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Ostend area - upscale country restaurants?

In de Wulf is spectacular, and despite the number of courses, it's not overwhelming. Staying overnight is a special treat as well.

Aug 23, 2014
Nancy S. in Europe

proverbial critique my barcelona list (and begur)

I loved Canete. I also was happy at Paco M. Also, Shunka was delicious.

Aug 02, 2014
Nancy S. in Spain/Portugal

Help. STAT. Or just call the code??

Choose Launcheston Place -- it's good, and has improved over the years.

Jul 22, 2014
Nancy S. in U.K./Ireland

Tourist Hate

I'm with you. I'm reluctant to post here, and on other sites for many of your reasons, plus a few extra. Indeed, this will most probably be my last, even though I'm a part-time Paris resident/home owner.

Jul 15, 2014
Nancy S. in France
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Frenchie is making changes

I'm a fan of the wine bar, and always receive a lovely greeting from Greg, even though I'm not a real "regular" and we've never been properly introduced. (Also, I go there primarily to drink, pre- dinner somewhere else.) I also love rue de Nil. Thanks to Greg, I imagine, the fabulous Terroir d'Avenir is a thriving and accessible venue.

Jul 03, 2014
Nancy S. in France

What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

There's a site called "Meeting the French" and one can book a tour under the category "Parisiens at Work". Indeed, one can tour Grenier a Pain in the 18th arrondissement. Many years ago we booked a tour to visit Veronique Mauclerc, which was informative, personal and quite special. And it's not exorbitant. Back in the day it was 10 euros/person. It's a bit more now, but still reasonable.

Jun 28, 2014
Nancy S. in France

What edibles or food related items do you bring home from a visit to Paris?

The LU brand makes a tasty speculoos -- I've bought other at La Grande Epicerie. I've also bought lovely "bakery" versions in Belgium.

Jun 26, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Mere Michele?

I'm remembering I had this type of pork at Septime -- I'm thinking I'm not recalling properly, or would you think Septime would use a frozen product (delicious as it may be)?

Jun 25, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Mere Michele?

Why is it frozen, when Spain is so close?

Jun 25, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Mere Michele?

Just wondering if anyone has eaten here (Mere Michele on rue Surcouf). My parents had dinner at this restaurant on Tuesday and liked it. My dad's a big fan of Quincy and that ilk. (I'm a big fan of David Toutain -- across the street, coincidently, and that genre). So, I was just curious. I'm a bit skeptical. For plats they had pluma iberica, which the owner said was unavailable in France so she gets it frozen. Hmm . . .

Jun 25, 2014
Nancy S. in France

What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

My scope is not limited to my quartier. My choices are based on my preferences, which are studied.

Jun 22, 2014
Nancy S. in France

What are your favorite local bakeries in France and why ?

Croissants in Paris -- Pierre Herme and Des Gateaux et du Pain
Lemon Tart and Strawberry tart -- Pain de Sucre
Eclairs -- Carl Marletti
Brioche Feuilletee -- Patisserie des Reves
Baguette -- Grenier a Pain (Abbesses) and Gosselin (blvd. St Germain, which is my local, so bread for dinner hot out of the oven from their last batch of the day btw 7:30pm and 8:00pm is quite lovely)

Jun 22, 2014
Nancy S. in France

20 districts appetite special

You'll have to wait until Sept. for West Country girl. Sola is lovely and typically closed for most of August (although it might be open the last few days of the month).

Jun 20, 2014
Nancy S. in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

I was being ironic.

Jun 18, 2014
Nancy S. in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

I live near a few schools as well, and there are even kids in our building! My daughter has been experiencing Paris since age 6, and her culinary knowledge and predilections are admirable.

Jun 18, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Paris 7 lunch: Garance or Toutain?

I prefer Toutain to Garance or Aki (although I'm a repeat patron of the later two). If it's a choice of one, I think Toutain has the culinary complexity, excellent service, really nice wine list and super bread and butter that elevates it as a choice pick for me.

Jun 17, 2014
Nancy S. in France

NYT

My parents had dinner this week at Quincy, Bistro Montsouris and Au Trouble Gascon (they like "old world") and each resto was practically empty at prime time.

Jun 17, 2014
Nancy S. in France

What food/restaurants do you crave when not in Paris?

I love NYC, but I'm disappointed with what I can buy here compared to Paris. My locals in Paris are so much more appealing than the counterparts here.

Jun 15, 2014
Nancy S. in France

What food/restaurants do you crave when not in Paris?

I'll add: fresh butter, full fat yogurt, pastries.

Jun 15, 2014
Nancy S. in France
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Paris with two adventurous teens

Bertillion is still my favorite, and I've been enjoying it for 40 years.

Jun 13, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Pick 2 of River Cafe, Greenhouse, Harwood Arms, The Square, Hibiscus

I've never had difficulty "mixing it up". There are "signatures" but even more new preparations.

Jun 08, 2014
Nancy S. in U.K./Ireland

Pick 2 of River Cafe, Greenhouse, Harwood Arms, The Square, Hibiscus

Yes, but if one has limited time in London, that's a lot of time in transit . . .

Jun 08, 2014
Nancy S. in U.K./Ireland

Croque Monsieur in Paris

Yes for me, and in the US my comfort food of choice is grilled cheese.

Jun 08, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Pick 2 of River Cafe, Greenhouse, Harwood Arms, The Square, Hibiscus

If I were you I'd pick The Square and The Bull and Last. (I'm a huge fan of The Sportsman but it's a bit of a distance and you'd have to rush a bit if you'd hope to catch the train back after dinner -- we always stay overnight.)

Jun 08, 2014
Nancy S. in U.K./Ireland

VegasGourmet suggested we start a running list of the JT food scale, a solid 5.5 of comfort food that is both unique to Paris as well as comforting.

I'm assuming when you state the price per couple that you're referring to lunch, not dinner?

Jun 06, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Yet another food itinerary question

I make reservations at creperies. My fav is West Country Girl and even there on a weekend night they can be full up. I think Breizh can be quite good, but I've also seen so many turned away, at all hours.

Jun 05, 2014
Nancy S. in France

summer 2014 closures

My memory of Saturne's schedule is that it's closed the beginning of August and opens again nearer to the rentrée. Same with Sola. Frenchie is closed for part of August, but may be available when you're there.

It goes without say, but I'll say it anyway, Paris in August can be disappointing if your list is limited, but plenty of Parisians remain in the city in August and there is delicious eats to be found.

Jun 04, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Food Halls - Farmers Markets - Great Shops in Paris

La Grande Epicerie is my local, and I do have to say I'm so happy with it. Go on a Saturday early evening and it's filled with locals buying weekend provisions. I'm really happy with its selections of stuff I like -- excellent dried pasta, oils, Bordier butter and yogurt, wines, jams, etc. I haven't noticed an increase in prices.

May 31, 2014
Nancy S. in France

5 dinners in Paris with a vegetarian!

I often do just that, and I'm accommodated for the same prices as the full three course menu.

May 30, 2014
Nancy S. in France

Le Zryiab atop the Arab World Institute

It's lovely for afternoon tea, perhaps alternatively.

May 30, 2014
Nancy S. in France