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October in Paris...help!

IMHO, wouldn't recommend asian food in Paris

Jul 30, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

Okay, okay, live and learn and won't order CM or crepes next time I'm in Paris! : )

BTW, what are your thoughts on Yelp for quick reviews???

Jul 30, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

Re: Tartine, yes, it is tough to find parking there and as I remember, wasn't in the best neighborhood and bread would be done in the afternoon so you had to plan accordingly.

Anyway, this has become a most interesting exchange! Iagree that the world has gotten smaller and creative chefs around the world have pushed the envelope and elevated simple cutural dishes to higher levels. But, also important to note that since Paris has always had a reputation of being the food capital/mecca, I suppose people do go there w/much higher expectations than other cities. For Julia Child, her first dish of sole meuniere was like a religious experience. But, that was also in the 50's when the U.S. was so fascinated w/TV dinners and convenience foods. In any event, can't wait to visit Paris again and this time around I will have everything mapped out and make it a priorty to find the good places!

Jul 29, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

But...I love the clam chowder and crab stands at FW and "Scomas" was always one of my favorite places for cioppino. During crab season, the crab is quite reasonable and very fresh, much fresher and cheaper than what you get at CalMart, Draegers and other local supermarkets. Although I was there during the dot com boom and things may have changed???

As a sidebar, re: Croque Monsiuer, the best one I had was at "Tartine" in SF. Their open faced version is delicious and baked on crusty bread with béchamel sauce, cheese and smoked ham. Now I'm wondering if the traditional french version isn't as elaborate and more simple? We were disappointed because what we were served in Paris was a simple ham and cheese sandwich made on spongy sandwich bread but maybe that's the traditional version???

Jul 29, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

IMHO, cooking and cleaning would take away from the whole vacation experience : )

Jul 28, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

Having lived in SF, there are many good places near Fisherman's Wharf! I think U.S. cities tend to have better restaurants, per capita, in the touristy areas, whereas in Paris you have get off the beaten track. Many of the best restaurants on Oahu are in Waikiki, same goes for NYC, Seattle and D.C.

I think Parnassien hit the nail right on the head:
"In general, the food in tourist areas has always been, is, and forever will be pretty mediocre. With 60 million visitors a year, restauranteurs don't have to count on repeat business or reputation to survive. There are more than enough dumb tourists to fill the tables."

But, Paris is a and will always be a beautiful and vibrant city w/much diversity.... you just gotta make the extra effort to find the gems!

Jul 28, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

It's especially tough for Americans now because the dollar doesn't go very far and no good values in Western Europe. In hindsight, we should have utilized the boulangeries, delis, fromaggeries, which were fabulous,and not just relied solely on restaurants, where we were ultimately disappointed with the poor quality/value. I also feel my problem was that I had just read Julia Child's "My Life" and had higher expectations. Next time around, I will concentrate more on tracking down the few good places because I'm sure it will be well worth the added efforts.

Jul 27, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

shoot, wish I read this before my trip! : (

Jul 25, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

Agree! Part of our problem is that we were there beg of July w/the crowds of tourists. I did not account for the long days of walking, waiting in lines to see museums/monuments, and the summer heat. Also, metro stops around notre dame were closed and buses were all packed. I had so many places I wanted to go for meals, but turns out at the end of the day we were too pooped to track down restaurants w/more walking/metro rides, etc and we ended up eating near our hotel on Rue Cler... big mistake!!! But, did manage to get to Rue Montorgueil, which was fantastic and had a few good meals that were delicious. I suppose it's like this in any tourist environment and one needs to get off the beaten path to find the true gems. Next time around, will go to Paris in the fall or even Aug could be better, altho places can be closed. But would be nice to walk the streets w/out the crowds. In any event, it's a beautiful city and the Eiffel Tower at night is truly magical! And benefit to going in July is the day are long.Thanks everyone for your feedback!

Jul 25, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

We had both white flour crepes and buckwheat galettes. Made the mistake of walking into a restaurant near montmartre, which was expensive and terrible, other places were on Rue Cler and near the eiffel tower. I wanted to go to Briez but after long days of walking, long lines, and dealing w/crowds at every museum/monument, we were too tired to take the metro and try to find a place to eat. Big mistake!!! Pls make the effort to hunt and track down specific places and you won't regret it!!! Also, would recommend David Lebovitz's walking food tour of Rue Montorgueil and definitely get the financiers from Erik Kayser. Bon Mache food hall was also fun.

Jul 25, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

sorry, meant to write 15 years ago and not 5. But, I do feel the best food in France is outside of Paris.

Jul 24, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Dinner Near Eiffel Tower

I just got back and loved Le Florimond and it was our best meal in Paris... would recommend the foie gras and duck confit. The service was excellent and our waiter was very nice and patiently translated the menu. We enjoyed it there so much that we went back again before we left. As a sidenote, it's worth it to make the effort to find specific restaurants. We walked in to a few places and ended up very disappointed w/just average quality food for high prices.

Jul 24, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

I guess it's the sign of the times we are living in and it's not only Paris. Many eateries are having to cut corners to turn a profit. Next time around I'd like to rent an apt and do my own cooking because I'm sure the quality of ingredients available is high. Or, just hang out in the countryside, where food is a much better value.

Jul 24, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

I hate to specifically badmouth a specific establishment but I will say we only had one exceptionally good meal at Le Florimond. Went to a popular bistro (know for their rice pudding) and perhaps we caught it at an off-day, but food was just okay?? Everyone in my party agreed. I also had a terrible croque monsieur which was made of white sponge bread, a watery french onion soup, a not so special mushroom/cheese omelette and crepes all over Paris were premade and tasted manufactured. I can't help but feel food was better the last time we were there 5 years ago. I am not a total foodie and I like simple food that taste good. Sadly, our second best meal was pizza at an Italian cafe on Rue Montorguiel.

Jul 24, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

what are your thoughts on the Paris food scene. I couldn't help but feel the quality of the food served is slipping a bit???

Jul 24, 2012
annabanana77 in France

L Ami Jean resie

How can I make a reservation for L Ami Jean in July? There's no email on the website and was wondering if there's another option besides calling??

Jun 27, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Frequent visitor to Oahu looking for Must Eats (6/29-7/5)

Here are some additions:

Ichiriki - We love the pirikira nabe and chicken karaage is the best. If you go for late night dining (after 9:30) some of the dishes are downsized and 1/2 price, which is a good value.

Fukuya - My favorite Japanese okazuya. A great place to pick up food before you head to the beach or if you want to do some snacking.

Goma Tei - Excellent tan tan ramen in a deeply complex sesame seed broth.

Boots and Kimo - Delicious pancakes w/a macadamia sauce. Kinda pricey for what you get but always very crowded and a good alternative is Cinnamons.

Kanpai - Similar to Side St and great place to hang out and have drinks and pupus.

Notes:
When you go to Side St. make sure you get the pork chops because that's what they are known for. Helena's is good, but Highway Inn has delicious and freshly made lau lau and pipikaula.

Jun 26, 2012
annabanana77 in Hawaii

Best Lilikoi Pie on Kauai is Hamura's

Yes, I love the Chinese Pretzels and always get a bag, along w/1 frozen pie to go. It's perfectly thawed out when I arrive home on Oahu. Yum!!!

Jun 26, 2012
annabanana77 in Hawaii

London dining

We will try for the Wolseley for breakfast. The menu on the website looks great and many good reviews on all the blogs. Thanks for your info!!

Jun 25, 2012
annabanana77 in U.K./Ireland

Bistros in Paris

Thanks for your replies. Will check out the other posts too.

Jun 25, 2012
annabanana77 in France

Fried Chicken on Oahu

I second Zippy's chicken and their korean chicken is also good in a plate lunch with rice and mac salad.

Jun 25, 2012
annabanana77 in Hawaii

Best Lilikoi Pie on Kauai is Hamura's

Just came back from Kauai and have to say, Hamura's has the best Lilikoi Pie on Kauai... so many have posted the place in Hanapepe, but IMHO there is NO COMPARISION!!!! Hamura's has a delicate and flaky crust and lilikoi filling is subtle and oh so delicious!!! It's the perfect ending to a simple island meal of won tun saimin. Also, the chicken sticks are way better than the beef, which was flavorless and tough. Also, loved the ambiance and service was great.

Jun 25, 2012
annabanana77 in Hawaii

London dining

Is the Wolseley worth going to for afternoon tea? Also, want to go to Noura and can you provide recommendations on what to order? Have never had Lebanese and don't know what's good??? Where's the best place for traditional fish and chips and any other places I should go to? Will hit Borough mkt on Thursday and any recommendations on food to try there. Any feedback is greatly appreciated and thanks a bunch : )

Jun 25, 2012
annabanana77 in U.K./Ireland

Bistros in Paris

I will be in Paris in July and have narrowed it down to these restaurants:

L ami Jean
Le Epi Dupin
Chez Georges
maybe La Fountain De Mars???

Any thoughts and/or recommendations on these places and what to order? Also, do I need to make reservations now for middle of July?? Thanks in advance!

Jun 25, 2012
annabanana77 in France

4 days in Paris, near Rue Cler - need bistro suggestions

Thks, this is great!

Mar 19, 2012
annabanana77 in France

4 days in Paris, near Rue Cler - need bistro suggestions

Hi There:
We will be in Paris for 4 full days. Any suggestions of good and moderately priced bistros in the neighborhood?? Also, best croissants and macarons? Thks in advance.

Mar 19, 2012
annabanana77 in France