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Aix-en-Provence: l'epicurien, le Mille feuille, le formal, or something else?

If you're interested in molecular cuisine, check out Pierre Reboul. If you'll have a car, I'd suggest la Table de Ventabren (in Ventabren).

about 5 hours ago
boredough in France

Late night (post opera) dinner aix-en-provence

I can't speak for the food (there are mixed reviews), but if you can't find any place else, there's always Brasserie les Deux Garçons (on the Cour Mirabeau) open until 2am every day.

about 13 hours ago
boredough in France

Does anyone remember?

The Terrace?

1 day ago
boredough in Manhattan

Brittany

There's a Roellinger spice shop in St Malo (rue St Vincent) as well, not too far from Jean Yves Bordier on rue de l'Orme. Bordier also sells sardines packed in butter & olive oil, to be enjoyed warmed & on a slice of toast (to soak up the butter), if you are so inclined. You can buy fresh local oysters at what apparently is the only intra-muros poissonerie, at #10 rue de l'Orme. (Sorry I can't help with the agneau.)

May 23, 2015
boredough in France

Le Castelas update, May 3, 2015

I guess they've all been eaten :-)

May 06, 2015
boredough in France

Le Castelas update, May 3, 2015

Thanks for the wonderful report! We haven't had a chance to go back this time around, but had heard similar praises from friends. I'm anxious to return as soon as possible (but since we go for dinner, we'll wait until it's a bit warmer). Just wondering: were there any goats?

May 06, 2015
boredough in France

Lunch in Nice

There is regular bus service from the airport to the center of Nice. Check out this schedule for Ligne 98 & get off at Gustav V for a short walk to Cours Saleya:
http://www.gowithoh.com/guide-nice/ai...
(If this link doesn't work, go to LIGNES D'AZUR.COM)

Apr 23, 2015
boredough in France

Don't let your Debit/Credit Card out of your sight when dining. .

We have several credit cards for which we too receive either automatic e-mail alerts (for any purchase over $20) that have been set up on our on-line accounts, or automatic notification through the app setting. That way we know immediately if there has been a fraudulent (or any) charge. Much easier than checking the accounts every day/week/month.

Apr 19, 2015
boredough in Not About Food

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

First of all, your triage should remove Moroccan (North African) & Vietnamese food from consideration for your French friend. He can have those cuisines in Paris. Even, sadly, hamburgers. With only 3-4 days, you should stick to dishes/cuisines he cannot get in France, as kathryn suggested. It is unlikely (but not impossible) that he's tasted an aged Porterhouse, lobster roll (Cull & Pistol in Chelsea Market makes a great one too), or pastrami on rye (even some French know about the scene in Katz's from "When Harry met Sally"). Or a good all-beef hotdog (most of the ones sold in France are made from pork).

Apr 09, 2015
boredough in Manhattan
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Specific Paris Sunday Question

Not far from G Larnicol St Germain is Bellota-Bellota on rue de Seine, open until 7pm on Sunday http://www.bellota-bellota.com/551057...
- suitably expensive for your exorbitantly priced hotel room balcony table :-)
Nearby on rue de Buci is this traiteur: http://jsfp-traiteur.com/informations...
open until 8:30 - I can't speak for the quality (having never purchased anything there) but it's an option nonetheless. In the same area is a Nicolas, that, according to http://www.nicolas.com/fr/magasin/par...
is also open until 7pm on Sunday. Paul is on rue de Buci but I'd opt for Eric Kayser
http://www.maison-kayser.com/nous-tro... - also open on Sundays. The ones nearby (rue du Bac, rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, rue d'Assas) are open until 8pm or 8:30pm. (Well, all of this info depends on the accuracy of their respective websites.) Hope this helps.

Mar 19, 2015
boredough in France

Passover-2nd night

I agree that it is surprising that Kutsher's is still around (although I haven't been there in quite a while), but according to the link, they are "appearing" at Ed's Chowder House (that is, not at their own restaurant), so it's possible that "Ed" will elevate the food. (I happen to like Ed's CH.) OTOH friends have enjoyed Telepan's version of a seder.

Mar 19, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Passover

Can't answer your capon question, but you should note the following from West Side Rag:
"Schatzie the Butcher on the corner of 87th and Amsterdam is moving uptown to 2665 Broadway between 101st and 102nd street, the former home of PicNic market. Schatzie will also open a burger spot called Richie’s Burger Joint along with the new butcher shop. They expect to move on April 1."
You should also check out Zabar's for an assortment of Passover items.

Mar 18, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Foodie shopping "Soldes"

If you present your (non-EU) passport at the Customer Service desk of Galeries Lafayette (on Haussmann), you should be able to get a 10% discount card. Discount does not apply to already marked down items or those with red dots, but it might serve you well for cooking supplies and table linens (or whatever) any time of year.

Mar 18, 2015
boredough in France

Passover-2nd night

Mar 17, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

going to beacon theater next friday night

We haven't had dinner there in a while, but if they haven't changed their policy you can phone in once they open for dinner (4:45-5:00), tell them when you intend to show up, & have them put your name on the list. It's not a guarantee, but it might make a difference in when you get seated.

Mar 15, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Luberon end of May

Speaking of rosé...the road (D3) from Maubec to Bonnieux passes several vineyards and is one of our favorite rides, especially in the Spring with its rolling hills of bright green foliage. Domaine de la Citadelle (Ménerbes) is open every day; Domaine de Marie (also Ménerbes) is open MON-SAT. The shop for Aureto (the vineyard of Domaine de la Coquillade in Gargas) is actually on the D900 in Goult & is open every day. Check websites for actual hours - specifically lunch-hour closings - & find one that suits your palate.

Mar 13, 2015
boredough in France
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Restaurant Roulette in Paris

Further to everyone's suggestion to use the Métro, the OP should know that, for instance, if he asks the restaurant to order him a taxi, the meter will start running as soon as the assigned taxi driver confirms availability to his dispatcher, wherever he may be in Paris. So it's best to find a taxi on one's own, if for whatever reason the OP does not want to take the subway. (I'm a New Yorker and find the Métro much easier to use.)

Mar 12, 2015
boredough in France

Luberon end of May

There should be a PAUL at the TGV station, if you don't pass any other suitable shops at your arrival terminal : http://cdgfacile.com/guide-de-laeropo...
It won't be great, but probably better than the food you can buy on the train. However if you want something to drink, buy that on the train so that it's cold (duh).

Mar 12, 2015
boredough in France
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Luberon end of May

The holiday should not be a problem at le Castelas because it's a big "family" day. It didn't hit me that you only have one Sunday and that doing the Coustellet market in the morning might be a bit much. You'll really need to get there early (9am?) - yes the holiday should not interfere - if you are going to have enough time to drop off your food in Roussillon and then head out in the opposite direction to Sivèrgues. Having only gone there for dinner, I don't know when they start serving lunch (it's all done family style), so hopefully Parigi will chime in on that. I don't think you'll have a problem getting a reservation (a term I use loosely, because they don't actually check your name against a list unless maybe too many drop-ins show up) , just be sure to book.

Mar 12, 2015
boredough in France

Luberon end of May

Sorry this didn't all come up sooner (although since it's not about food, it shouldn't have at all...oops). You could reduce your outbound cost by traveling in 2nd class - I'd suggest sitting in the upstairs section if you can figure out how to select your seats.

Mar 12, 2015
boredough in France

Luberon end of May

Right, which is why, at least on the SNCF site, you must indicate that you're "picking up" in France - but in fact printing them at home - in order to purchase tickets in euros (if the site accepts your credit card, as mangeur mentioned). We usually get First Class seats from €35-€45 each, but they may no longer be available for your dates. (Keep in mind that May 24/25 are holidays, making for a 3-day weekend for some.) Captainetrain is definitely easier to use if you're uncomfortable with a French website.

Mar 12, 2015
boredough in France

Luberon end of May

Yes, you should always book ahead. Most restaurants are relatively small, so a party of 5 is not readily accommodated. Be aware that restaurant operating days vary, with some being closed SUN/MON, others MON/TUE, TUE/WED, WED/THU, so if you cannot find this information on-line, you will need to phone anyway. For le Castelas, don't forget to bring cash, along with the fortitude for the bumpy road up from the village (take the road to the right of the Mairie) to the farmhouse. As for TGV tickets, the cheapest ones are released 3 months in advance, so you should book as soon as possible http://www.voyages-sncf.com . Last time I checked, prices were cheaper for buying in euros than they would have been by buying in dollars at, say, RailEurope's site. Lastly, just another push for the market in Coustellet, where, besides fresh rabbit, you can get quail/quail eggs, and duck - in addition to chicken - from the poultry vendor in the main market area. Slight chance that fresh oysters will still be available from the fishmonger located in the middle of the southern section as you go from one of the parking lots to the main market. (Sorry I can't describe it any better!) There's also a fresh pasta vendor in the section north of the D900.

Mar 11, 2015
boredough in France

Luberon end of May

First of all, if you are arriving on a Saturday evening, shops will be closed. If you haven't already booked your train and can get in by late afternoon, you could hit the supermarket Super U (closes at 7:30pm) in Coustellet on your way to Roussillon, as well as Maison Gouin (the traiteur closes at 7pm). In the alternative, just plan to go to the Sunday market in Coustellet (get there by 10am) where you'll find whatever fruits & vegetables are in season, a great poultry vendor (who also sells rabbit), cheese vendors, fish mongers etc. (Don't miss the market section on the north side of D900.) Maison Gouin will be open in the morning, as will the Super U (until 12:30pm). For your other supermarket needs, you can find Super U and Intermarché in Apt, but, not knowing where in Roussillon you will be staying, I don't know which town is more convenient.
As for the town of Roussillon, there is not much in the way of non-tourist shops, but there is a butcher who makes his own sausages (last I checked), right next to Restaurant David (I think on the D105) at the bottom of the hill (near the post office).
A few other comments on your list:
Saignon: Presbytère has closed. I'm not sure if Bistro du Vin still exists. La Petite Cave should be open for dinner only & well worth the short trip from Roussillon.
Oppède-le-Vieux: Any of the tiny cafés are useful only if you are planning on doing some hiking to see the old village.
Bonnieux: (not inexpensive) drinks at the Bastide de Capelongue - on the terrace overlooking the village - followed by dinner at la Bergerie makes a great evening.
Lourmarin: disappointed in our last dinners at la Cour de Ferme. Haven't yet tried the Moulin de Lourmarin since Edouard Loubet left (many years ago).

Mar 11, 2015
boredough in France
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Easter Lamb Recipe

Mar 09, 2015
boredough in Home Cooking

Suggestion near 76th and Broadway?

La Mirabelle for classic French http://www.lamirabellenyc.com
Parm for Italian http://www.parmnyc.com/location/74/up...

Mar 09, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Mt Sinai Roosevelt / St Lukes

How about using Seamless to order in? Maybe from Daisy May's BBQ or Gazala's Place.

Mar 05, 2015
boredough in Manhattan

Brittany lodging and restaurant reccs for 5-6 day driving itinerary in late Oct

There was a recent article in the NY Times about a relatively new company called TransferWise. They might serve you better than a bank for transferring payment to your B&B. (For the record, I have no experience with this company.)

Mar 02, 2015
boredough in France

St. Tropez

Since no one has responded to your request, I'll add my 2 centimes to bump it up. I have little to contribute, however, as our short visits to St Tropez entail only lunches around the port. So for what it's worth, I'll suggest le Girelier as one of the better restaurants along the quai, especially if you enjoy looking out at yachts and imagining that one of them belongs to you. Maybe someone else will comment on whether a meal in Nice is worth a 2-hour trip (one-way). Warning: traffic in/out of St Tropez is usually a nightmare.

Mar 02, 2015
boredough in France

Walk-ins during restaurant week?

Just so there are no surprises for Carolinacrazy, the RW menu is unavailable tonight at Nougatine, as is the case for most (all?) restaurants on a Saturday.

Feb 28, 2015
boredough in Manhattan
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plastic butterdish .

Feb 26, 2015
boredough in Cookware