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May weekend in Paris - researched.

Thanks John.

Apr 05, 2014
Capeannetoo in France

May weekend in Paris - researched.

Redo as Caius closed Fri thru Mon the weekend we are visiting.
Now all reserved :
Fri 9pm Les Enfants Rouge
Sat 1pm Les Climats ( terrace requested)
Sat 9pm Passage 53
Sun 8:30pm Les Tablettes JLM
Do I have a decent mix of edge / tradition? Somehow I think I , the traditionalist, am being edged out.

Apr 04, 2014
Capeannetoo in France

May weekend in Paris - researched.

Thanks everyone. We have asked our concierge to try for Caius Friday and to choose for us for our late Saturday meal. I understand that Le Jardin Gourmand is an excellent Restaurant in Auxerre. If our friend is well enough we may try to take her for lunch. Any experience there?

Mar 31, 2014
Capeannetoo in France

May weekend in Paris - researched.

I haven't posted on this board for awhile but read it religiously. We are finally getting back to Paris for a weekend after a 2 year drought. Staying in the 8th, distance to travel for food and price not issues. Husband is a fish guy and edgy side of the menu. I am more traditional and prefer meats. We have previously enjoyed among others CLAJ, Maceo, Hiramatsu, Guy Savoy, Dominique Bouchet, L'Arome , Willi's, Le Verre Vole , everything Constant ,Hated ETC ( don't know if it still exists , was vile ) and Apicus ( a really bad night) We would like to explore new choices and unfortunately don't have a lot of time to do so.
Parameters are :
Reservations taken
Terrace dining would be lovely as we don't get to Paris often in the spring
Modern or traditional French preferred tho exception made for remarkable Asian
No price limit but likely one star if any star max for meals needed
Prefer more quiet atmosphere and not rowdy
Don't really care what language anyone speaks as long as they expect great food
Schedule this far:
Arrival Friday and need reservation around 9pm have had Terroir Parisien , Cauis and Pramil on my radar. No idea why but they caught my eye. Think of them as Au Bon Accuiel back in the day when it was special. That's what we are looking for.
Saturday have decided on terrace lunch at Les Climats. Need rec for good wine bar with food for light meal around 9pm Saturday.
Sunday traveling to Auxerre during day to visit ailing friend and have reserved Les Tablettes JLM for a final and most elegant dinner.
Monday back to Boston
So it boils down to a special bistrot Friday night and a great wine bar Saturday night
Appreciate your advice in advance. Thank you.

Mar 30, 2014
Capeannetoo in France

The forever LHR question

Hedone appears to be closed on Monday. Did grab table for 1 at River cafe at 7 pm. Will take my time! have a cup of tea at Pancras and thanks for the ideas.

Mar 17, 2014
Capeannetoo in U.K./Ireland

The forever LHR question

Spending 3 nights in LDN on biz. Meals no problem. Meeting Husband in Paris for weekend ( we go often and will figure it out). He flies directly from CDG to BOS on Monday morning while I Chunnel back to fly from LHR early Tuesday...My train schedule isn't the best leaving Paris at 3 from Gare Nord and arriving Pancras at about 430. I could do an early lunch at Chez Casimir in Paris or would prefer an early dinner btw Pancras and LHR as I am staying last night at Sofitel LHR. I will have one bag ( not carry on). Price no concern I am thinking early dinner at River Cafe ( taxi to taxi). But would like a lovely last dinner...and bar dining is fine. Would prefer not to go to hotel and then out again unless it's really worth the effort and I have searched and see nothing close to LHR worth effort. Please prove me wrong .... favorites in past are Trinity in Clapham, Ledbury( won't take online reservation for one) and Bull and Last...isn't that the spectrum.. I would do 530-6pm reservation. And gladly stay in LDN to do that as long as on route to LHR. Thanks for thoughts.

Mar 16, 2014
Capeannetoo in U.K./Ireland

Per Se: Wonderful, but no longer magical

I purposely waited a couple of weeks after our lunch to see what indeed stood out in my memory. I was a Per Se virgin though have been to TFL. It was our anniversary which I seldom confess in making a reservation fearing candles songs and total mortification. The sweet accommodation to the event was a lovely personalized congratulations printed on our menus. I decided on the 5 course vegetable menu while H thought he ordered the 5 course omnivore but some confusion arose and he got the full tasting ( which resulted in an extra course of a savory panna cotta for me) of course the signature gougeres and cornets ( mine was avocado filled) were wonderful. My first course of borscht was fantastic. And we ordered the tagliatelle with shaved truffles which is my most vivid memory ( not just because of the price tag either) and the memory still makes me smile. 2 full shavings of truffles! Serving the agnolotti on my menu after this course was a mistake as it really seemed like a skydive from pasta heaven. In retrospect we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the impeccable service ( minus the # of courses confusion). Desserts were memorable by way of sheer volume if not construction We had consumed way too much rich food to really enjoy the chocolates. Since we were on foot/ train we lingered over 2 full bottles of burgundy. Would I go back. Absolutely and I do rate it far above JG, Bouley Daniel etc but below several special meals we have enjoyed in Paris. The truffle pasta was magic and indeed we paid for the magic. But what are anniversaries for?

Mar 15, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

Question about erbaluce

Entree land. Always multiple pasta preps ( from simple to some fairly esoteric preps) Usually 2 or 3 fish, tautog , bass etc). Almost always a delicious Bavette steak , the wild boar which is a signature dish and other meats from rabbit to venison. Seldom a bird ( which disappoints me). The chef is very accommodating and has always responded positively to us re alterations in prep ( no garlic or hold the cheese please). We go often ( every 2 weeks or so) and I suggest you peek at the bar menu while there. Meatballs are to die for ( though boar! ). Pizzetta too. Wine beer cordials only.

Mar 11, 2014
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Update to review of weekend

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966690. Scalini Fedeli. Just don't go. No way. No how. Cartoon with really bad food. Per Se tomorrow.

Mar 01, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

I just have to give a hounds howl! Per Se

First half of the report:
Juni : lovely almost zen room. Elegant non intrusive but readily available service. Started with sidecar for me perfectly made so you are not overpowered by any one element and can taste the booze not just the lemon ...glass of white for husb. I recall my plates and will leave it that he was totally pleased with his half of the meal. But can't do justice to describing his choices. I had
winter herbs – young carrots – almonds. Not at all what I expected and was a sweet and savory mousse like, very generous starter with small pieces of lovely carrot. I enjoyed every bite.despite its generous portion it was extremely light. Next was trumpet royale – chicken skin – mustard greens. I am a sucker for chicken skin and sorta wished there had been a bit more of that and a little less mushrooms. More modest portion but very well done. But what was there was delicious and not high on the salt scale. Then the white beans – beef cheek – torpedo shallots – chickweed. I can honestly say the beef cheeks were perfectly cooked and the only other part of this course I truly remember is a little pot of potato purée that I wished was a toureen. They were reminiscent of Robuchon and I don't know if they were intended for me or to accompany my husbands Kingfish ( there was no mention of potato purée on the menu) bit it didn't matter. I ate them all. Finally chocolate – banana – rye....lovely dense chocolate but took til the end ( last bite) to taste the banana. Oh the amuses of beet with goat cheese , potato rolled in truffle and that amazing little roll of something or another were wonderful as were the mignardaise post dessert. We shared a reasonably priced 2009 Santeney. Would go back in a heartbeat. Felt special.
Today lunch at Red Farm uptown. Started with cold peanut noodles and chicken. My favorite dish of the meal. Then a composed salad of grilled vegetables and greens. Lots of eggplant greens strawberries apples and some asparagus sitting on a bed of eggplant purée. My least favorite. Then a special of mushroom omelette with Bar BQ duck Another not at all what I expected. From the bottom up it was a bed of gently cooked rice with a large runny yolked egg topped by scallion and corn with crisp skin duck breast as the very top layer. Put them all together and BAM what a great dish. We arrived at 11:15. Immediately seated in a booth. Very good and friendly service and they serve a Bloody Mary at lunch that will clear your head of congestion, hangover or likely if not careful brain. Off to Scalini Fedeli late this evening. I love New York. ( and KD Lang was the Bomb!).

Mar 01, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

I just have to give a hounds howl! Per Se

Thanks Ellen, we share taste. Ma Peche and EMP have been some of our favorites.

Feb 24, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

I just have to give a hounds howl! Per Se

Coming to your great city from Boston for anniversary weekend ( this Friday). Lined up Juni for Friday night, likely try for a bite at Red Farm uptown for lunch Sat before a matinee performance of After Midnight, ( I had no idea K.D.Lang was guesting when I booked). Yahoo. Scalini Fedeli for Sat night. Looked at return Acela confirmation today and realized we don't leave Sunday til 6pm.....what to do? Got to Opentable and (magic) a 12:30 reservation for Per Se was staring me in the kisser. That's my anniversary gift to Husband and our first ever reservation at Per Se......I ought to play the lottery, huh? Just had to give a hound howl.

Feb 24, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

Alden & Harlow

Loved it. Nice room tho we sat near front and didn't see too much of the space ...service attentive knowledgeable and not intrusive. Shared cauliflower caponata and I dunno what he did to that bread but it was transformed into something much more than grilled bread. Roasted carrots were perfect texture with not too much sweetness. Husb had striped bass which he loved ( I didn't taste). And thanks Valcfield the beef neck was indeed amazing. We shared the chocolate bread pudding with sea salt ice cream and couldn't gave been more satisfied or impressed. Everything inventive but not over the top. Portions just right for us with one snack, one app, two entrees and one dessert. One cocktail ( Countdown with vodka lemon cinnamon and kumquat ) , one glass of Riesling and a bottle of CA red and we were at $200 all in.....we will be back. On the rotation without a doubt.

Feb 03, 2014
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

So Cal 'hound looking for high end experience for celebratory dinner

Just curious re Hamersleys comment....why do you think just bad?

Jan 31, 2014
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a great restaurant to go before concert at Beacon Theatre

Been twice to the new Red Farm location. Excellent on both visits.

Jan 31, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

So Cal 'hound looking for high end experience for celebratory dinner

2nd Salts and add Hamersleys.

Jan 31, 2014
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

When did you last go to the Hilltop in Saugus?

Likely very early 70s. Even my parents who weren't the most discerning disliked it... They preferred The Continental ? And am I having a brain cramp or did they have little separate containers of sour cream for baked potatoes and charged extra for them?

Oct 11, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Kirkland Tap etc

Probably 2 years ago now. We sat downstairs and there was a large party upstairs. Memorable night as an elderly woman had one too many and sorta collapsed on way upstairs. I am in the health biz so went to help. Lasted forever before 2 burly guys ( her relatives) came and carried her UP to the party. Not down and out. Liked the pasta courses best. Rest was ok. Service was good. Always liked OTTO best of Batali bunch and that includes Del Posto.

Oct 06, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Nov 10 11. Sunday Monday challenges

Thanks Kathryn . He would love that. We did like Del Posto and is it correct to assume that by omission you do think La Grenouille is past prime time?

Oct 06, 2013
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

Nov 10 11. Sunday Monday challenges

So we know the city very very well. From EMP to Kin Shop and most everything in between. We have an odd ball trip coming up and I need help. We are coming down from Boston early morning Sunday the 10th. Matinee tickets for Snow Geese. Thinking of dinner at Uncle Boon vis a vis recent NYT review but open for other casual ( tho price not a consideration ) options. Love Locando , love Modern, like Ciano , like Dutch , didn't like Blanc et Rouge or really Babbo. Sunday dinner a challenge I know. Thoughts? More importantly have tickets for Eagles at MSG Monday evening at 7ish so dinner is out and I need to be on conference calls from 11 to 1pm that day and would really like to take Husband to exquisite lunch. Been there done that at NoMad, Modern , Bouley and JG ....any novel ideas? Is La Grenouille too old fart? ( we may look like old Farts but we aren't) Price and cuisine no object. Just want to do something nice to make up for my half working Monday and fact he has to go home and I have to leave NY for biz in nice venues rest of week. Appreciate your counsel.

Oct 05, 2013
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

Kirkland Tap etc

Been there and don't recall any music / noise of this magnitude. Though I left Babbo not quite knowing what all the fuss was about.

Oct 05, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Kirkland Tap etc

Like Craigie a lot. Go maybe monthly. KTT. Loudest room I have ever experienced. Had to scream at each other. Awful. Service soooooo slow, nice but totally disorganized. Need to work out kinks as place mobbed and servers seemed confused. And they stood around a lot. Bluefish rillette exquisite. Spaghetti with chicken livers divine ( who knew). Roast chicken inelegant in presentation ( kinda ugly actually) and just a quartered bird tossed on a plate. Meh at best. Asked for Brussels sprouts..... granted asked after naked chicken appeared. But hey they are Brussels sprouts and they appeared after we were done with half eaten ugly and generally unappetizing said chicken. Screaming out loud us and over the top music caused us to retire to Bergamot for dessert. No recollection of bottle of wine we drank likely due to decibel level brain damage. Really folks?

Oct 05, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

where do I buy microgreens?

Bought them at Formaggio Friday, they have them nearly every week.

Sep 30, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

More North Shore MA dining

We have been more than pleased with the raw bar and wood grilled pizza at Short and Main in Gloucester. Cocktail program a real plus as well. We choose it over Alchemy,Passports and even ( here come the rocks) Franklin,,,,,,,it has a limited menu sure, but everything is fresh and very well done. Actually like it much more than its sister seasonal restaurant Marketplace.

Sep 15, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Batali and Charlestown Olives location....

Wow really a tough crowd to pass a rumor to....just a rumor not a constitutional amendment. Will have it notarized next time. Still think it would be a great fit.

Aug 30, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge-area butchers

Blumie did you ask them if they had the cut you want....often their supply in the fridge out back far exceeds what's showing in the case. They special cut double bone in pork chops for me all the time and I have had them cut extra thick boneless ribeyes as well. Good luck.

Aug 30, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Batali and Charlestown Olives location....

And quite competent bartenders ( Dennis). Lets hope.

Aug 29, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Batali and Charlestown Olives location....

Otto in NYC is very very good. Great charcuterie, wonderful cheeses, great in season veggie small plates , excellent small portion pastas and an interesting take on pizza. Amazing wine list much of which available as quartinos. I am in minority but wasn't so nuts about Babbo. It was ok. Just not life changing as so many others think. But man either is better than Speedy Wong or Faux Figs or Tangerino or anything else CTown has to offer at this point.

Aug 29, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

Batali and Charlestown Olives location....

Saw this in Charlestown Patch.....it does have a wood burning oven, though Figs right down the street ( meh at best). Could be much worse outcome for the Olives space ( like Legals).

Joe August 27, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Ok you heard it here first. Guy named Mario Batali is interested, large group took a tour this evening. Not sure what he cooks, rather large imposing fella.

Aug 29, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area

First time in Boston...give me Top 5 must eat at restaurants

Four year old thread.

Aug 17, 2013
Capeannetoo in Greater Boston Area