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Large Party for Dinner East Nashville

Not in East Nashville but City House has the large upstairs that could accomodate a party that large and they are open on Monday. I think they would want to do the dinner family style for a party that large.

Where for soup, spice, other have-a-cold foods?

Last winter i got takeout "Garbure" from the Spring Boutique. My wife had the same sinusy/cold thing and it was a big hit with her.

Dec 31, 2012
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Frenchie Online Reservations

Yes it's true. They posted it on their website and Facebook page yesterday. Reservation 30 days out maximum.

Sep 16, 2012
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Dordogne via Normandy to Brittany

We have some friends who just returned from here. http://www.maisons-de-bricourt.com/in.... They rented one of the Gites for week and found it wonderful. They enjoyed driving and eating in the Cancale area.

Aug 26, 2012
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My food diary of two weeks in Paris...

So True. The replacement is spotty at best.

Jul 05, 2012
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Need Nashville Butcher

A big yes for Porter Road Butcher's. Was ther yesterday and it was really busy. Everything I have purchased there has been the highest quality

Sunday and Monday in Paris

Just a reminder. As has been posted here before"reserve, reserve, reserve". Especially for S/S/M nights.

Dec 21, 2011
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*Paris* Taking the best, yet most particular company from dec 31- jan 5 please help with food and wine suggestions

Agree with mangeur and would add L'Office, Albion, Au Passage, Le Garde Robe and Les Papilles.

Dec 16, 2011
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Listing of Paris Markets

There is an app for the IPhone and IPad called Paris Food Markets that has a list by arr. and day.

Dec 10, 2011
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2 Weeks in Paris Part III- Le 122, Chez L'Ami Jean, Bistro Paul Bert

The night we were there the restaurant went completely dark for about a minute 3 times. Everyone started singing or applauding. This has happened on a previous visit also

Dec 10, 2011
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2 Weeks in Paris Part II; Au Passage, FL, Cafe des Musees

You are so spot on. Over the years we have found that Musees has had this problem but more at lunch than at dinner. The location and the more recent US reviews have added to this effect. We have found that we like the upstairs better the downstairs has offered a less harried, more intimate meal although without the "action" found upstairs.

Dec 10, 2011
dennis855 in France

2 Weeks in Paris Part III- Le 122, Chez L'Ami Jean, Bistro Paul Bert

These last three are places we seem to have at least one meal in every time we are in Paris.

LE 122

Another of our favorite places, it is not only within walking distance for us but Farid and Sophie are very special hosts. We usually have at least one meal here during our stay. A “Phillip Stark-like” room but with such warmth and friendliness. We started with a terrine de gibier as well as a “Chicken Soup”. The flavorful terrine was primarily biche and the soup was truly outstanding. The depth of flavor in an almost clear broth (and with what my wife calls the “bits in the bowl”) was eye-opening. Mains were a backhoeffe of cod and a perfectly rare pintade. With 2 glasses of Billecart-Saumon; a glass of Girard Pouilly; a bottle of 2009 “Far-Ouest” Languedoc red; an old Bas Armagnac and 2 coffees the bill was 175E. There are more reasonably priced menus at lunch and dinner but this was our splurge meal for the trip.

CHEZ L’AMI JEAN

IMHO you either “get” this place or you don’t. In our house there is a divergence of opinion here. That being said put on your big-boy eating pants; dress in layers (it gets warm inside) and go. Jego is one of the more social media savvy chefs in France. He posts the menu du jour on their Facebook page along with many photos. The menu options have been discussed here frequently. The Saturday night we were there we had the 55E chef’s menu. He prepared a silky soupe au parmesan, an oyster with topimbour in a spicy sauce, a spinach soup with poached egg, cod with beef cheeks, Eric Ospital pork tenderloin and then a series of pre-desserts, desserts and coffee. The night we were there they “blew” the breakers 3 times in the course of the evening (which is a regular occurrence). A long walk home was welcome at the end of the evening.

BISTRO PAUL BERT

We enjoyed 2 dinners here over the course of 2 weeks, one with Parisian friends and one just the 2 of us. Our first dinner on a Saturday night is something of a blur. As we were finishing our meal a group of wine makers (who were in town for the Salon de Vingerons Independent) came in to say hello to M. Aboyneau. As they were acquainted with our friends the groups merged and a significant quantity of superb wine was consumed. In reading my notes the next morning I was obviously in a wine-induced fog but the special wines of the evening were a Tourraine red made from Pineau d’Auris and the Corsican wines of Antoine Arena. None of these are available to me here in the states and were exceptional.

We returned the next week and had a much quieter evening. We split a starter of fois gras maison mi-cuit with especially flavorful compote of quince, pine nuts, ginger and cardamom. The mains were a beef fillet with Sarawak peppers and a roasted leg of young venison (cuisseau de chevreuil). We ended with a perfectly prepared Grand Marnier souflee and cheese (a perfectly ripe Epoisse was the standout).

Dec 10, 2011
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2 Weeks in Paris Part I; Pottoka, L'Office, Albion

He and Matthew were a little stressed as it was their first week. Hayden's wife was working the FOH. He is working thru some wine inventory that was part of the deal but is hard at work on the list i am excited for them. the location is next to La Grill on Poissoniere where we used to go 20 years ago.

Dec 10, 2011
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2 Weeks in Paris Part II; Au Passage, FL, Cafe des Musees

This post includes 2 places that were new to us as well as an old favorite.

AU PASSAGE

This is the Bar A Manger in the 11th off of R. St. Sebastian. Open for a while but new since our visit in Feb. and a recent Fooding award winner. Luckily we had made reservations just prior to the award announcement for lunch with a Paris friend. The room was full with an interesting cross section of ages and groups (workers from the neighborhood, moms with toddlers and groups of friends). James Henry (ex-Spring) was still in the kitchen and lunch has a set menu only while the evenings are a tapas style offering of many small plates. The wine list is short but chocked full of excellent (many natural and biodynamic) choices. We started with 2 squid a la plancha that were lightly stuffed with a bright fresh citron confit and a tasty balsamic reduction. The mains were 2 perfectly cooked lieu jaune and 1 echine de cochon properly rose. Our shared dessert was a lovely burrata with honey and pistachios. The 2 course lunch is a steal at 13E. With 2 bottles of wine (a very nice Cour Cheverny white and an excellent Chiroubles VV) and 2 coffees the bill was 112E. I perused the small plate dinner offerings and hoped we could return for dinner during our stay but that was not to be.

FL RESTAURANT

Another small (20-25 covers) chef driven restaurant. The chef hails from Picardie so we started our dinner with a Ficelle Picardie (a millefeuille of crepes, ham and cheese) and a veloute of champignons with marrons and fois gras. Mains were a veal steak with beets and carrots (the yellow beets were particularly good) and a properly rare bavette with roasted potatoes, carrots and navets. Why are the navets in France so much better than our turnips here in the US? Dessert was a large profiterole and cheese (a tome au cidre and a le rollot. The rollot is a Picardian cheese I was not familiar with but was superb.) With a bottle of Ducrocq Bergerac, a glass of white and 2 coffees the bill was 114E. This is a modern room, a fantastic staff and well prepared food at reasonable prices. In looking at the menu, the prices at lunch are also very reasonable. With 2 courses and a carafe of wine 2 people could spend less than 60E in the usually pricier 7th off R. St. Dominique.

CAFÉ DES MUSEES

A Sunday night regular place for us in Paris. We were not only here on Sun. night but also after the March des Producteurs market in St. Paul for a rainy cold afternoon lunch. Sunday night was less crowded and a more laid back service. We enjoyed a starter of house cured salmon and smoked herring. Mains were steak frites and a lamb fricassee. With a bottle of Gramenon CDR white, a glass of Cahors red, dessert, 2 coffees and Armagnac the bill was 105E. The crowd was mostly locals including a lovely 90 yr old lady and her grandson who were locals. We enjoyed the dinner and the conversation with our neighbors at the next table. Lunch was very crowded. A rainy cold Saturday afternoon. We sat at the 2 bar seats in front of the upstairs kitchen. Watching the cooking, the plating and the choreography of the staff was as much fun as the food we ate. Starters were a Crème de Gascon (great) and a terrine maison. Mains were a salade d’automne and St. Jacques roti. With a carafe and a glass of Saumur, 2 glasses of Vire Clesse and 3 coffees the bill was 95E. I know the Café des Musees has been both favorably and unfavorably reviewed (esp. on line) yet we enjoy it and have at least one meal here when we are in Paris.

Dec 09, 2011
dennis855 in France

2 Weeks in Paris Part I; Pottoka, L'Office, Albion

My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful two weeks in Paris. I am a longtime lurker and an infrequent poster on this board and have gained many insights from the knowledge contained here. Please excuse any spelling errors. I have tried to include prices for all of our meals as this is sometimes overlooked in posts here. I will break this into 3 posts so as to reduce the length. These 3 places are new since our last visit in Feb. and our first visit to all of them.
POTTOKA
We enjoyed two lunches here. A small 30 seat spot in the 7th an off-shoot of Fable de la Fontaine around the corner. The first visit was a jet-lagged lunch. Starters were a veloute of lentils with fois gras, walnuts and mushrooms and a tarte de boudin noir with apples, celeriac and peanuts. Mains were St. Jacques sur la plancha and sautéed leeks, as well as epaule d’agneau en cocotte. With 2 glasses each of a lovely Irouleguy red and white, 2 coffees and a carafe of water the bill was 85E. Our second lunch the next week was 2 menus at 22E for 3 courses. A confit de canard with polenta and pimenton and a small green salad was the starter and main was an eschine de cochon with a gratin of macaroni and a superb sauce. An Earl Grey panna cotta and caramel sauce was dessert. This time a carafe each of red and white Irouleguy, water and 2 coffees. Again the bill was 88E. This is a great spot; bright, friendly, mostly local patrons. Although I speak passable French we may have been the only English speakers in the room on both visits.
L’OFFICE
Two young American chefs who were recruited from Del Posto have been here about 4 weeks. Another great spot with local neighborhood workers at lunch and about 30 seats. They have a 19E 2 course and a 24E 3 course menu at lunch. We shared a gorgonzola gnocchi (Del Posto alums, why not). The mains were poulet with mushrooms, parsnip puree and snowpeas and leg of lamb with sun chokes. All of the plates were lovely to look at and very, very tasty. A lovely bottle of Montlouis, a couple of glasses of St. Chinian rouge, cheese and 2 coffees the bill was 90E. Chatted with the young chefs after service. They are just getting their feet under them but I think L’Office is a keeper and will become a tougher reservation to acquire.
ALBION
Another recently opened restaurant, Hayden (FOH) and Matthew (chef) have worked together for 10 years at Fish. They opened Albion the week before we arrived. We had known them from Fish and were excited to see them again. We were joined for lunch by a Parisian friend. We jumped right into glasses of 2008 Montlouis white with our starters of creamy Burrata with tangy good garlicy pesto worthy of bread sopping the plate clean and a huge bowl of aromatic parsnip soup, pureed with potatoes, turmeric and chorizo. The mains were a perfectly cooked cabillaud, moist inside and crispy skin outside served on a bed of bright green cabbage and briny palourde clams and salty bits of bacon. A lamb confit with pureed onions and garlic, although delicious and full of flavor, didn’t wow as much as penne pasta with sun dried tomatoes, spinach and olive oil which was off the charts delicious. A couple of carafes of Gayda Syrah, 1 coffee and a stunning orange and lemon tart made for a memorable afternoon. The total for lunch was 115E for 3.

Dec 09, 2011
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Will game still be afoot (afield?!) in mid January?

This is a very interesting conversation. Since most of our visits to Paris are in the last weeks of Jan and the first weeks of Feb. (birthdays, anniversary, etc.), we have found the wild game has been much harder to find than in the Nov.-Dec. time frame.

Dec 08, 2011
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Reed Restaurant, rue Amelie, 7th

This is timely. I walked by yesterday and looked at the menu on the way to Pottoka for lunch. It looked lovely and suggested to my wife we try it next week. Thanks for the heads up

Nov 25, 2011
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French Menu Reader

Not only is dropbox great but if you mark the file as a "favorite" it can be viewed off-line. As a previous poster mentioned I have used it for maps, vouchers, reservations and a restaurant spreadsheet I created.

Oct 17, 2011
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Casual and fun restaurant this Sunday in Paris for group of 14 for pre-wedding dinner - help! :)

Drouant is open on Sunday and would be able to acomodate that size party but may be out of your price range

Sep 08, 2011
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Paris - Nice lunch under 20 euros (with a few other criteria making the search difficult)

Assuming that you would want only one course as Tea is to follow; you might want to check out Mini Palais. In the area you wanted and the terrace is lovely in decent weather. Menu's, prices and photo's online.

Sep 08, 2011
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Friday Later Dinner in Nashville?

Watermark has been thru a series of Chef changes in the last 6-8 weeks. I am not sure who is doing the cooking there now. Louis Osteen is the corporate Executive Chef so maybe he has taken over in the interim.

Musee Rodin Picnic--nearby takeaway

There is a nice Boulangerie about #38; a green grocer (Vergers de Bourgogne) at #36; and a Patisserie (I think Pradier) about #30 as well as 2 mini-markets all on Rue de Bourgogne. I agree that Hebert is a great charcuterie/traiteur neighborhood resource.

Jul 07, 2011
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Tourist area restaurants in Paris

Also a 5 min walk from the Tour is Casse Noix. Reservations essential and a very good lunch around 30E.

Jul 06, 2011
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Musee Rodin Picnic--nearby takeaway

Please be aware that a large portion of the garden is ungergoing renovation. Still one of my favorite picnic spots. Another quiet spot are the gardens at Cluny and easy (but cher) foods in the neighborhood.

Jul 06, 2011
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Where to take 14 Chefs on a Sunday Night?

Obviously I missed the Sunday night part.

Jun 02, 2011
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Where to take 14 Chefs on a Sunday Night?

The downstairs room at Les Papilles, perhaps

Jun 01, 2011
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Special Dinner @ Fish & Co. Nashville (long)

Chef Josh Weekley was hitting on all cylinders earlier this week. A group of 8 had a superb meal with lovely service.

First course was a selection of raw oysters (Flying Point, Fanny Bay, Sunberry Point, Wellfleet, White Cap and Rome Point) served with fresh grated horseradish, mignonette, cocktail sauce, butter and rye bread. The Sunberry Point was my favorite.

Second course was a tempura soft shell crab with red pepper jelly sauce. The crab was creamy and sweet with an ethereally light tempura. The red pepper jelly was a terrific counterpoint and brought a familiar southern accent to the plate.

Third course was roasted monkfish with savoy cabbage, lardons and a chive butter sauce. The smoked touch of the lardon with the sweetness of the cabbage played well together with the perfectly cooked monkfish which was just opaque in the center.

Fourth course was a pan seared Yellowedge grouper served with braised morels, sea beans, spinach and a brown butter caper sauce. This was my favorite combination of flavors the entire evening. Sea beans are an ingredient I am not familiar with and added texture to the dish. This course and the following course were a natural with red wine.

Fifth course was grilled rare Yellowfin tuna. This was served with a black bean salad, tomato and herb vinaigrette, goat cheese and topped with flash fried leeks. This is not the most culinariy forward plate but, the quality of and respect for the ingredients along with the care in preparation, reveals the talent in the kitchen.

All of these were small plates served in tasting portions. Although this was a special dinner many of the dishes find their way onto the nightly specials. Thanks Josh and crew for a lovely evening.

Nashville Fri/Sat with an 8yr old

They are great with youngsters at City House. We take our grandchildren frequently and see lots of other families especially earlier in the evening

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1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

Paris Oysters (Garnier vs. L'Ecailleur du bistrot)

Sorry, you are absolutely correct. Other side of the Y at R du Four & Montfaucon

May 07, 2011
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Daytona lunch ?

We usually get our fresh seafood there and dont eat in. The seafood is superb quality. I doubt they would switch fish but it may have been the trimmings from the tail end or belly that were left when they did the fileting.

May 07, 2011
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