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Tarbais beans in Paris

Who knew the humble bean could engender so much discussion! As the OP, let me clarify my reason for asking.

I have been making cassoulet for years, using the recipe of M. Rousselot from Hostellerie Etienne in Castelnaudary. I've used many types of beans from tarbais to lingot to great northern, so I'm not "superstitious" about which bean to use.

Having recently been in Paris, I simply wanted to find some tarbais just for the heck of it. Some people buy scarves or perfume or cigars when they travel. Me? I just want some overpriced beans and a few other favorite foodstuffs to put in my suitcase.

On another note, the beans I purchased have a 2015 expiration date, which seems entirely reasonable to me for a dried bean.

Feb 06, 2014
FancyDay in France

Tarbais beans in Paris

I should have mentioned it's dry Tarbais beans I'm looking for (to make cassoulet, of course). I've purchased them in Castelnaudary in June so I knew they're available year round. I'm going to Detou anyway so I'll see if I can bear the price.

Jan 30, 2014
FancyDay in France

Tarbais beans in Paris

Where can I purchase Tarbais beans in Paris? Thanks.

Jan 29, 2014
FancyDay in France

Last minute trip to Paris - leaving Friday night!

My husband and I, along with 2 Parisian friends, had a great dinner there about three years ago, so my experience isn't that recent. Subsequently, a few friends had a less-than-stellar experience. But, for Sunday, you could definitely do worse.

Feb 13, 2013
FancyDay in France

Last minute trip to Paris - leaving Friday night!

Also, near Fish is their newer restaurant Semilla. Had a great Sunday dinner there a few weeks ago. Fines Gueules is another choice for Sunday, although it has been hit or miss. For lunch upon arrival, I like Comptoir du Relais - just queue before noon opening (no res). I'd definitely book the two nights before you leave NYC.

Feb 13, 2013
FancyDay in France

Dungeness crab/San Jose area restaurants

My son and I will be in the Santa Clara/San Jose area later this month, and I'm looking for restaurants where we can enjoy some dungeness crab. It's our family's #1 goal when we're in the area during the season. (My husband actually stashed live crabs on ice in overhead storage on a flight to Chicago. Don't ask, but they were delicious...)

We'll have a car. Many thanks.

Feb 11, 2013
FancyDay in San Francisco Bay Area

3eme and around: late afternoon and late evening

Thanks to all. I've just booked Le Villaret since it's so close and is recommended by several (trusted) friends. Hoping to try Pierre Sang Boyer in the future when no-res isn't an issue.

We're also booked at Frenchie and chez l'ami Jean and thinking about Semilla for Sunday night. Can't wait. Again, mercy.

Jan 19, 2013
FancyDay in France

3eme and around: late afternoon and late evening

Thanks, Parnassien. I usually steer clear of concierges, but that was a hearty endorsement so I dashed off an email. Not sure if the same guy responded but here's what they suggested:
Glou
Derriere
Robert et Louise
Chez Janou
Gaspard de la nuit

I've known of Glou but it never made the list due to some lackluster reviews. Robert et Louise has been on the radar (BIL loves it) but not sure that's what I'm looking for for a late night.

Thoughts?

Jan 17, 2013
FancyDay in France

3eme and around: late afternoon and late evening

My husband and I are arriving from London (Gare du Nord) mid-afternoon on a Saturday, so too late for a proper lunch. We are staying at Hotel du Petit Moulin in the 3eme.

1) Any suggestions for decent place to get a few glasses of wine and a bite to eat during late afternoon (really, anywhere between station and hotel).

2) We're going to a show at Le Bataclan that evening and want to book a late dinner (10:00) somewhere nearish to hotel. Cafe des Musees possibly? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.

Jan 15, 2013
FancyDay in France

New Lao Szechuan in Uptown?

It's definitely looks/feels cleaner than Chinatown. It's little unchanged from Marigold space, which was pretty nice.

I've only been to Uptown LSC once (two weeks ago) but it paled in comparison to Chinatown. Most of the dishes were not of the same quality. Also missed the buzz and crowds of the original spot.

Jan 14, 2013
FancyDay in Chicago Area

Looking for Nyons olive oil in Paris

Thanks. Having gone to Nyons almost annually for the past 20+ years, I'm very familiar with the tanche olive. Going to Paris later this month and was hoping to re-supply since the 5L we brought home last summer is gone. Many thanks for your help.

Jan 12, 2013
FancyDay in France

Looking for Nyons olive oil in Paris

Is there a store in Paris where I can buy olive oil from Nyons?

Jan 11, 2013
FancyDay in France

Dinner recs in Deerfield/Northbrook area?

A second for Jerry's. I forgot to include it and it's a great choice. Creative, nicely presented food for the suburbs.

Feb 21, 2012
FancyDay in Chicago Area

Topolobampo or Frontera Grill?

I've been to both multiple times. If you can get into Topolobampo, I'd say go there. It's a one-of-a-kind restaurant.

Feb 20, 2012
FancyDay in Chicago Area

Dinner recs in Deerfield/Northbrook area?

Prairie Grass is probably one of the best choices in this area. There are a lot of really mediocre restaurants (including Bob Chinn's and Wildfire IMO). I'm not a big fan of Froggy's, I don't think they try very hard. You might want to consider Gabriel's, which is down the street.

Another choice is Abigail's (American Bistro) in the Ravinia section of Highland Park. Michael's is good, but it would be every bit of a 30 min drive - and it can be pricy.

If you like Mexican, I like Casa de Isaac in Highwood.

Feb 20, 2012
FancyDay in Chicago Area

Bayeux - any recent updates?

I was just in Bayeux for a second visit a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, some of the restaurants I wanted to go to were closed like Petit Normand (where I've eaten twice) and Rapiere (which gets great reviews all around). However, we did enjoy a very nice dinner at Coline d'Enzo in the old town. The 3-course menu was around 30E. Le Pommier might be a good choice too.

My last visit to Bayeux was with our three kids, the youngest was 4 at the time. I remember all the restaurants, particularly Petit Normand where we went twice, being very accommodating.

Feb 20, 2012
FancyDay in France

Ribouldingue closed?

Thanks, Souphie. We ended up phoning yesterday and got through.

I guess they've been too busy preparing offal to have the time to pay their bills.....

Jan 18, 2012
FancyDay in France

Ribouldingue closed?

Today I went to Ribouldingue's website (which I visited a few weeks ago) in order to check the menu and get the phone number. It took me to another site that said the website has been suspended?

Does anyone know if the restaurant is closed? If it's not, any opinions on if it's still good? We've been there twice and my husband's dying to go again.

Jan 17, 2012
FancyDay in France