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Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

Thanks to those who have contributed, and thanks for the unexpected debate about metro vs bus- I will consider this when planning our daily travels.

Any more thoughts on restaurant choices, or must-do's in this time frame?

Apr 08, 2014
shariberri in France

Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

I am clearly not on the ball- I did not mean walking distance- so sorry! I just meant I wouldn't want to trek my mother on a 45min metro ride just for a meal (I would/have happily done this and much more- but I'm catering to a group).

A metro ride of 20--30 min is absolutely fine!!! The only meal that would be nice in walking distance is breakfast.

Sorry again- and sounds like I have two great additions to my itinerary!

Apr 07, 2014
shariberri in France

Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

Thank you for the suggestions. I am sorry I was not more clear- we are staying on the Champs near George V station.

I will look at your suggestions- much appreciated!

Apr 07, 2014
shariberri in France

Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

Hello dear CHs.

I have been reviewing the board and food blogs for a while but am overwhelmed by the options in Paris. My mother sister and I are travelling there mid May to celebrate my sisters upcoming wedding. Should be very special, as it has been my sister "life dream" to go to Paris.

Given that we are only there for 4 full days (one of which is our arriving day, early morning), we have lots to see, and I'm trying to plan to ensure that while we are busy seeing, we also have planned food destinations. Of course this means we are limited to meals in particular areas on particular days.

I know this list is far from polished- but I am lost, and would so appreciate your advice. We don't mind spending money on a good meal, but that being said, the likes of Le cinq and L'Atelier Joel Robuchon are out of the question. I am looking for great French food- with meals varying from classic to modern. I want a great meal of escargot and steak tartare,not sure where that would be. On days we have walked a lot, would like to keep dinner a reasonable distance from the hotel, as I fear my mother will be too exhausted otherwise.
I am also looking for good breakfast options-which seems challenging since we are staying on the Champs… any thoughts on that? Please help!!!!!

Plans:
Thurs (arrival day):
Lunch: Plan to walk near the hotel and to Printemps to let my sister enjoy the shoe department. Thought about lunch at Benoit.
Dinner: wanted somewhere near Eiffel tower (or walking distance)- was considering Chez L'ami Jean or David Toutain…

Friday:
Lunch: Morning at the Louvre- need a lunch option near by (maybe Verjus for sandwiches?) Ice cream at Berthillon (if lunch could be near by even better)
Diner: Have requested (emailed) dinner at La Relegade (I know this gets mixed reviews- so if there is a better more consistent option in the same price range, please let me know!) If we can't book La Relegade would be looking for another option anyways, and location wouldn't matter.

Saturday:
Lunch: We are doing a food/walking tour of the Latin Quarter, and thought about grabbing sandwiches from Gerard Mulot (if we are not too full from snacking during the tour) and desert from Pierre Hermes to enjoy in Luxomberg gardens.
Diner: No idea… is Chez Georges a bad idea?

Sunday:
Lunch: Planing a trip to Versailles, will grab lunch from the market.
Dinner: Have booked Allard, but upon reading more reviews have second thoughts. Suggestions? Something special and memorable for our last night? Location doesn't matter.

Is it way too late to book at Frenchie? Also, my french is quite poor at the moment- will I have luck calling to book any reservations you might suggest?

Okay- have at it/me…. I'm sure you have much to offer in the way of advice.

Thanks!

Apr 07, 2014
shariberri in France

Sandwich Cake?

Hi There,
Wondering if anyone has ever made a sandwich cake before- essentially different layers of tea-like sandwiches all in one loaf of bread (sliced horizontally) and then iced with cream cheese? Sounds a bit strange to me but a good friend loves them, and would like to make one... need ideas for layers that would go together!
TIA!

Dec 18, 2013
shariberri in Home Cooking

Struggling in Etobicoke/SixPoints...Help- Takeout!!

Hey Freylover- we ordered rotisserie from Q when we first moved in, and it was terrible.... oh well.

CocoTO- we DID see Queen Margherita- so exciting!! As for Momiji, we tried it in September, and a few pieces were so terrible, we didn't finish our meal.... maybe we should give them another chance....

Thanks for all the suggestions!!!

Struggling in Etobicoke/SixPoints...Help- Takeout!!

Really? I haven't been to Mandarin since I was a child, and always thought it was terrible food.... but maybe things have changed? I'll keep it in mind....

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Whisk Attachment

I seem to have lost mine in a move- and can't seem to figure out where in Canada (Toronto) I can buy a replacement! Tons on amazon.com but they won't ship to Canada...
Any suggestions? Their website directs you to their retailers, but none of the ones whose websites I have checked have it.

Thanks!

Feb 11, 2013
shariberri in Cookware

Struggling in Etobicoke/SixPoints...Help- Takeout!!

Thanks for all the suggestions! Incidently- we did try Chutneys (without even seeing the rec here) on Friday. Thought the food was quite delicious! Thats saying a lot considering it took 2 hours for delivery (chalking it up to the snow...), but they did call after it finally arrived to appologize again, and to ask how we enjoyed things. Thought it was pricey, but it was good.

We tried Kebab 49 last night- it smelled AMAZING! Had an issue ordering delivery (they rejected the eat.ca order stating they were "too busy") so we picked it up. Some stuff was so flavourful (potato salad, falafel, eggplant salad), and some was flavourless, but still cooked well.. will try again for pizza and pide.

we are always out and about, so willing to drive further to pick up something yummy, so don't let that stop you @ bunnylicious!

Food Tourist- anywhere in particular for hakka in Mississauga?

We've been die-hard fans of Medium Rare since we moved in, but haven't tried much of their ready-made stuff- will check that out next time we are in.

Saw the sign for la tortilleria the other day too- anyone checked it out yet?

Struggling in Etobicoke/SixPoints...Help- Takeout!!

We've just breathed a sigh of relief after reading your suggestions- will check them out and report back!! Thanks so much. Maybe we have to try Kumo again- seems to get a lot of hits.

Thanks CHs!

Struggling in Etobicoke/SixPoints...Help- Takeout!!

Hey CHs,
We moved from central TO to the Dundas/Bloor area, and are really struggling to find good food. I've searched many a post on here, but really there isn't much chatter about this area. We've found Taste of Thailand which we quite enjoy, but I'm getting tired of our weekly Thai takeout. Really desperate for some sushi- but everything we've tried sucked (not a fan of Kumo, Sushi2go). Didn't enjoy The Queensway Rotisserie & Grill. Found good pizza at Dinos. We are okay if we have to drive to pick stuff up.

Can you CHs help? we really want to find: sushi, indian, hakka, korean and anything else that is tasty!!
TIA!

NYC Dec 17-20 with a 5 month old....

I'm usually terrible and following up- so I'll do this while it's fresh. All the advice from you'se guys (see Motosport? I learn fast) was so helpful. Baby got sick prior to our arrival, so we didn't do as much as planned, but we did get to a few spots and all worked out well!!
We stopped in to the Modern and sat close to the bar around 430- while they were serving only page 1- had some delicious bites and great wine, and although baby fussed a bit- it was absolutely fine! It was loud enough that no one noticed, and baby girl didn't mind at all!

We did the LES walking tour that someone had posted a while back, and ate at Katz's- which we thought was awesome- got a taste from the counter guy, and really enjoyed our pastrami on rye. Of course- no issue with baby in there. Headed to Russ and Daughters for a takeout smoked salmon on bagel, and on our way to Rays for our egg cream (so strange, but delightful), stopped in at il laboratorio del gelato- not sure if it is new/enjoyed by you'se CHs, but we thought it was great. Loved the earl grey gelato.

We also made it to Momofuku Ssam bar for a very late/early dinner at 330 (just before closing)- service was great, it was empty and there was no issue with the stroller. Baby slept through lunch until a kitchen staff broke a plate ;)

Didn't make it to any other places- had breakfast at Brooklyn diner near the hotel which was really not bad...

Thanks for helping us enjoy our trip....traveling with a 5 month old is a bit insane, but we were thrilled we got to enjoy at least a few good meals!!

Dec 21, 2012
shariberri in Manhattan

NYC Dec 17-20 with a 5 month old....

I will work on my NYC speak!

Dec 04, 2012
shariberri in Manhattan

NYC Dec 17-20 with a 5 month old....

You guys are awesome!!!! Thanks so much!

Dec 03, 2012
shariberri in Manhattan

NYC Dec 17-20 with a 5 month old....

Hello NYC CHs!
Call us crazy, but we are coming to the city the doesn't sleep with our not-so-sleepy 5 month old daughter. We are staying at the W in Time Square (got a cheap deal), and are looking for some advice on where we can go for lunches and early dinners with our little one. She will sometimes sit quietly, sometimes not.

I had planned this trip for last Dec, but got pregnant and was sick so it was cancelled. With your help, I had planned a list of the following:
Katz's
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Balthazar
Cafe Boulud, The Modern Dining Room or Jean-Georges
Ilili
Chelsea Market Lobster Place
Per Se
Scarpetta
WD-50
Pizza at John's of Bleecker or Motorino

Russ and Daughters
Momofuku
Minetta Tavern
Jean George
The Dutch
La grenouille
Shopsin

Now that baby is in tow, I'm sure most of those places will have to go. Was planning to a walking tour that I found on here that would take us to Katz, Russ and Daughters, Yonah Schimmel's for potato knish and “Belgian Fries.” (Ray’s) for chocolate egg cream. That all still seems doable...

Would the Dutch be an option for lunch or dinner? What about Motorino for pizza, Balthazar for an early dinner or lunch, and can anyone provide any advice/guidance on doing a takeout dinner from Momofuku Noodle Bar? Is Shopsin okay for a stroller?
For most of our dine-in options, I just need to see if a stroller is a big faux-pas...Also do we need reservations at all of these places from now?

Let us know if we are going really astray, or if you have any other advice for us. Hoping we can still enjoy some of the great food you have to offer!

Thanks in advance....

Dec 03, 2012
shariberri in Manhattan

Bloor West Village

If you are looking for meat, my go to is always Black Angus.... just west of the village. Not sure what others think, but we've been going there for more than 15 years. Fantastic old school steak house

Best Cocktails for Friday Night Birthday Celebration in the City!

Thanks!
I had thought about Lee Lounge too- but I go there often- so wanted something new..... Thanks to JennaBean- Bar Chef was fantastic!!!! Those molecular cocktails are quite the experience, the service was amazing- and the vibe was perfect!

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Bar Chef
472 Queen St W, Mount Forest, ON , CA

Lee Lounge
601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5, CA

Best Cocktails for Friday Night Birthday Celebration in the City!

Thanks JennaBean. The only hiccup would be that they don't take reservations....looks like exactly what I'm looking for though.

Any other thoughts?

Best Cocktails for Friday Night Birthday Celebration in the City!

Hi CHs.

Looking for a place to head on a Friday night to celebrate my 30th birthday with friends downtown Toronto. Only requirement is that the place can accommodate a group of around 15 people (maybe would reserve us a space) and makes delicious cocktails! Yummy appetizers would be great too.

Loved the drinks at Ame, but hear that they are closed?!

Any thoughts?

Thoughts on this Rome Eating Plan.... with room for spontaneity!

Mbfant- can I ask you to clarify about Roscioli? The linked restaurant shows up as being on Giubbonari.... are there two restaurants with the same name?

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Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Apr 15, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Venice report

Thanks for your post. We will be in Venice in a few short weeks, and this is very helpful! Do you recall the average price per person at Il Ridotto? And given your experience, and that it wasn't your favourite dinner.... was it worth it? It is on my list, and just want to be sure it will be "money well spent"...

Thanks!

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Il Ridotto
Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

Apr 15, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Thoughts on this Rome Eating Plan.... with room for spontaneity!

Wow! Thank you so much for very helpfully reconstructing my list! I suppose it is a good thing that the only thing I've booked is La Campana!

We are going to be a the Vatican Museums, so will stop at PIzzarium.

@ mbfant- thanks for your comments about not wasting all my meals on traditional Roman food- that is exactly the type of feedback I was looking for!!
I"ll look into Palatium.

You guys rock.... only 2 weeks to go, and I have a lot more planning, for a lot of other destinations!

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La Campana
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

Palatium
Via Frattina 94, Roma , IT

Apr 15, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Thoughts on this Rome Eating Plan.... with room for spontaneity!

Thanks to all those who have posted in the past- all the posts here have definitely helped me come up with some ideas for our upcoming stay in Rome.... I don't plan to reserve at all of these places, in order to allow for some spontaneity along the way...but hoping that through all my readings, I'll be prepared!

I have 2 lunches and 3 dinners....
I have booked La Campana for one dinner, and was thinking of Armando al Pantheon for a second dinner. Not sure about the third- may be in the Vatican area- so would love any thoughts about this. Any strong feelings about Il Matriciano?

For lunches, was wondering about Obika, and was thinking about La Matricianella. Again- will see about the third. Would love to check out a good Enoteca- have seen several recommended here, and Plotkin suggests a few, was thinking maybe Enoteca Cavour 313

Is there something you think I would be missing by choosing these restaurants, over many others discussed here, and/or will the experiences/food be too similar?

Would love any thoughts.....

Thanks!

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La Campana
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

Matricianella
Via del Leone, 4, Roma , IT

Enoteca Cavour 313
Via Cavour 313, Roma 00184, IT

Il Matriciano
Via Dei Gracchi, 55, Rome, Lazio 00192, IT

Apr 13, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Best Food Town on the Amalfi Coast

You CHs are all fabulous...thanks for the replies! Yes- there will be other things to do, like visit Capri, see the other small towns, but we will have a car, and aren't worried about driving around. I would like to pick a place that we can leave from to explore, but yet come back and be able to walk to dinner.

I had ruled out Sorrento, and was leaning towards Amalfi, but I will look into many of the other spots mentioned!!

Thanks!

Apr 05, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Best Food Town on the Amalfi Coast

Hello CHs... I know this question has been asked in a roundabout way in the past, but many posts are several years old, so thought I'd ask now.
We thought we were booked to stay in Furore, but that fell through, so now I'd like to know where the best food-town on the Amalfi Coast is, and book that way.

Sorrento? Positano? Amalfi?

Thoughts?

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Rome on May 1st- what will be open?

OH NO! Thanks for the heads up Minchilli- this is what I was worried about...... I am looking forward to La Campana....any "should not miss" dishes?

Feb 28, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Rome on May 1st- what will be open?

Thanks for this! I had emailed La Campana and they got back to me today- we are booked there for the 1st!

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La Campana
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

Feb 23, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Rome on May 1st- what will be open?

Thanks for the tips! I have started emailing a few places to see what will be open. Good to hear that the holiday wont change things too much. No Italian- but will have a few friends check it out for me.

Thanks!

Feb 22, 2011
shariberri in Italy

Rome on May 1st- what will be open?

Hello!

Night 2 of 3 in Rome will fall on May 1st...a public holiday.
I'm trying to plan out our meals/days, and am wondering if people have experience with Rome on Holidays.

Any thoughts on what might be open, or what to try?

Thanks!

Feb 22, 2011
shariberri in Italy

cooking classes or food wine experiences in Lake Como region?

Rubybellissimo-
I too will be in the lakes region in May- and asked a similar question.... one CH posted this to me:
In Varenna, a short ferry ride from Bellagio, there's this cooking class:
http://www.ilcaminettoonline.com/lezi...

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Feb 16, 2011
shariberri in Italy