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Paris with 6-mo-old baby

Hi there,

My husband and I will be spending a week in Paris in March with our baby, who will then be six months old. We will likely do a lot of eating in cafes and making pique-niques to have outdoors, weather permitting, or our hotel, if not. But while I don't think it's feasible to go fancy and feast on hours-long tasting menus at the finest restaurants, I would like to go to some more casual bistros with the wee one in tow. It sounds as if Paris is quite baby-friendly, but I'm wondering about logistics, esp. at some of the smaller places. Do people have experience dealing with strollers or carseats? Should we anticipate having to fold up and stash the stroller, making it necessary to either hold her or bring a portable booster seat? I'm trying to figure out what we need to pack (and buy!) for the trip, and I would be greatly appreciative of anyone who can share their experiences with an infant.

Thanks!

Jan 29, 2007
rambuteau in France

best sandwich spot in Boston

i have to agree--i just had my first one today (well, half anyway--the rest will be dinner--it was huge!) and it was fantastic. they really take a lot of care in making the sandwiches, the corned beef is flavorful and not the least bit fatty, and all in all it was everything i hoped it would be.

Oct 04, 2006
rambuteau in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery--Delicious BLT; disappointing Boston Cream Pie

Interesting--I had never even heard of purslane til you mentioned it. I'll have to pay more attention next time I give in to the BLT urge and check whether it's on my sandwich!

Jun 26, 2006
rambuteau in Greater Boston Area

Hamersley's--quite good as usual, but oddly stingy with the prosciutto...

My husband and I had a largely pleasant dinner at Hamersley's on Friday night. We ate in the bar area, and the bartender, whose name I don't know, was great--very friendly and helpful, and just all-around lovely to interact with. I have always really liked this restaurant, and for the most part we had a good meal--I had a crab and avocado salad, which was a bit too lemony but overall quite yummy (the pea/pistachio mixture on the side didn't really work for me, but there was plenty of crab and avocado so I hardly noticed), and the chicken, which I had never tried before and which, I will be the billionth person to report, was really great--so moist, delicious skin, and the broth it was sitting in was so flavorful and delicious. I would have liked a different starch other than the one sort of weird baked piece of potato in the middle of the two pieces of chicken, but they have good bread there so it wasn't as if I was suffering. My husband had the tenderloin as an entree and said it was very good, though from where I sat I thought it seemed hard to imagine that it was good enough to warrant the $38 price tag (it wasn't very big, and there didn't seem to be anything exciting to accompany it, though I honestly can't quite remember), but he didn't have any complaints. We ordered the bumbleberry pie for dessert and were then told that it wasn't up to the kitchen's standards, so they bought us whatever other dessert we wanted, which we thought was exceedingly nice. The only real downer to the evening was my husband's appetizer, which was the shaved prosciutto with grilled plums. We were told that they didn't have plums and were substituting melon, which was fine with him, but when it came it was just so, well, pathetic--such a tiny amount of prosciutto, you could have fit the entire portion in your mouth in one bite and talked through your chewing. And though melon might be a traditional accompaniment, it just seemed so sad compared to the idea of the grilled plums, and with the terribly scant portion of prosciutto, the whole thing seemed like a terrible waste of $14. All in all, a nice dinner out, but the skimpiness of that prosciutto dish might be enough to dissuade me from returning any time soon--I actually prefer portions to be of reasonable size, but this really bordered on the insulting.

Jun 26, 2006
rambuteau in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery--Delicious BLT; disappointing Boston Cream Pie

I have never been a huge fan of Flour's sandwiches (other than the original tuna with roasted red peppers and tapenade--so yummy, so missed), partly b/c I can only stomach that very oily bread every so often, but I very decadently indulged in a BLT today, which I had never tried, and it was excellent. The bacon, of which there was a TON, was perfectly cooked and not too fatty (for bacon!), and though the entire thing was a bit heavy, what with the bread, the bacon and the mayo, it was delicious. Not so for the Boston Cream Pie, which I tried on the recommendation of a few people on this board--the filling seems to be primarily whipped cream (frozen, at that), instead of custard, as it should be, and the cake bits were sort of dry and tasteless. From now on I will stick with the molasses ginger cookies, which have never let me down.

Jun 26, 2006
rambuteau in Greater Boston Area