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Atomium Restaurant, Brussels

Thank you for your input two-fold. I'm going to bookmark this information and take it with me. I love the idea about dining in the Museum's Brasserie, so that is a very viable possibility. The budget I threw out was just for some frame of reference. I have a feeling it won't matter to us much because it is the last day/night of our trip, and being that it's our only day in Brussels, we will most likely be amenable to splurging a bit ;) Thanks so much!

Atomium Restaurant, Brussels

Got it- thank you! Will you let me know what you thought of the food/menu after you dine there? Maybe we'll just end up there for a drink and forgo the food altogether.

Any suggestions for restaurants in Brussels would be appreciated- I've never been! Probably in the 20-25€ per person range.

Cook'n With Class- Cooking Classes in Montmartre

Awesome! Thank you so much! This is exactly what I'm looking for, and I'll be taking a class with him in January. Really excited! The tickets are booked and the apartment has been rented. Now, it's time to figure out how to fast-forward the calendar :)

Jul 15, 2008
Kyliebaby3 in France

Atomium Restaurant, Brussels

Has anyone eaten at the Atomium Restaurant in Brussels? This is the restaurant inside the famed Atomium that was built in 1958 for the Universal Exhibition. I will be visiting Brussels for one day/night in January, and I thought this might be a nice place for dinner since it's quite novel and specific to the city. If anyone has any insight about the restaurant, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

Cook'n With Class- Cooking Classes in Montmartre

You got it! I definitely will, and I appreciate your feedback concerning their rental service. Chef Eric passed that information along to me, and while I already have something in mind that's right around the corner from where they hold the classes, if it isn't available, I plan to use them. So, thanks for letting me know that you had a good experience with them. They seem great!

I don't think we'll be going until December (as previously mentioned), but I'll be happy to report back after we return. Pretty excited about this!

~ Kyle

Feb 26, 2008
Kyliebaby3 in France

Cook'n With Class- Cooking Classes in Montmartre

I actually got a reply from Chef Eric Fraudeau himself :) Very impressed with his response, and will likely book our classes here.

This is what he said:

It is possible to take more than 1 class and the menus will be totally different.

This is how it works for the morning class;

We meet at the market at 9h30, and then we go shopping for all the ingredients. We will decide the menu there with all the students. Sometimes we even do 2 main courses to please everybody.

After shopping we walk to the school, 5mn only. We have around 2h30 of cooking, It is a hands-on class.

Then we sit down around 1pm, to eat what we have prepared, (3 course lunch + cheese) with a nice bottle of wine.

Usually the class end around 2h00 PM. You can also invite a guest to join you (35 euros)

This is how it works for the evening class;

We meet at the school at 5h30, we have around 2h30 of cooking, It is a hands-on class. Then we sit down, around 8pm, to eat what we have prepared, (3 course dinner) with 3 different wines to taste that go well with the food. Before eating dessert we have a cheese tasting (5 cheeses)
Usually the class end around 9 PM.

The price of each class is 135€ per person and include, taxes, food, wine, cheese and fun. (No more than 6 students per class) All classes are taught in English.

We accept various forms of payment but the simplest is by credit card through our PayPal account.

My thoughts:

For the cost and attention this program seemingly offers, I think it's probably an incredible bargain, particularly since they limit the class size to six people. It's also nice that the classes are taught in English, although I hope I can relegate myself to only speaking in French so I can perfect it. I love that you shop for the food in local markets for these classes- it's such a useful tool for students young and old, and I think it will really add to the overall experience.

I'll report back after we go, but if anyone hooks up with Chef Eric and Cook'n with Class before that, please let me know.

Cheers!

Feb 22, 2008
Kyliebaby3 in France

Cook'n With Class- Cooking Classes in Montmartre

I'm actually a college counselor, so the fall is really busy for me, but we have a nice break in December. I think two of us might try to go then, or possibly at the beginning of January (New Years!).

I loved their website too, and it seems like a very well-structured, yet laid back setting. And it's in a great location! My mom and I went to Paris last May for her birthday/Mother's Day and we stayed in an apartment literally around the corner from where this is.

I actually emailed them to ask the same question I posted here regarding the repeating of the all-day courses. So, once they reply, I'll post what they said here.

Feb 21, 2008
Kyliebaby3 in France

Cook'n With Class- Cooking Classes in Montmartre

Has anyone taken any cooking classes through this cooking school in Montmartre (Paris)? Eric Fraudeau is the instructor, and I was directed to their website via some site I found on Google. They actually have a nice website, and it's all in English too: http://www.cooknwithclass.com/index.html.

A friend and I are looking to possibly take a four- to five-day course in December, but Le Courdon Bleu only has short courses then, so we need to find something else. It doesn't make sense for us to fly from California to Paris for something like that.

It seems like Cook'n with Class might be an option, as they offer day and evening courses, and a combination thereof. I'm just wondering if these all-day courses tend to repeat day-over-day, or if someone could attend more than one in the same week.

If anyone has had any experience with Cook'n with Class, please let me know. Thanks!

Feb 21, 2008
Kyliebaby3 in France

Blue Danube- San Clemente

Has anyone tried Blue Danube in San Clemente? I've read that it's a "European style restaurant," with French, Italian, German and Hungarian influences. After just coming back from Austria, I'm wondering if it's any good. I happen to like all of these cuisines, so it might be worth a try.

Jan 16, 2008
Kyliebaby3 in California

Avogaria Restaurant Venice

Hi everyone!

We're back from Venice, and Avogaria was wonderful! My boyfriend and I decided it to find it earlier in the day since Venice can be a bit tricky to navigate and we figured we'd have a hard time finding it at night. So, we stopped by earlier in the day, verified our reservations, and each had a mighty stiff cocktail!

Mimmo was so nice, and upon returning for Jarrett's bday dinner, our waitress brought over two glasses of champagne to our table. It was really a sweet gesture, and the champagne was great!

If you're ever in Venice, I highly recommend this restaurant for the food, service, atmosphere, and location. It was off the beaten path, but as we all know, this can often provide the best results.

Thx for weighing in everyone!

~ Kyle

Jan 11, 2008
Kyliebaby3 in Italy

Avogaria Restaurant Venice

Wow, thank you so much for the information! It sounds delicious and I think it's going to be a great choice :) Luckily, my boyfriend isn't picky in the slightest, so it's just a matter of me feeling like I made a good choice since we're there for a limited amount of time and it's his bday. But I'm really happy to hear about your experience and can only hope ours is the same!

Thx again :)

Oct 17, 2007
Kyliebaby3 in Italy

Maine Lobster in Orange County?

Has anyone found any restaurants in Orange County that serve Maine lobster? My boyfriend is from the east coast and wants to find some. Thanks!

Oct 04, 2007
Kyliebaby3 in Los Angeles Area

Avogaria Restaurant Venice

Definitely! Thanks for sharing what you know, Jen :)

Oct 02, 2007
Kyliebaby3 in Italy

Avogaria Restaurant Venice

Has anyone eaten here recently? I've just made a reservation for a birthday dinner in early January.

I ran across very few negative posts, and most people seemed to really enjoy the place (after they found it). But a lot of the feedback is years old at this point, so I was wondering if anyone has frequented Avogaria in recent months.

Please advise, and thanks in advance for your comments :)

Oct 01, 2007
Kyliebaby3 in Italy

Venice: Trattoria al Ponte - bad meal warning!

Thanks for the helpful tips everyone :) I think I will settle on a place before we go and try to make a reservation soon. His birthday is on a Saturday night, which could lead to problems like you've all mentioned. Definitely don't want to disappoint the birthday boy :)

Sep 30, 2007
Kyliebaby3 in Italy

Venice: Trattoria al Ponte - bad meal warning!

Do either of you happen to know if a reservation can be made at Alla Zucca from the U.S.? I'm taking my boyfriend to Venice for his birthday in January, and I was going to create a post asking for suggestions of where to take him for a birthday dinner when I ran across this thread.

His birthday is on a Saturday night, but it's in January, so I'm not sure how crowded Venice will be at that time of year. Any help/advice you can give would be appreciated. Thanks!

Sep 27, 2007
Kyliebaby3 in Italy