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Great Pasta in Paris?

Thank you everyone! I will look into Pasta et Basta and Caffè dei Cioppi. Le Grand Venise looks really wonderful, but it does seem a bit out of my budget range. John-- malheureusement, I think December 16th is the soonest I will be able to get to Italy. Looking forward to it (although I can't say I'm a huge grappa fan... half a glass of limoncello is about as far as I go)

Nov 12, 2012
YaelW in France

Need help with markets & restaurants close to Place des Vosges

Guess it might be a personal preference thing... to me, the crispier my galette gets all around the edges, the better! But I know some people want more chewiness all around. Be forewarned then, that Breizh's galettes are for those of us for whom those crisped-up edges are the best part :)

We can certainly agree on not sharing a dessert crepe, though-- if anyone is like me and loves ginger in desserts, you must try their crepe with ginger salted butter caramel and ginger ice cream. SO. GOOD.

Nov 12, 2012
YaelW in France

Need help with markets & restaurants close to Place des Vosges

I second Jacques Genin. For me the chocolat chaud there was very good but I personally prefer it darker, but his pastries are literally the most perfect expressions of classical French pastry you will ever find-- especially the tarte au citron, and I hear the paris-brest although I can't try that one being allergic to hazelnuts. In addition, you must not leave that shop without trying the mangue-passion and/or gingembre caramels. Gingembre is my personal favorite.

I also second Breizh cafe-- their galettes are the best I've had, and their salted caramel on the dessert crepes is wonderful.

I must respectfully disagree with arnage on L'As du Fallafel, though-- like a few previous posters, I find that Mi Va Mi is better.

Nov 11, 2012
YaelW in France

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, 15e and 16e Paris

Absolutely go. Haven't tried the coffee yet, but I doubt I'd like it as much as I LOVED the speculoos (chocolate was good too, but speculoos blew my mind). They are not too sweet, and the textural contrast of the croquant meringue with the thick cream is just heavenly. It's a must.

Nov 11, 2012
YaelW in France

Great Pasta in Paris?

This may be an impossible request, but I hope if anyone knows the answer it would be Chowhound regulars.

I am a New Yorker in Paris for a semester abroad and loving it, and I'm a huge fan of French food and everything, but I have been here for two and a half months now and I am desperately craving a great plate of pasta. My family cooks Italian food at home and I have been to Italy many times (psyched for a trip to Florence with friends after my program ends in December), and if I had easy access to a kitchen I would buy some good fresh pasta, a little parmigiano reggiano and a can of san marzano cherry tomatoes and satisfy my craving all on my own (and on a once-a-week basis...) but as it stands I don't have that kitchen availability. So my question is, is there anywhere I can get a really good bowl of Italian pasta on a student's budget in Paris? I am of course willing to splurge a little on food that will remind me of home, but 30 euros for a satisfying meal is probably all I can do as a poor college student.

A good sweet tomato sauce, broccoli rabe, carciofi, wild mushrooms, maybe risotto... can I find any of this in Paris without paying an arm and a leg?

Thanks!

Nov 11, 2012
YaelW in France

Eating in Piedmont in Late August

Good advice-- We'll definitely try to call ahead.

Aug 14, 2011
YaelW in Italy

Eating in Piedmont in Late August

Thank you very much for the recommendations-- they all look wonderful! I'll be sure to write them down.

Aug 14, 2011
YaelW in Italy

Eating in Piedmont in Late August

Thank you-- having been to Italy several times before, I know that picking a place just because the menu looks good actually results in a phenomenal meal more often than not. We were just looking for any suggestions of particularly excellent places, not attempting to plan all our meals day by day.

Aug 12, 2011
YaelW in Italy

Eating in Piedmont in Late August

I am traveling with my family (four kids range in age from 6 to 19) to the Piedmont region in Italy at the end of August (19th-30th). We will be staying in Bonvicino and certainly plan to visit Asti, Alba and various other towns in the area.

I am aware that many restaurants close for several weeks at the end of August. We are looking for recommendations of non-touristy eateries where we can enjoy the local cuisine-- ones that are open at the end of August, and priced within reason (we don't intend to feed our family of six at a Michelin-starred restaurant).

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Aug 11, 2011
YaelW in Italy

New Yorker seeks Caramel Apple Lollipops

I did realize that, lol... thanks, but it seems silly to pay the same amount for shipping that I'm paying for the thing I'm having shipped. It's manhattan, there's got to be someplace that sells them.

Feb 27, 2011
YaelW in Manhattan

New Yorker seeks Caramel Apple Lollipops

I just went to Dylan's Candy Bar (I know, tourist trap... haven't been since it first opened when I was in elementary/middle school) and was reintroduced to those Caramel Apple Lollipops (you know the ones, green apple candy covered in tooth-sticking caramel, made by the Tootsie company) I remembered from my younger years when people used to have bags of them at summer camp.

Unfortunately, I can't afford to feed my addiction at Dylan's for 50 cents a piece. Does anyone know where I can find them by the bag in Manhattan? I figure Economy Candy would be likely to have them, but I'm on the UWS (Columbia), so it would be great if I could find them somewhere a bit closer.

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Economy Candy
108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Dylan's Candy Bar
1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Feb 27, 2011
YaelW in Manhattan