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Gluten Free in Paris??!!

Hi, Chefathome. Obviously there are gluten intolerants and celiacs in Paris, but chances are you will have to search high and low for a restaurant where the chefs/cooks are concerned about it or even know of such a thing. The first thing they put on your table is a basket of bread. No telling what goes on in the kitchen.

David Liebowitz' Living the Sweet Life has a page devoted to gluten free in Paris. You might take a look at that. He suggests Le Potager du Marais, a vegetarian restaurant, and also renting an apartment and cooking it yourself.

I will be looking forward to what others who live in Paris have to say on this subject.

Jun 21, 2012
forestqueen56 in France

best coconut cake?

Thank you.

Jan 12, 2012
forestqueen56 in Manhattan

best coconut cake?

Oh my gosh, meringue coconut cake, my two favorite things together.

Where exactly is Baked.

Jan 11, 2012
forestqueen56 in Manhattan

best coconut cake?

I love Buttercup's coconut cake too, but will have to try the one at Balthazar's as mentioned above.

Jan 11, 2012
forestqueen56 in Manhattan

Mini Review : Doughnut Plant coconut cream doughnut

I love everything coconut especially coconut cream so thank you so much for this review. I can't wait to go there and try it. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until I am in New York again which probably wont be until June.

Jan 11, 2012
forestqueen56 in Manhattan

Paris - online restaurant reservation site?

I looked over all of the ones recommended here and did not find any of the Vietnamese nor Thai restaurants that I am interested in listed.

Sep 18, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Paris - online restaurant reservation site?

I know this questions was asked 5 years ago, but just in case someone is still searching for a website for online reservations in France, here is one I used.

http://www.lafourchette.com/1_restaur...

Sep 17, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Mini Review : Doughnut Plant coconut cream doughnut

These boards are not good for someone who is trying to give up both wheat and sugar.

I love donuts and I love coconut so can't imagine anything better than a coconut cream donut. Can't wait to go back to New York and try it.

Sep 06, 2011
forestqueen56 in Manhattan

THAI IN PARIS

Whether green or red, it was delicious, but my experience with Thai curries is limited to Massamun curry and Temple of the King curry which is a type of Massamun curry served in a restaurant in Lakewood, California. Both are made with coconut milk and one is quite sweet. I almost always order these.

Aug 15, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

Only basil.

Aug 15, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

Today I went to Lao Siam for lunch. I ordered chicken curry in coconut milk with bamboo and sticky rice. Both were delicious. I also ordered the Rubis. It was good, but probably wont order it again.

I plan to go again next Sunday for lunch and will order the casserole vermicelle.

The servers were extremely nice.

Thanks, Parigi, for the recommendation.

Aug 14, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

I finally found Lao Viet on Blvd. Massena, but it was closed for the month of August. I ended up eating Nems as an excellent (IMO) Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Bahn Cuon 14. Apparently I am not the only one who thinks it is great because both the first time I went there it was packed at 4 p.m. but I was able to get a table. Yesterday I passed by there again at 6:45 and not only were there no table, but there was a line. I ended up eating at Restaurant Saigon which was mediocre and empty. In all fairness, the only restaurants that seemed to be full were Pho Bahn and the one next door to it. Even Rouammit was relative empty.

Aug 13, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

Update on Spice and Wine.

I ordered the Kang Kiewant Kai, green curry chicken in coconut milk and sticky rice. There was a sommelier, or rather a server who knew something about wine, but since I was only going to have one glass the choice was limited.

The curry was quite good, but not excellent. I only had the main dish so I found the portion too small. There was just a hint of sweetness to it and it was definitely not spicy.

The waiter pointed out the vegetables in it which were tiny Asian eggplant of two varieties. He warned me not to eat, separately, the one that looked like a little ball because it was bitter, but eaten with the other ingredients it was not. According to my research on the internet it must be the Thai Kermit eggplant.

I will go back, but not before trying all the restaurants mentioned above. Only then will I be able to give it a rating.

http://www.spiceandwine.fr/

Aug 04, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

My Jewish friends in New York use the word schmuck to describe a jerk. I looked the word up and it has another meaning--a body part that I wont mention here. Now I am not sure I want to go to a restaurant called Schmuck. But I might pass by there and take a picture.

Vielleanglaise, I might stop by that wig place to try on a gray wig. I want to see what I look like if I stop dying my hair.

You learn so much on chowhound.

Jul 30, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

Will let you know about Spice and Wine. I am looking for less expensive and according to the website, it might be a little out of my price range (I must translate always into dollars), but will give it a try and add Khaosan Road, Oth Sombath, Bangkok Blue Elephant, and Silk and Spice to my list.

Please keep in mind that I am not an expert in this department. And I I probably would like the heavy handiness with the palm sugar.

Jul 30, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

All your recommendations sound wonderful to me. I will save them for future cravings.

I have a feeling you have eaten a lot more Thai and SE Asian food than I have. I am anxious to try some of these dishes that I have never heard of.

For tonight, however, I am meeting a friend for dinner and I know that I wont be able to persuade her to go far from home, especially to Belleville, so we are going to Spice and Vine near her apartment. It's on Rue de Maine. Have you heard of this one. If so, what are your thoughts?

Jul 30, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

eating alone

I met Daniele Steele's mother at the bar when Gino's was still in business. What fun. She didn't know that I knew who she was which made it even nicer.

Jul 29, 2011
forestqueen56 in Manhattan

THAI IN PARIS

Very true and the same can be said about my other favorite, Indian food. But I am living here at the moment and am desperate for something other than bistro and Italian so I'll have to settle for what's here. I know the food in every ethnic group is adjusted to the taste of the people. The French, for the most part, don't like things too spicy so it's not going to be the same as in California, for example, where they are used to eating spicey. Unfortunately or fortunately, I have not yet been to Thailand to taste the real thing.

Thanks for the link. I will check it out.

Jul 29, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

THAI IN PARIS

I am craving Thai curry. What is your favorite Thai restaurant in Paris and what did you love on the menu.

Jul 29, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

Noisette is also a term used in Aix-en-Provence where I use to live.

Jul 23, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

If you are going to le Jardin du Luxembourg, you can find wonderful markets not too far from there. One is on Tuesday and Friday on Blvd Raspail and another on Edgar Quinet which I believe is on Wednesday and Saturday. Then there is the bio/organic market on Raspail on Sunday.

If you are staying near the Arch de Triomph there is a wonderful park not far from there in the 17th, Parc Monceau. That would be great for a picnic, too.

Jul 23, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

August 6 in Paris

Oakglen already suggested Brasserie Wepler right on Place de Clichy. I haven't been there so can't recommend it personally, but it is very well known and considered to be one of the better brasseries in Paris. Brasseries usually have hearty meals and serve until after midnight. My guess is that you wont need reservations after 11 p.m.

For more information you can check http://www.secretsofparis.com/latestd...

I can, however, recommend Le Perroquet Vert at 7 Rue Cavallotti, 75018 Tel: 01 45 22 49 16 having eaten there several times. I found the food to be excellent. The location is not far from where you will be staying. I can't say if you will need reservations nor how late they serve. It could be a place to go another day. http://www.perroquet-vert.com

By the way Place de Clichy is in the 18th.

Jul 23, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Best overall food neighboorhood in Paris

Wow! From the third to rue Gassendi, that is a big change. I have been on that street once and it is indeed very quiet. I think it would be like moving from Midtown Manhattan to Forest Hills, Queens where I used to live.

I live in Paris half time and I have never lived anywhere but on Blvd Raspail so Quartier Denfert Rochereau is home for me. Not many tourists, mostly locals so you feel almost like you are a Parisian. I do tend to go in the direction of the Seine though whenever I walk, shop, or eat out.

If you are going for five stars, you wont find them on Rue Daguerre, but you can find a decent steak or fairly good canard confit and garlic potatoes at Cafe Daguerre. The clientele seem to be mostly French. Some of the servers speak English.

Like you, I am not really into Blvd Montparnasse. I ate steak tartar once at La Coupole and can't say that I would do it again. They do have a good selection of cocktails, though.

I prefer those little streets off of Blvd Raspail going toward le Jardin du Luxembourg. There are lots of Pudlo rated restaurants back in those areas.

Although I think the 7th is quite boring, my choice of quartiers, if my dream were to come true and I had the money to buy, would be the area between Ave de la Bourdonnais and Parc Champs de Mars from the Seine to l'Ecole Militaire. It's definitely not a foodie place, but lovely. At the extreme opposite in style, ambiance, and location, would be right around Butte Chaumont for completely different reasons.

Jul 12, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Where should a foodie live in Paris?

Love the Caulaincourt area. Also like Butte Chaumont, but not sure about markets there and it may be a bit out of the way. Both are very homey, comfortable feeling areas.

Jul 11, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Best overall food neighboorhood in Paris

I agree that Paris is one big food neighborhood. So there might be other things to consider when choosing where to stay.

I love the 7th, but I am with you when you say it's not that lively. If you want Rue Cler with more action go to Rue Daguerre in the 14th. As with Cler, it's a block long pedestrian street of markets, restaurants, boucheries, and boulangeries. It's at metro Denfert Rochereau not far from Montparnasse in one direction and le Jardin du Luxembourg in the other. If you know those areas at all, then you know there are tons of eateries everywhere you turn.

Within a few minutes, either by foot, metro, or bus, of Daguerre are three plein air food markets. There is one right near the 14th arr. mairie, one at Edgar Quinet, and then there is the market at Raspail and Rue de Renne where I shop. Not far from the Raspail market is the epicierie at Bon Marche. Frankly I prefer the outdoor markets to either Rue Cler or Rue Daguerre.

You are in foodie heaven here no matter where you stay.

Jul 11, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Gluten Free in Paris??!!

It is very good to know that Gregory Renard's macarons are gluten free, although I am about to go off sugar too. In my opinion his are the best in town, especially the pomme cannelle.

Jul 11, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Grass Fed Meat & Raw Dairy in Paris?

Thanks Souphie. I was sure there was no doc in Paris who was open to Weston Price or even low carb. I was hoping there would at least be a low carb Meetup here, but there isn't and I don't want to start one since I am so new at it.

Jul 09, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Grass Fed Meat & Raw Dairy in Paris?

The market on Boulevard Raspail is in the 6th arrondissement between Rue de Rennes and Rue de Cherche Midi.

Is your Weston Price doctor in Paris?

Jul 08, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

Grass Fed Meat & Raw Dairy in Paris?

Hello, kbengler.

I buy my grass fed beef and raw milk at the outdoor market on Blvd Raspail. Hours are Tuesday and Fridays until around 12:30 to 1 PM. The booth I go to for beef is Triperie Etoile de la Tripe. The liver there is probably the best I have ever eaten and the steak (bavette, I think) melts in your mouth. The phone number is 06 89 96 43 32, I haven't bought any other meat in the Raspail market yet.

The raw milk is at a milk and cheese stall.

Triperie also has a stand Wed and Sun at Mairie des Lilas and on Saturdays at Maubert in the 5th.

There is a Bio market at the Raspail location on Sundays.

If your U.S. doctor is a Weston Price M.D. then he must be low carb also. I would be curious to know if you have found a low carb doctor or support group in Paris. I am looking for both. My French friends like, too much, to eat those delicious things like bread, pasta, pizza and desserts which I am not supposed to eat anymore. I am still a newbie at this new way of eating so have little willpower when I am with them. So far have not had any luck finding this type of doctor.

I am a big follower of Jimmy Moore and his Living La Vida Low Carb podcasts and blog . He is the one who introduced me to grass fed beef and raw milk.

Jul 08, 2011
forestqueen56 in France

HELP!! In Forest Hills

I have wondered if anyone from the Gardens ever eats in any of the restaurants on Austin Street. It seems that everyone there comes from somewhere else.

Apr 18, 2011
forestqueen56 in Outer Boroughs