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Urbino: Lunch Recommendations?

Hi,

Will be in Urbino later this month and looking for a great lunch spot. Last trip reports on this board are from 2007. Anyone have more recent recommendations?

Many thanks!

about 7 hours ago
HCooper in Italy

Personal Chef for Mom's 65th Birthday Dinner

Dear All,

Thank you all so much for your thoughts and advice on this. I wound up taking your advice and making a personal appeal to one of the restaurants and they made a special exception and came to the house to cook for my mom. It was a truly magical, delicious, once in a lifetime meal.

Thank you all for your help in making this happen.

May 13, 2013
HCooper in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Personal Chef for Mom's 65th Birthday Dinner

Dear Sherri,

Thank you so much! These are great suggestions! I really appreciate it. Will let you know how things go!

All the best!

Apr 18, 2013
HCooper in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Personal Chef for Mom's 65th Birthday Dinner

Hi,

My mom is currently undergoing chemo and rather than taking her out for dinner to Joe Beef or Europea as we'd planned, we were hoping to find a great personal chef to come and cook a meal for the six of us to celebrate!

Any thoughts, suggestions? It seems like a tough one to find - have been searching on this forum, yelp, etc - without any real luck. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

Apr 18, 2013
HCooper in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Last Night of Honeymoon & NYE in Calgary

Hi,

My new husband and I will be in Calgary for the last night of our honeymoon (which coincides with NYE) before heading back home. (We're spending the rest of our trip at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise).

Any suggestions for a special last meal on our honeymoon/NYE dinner?

Thanks so much!

Nov 26, 2012
HCooper in Prairie Provinces

Is Bistrot du Paradou Worth The Trip?

TRIP REPORT

First, thanks so much to everyone for your thoughts here. We really enjoyed reading your responses here and in the many similar threads on this area. It's a great resource for newbies in the region.

Here are places we ate and miscellaneous thoughts on each:

L'Aile ou La Cuisse, St. Remy: 3 course menu, around 45 euro: This place has a nice garden, a relaxed atmosphere, and a friendly, unpretentious staff. We really enjoyed our dinner there. Memorable dishes: Raviolis aux escargots; roast quail in an incredible sauce (I think it was a creme de foie gras). The quail dish was really memorable -- incredibly tender and delicious. One of us thought this was the best dish of the trip.

Restaurant la Reine Jeanne, Les Baux de Provence -- This one had all the makings of a dud: right in the middle of the tourist throngs of Lex Baux. Usually a guarantee of overpriced mediocrity. But we were exhausted and parched from a long hike in les Alpilles and basically collpased into the first place we saw. Ordinarily a recipe for disaster. But it turned out to be quite nice: 12 euro for a colorful, appealing salade nicoise loaded with fresh ingredients. Not haute cuisine, but they deserve kudos for coming in way above expectations.

La Maison Jaune, St. Remy: This is some serious cooking. Amuse bouche: quail eggs (poached) served on a little spoon, brandade de morue (pate of cod), chevre -- all excellent. Entrees: Pistou of fresh local vegetables - very nice and refreshing; crevettes with chorizo. Principaux: Cendre (a white fish, cooked perfectly), on top of some kind of vegetable puree; roast ducking breast, sliced, served with an apricot jelly and sweet onion compote , all very well done. Excellent cheese course, mostly different chevres. Desserts were fantastic: orange slices in some kind of citrusy liquid; melon balls in a cold, frothy melon broth - hard to describe, but very creative and delicious preparations, perfect for summer. The desserts here were the other one's favorite dishes of the trip. Friandises: Nougat candies and stewed kumquats at the end. Very friendly, unpretentious staff here as well. Definitely recommend it. Between 50 and 80 euro for the various menus.

Brasserie Eygalieres (Chez Bru) - After surviving the zoo-like St Remy market (it is really too overrun to enjoy), I demanded that we stop in a smaller town to decompress, so we headed to Eygalieres. Eygalieres is charming and quiet -- just what the doctor ordered. Hiking all the way the top of the town is rewarded with a magnificent view of the Alpilles, with not another person around. The brasserie is the less expensive outfit run by the owners of Chez Bru. It's prominently situated at the main corner in Eygalieres. We had escargots sauteed in olive oil with tomatoes, dill, and various other delicious things -- fantastic. Joue de veau, also great - nice and tender. Coquelet cooked with a nice, crispy skin, juicy on the inside. This place is also really excellent. I highly recommend it. One may want to reserve, as it fills up. Again, serious cooking here.

Restaurant le Bonaparte, Cassis: The magnificence of Cassis's views are matched only by the overpriced mediocrity of its restaurants. Unfortunately, the better half read somewhere on the internet that Le Bonaparte was an exception. When I saw the place, I knew we were in for a bad meal, but she insisted on seeing it through. Basically, what you get is a piece of plain grilled fish with insipid, mediocre accoutrements...for 30 euro. This probably does not need saying after this account, but DO NOT GO HERE. None of the other restaurants in town looked particularly appealing either.

We started and ended our trip in Geneva. If you're ever in the area, there's a nice Sunday morning market in the town of Douvaine, Haute Savoie, France, just across the border. We picked up some excellent artisanal sausages and alpine cheeses there.

Thanks again to all of your for your help and insights on places to go! We really appreciate it!

Aug 15, 2012
HCooper in France

Is Bistrot du Paradou Worth The Trip?

Hi,

ScottnZelda thanks for the additional info!

Boredough - we'll definitely share a post trip report! We bought the Bib Michelin are thinking about trying le Croque Chou in Verquieres, l'Oustalet Maianen in Maillane, and maybe Sous les Micocouliers in Eygalieres.

Have any of you been to these places?

Thanks again!

Jul 04, 2012
HCooper in France

Is Bistrot du Paradou Worth The Trip?

Okay sounds like a good plan! Thanks again!

Jul 03, 2012
HCooper in France

Is Bistrot du Paradou Worth The Trip?

Thank you both for your replies. Much appreciated (I am a huge escargot fan - so that might tip the balance). If the menu is 50 euros at both lunch time and dinner - maybe we'll go to dinner instead.

We'll try to go to Mas du Capoun and maybe Bistrot Decouverte and we will report back.

Thank you all!

Jul 03, 2012
HCooper in France

Is Bistrot du Paradou Worth The Trip?

Dear Parigi,

Thank you so much for this!

Any thoughts good neighborhood haunts in St Remy that we shouldn't miss? We really appreciate your insights!

Jul 03, 2012
HCooper in France

Is Bistrot du Paradou Worth The Trip?

Hi,

We are headed to St Remy de Provence next week. We've read the boards and a consistent recommendation is Bistrot du Paradou. It is near where we'll be staying. But fifty euros per person seems pricey.

(I lived in Paris for three years and my favorite places were low key neighborhood spots with solid food and reasonable menus - we're looking for similar places in the St. Remy area.) Is Bistrot du Paradou good value for money? Or are the other, more low key spots that offer similar menus nearby that we should try instead?

Thank you so much!

Jul 03, 2012
HCooper in France