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One night in Paris - Chez L'Ami Jean, Le Fontaine de Mars, Chez Dumonet...

The ambience of Le Grand Colbert is one of the reasons you go to Paris, it is wonderful. The seafood platters are excellent as is the creme brulee and to even mention Mickey D's (yuk!) in the same post is an insult.

Sep 08, 2011
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Gluten Free in Rome

Agree with the above. Many Italians are Gluten Intolerant and you will have no problem. Advise your hotel in advance and they will probably have GF bread waiting for you for breakfast, but they must be told. GF pasta is also available at Pharmacies.

Aug 18, 2011
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Florence--Dinner First Night on a Sunday

Obika will be very close to you http://www.obika.it/english/index.html and of course there is Il Latini
http://www.illatini.com/?lang=en

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Il Latini
Via dei Palchetti, 6, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

Aug 03, 2011
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Best Bistecca Fiorentina value in Florence?

Yes you are more likely to get the real deal from the "white cows" at one of the smaller towns outside of Florence e.g. Montespertoli.

Aug 01, 2011
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Le Cinq

Cumulus in Melbourne serves the most delicious pig's tail (yes) that you can imagine. Also can't wait to experience Le Cinq in September and if they serve pig's tail I am sure it will not be better than Cumulus.

Jul 29, 2011
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Florence - so far.

I would add this one to your list http://www.conviviumfirenze.it/html/o... best oil category

Jul 26, 2011
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Best Soupe à l'oignon and best Soupe de poissons in Paris

The best French Onion soup has to be at La Petite Chaise on rue de Grenelle. http://www.alapetitechaise.fr/english...

Jul 26, 2011
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Musee Rodin Picnic--nearby takeaway

The cafe at the Musee Rodin is a lovely place for lunch. No need for a picnic when there is excellent food already there and the outdoor tables have a picnic atmosphere.

Jul 06, 2011
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Florence Restaurants near Via Tornabuoni

Obika looks wonderful minchelli and thanks for the tip. Your recs. are spot on and will add it to our list for Sept.

Jul 01, 2011
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Paris itinerary for November - please comment and all suggestion apprecieted

While not in the upper league you would love the ambience of Le Grand Colbert, it is very near the Louvre and the seafood is very good. The Normandy oysters are huge if not quite as delicious as Sydney Rock or Coffin Bay. Willies Wine Bar is also in that area. Laduree on rue Bonaparte is another must. Try it for brekky. Shannon Bennett of Vue de Monde has written a good guide to Paris restaurants, worth a read if you haven't already.

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Laduree
75 Champs-Élysées, Paris, Île-de-France 75008, FR

Jul 01, 2011
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Recommendations for a group dinner in Florence next week

Borgo San Jacopo at the Hotel Lungarno.
http://www.lungarnohotels.com/en/fire...
Cantinetta Antinori is another for the best wines in Italy.
http://www.cantinetta-antinori.com/se...

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Cantinetta Antinori
Piazza degli Antinori, 3, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

Jun 15, 2011
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A wonderful list of historical restaurants in Florence.

Jun 15, 2011
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Where to go after Le Cinq?

And being Paris there is only one place to go and that is cocktails at Le Bar at the Plaza Athenee. Walking distance as well.

Jun 13, 2011
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Tipping [Moved from France board]

Oh no! not another boring thread on tipping. I thought this board was supposed to be about food. Still, not as bad as Cruise Critic.

Jun 11, 2011
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Le Cinq

Have to disagree that Australia has gone French/Spanish. The Asian influence is still very strong due to the geographical proximity and there are Japanese restaurants all over the place. I definitely do not want to go to Paris to eat Japanese, I can do that very well at home!

Jun 09, 2011
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Le Cinq

As we will be lunching at Le Cinq in September your excellent report has made us very excited.
It also made me think of a dinner in Tuscany where the waiter kept talking about Bistecca Fiorentina that we had ordered and the "white coals". Yes we knew it could be cooked on coals, but white coals? Then we realised that he was talking about the "white cows" which of course are the source of those fabulous steaks.

Jun 08, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 3 - Guy Savoy, Josephine Chez Dumonet, Michel Rostang, Le Regalade St.Honore, Le Pre-Catelan, L'AOC

Wonderful reviews and will miss your reports. Perhaps Sydney & Melbourne may one day feature in your travels. We have some great restaurants down here!

Jun 02, 2011
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Rooftop Restaurant in Rome

Have a look at these, but for a splurge the rooftop restaurant at The Hassler would be my choice.

http://www.inromenow.com/site%20templ...

http://www.imagorestaurant.com/imagoP...

May 21, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 3 - Guy Savoy, Josephine Chez Dumonet, Michel Rostang, Le Regalade St.Honore, Le Pre-Catelan, L'AOC

Surely the Grand Marnier souffle is one of the reasons for going to JCD.
Wonderful report on GS and thought you should have posted it here regardless of chowhound politics. Seems the GS outpost in Vegas does not compare favourably with Paris. Interesting as we are thinking of trying the one in Singapore on our way to Europe.
With 5 more reports to go this a reader's feast with surely a Guiness book of records nomination in order for such a gastronomique achievement . Well done and I am enjoying every report.

May 21, 2011
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Last night in Florence: where to dine?

Many thanks, we will take your advice.

May 13, 2011
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Sorrento, Capri Restaurant Recommendations

On Capri Graham Greene's favourite, Da Gemma, is still the best in town. The small restaurant at the top of the Clocktower is also excellent and gives you a wonderful view of the Piazza.

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Da Gemma
Via Sasso 11, Amalfi, Campania 84011, IT

May 13, 2011
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don't roll eyes, but advice on 25th anniversary lunch choices

For me it would be Le Cinq where we will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in September.
OK the food may not be as creative as PG or Arpege, but there are few places in the world where you can lunch in such opulence and I agree, a wedding anniversary is pretty special. Congratulations!

May 11, 2011
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Last night in Florence: where to dine?

After a week in Florence we are looking for a restaurant or trattoria that will provide us with fond memories of a wonderful city. Not really interested in upmarket fine dining, but something with great atmosphere, great food and great value for money.

May 10, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 2 - l'Arpege, Ledoyen, Jean-Francois Piege, Cafe Constant, L'Astrance,

Another fabulous posting and for those of us who unfortunately will be able to experience only one or two of your gastronomic destinations, these detailed reports are certainly the next best thing. Can't wait for the next instalment.

May 08, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 1 - La Bigarrade, Le Chateaubriand, Le Cinq, Chez L'Ami Jean, Pierre Gagnaire

Wonderful,wonderful,wonderful! and the cost? or would that be too impolite to ask.

May 01, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 1 - La Bigarrade, Le Chateaubriand, Le Cinq, Chez L'Ami Jean, Pierre Gagnaire

Freebie or no freebie who really cares and lucky uhockey. Now I can't wait for his post on Pierre Gagnaire as his reports are excellent and of great value to those of us who travel long distances to enjoy the pleasures of the City of Light.

May 01, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 1 - La Bigarrade, Le Chateaubriand, Le Cinq, Chez L'Ami Jean, Pierre Gagnaire

Wonderful report and can't wait for our September lunch at Le Cinq and I wiil remember to inform them when we book that we are from Melbourne!
Now any good restaurant recs. for Ohio LOL
( I might add that with LCB at number 9 and Le Cinq not even on the SP list after you report the choice is a no brainer)

Apr 27, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 1 - La Bigarrade, Le Chateaubriand, Le Cinq, Chez L'Ami Jean, Pierre Gagnaire

LCB number 9 in the world and according to the SP list the best in Paris. Also making it better than any other on your list? Surely not.. These lists are good for business, but otherwise should be taken with a grain of salt. You might find this article written by Melbourne's judge on the SP panel interesting.
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainmen...

Apr 25, 2011
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uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 1 - La Bigarrade, Le Chateaubriand, Le Cinq, Chez L'Ami Jean, Pierre Gagnaire

Excellent report. Can't wait for Le Cinq and CLJ the two on our list. for September.

Apr 24, 2011
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Venice - 2 Dinners Only - Please help!!

My favourite trattoria in Venice is Trattoria alla Madonna near the Rialto Markets with a mix of locals and tourists and benchmark tiramisu. But if you want to dine in an area with almost no tourists and some good restaurants head for via Garibaldi in Castello sestiere, Arsenale vaporetto stop.

Apr 23, 2011
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