't have to run all over town and spend big bucks to get a decent cup. Espresso and all its mutations, on the other hand, is a different matter altogether. I love a good Americano, so it would be nice to go somewhere that makes an excellent espresso.

Back to LaGentille's comment, I'll admit that there have been times at home in Toronto when I don't have time or energy to run around for XYZ coffee and pick up beans at my local grocery store. Guess what? To my surprise, the coffee's been excellent. It's not Fair Trade nor organic, but it's good in a pinch. I'm going to be in Paris for almost two weeks, so I'm going to bring my own coffee (unfortunately, pre-ground as I don't know if the apt. I'm staying in will have a grinder...and if you read my post about not finding a grinder anywhere in St.Martin last fall, you'll understand why!).

Mar 11, 2010
orangette in France

Spoiled Seattlite looking for good coffee roaster in Paris

Let us know what you think! I'm heading to Paris in late Spring (May 12-22).

Mar 11, 2010
orangette in France

Spoiled Seattlite looking for good coffee roaster in Paris

While this may be true, like others on this thread have mentioned, in general, the proper methodology is missing in France (and the French - I've not had a good cup in St. Marin, Guadeloupe or anywhere else French have made me an espresso - this is not to say that every cup of espresso made by an Italian has been spot on, either!).

OMO, it makes sense that one can only compare "tastes" when you've ruled out discrepancies in methodology.

Mar 11, 2010
orangette in France

Spoiled Seattlite looking for good coffee roaster in Paris

This is true - but it would be nice to enjoy what you're drinking, no?

I assume we're talking cups of coffee versus espresso...? Hychka, I don't know where you reside, but I am more than happy to share some coffee with you when I'm in Paris (May 12 - 22). I've managed to get in touch with another Chowhound poster and we're meeting up.

Feel free to be in touch, oranjette5@gmail.com

Mar 11, 2010
orangette in France

Spoiled Seattlite looking for good coffee roaster in Paris

As an Italian-Torontonian, I have had a miserable time finding "good" coffee in France or St. Martin whenever I've been, so I usually bring my own...this last time I brought Intelligentsia roasted beans (I mention Intelligentisia only for those who are THAT into it) but there was nowhere to grind the beans on the entire island, so off I went in search of a "good" espresso. I even went to the airport at 8 pm one night as I was desperate for a coffee! I ended up throwing the beans into my gelato (God bless the Sicilian who moved to St. Martin and started up the local gelato...but I digress).

I'll be in Paris May 12-23 and would L-O-V-E to join anyone in a coffee tasting!!! Not sure if including my e-mails is against Chow policy??? oranjette5@gmail.com

Mar 08, 2010
orangette in France

Do Chowhounds gather in Paris? Good value Bistro? Market in Rungis?

Solo in Paris May 12 - 23 ...Toronto Chowhounds sometimes get together...any such thing in Paris?

2. Looking for a cheerful, good value bistro for the Montorgueil/Marais areas? I will be renting an apt. in that area and likely go for lunch.

3. Anyone been to the market in Rungis? Is it worth the trip? I'm intending on going to (flea and) food markets...simply looking for alternative, off the beaten path things to do that may be linked to food (other than Versailles, Chartres, etc). Would be nice to visit a must-see small town/village easily accessible by Paris trains.

Just want to thank all for the excellent threads...has been a great source for my trip. Would love to take the easy way out and use something like http://www.edible-paris.com/prices/in... but I'd rather spend the money on a meal.

Mar 08, 2010
orangette in France

First date drinks...then maybe dinner?

Thx, Rabbit - good to know about Sidecar

First date drinks...then maybe dinner?

Ceili Cottage is a GREAT idea! I've never been to Batifole, so that would be nice, too.

I was just doing a little more research, and I also really like the sound of Hank's on Church (down by the St. Lawrence Mkt) http://www.9church.com/

Really appreciate the info everyone!

First date drinks...then maybe dinner?

Thx, jlunar - I'll check out the photos!

First date drinks...then maybe dinner?

Hi, I'm meeting someone for the first time for drinks...and if all goes well, dinner.

I'd like to keep things centrally located (or in Leslieville), affordable and simple - either have drinks in one location and walk to dinner for second location. Or, even simpler, stay in one place.

From what I've read/heard, Sidecar sounds like a good bet - not too expensive, not too casual or too romantic and has great drinks. The food sounds like it could be a hit or a miss. I can't tell. It would bug me to pay full price and be disappointed considering they offer prix fix during the week and I'm not going at that time (I'd go during the week if only I could trust myself to stick to one drink!).

My date is into red wine, so it would also be nice to go somewhere w/the same idea in mind. I love Gio Ranna's for a first date but I'd like to try something new.

Thanks!