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First Lunch in Provence - help please

La Table de Ventabren (in Ventabren) might be what you are looking for - meeting your food & view requirements. The only hitch is that their website states that orders must be placed by 1:15pm (they open at noon), and you haven't indicated your flight arrival time. If you do not think you can get there in time, you should contact le Potager du Mas (the restaurant in the Mas de la Rose in Orgon) , and find out how late they can serve you. (I cannot find anything on their website.) They don't have a "view" in the same sense as la Table de Ventabren, but the property is beautiful. Lastly if you just can't work out the timing of either of these places, there's le Repaire in Vernègues, open non-stop from noon to 10pm. They serve an assortment of salads, crêpes (savory & sweet), omelets, and ice cream concoctions - on a mountain-top terrace.

Apr 16, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

We spend 5+ months/year in Provence & have had many "great meals". In fact one of them was in August 2012 at the Bastide de Capelongue, where we celebrated our anniversary. Nothing was lackluster. There are several CH threads describing wonderful meals in Provence (such as http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9218... ) , which I mention here in hopes that the OP not be discouraged by your findings. That is not to say they are not valid for you, as we all have different tastes & experiences.

Apr 11, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Oh - I thought since you were planning lunch in Avignon your last day, that you were staying there. If your train is at 2pm, you really won't have time for a nice lunch beforehand. The TGV station is outside of the walled city, and with getting out of the center & turning in your car, lunch there would not work. I thought maybe you could manage at l'Oustalet Maïanen in Maillane (an easier/more direct ride to the TGV) but you still would have to rush the meal, and, to be honest, I have never asked a Provençal restaurant to "watch the clock" so I have no idea if that's even a possibility. Maybe you should take up Parigi's suggestion and go to Maison Gouin in Coustellet - pick up lunch to have on the ride back to Paris. As for SUN night, you could dine at le Jardin du Quai in Isle/Sorgue, or l'Auberge des Carrières in les Taillades.

Apr 09, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Further to my above post, I just remembered that the Bastide de Capelongue is usually (but not always - depends on season) closed on WED, so if you would like to go there you could swap your WED & THU plans. (Rabanel is closed MON/TUE so that would work too. But it would mean 2 big dinners in a row, which might be too much to take.) For lunch in Aix, you could do something light, such as the Fromagerie du Passage (in the Passage Agard off the Cours Mirabeau). Also Aix has a big market on THU, as opposed to WED.

Apr 09, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

You should first realize that, after getting your car and finding your way to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (& parking, which can be a challenge), the market may very well be wrapping up...at least the food vendors. That's not to say you shouldn't give it a try, since the town is lovely. There will be plenty of small restaurants and cafés - hopefully a few that do not stop serving at 2pm. Do you plan to go check in to your hotel (Avignon?) afterwards, but before dinner? If so, would you be willing to leave town for dinner? For MON you should do a search on CH since there are several recommendations to be found. TUE I would recommend having an oyster lunch at the oyster vendor located in les Halles/Avignon (located near the corner restrooms). Maybe stop in there early and ask the oyster monger to reserve you a table, if you plan to do the Palais des Papes in the morning. For WED, are you planning on spending the day/evening in Aix and then returning to Avignon? Would you be willing to have dinner somewhere between Aix & 'home'? You really should not miss visiting a bit of the Luberon villages - maybe have dinner in Bonnieux or Lourmarin? You might like dinner at the Bastide de Capelongue in Bonnieux - it would fit your description of "higher end tasting menus". So would l'Atelier Jean-Luc Rabanel in Arles for THU.

Apr 09, 2014
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Best Grilled Cheese sandwich

Had a great grilled cheese at Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop in Gotham West Market.

Mar 27, 2014
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Thoughts on our restaurant choices in Carcassonne, Provence, & Nice?

As I said, it's all a question of one's comfort level. But the few men we see wearing jackets in Provence frequently are in fact tourists: they are British. Are you? (and please don't take offense because we are very fond of our British friends...)

Mar 23, 2014
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Thoughts on our restaurant choices in Carcassonne, Provence, & Nice?

I'd say 'casual elegant' works just about anywhere you'll be going. The last 2-star we went to (August 2012 in Bonnieux) was definitely casual with everyone dressed in that manner. Same for a few 1-stars we went to in 2013. It would be different at some of the finer restaurants in Paris, but in the countryside - Nice & Toulouse included - jackets are not seen very often at all. It comes down to your own personal comfort zone, but I would not waste valuable suitcase space on a jacket. Maybe another CHer will chime in to confirm & put you at ease about this issue.

Mar 22, 2014
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Thoughts on our restaurant choices in Carcassonne, Provence, & Nice?

Not being familiar with all the restaurants you're considering, I don't know what you mean by 'more formal restaurants'. But I can tell you that even in the high-end places we've been to in Provence, ties &/or jackets for men are extremely rare. It's all pretty laid back, so pants & a nice shirt (or top/sweater for a woman) should fit in anywhere.

Mar 22, 2014
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Thoughts on our restaurant choices in Carcassonne, Provence, & Nice?

The Bistrot du Paradou is definitely closed SUN/MON and does not serve dinner TUE-THU until approximately June 1 (as verified by Pammel). If you have found other sites with different information, they are either out of date (there was a time the restaurant was open on Mondays) or not up on the restaurant's seasonal schedule. (We dined there 4-5 times last spring/summer as we usually do, and we're always attuned to their schedule change.) So I hope that you can make it there for dinner! Re: l'Oustalet Maïanen - we've dined there only once (last spring) and, although I don't remember what we had, the cuisine - a typical Provençal menu - was very good. It surprised us that there was only one other occupied table on a WED night, in view of the quality and reasonable prices.

Mar 21, 2014
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Wine tours in Burgundy and Rhone Valley?

It's fairly easy to visit the wineries near Gordes & St Rémy (as mentioned look for "Dégustation" or "Visite") since most are open for "drop-ins". Keep in mind that many close for lunch (12:30 - 2pm?) and possibly SUN or MON. From Gordes I would head south past Coustellet towards Maubec, and then go east via the beautiful Route de Ménerbes. You will pass several wineries such as Domaine de la Citadelle and the Domaine de Marie, which are typical of the region. Then northeast of Bonnieux (officially in Gargas but not quite) is a lovely winery called Aureto in the Domaine de la Coquillade. In June with lavender starting to bloom around the property, you could have an enjoyable lunch at their Jardin des Vignes overlooking the vineyard. Of course, 2 days are not enough time for it all, especially if you want to do some sightseeing. Around St Rémy you will also find many options such as the Mas Sainte Berthe (les Baux), Chateau d'Estoublon (between Fontvielle & le Paradou), & Domaine Valdition (between Orgon & Eygalières). If there's a specific winery you want to visit, they should have their visiting hours posted on-line.

Mar 20, 2014
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Thoughts on our restaurant choices in Carcassonne, Provence, & Nice?

Sorry I neglected to answer your last question about reservations. April is not as off-season as you may think - the UK school holidays are from April 5-21, and Provence is very popular for the British. I would try to book at least a week in advance to be sure to avoid disappointment. The Bistrot du Paradou will probably book up even further in advance, due to being open for dinner only on FRI/SAT.

Mar 19, 2014
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Thoughts on our restaurant choices in Carcassonne, Provence, & Nice?

Last I checked, le Bistrot du Paradou is open only FRI & SAT evenings in April. (They open for dinner TUE-THU starting around June 1.) If you're interested in a great oyster lunch, check out the oyster monger in les Halles in Avignon (closed MON). He's in a corner near the restrooms (which are not very obvious, so the location is not bothersome), and has a few tables where he will serve you delicious oysters & wine. You can even book a time if you want to go by earlier in the morning. Also you should check the various restaurant days of operation when deciding where to go - for instance in April l'Arôme is closed WED (& THU lunch) and le Fournil is closed MON/TUE.

Mar 19, 2014
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Brie cheese ideas

Try this recipe:
http://www.cooks.com/recipe/qn90034b/...
I prefer using apricot or green tomato jam.

Mar 19, 2014
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any suggestions for restaurants on upper west side that hold Passover Seders?

Saw this sign today at the Fairway Café

Mar 15, 2014
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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

We have never been, but Restaurant Jardin de la Tour (in Avignon) serves bouillabaisse and gets good reviews. If you can't make it to Marseille, you might want to dine there to (hopefully) fulfill your dream. Be sure to report back if you do. And don't forget to try a Pastis.

Mar 14, 2014
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"No seating incomplete parties" rule [moved from Boston board]

It's also worth considering that by not seating an incomplete party, the restaurant might be thinking about what would happen if the missing guest(s) didn't show up. For instance, 4 of 6 diners arrive. If the restaurant seats 4 people at a table large enough for 6 and the missing diners (for what ever reason) never show up, then the restaurant has 'wasted' 2 seats. Had the group waited unsuccessfully for a complete party, at some point the 4 diners could be seated at a 4-top.

Mar 14, 2014
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cheap and easy lunch near Lincoln Center or nearby (with teenagers)

It's all relative, but I guess you're right. Sorry!

Mar 13, 2014
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From Bourg en Bresse to Annecy, Talloires, or .. Chambéry?

About 6 years ago we stayed (& dined) at the Clos des Sens in Annecy-le-Vieux and loved both our room & our dinner. It was July & Annecy was indeed a bit crowded*, but once we left the beautiful lake area, found it to be quite peaceful....walking back to the charming 10-room hotel in the old part of town. So even if you were to become overwhelmed by the tourists (& I don't remember it being that bad), you'd be able to relax away from the hubbub after a day of sightseeing, have a wonderful dinner & stroll back to your room.
ETA: * We arrived in Annecy in the middle of some 'fête', which was why it was particularly crowded.

Mar 12, 2014
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cheap and easy lunch near Lincoln Center or nearby (with teenagers)

The Smith (across from Lincoln Center)

Mar 12, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

Jazz at Lincoln Center is in the Time Warner Center (Columbus Circle) - so you could have dinner at Landmarc, Benoit, Ma Pêche, or Betony.

Mar 10, 2014
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Restaurants on French Riviera and Provence

I'd recommend le Bistrot du Moulin in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, where we had a lovely meal last August. In Avignon (proper) there's Hiély-Lucullus, and a little further out - not far from the Route Nationale #7 - in Mollégès, le Mas du Capoun - both very enjoyable and not expensive. There are many good suggestions east/southeast of Villeneuve (as you will find by doing that search), but without knowing how far you'd be willing to travel for dinner, I hesitate to make other recommendations.

Mar 07, 2014
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Provence & Cote d'Azur - recommendations/itinerary critique

Can't help you on Grasse, but by the time you get through Immigration, get your luggage, pick up your car, find your way to Grasse & park your car, it might be close to 2pm. If I just had to have lunch at a place that wasn't a rest stop on the autoroute, I'd stop in Cagnes-sur-Mer and find a casual place along the water.
Re dinner at the Bistrot du Paradou: Assuming you like escargots and they're not on the menu that night, ask the waiter if you can have them anyway. (They usually have them on hand.) The preparations for this dish as well as their crème brûlée are classic and delicious (and perfect IMO).

Mar 02, 2014
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Provence & Cote d'Azur - recommendations/itinerary critique

Have you checked the days of operation of your chosen restaurants? Closing days vary: SUN/MON (Bistrot du Paradou in le Paradou - not St Rémy; Sous les Micocouliers in Eygalières) - MON/TUE (le Fournil in Bonnieux; la Petite Maison in Cucuron - not Aix) - WED/THU (l'Arôme in Bonnieux; Auberge de la Loube in Buoux).
Depending on your schedule, I'd swap out Sous les Micocouliers for le Mas du Capoun in Mollégès (closed for dinner TUE/WED). I'd also take le Fournil or l'Arôme over the Auberge de la Loube (disappointing). And although Bistrot Découverte is a nice choice, you might like Chez Gus (also in St Rémy) where you could have an oyster fix (or other shellfish). As for lunch on your first day, depending on when your flight arrives, le Mas d'Entremont in Aix might work for you. It's not actually in the city (which would be hard to negotiate, especially with jet lag) - but on the National Route #7, easy to reach from the autoroute. We haven't dined there ourselves, but have heard good things about it from friends. (Closed MON lunch) Keep in mind that lunch is generally served from noon to 2pm.
BTW : Where are you staying in les Baux?

Mar 01, 2014
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Another thought..Suggestions on a fun bar that serves easy food midtown before concert

Andanada on 69th between Broadway & Columbus

Feb 27, 2014
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Vienna

meaning you didn't like it? We enjoyed our lunch there, although I can't tell you what we had or where we ate.

Feb 27, 2014
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Vienna

The Naschmarkt is a fun place for lunch:
http://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wini...

Feb 27, 2014
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Anchovies : Love it or hate it.

This recipe sounds odd but is delicious:
http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/1...

Feb 21, 2014
boredough in General Topics

Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

We had a wonderful dinner in August - it truly seemed like they were back on their game. It is most fun when there are other diners, so hopefully you won't be alone. Since it will most likely not be warm enough for dinner outside, you might want to go for a Sunday lunch (if that fits your schedule), so that you can still partake of the delicious roast pig...and, weather permitting, sit outside.

Feb 21, 2014
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60's Theme Party and I Need Help, Appetizers , Main dishes from 60's era

Feb 20, 2014
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