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Heading to Midland and area in February

Estufarian, I love that you continue to update this thread! We're headed back to Penetang/Midland for our annual month-long stay. My husband is already talking about Mad Michael's (they don't "do" barbecue here in France, so it's an exotic treat for him) and we'll definitely try Lilly's this time around. Will report back here...

Jul 23, 2012
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Top Paris caves à manger?

I live in te 3rd, but like to get out of my neighbourhood and see what's going on elsewhere. Thanks all for the suggestions. Looks like a busy four-day weekend ahead for me!

May 14, 2012
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Top Paris caves à manger?

As always, Parigi, very helpful. May head here for a birthday night out with the girls. Thanks!

May 14, 2012
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Top Paris caves à manger?

Wow, thanks for this. Very helpful. I keep hearing about Chapeau Melon; it wasn't around when I lived in th 20th. Nor was La Vierge de la Réunion near métro Alexandre Dumas which is also geting a lot of ink these days. Maybe a back to the old 'hood is in order...

May 14, 2012
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Top Paris caves à manger?

Great suggestions, thanks! Keep 'em comin'!

Any opinions on Le Baron Rouge, Le Rouge et le Verre, 5e Cru, l'Ame & l'Esprit du Vin, le Porte-pot, La Cave des Abesses or La Cave du Miroir?

May 12, 2012
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Top Paris caves à manger?

The title says it all; what are your top picks for caves à manger in Paris? Looking for recs for true caves à manger as opposed to wine bars; you know, small spaces, bottles lining the walls, and where customers can pop in to pick up a bottle on their way home or pay a corkage fee and linger over their choice with a plate of something tasty to accompany it.

Thoughts?

May 12, 2012
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Casual Montreal with toddlers

Lamb burgers? I'm sold! Will definitely try to steer husband and daughter in the direction of L'amère à Boire. Thanks!

Jul 17, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Casual Montreal with toddlers

That's a great idea, thanks for that. Lunch or dinner al fresco while our daughter expends that last of her energy in a playground could be a good option!

Jul 17, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Casual Montreal with toddlers

Jardin Nelson, how could I forget? If I remember right it's more about the atmosphere than the food there, but what an atmosphere! Lovely setting on the patio. If the line-up is not too long and we're around there, I'll definitely keep it in mind.

Olives et Gourmando looks like a cute lunch spot, too. Thanks for these suggestions. Only two more days to go until we leave rainy, grey Paris!

Jul 16, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Casual Montreal with toddlers

Thanks, kpaxonite. Daughter doesn't need restaurant-supplied crayons as that practice is absolutely unheard of here in Paris, so I always carry my own, along with a notepad ;) Might give P.D.C. a go at an early seating for dinner.

Actually had a look at Saint Bock's website and their claim to have Quebec's largest selection of beers certainly makes it tempting. You're probably right that it wouldn't be ideal for a four-year-old for a late dinner, but a look at the menu shows standard pub grub and soft drinks so I figure our daughter could chow down on a pizza or burger and fries there at lunch while my husband quenches his thirst for a good draught.

Sad to learn that we're staying in a food wasteland. Looks like we'll have to hike a bit further if we want a nice meal... Any Vieux Montreal or Latin Quarter recs?

Jul 16, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Casual Montreal with toddlers

Jumping onto this thread to see if anyone can add some suggestions. We'll be in Montreal for (unfortunately) only one day, so we're looking for casual dining suggestions for a lunch, an early dinner, and perhaps a brunch the next day with a four-year-old who only cares about fries and pasta but who's parents are rather more adventurous.

We're staying not far from Vieux Montreal on St. Hubert (between Ste. Catherine E. and rue Ontario E.) and would like to keep things fairly close to the hotel as we'll be getting off a seven-hour flight and may need to crash at any given moment. Husband's French, we live in Paris, so we'd be more chuffed by local ingredients and twists than standard French fare. Grew up going to Swartz's on our annual family pilgrimage (my dad's from Montreal), and would love to try Joe Beef, Liverpool House or P.D.C., but wondering how pre-schooler-friendly these places are. Daughter's very well-behaved in restaurants (no choice when dining out in Paris), but she'll be tired and I'm hoping to eat in places that will make us all happy. Possibly blasphemous on this board, but none of us are into poutine. On top of it all I'm expecting, so no lovely oysters or wine for me :(
Hubby would be more interested in great micro-brews than wine as they're virtually non-existant here in France.

Thoughts?

Jul 16, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Heading to Midland and area in February

RE: The Surf. Must have indeed been the view influencing my memories of the meal! Will try Ciboullet & Cie., too. We have a whole month there so plenty of time to make the rounds!

Jul 13, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Heading to Midland and area in February

I know that place, though I haven't eaten there since it became Scully's. It used to be the Boatworks and was my bar of choice once I could actually frequent bars but before I moved away to the city. Definitely a great patio on a hot summer's evening, but I'm not surprised your meal left you feeling so-so. When I'd go there it was burgers and fries, chicken fingers and wings, and all manner of fried appetizer; unless the clientele has shifted dramatically, I'd imagine it's much of the same. Nice to know they do a good pickerel, though the idea that the price varies depending on availability doesn't sit well with me. They can charge 26$ whenever they like with that system. At the very least your server should have informed you of the price when you placed your order or it could have been up on a blackboard somewhere.

Thanks for the update and keep 'em coming! Only three more weeks and I'll be there myself to tuck into some freshly caught Georgian Bay fish!

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Georgian Bay Restaurant
48 Main St, Penetanguishene, ON L9M1T2, CA

Jun 27, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Le Mini Palais for a sunny lunch with friend, but what foul-weather back-up choice?

Thanks! That is a cozy spot, perfect for a long-overdue catch-up session with an old friend. Will put it on the short-list. Haven't been there in ages, but if you say it would be your first choice, they must still be doing things right.

Jun 24, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Le Mini Palais for a sunny lunch with friend, but what foul-weather back-up choice?

Thanks for the advice Parigi. My reservation is actually for a week from Saturday as noted in my original post, so getting a reliable forcast at this point is unlikely. The reason why I'd like a back-up plan is not because I fear being made to sit in the rain while I eat my meal (besides, the Mini Palais terrace is covered, though the beautiful view would be lost in a downpour), but because I do indeed find the interior unappealing. And yes, if I change my mind about a reservation I've made, I always cancel it with as much notice as possible.

Any ideas on rainy-day lunch spots?

Jun 24, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Le Mini Palais for a sunny lunch with friend, but what foul-weather back-up choice?

I've made reservations for Saturday lunch in a week's time for a terrace table at Le Mini Palais, but in case the weather continues on its iffy course of the last two weeks, I'd like to have a back-up reservation for a long-awaited meal with a visiting friend. If it's rainy/windy/cloudy/cool, we'd probably like to settle into a cozy bistrot for a girly lunch with lots of warming wine. Doesn't have to be in the same neighbourhood as Le Mini Palais, but they do have to serve lunch on Saturdays (easier said than found) and be reasonably easy to get into at this late stage in the game (again, no mean feat). If we could come out with the total bill under 100 euros, all the better. Any suggestions?

Jun 24, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Dining along the Canal St Martin?

Another vote for Le Poisson Rouge. The wine selection is really what brought us here, as they have a great choice of South American, South African and Australian bottles (so rare to find in Paris), but we were pleasantly surprised by the food; fresh, tasty and inventive. And not at all expensive!

Jun 02, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Heading to Midland and area in February

Thanks Estufarian! I did eat once at Explorer's on my last visit home and was indeed impressed (particularly with the wines). Nothing like it had been around when I lived there! And Mad Michael's is definitely on my to-do list; I've turned my French husband onto pulled pork so we'll be taking a drive to Wyebridge for sure.

Any thoughts of The Surf in Balm Beach, particularly for the pickerel? I ate there last time I was in the area and have good memories, but then it might have been the breathtaking sunset...

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Mad Michael's
8215 93 Hwy, Wyebridge, ON L0K1E0, CA

Jun 01, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Heading to Midland and area in February

Hoping to update this thread.

We'll be heading to Penetang this summer and while I grew up there, I haven't lived there in almost twenty years and rarely eat out when when I do return to visit family, so not sure where to go for decent lunches and dinners. The suggestions in this thread so far look interesting, but I do know that things tend to close down quickly in the area if the owners don't manage to make a go of it right away, so just wondering if places like Ciboullet & Cie, Froth and Explorer's Café are still a go and if anything else worthwhile has opened up recently.

Jun 01, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Light potluck dish (main)?

Thanks to you both for the great ideas!

Jan 26, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Home Cooking

Light potluck dish (main)?

Hello,

I've been asked to bring the main dish to a potluck this week. The theme? Light cooking. I need ideas for a dish that is light in calories but not on taste and that also travels well; I'll be going by train, so the more Tupperware-friendly, the better.

Thanks in advance!

Jan 25, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Home Cooking

What wine with Christmas dinner?

A little late in posting my thanks, but I just wanted to say that I really appreciated all of your helpful suggestions and comments. In the end I did serve a Champagne with both the hors d'oevres and the lobster, then we moved on to a Médoc Cru Bourgeois (Château Tour Blanche 2005) that I thought was was rather good, though I my husband was less enthusiastic. We carried it over to the cheese course but ended up only having a few crumbly bits each since the pudding was looming on the buffet behind us! Finally a little Armagnac by the light of the Christmas tree. A perfect holiday meal. Thanks again!

Jan 19, 2011
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Wine

What wine with Christmas dinner?

A little help, please!

I'm making Christmas dinner here in France and rather than ask my French DH to pick out the wine, or ask him what I should pick up, I'd like to cover the details of the meal from start to finish myself. OK, myself, with a little assistance from my fellow Chowhounds.

Here's the menu:

hors d'oevres of caviar and crème fraîche on blinis

A starter of lobster thermidor

The main is capon stuffed with mushrooms and truffles, roasted potatoes and glazed carrots

cheese plate and salad

Christmas pudding with rum butter

Apart from Champagne or a Crément to start with the hors d'oevres, what to drink for the rest of the meal? We'll only be two adults, so a different bottle for each course may be a bit much. Can I spread the Champagne over into the lobster starter? What would you recommend with capon and truffles that could also make it over to the cheese course? As for dessert, I think a nice decaf will do.

Thanks in advance!

Dec 21, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in Wine

L'Aiguière restaurant in the 11th?

Anyone have any opinions on this place? Parents are visiting and I was thinking it looked like a nice place for my mum's 73rd birthday. Any thoughts?

Oct 05, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Le Gaigne or Les Côtelettes for a dinner with friends?

Thank you both for your very informative replies! You've helped me make up my mind, I think...
I'm leaning more toward Le Gaigne as my friends visiting from Canada as well as myself and my husband enjoy inventive takes on classic dishes. A few tongue-in-cheek references usually go over well at the table of our little foursome. I've e-mailed asking to reserve for Wednesday evening, but as they don't reopen until that day, I won't get a confirmation until the last minute, so I thought I'd better have a back-up. Hence reservations at Les Côtelettes. I chose it based on a few recommendations, as well as location (a stone's throw from their hotel, so easy to roll back to their lodgings after too much of the good stuff), but am a little concerned as my visiting friend warned me that she was rather disenchanted oh late with French bistrot fare. Hopefully I've chosen well...

Aug 27, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Le Gaigne or Les Côtelettes for a dinner with friends?

5.5 and 4.5? That doesn't sound very promising. Do you mind sharing a few of your reasons behind these marks?

Aug 26, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Your favorite Thai places in Paris?

"Most other Thai places in Paris seem to cater to the "return from Phuket" or, worse, "return from Pattaya" crowd. The rule seems to be "the more carved wood, orchids, Buddha and bare-breasted apsara statues in the décor, the worse the food"."

Couldn't agree more. Thanks for the tip about Lao Viet's table-top sauce!

Aug 26, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Le Gaigne or Les Côtelettes for a dinner with friends?

After reading thread after thread with posts by both fans and detractors of these two Marais places, I'm not sure where to turn. Anyone who's eaten at both willing to weigh in on which you prefer and why?

Aug 26, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Cave à manger "Au fil du vin" on quai de Valmy. Anyone know if they're open in August?

Lovely, thanks! Looked it up on Toptable.com and it looks like just what I had in mind. Fingers crossed they're open...

Aug 26, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France

Cave à manger "Au fil du vin" on quai de Valmy. Anyone know if they're open in August?

Since le Verre Volé is closed for renovations, I was looking for another cave à manger on or near the Canal St. Martin. Friends are coming this Monday and for our first evening out, I thought a casual wine bar with nice platters to share would be a good venue for a long overdue catch-up session. Along the canal would be a bonus since it's an area I'm quite sure they're not yet familiar with. Any idea if they're open? Can't seem to reach them...

Aug 26, 2010
canadiangirl_in_Paris in France