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Keen's - Worst meal

Sorry to hear all these bad reviews. I ate at Keens with my family yesterday for the first time after reading good reviews on CH.
We had a wonderful lunch! Our waiter was cordial, and took good care of us. He told us all about the history of the place which was very entertaining.
We started with oysters, which although not the best I've ever had, were fresh and tasty, then we shared a king's cut prime rib and a mutton chop with the creamed spinach and boiled potatoes. Everything was delicious.
Most of all, the atmosphere there is just so unique, cozy and full of charm and personality.
It was a perfect holiday lunch. We'd go back in a heartbeat!

Dec 18, 2012
mizhil in Manhattan

60th B-Day Dinner on a Sunday!

I am looking for an old fashioned Special Occasion restaurant for my husband's 60th b-day which falls this year on 12/16...a Sunday.
There will be 3-5 of us, and we will be dining with our 11 year old daughter who is accustomed to, and loves fine dining, and is very well behaved. (She has travelled with us to NYC and Paris before, dining at all kinds of restaurants, all sorts of cuisines.)
We'd prefer a more "traditional" restaurant...something like Le Grenouille, which we loved, but sadly doesn't serve on Sunday.
Italian would be nice. But we are open as far as cuisine.
Nothing with a "required" multi-course tasting menu.
No molecular gastronomy.
Budget is not an issue.
Ambiance and service are the priorities.
We will be staying at The Michaelangelo, but could travel within Manhattan for the right place.

Oct 12, 2012
mizhil in Manhattan

DInner after Vedettes du Pont Neuf First Night In Paris

Good advice, thank you! I am used to arriving in Paris early in the day, and heading right out to a fancy lunch! But, all will be different with a child...and since this trip is for her, we'll have to adjust to her needs.

Oct 28, 2011
mizhil in France

DInner after Vedettes du Pont Neuf First Night In Paris

Yes, this is a definite possibility. Ideally, I'd love to eat out that night, but if we're too jet lagged, I'm grateful we have the option of eating in...

Oct 28, 2011
mizhil in France

DInner after Vedettes du Pont Neuf First Night In Paris

Any particular spots you have in mind?

Oct 28, 2011
mizhil in France

DInner after Vedettes du Pont Neuf First Night In Paris

Thanks for the response!
The cruises last one hour according to the website. I was thinking of taking the 17:45 or the 18:30 boat so we could see the lights.

Oct 28, 2011
mizhil in France

DInner after Vedettes du Pont Neuf First Night In Paris

I'm looking for a place to eat dinner after a ride on the Vedettes du Pont Neuf our first night in Paris.
Something festive, and traditional, but not too fussy, as we'll undoubtedly be exhasuted from travel.
We're renting an apartment on Quai de Tournelle, so somewhere in between would be ideal!
Thanks!

Oct 28, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

No worries! I just hope I actually get to try them now, after the big build up!

Oct 07, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

Would love to but I'm not sure how to move the info. I did post a request entitled, "Dining with my 10 year old in Paris" on September 26 that sadly received no responses...
If you would kindly reply to that post, we could continue the discussion there?
I hate to be rude and hi jack!!! Incidently, I am so excited that I just heard back from Julot!

Oct 07, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

Sunshine,
"Aiguilles is the French word for needle"
I didn't know this fun tid-bit though! Thank you!:)

Oct 07, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

Sunshine, I certainly meant the 'nugget ' reference with a wink and a nudge!
I understand what part of the bird it really is from the great description on the original thread. I just thought my daughter would enjoy the reference to "nuggets" as we find the real ones most unpleasant...when they serve them in the school cafeteria, I definitely get the request to pack her lunch that day! :)

Oct 07, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

Ooh la la! The strange bits! How exotic! My 10 year old daughter actually loves sweatbreads! We are always up for an adventure! Thank you for your suggestion!

Oct 07, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

TournellE
Yes, I neglected the final e...the first in many mistakes I'm sure to make on this journey!
Thank you again for the wonderful tips about the markets!
Oteiza sounds wonderful as well, all good places for picking up some delicious things to eat back at our apartment! I still love the idea of taking home a fish platter of some sort, although I've never opened oysters myself...I wonder if I can pick up a cheap oyster knife at Monoprix???
We plan to do most of our main dining out at lunch, since we are traveling with a 10 year old, and frankly we prefer it.... To me there is nothing more indulgent than a long lunch with wine etc. but then I am usually ready for something lighter in the evening and we will do take out, crepes, omelettes, and more casual fare. I have been to Paris several times, (without my daughter ) but always with good friends who lived in Paris and spoke fluent french, so we are a bit spoiled. We will be on our own this time, which is exciting, and daunting!

Oct 07, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

We are renting 65 Quai de la Tournell. Across from Notre Dame. Actually there is a restaurant right below us...Le Tournebievre??? Good???
Thank you kindly for the information re: Marché des Producteurs de Pays.
That sounds wonderful. We will be traveling with our 10 year old daughter for her first trip to Paris, and we all love to wander Farmer's Markets! Hopefully we will not encounter a blizzard! Although it is a good reason to duck ino a cozy bistro or wine bar!!
I love the info re: "aiguillettes" "my kid eats them like popcorn"
We must try these with my daughter! Perhaps she can tell her friends back home that she had "Duck Nuggets" in Paris :-)

Do any of the foodie tour groups offer a Guided walking trip of the Marche, I wonder?

I have emailed to "zejulot" or "Souphie" regarding availing him of his Concierge/Tour services while we are in Paris (based on the excellent recommendations on this sight) however I have not heard back from him yet...

Any other tips, related to Paris in December would be greatly appreciated...
Thank you kindly again!

Oct 06, 2011
mizhil in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

"what about a seafood platter? We order one from our poissonnerie,"

What a fabulous idea!
I will be travelling to Paris 12/1-8 and we have rented an apartment. Would you be willing to share what poissonnerie you use?
Do most offer his kind of take-out service?

Oct 04, 2011
mizhil in France

Finally taking my 5 year old daughter to Paris for a couple of days - advice?

Hello,
Sounds like your daughter and mine have a lot in common! Mine is 10 and a real foodie as well.
We are going to Paris for her first trip in December, so I hope you write after you return and tell us what you did together so we can take notes!
Have fun!

Sep 30, 2011
mizhil in France

special considerations for first paris visit for wife and young (2 yo) daughter

Thanks for the thoughtful post.
I am traveling to Paris with my 10 year old daughter in December, and was getting quite paranoid about it after reading all the dire warnings about dining in Paris with children on this board!
I'm glad you and your family had a nice trip!

Sep 30, 2011
mizhil in France

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

This was and still is my dad's and my favorite sandwich!
It really is delicious, and completely different than a regular pb&j.
Use plenty of butter, white bread please!
Wash down with a cold glass of milk!
Comfort food at it's finest!

Sep 28, 2011
mizhil in Recipes

Dining with my 10 year old Daughter in Paris

I've so enjoyed reading the many informative posts as I research my upcoming trip (12/1-8) with my husband and 10 year old daughter. She is a very precocious and sophisticated child, happy to dress up for the occasion, quite used to dining in fine restaurants in NYC.
Last year she charmed the wonderfully attentive waiters at La Grenouille by ordering (and loving) oysters and sweetbreads! She even loves her steak RARE!
The waiters at LG let her have her own little glass to have a sip of our Sancerre! tsk tsk!
We aren't completely crazy though, and do think, the newer "serious" food restaurants in Paris would be wasted on her at this age for her first experience. We don't want to go anywhere we wouldn't be welcome, or perceived as inappropriate, regardless of what a good child she is.
Anyway, we plan on taking her to mostly traditional Cafe's, Bistro's and Brasseries, and generally for lunch. In the evening, we are thinking, based on some of the great suggestions in other posts, "take out" to our apt. (Quai Le Tournelle) Crepes, or casual ethnic food spots.
From past visits (sans child), some of our personal favorites were Balzar, Chez Denise, Aux Charpentiers, Fontaine De Mars, Allard and Quincy...
I'd love any additional thoughts anyone might have, and particularly would like to know if any of the wine bars allow well behaved, older children. If so, since they seem to be a more casual place to try some of the more new wave food, would there be any particularly well suited to bringing our daughter? Thanks for the input!
Just as an aside, I'll never forget my first visit to Paris in 1999, and a lunch at Balzar where a French family came in with 2 daughters...approx. 8 years old. They were, of course impeccably dressed in little sailor dresses, and very well behaved. The waiter brought them out little plates of saucisson sec and butter while the grown up's perused their menus...
I've always wanted to create a similar experience with my own child...
Wishful thinking???

Sep 26, 2011
mizhil in France

Wines Til Sold Out website - anyone use it?

I have purchased several bottles from WTSO after being referred to it by a wine enthusiast friend with an amazing home cellar.
I have been very pleased with the wines I have purchased so far, and the deals have been very good.
But the thing that I really like, is the chance to buy things that I would never be able to find
in the midwestern suburb where I live.
If I had a more interesting, knowledgeable wine store nearby, I might be less excited.
I love having wines to serve my guests that I know they can't buy at the local grocery store.
And the free shipping is great!

Feb 16, 2010
mizhil in Wine

Ever cooked tongue or other 'offal' items?

Now I just have to get the guts up to make it!

Feb 05, 2010
mizhil in Home Cooking

Ever cooked tongue or other 'offal' items?

The following email came from my Auntie to me a few nights ago.
I love getting old family recipes!
I couldn't think of anyone who'd appreciate it, until I thought of Chow Hound!
So for any "Tongue Lovers"
Here is one form the old family recipe file! Hilary D

I Hil, I just had two thin slices of pickled tongue with salt and freshly ground pepper and I thought, who would enjoy this with me. Well my sister, but I can't e-mail her cuz she doesn't do that and YES, my niece. I finally found a recipe on line which was very much like Mom's and Mamma Heric's. You don't need a veal tongue for this a regular cow tongue works just great. Cover the tongue with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt for each quart of water. Cover tightly and cook slowly until tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. When the tongue is tender, remove the skin by plunging the tongue in cold water, and cut away the roots. Keep enough broth to almost cover the tongue and add 3 cups of vinegar (I use regular distilled white), 3/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup. 1/2tsp whole cloves, 2 tsp allspice, 1 bay leaf, 1 stick cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground pepper. I actually used 2 Tab pickling spices, and 3 bay leaves. I didn't have a fresh cinammon stick. Simmer covered for 1 hour. Put in a plastic container and put in the fridge for a day or two. To eat, slice on the diagonal and fee the very tip to the dog as it is actually kind of creepy. Serve on a nice cracker or crostini with salt and pepper. FABULOUS. Love French Aunt Linnie *** Don't let it sit in the cold water as the skin starts to pull away and then kind of reconnects. Plunge, watch it begin to pull away and use your fingers and a small paring knife to peel it off. Love you.

Feb 04, 2010
mizhil in Home Cooking

Need a pickled tongue recipe.

The following email came from my Auntie to me a few nights ago.
I love getting old family recipes!
I couldn't think of anyone who'd appreciate it, until I thought of Chow Hound!
So for any "Tongue Lovers"
Here is one form the old family recipe file! Hilary D

I Hil, I just had two thin slices of pickled tongue with salt and freshly ground pepper and I thought, who would enjoy this with me. Well my sister, but I can't e-mail her cuz she doesn't do that and YES, my niece. I finally found a recipe on line which was very much like Mom's and Mamma Heric's. You don't need a veal tongue for this a regular cow tongue works just great. Cover the tongue with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt for each quart of water. Cover tightly and cook slowly until tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. When the tongue is tender, remove the skin by plunging the tongue in cold water, and cut away the roots. Keep enough broth to almost cover the tongue and add 3 cups of vinegar (I use regular distilled white), 3/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup. 1/2tsp whole cloves, 2 tsp allspice, 1 bay leaf, 1 stick cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground pepper. I actually used 2 Tab pickling spices, and 3 bay leaves. I didn't have a fresh cinammon stick. Simmer covered for 1 hour. Put in a plastic container and put in the fridge for a day or two. To eat, slice on the diagonal and fee the very tip to the dog as it is actually kind of creepy. Serve on a nice cracker or crostini with salt and pepper. FABULOUS. Love French Aunt Linnie *** Don't let it sit in the cold water as the skin starts to pull away and then kind of reconnects. Plunge, watch it begin to pull away and use your fingers and a small paring knife to peel it off. Love you.

Feb 04, 2010
mizhil in Home Cooking

Venice, Saturday Night...Alle Testiere: 7:00 or 9:30?

You've been so helpful with your advice PBSF! Thank you again!
DIdn't I read that Bancogiro is closed on Sunday on one of these posts...
I'll have to look again...

Feb 02, 2010
mizhil in Italy

Venice, Saturday Night...Alle Testiere: 7:00 or 9:30?

I have been in contact with Alle Testiere and they are offering us 2 options for dinner seatings on Saturday night: 7:00 and 9:30.
Anyone want to weigh in?

Also:
We would like to go to Mass at San Marco on Sunday... Where should we go for a nice leisurely lunch after? Thought we'd do I'l Refolo that night...but we could switch to lunch...

Thoughts?

Hilary

Feb 02, 2010
mizhil in Italy

Florence & Venice Food-tinerary

Wow, great info!
Thanks!
Sorry we won't bump into you!!!
Unless we don't come home!!!!!!!LOL:)

Jan 29, 2010
mizhil in Italy

Florence & Venice Food-tinerary

3/14 and 15?
How funny!
Perhaps we will see you!
Let's hope for warmish weather for Il Refolo!
We haven't made our final plans yet, and need to inquire about reservations...
Isn't this fun?...I can't seem to get away from my computer!

Jan 29, 2010
mizhil in Italy

Venice: The Great Binge of '09

Any suggestions on these, our top choices...Lunch VS. Dinner?

We'd like to do some fancy lunches with a casual dinner and some fancy dinners with a lighter lunch...

Friday: Vini da Gigio

Saturday: Boccadoro

Sunday: Il Refolo

Monday: Il Ridoto

Tues: Fiascheterria Toscana

Wed: Alle Testiere

Casual spots:
Aciughetta, Bancogiro, Ai Promessi Sposi, Casa Mia, Anice Stallato, Da Albertp and Alla Vedova

Jan 29, 2010
mizhil in Italy

Florence & Venice Food-tinerary

Any suggestions on these , our top choices at Lunch VS. Dinner?
We'd like to do some fancy lunches with a casual dinner and some fancy dinners with a lighter lunch...
Friday: Vini d Gigio

Saturday: Boccadoro

Sunday: Il Refolo

Monday: Il Ridoto

Tues: Fiascheterria Toscana

Wed: Alle Testiere

Casual spots:
Bancogiro, Ai Promessi Sposi, Casa Mia, Anice Stallato, Da Albertp and Alla Vedova

Jan 29, 2010
mizhil in Italy

Good Restaurants in Canareggio District Venice?

Any suggestions on these , our top choices at Lunch VS. Dinner?
We'd like to do some fancy lunches with a casual dinner and some fancy dinners with a lighter lunch...
Friday: Vini d Gigio

Saturday: Boccadoro

Sunday: Il Refolo

Monday: Il Ridoto

Tues: Fiascheterria Toscana

Wed: Alle Testiere

Casual spots:
Bancogiro, Ai Promessi Sposi, Casa Mia, Anice Stallato, Da Albertp and Alla Vedova

Jan 29, 2010
mizhil in Italy