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Dinner in Avignon

We loved Pace e Salute, 25, Place des Carmes. Let the owner pick a selection of Corsican dishes for you, she'll ask for your preferences. And Le Moutardier du Pape, 15 Place du Palais des Papes for a beautiful standard French meal; you could probably sit outside by the Cathedral. We had a great time in Avignon and these 2 are high on our list of best meals in France.

Jun 04, 2012
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Restaurant in Paris, wishlist

We read Chowhound, Le Fooding, and other books in both French and English. We've lived in NY and LA so we are used to paying at all prices ranges for good food. It got to the point that we had so many disappointing experiences that we would not leave the house without fully vetting a place to eat!!

I really feel that the UK and France have switched places - the UK used to be bad (my husband is a Brit and I've going back with him for over 20 years) and France was good for food, now it's the other way around.

It's ironic that some of the best places I've been to in Paris have been run by American chefs!

Mar 29, 2012
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Restaurant in Paris, wishlist

I have to agree with Buzzy. After living in Paris for 1 year, I'm very much looking forward to returning to the US. Too many places in Paris serve frozen food. We discovered that you can not just pop in to a local place and expect a good meal. I've come to recognize the signs of a frozen food purveyor - the menu is exactly the same at every restaurant! We were warned off of Chinese and Indian because we were told the quality would not be up to par with the US or UK, but eventually we started frequenting ethnic places because at least we knew the food would be fresh!! In all honesty, the best meals we have had have generally been outside of Paris. You can eat well in Paris if you have the income to go to great places every time you go out, but there is no such thing as quality, cheap eats in Paris. We traveled to Paris frequently before we came here, but living here is a different animal. It was better 10-15 years ago, I think.

Mar 28, 2012
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Can we eat well in Paris without reservations?

I first came to Paris about 12 years ago and moved here 1 year ago and the quality of food has definitely declined. Another expat explained the concept of Metro (frozen) food to me soon after we arrived, and I just saw this article last week about a documentary that tackles the subject : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri.... I

In any big city in the US, you can walk into just about any restaurant and get a good meal, maybe not amazing, but you'll leave feeling you got good value for the price. I can't say the same for Paris...too many places serve frozen food at high prices. I have no problem with the Picard frozen food store - it's very good quality for the price, but I don't want to pay 15 euros at a resto for something I could get at Picard for about 4 euros. We eat at home much more often than we did while living in NY or LA, and I don't leave the apt without a definite plan for where to eat - usually at an ethnic resto now, which I avoided when first moving here because I had heard they weren't as good as what you find in the US or London, but I'm sick and tired of steak and canard. Sometimes I feel like there is just one menu in Paris because every place serves the exact same thing!!

Frankly, I think Paris is resting on its laurels and has been left behind by cities like NY or London, where great food can be had at a range of prices. And I only make reservations in those cities for places that are high-end, because I hate being beholden to a restaurant for a specific time, I'd rather hang out at the bar for 45 minutes and enjoy a glass of wine. I like Cafe Constant for this very reason - it's a tiny bar but I don't mind waiting I know it will be worth it.

Feb 11, 2012
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Near Eiffel Tower

We went to Cafe Constant, 139 rue Saint-Dominique last night and it was excellent! 11 euros for first courses and 16 for mains. We had friends staying down the street and they needed to be near their apartment to meet an airline delivery man for their lost luggage. We've walked by the Cafe a few times and it always looked good and fairly busy. Apparently they don't take reservations but we only had to wait about 15 minutes for a table for 5 at about 9 or 9:30.

Jul 29, 2011
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Tamarind paste in Paris?

Thanks for all the replies! I found it at Delices d'Orient - my favorite shop at the moment because it's within walking distance and they have a great selection of spices and beans. I'll have to stock up before I move to another quartier.

Jul 15, 2011
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Tamarind paste in Paris?

Yes!! This is exactly what I need. Okay, back to Tang Frères on Monday...

Jul 13, 2011
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Tamarind paste in Paris?

So I was at Tang Frères today and picked up some fried tofu which I decided would be great for a Pad Thai à la my favorite Thai resto in LA, but I forgot about tamarind paste. Can I get it at Tang Frères? This was only my second visit, so I still don't know the ins and outs of it. I have rice noodles from Monoprix but I doubt I can find tamarind paste there, and I don't recall seeing it at Delices d'Orient, but I could be wrong...must get an iPhone that works here-would make life easier.

Jul 13, 2011
perduinparis in France

Near Eiffel Tower

Le Cafe du Commerce at 51 rue du Commerce is a reliable bistro. We've been there twice (we also live on r. St. Charles) and it was recommended by my French teacher. Open 7 days, good value for food and wine. Crêperie Contemporaine at 59 r. St. Charles is a busy, solid crêperie for a cheap lunch. Bocconcini on rue Sextius Michel is a tiny little Italian place run by an Italian couple - we've only been once but it was a great dinner. Same goes for Le Bistrot d'en Face at rue Doctor Finlay, which had great online reviews.

I've only been here 3 months, and it's hard separating the wheat from the chaff (sp?) in Paris, so I hope this helps!

Jul 13, 2011
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Where can I find champagne vinegar in Paris?

Thanks for the link! I'll go back now to some of these stores and look for Reims instead of champagne. Never considered it would be named for the region and not the grape.

May 08, 2011
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Where can I find champagne vinegar in Paris?

Thanks for the tips! I'll look this week.

May 08, 2011
perduinparis in France

Where can I find champagne vinegar in Paris?

It's much nicer than regular wine vinegar for salad dressing. No bubbles. I did find a chardonnay grape vinegar yesterday at Le Grand Epicerie that might be a good substitute

May 08, 2011
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Where can I find champagne vinegar in Paris?

Just moved to Paris and I'm stocking my pantry. I've tried Momoprix, BioCoop, Maille (they had sherry vinegar, so trip wasn't a total loss), and Le Grand Epicerie. Is champagne too precious in France to be made into vinegar? I brought all my Mexican necessities with me on the plane but I never guessed I'd need to pick up some champagne vinegar at Whole Foods before leaving the US!

May 08, 2011
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