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The Progress good for last night in SF?

Yes, I don't know much about Mourad and I couldn't remember the original restaurant (Aziza). Rintaro is on my list for next visit. Hoping it is good.

about 17 hours ago
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Have tried Shiok in MP?

about 20 hours ago
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

The Progress good for last night in SF?

Maybe something more ethnic like Kin Khao, Dosa or Mourad. Your already eaten places all seem to be similar in food style. And there's always a good burrito at La Taqueria :-)

about 21 hours ago
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

SF restaurants for out of town guests

They live in Toulouse and Paris. I want to find them something that is Californian thus Park Tavern or something like Zuni or Foreign Cinema or Range. They are not adventurous diners, but great group of people.

Aug 28, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

SF restaurants for out of town guests

Lolinda is nice because of rooftop terrace for drinks before dinner. I'm looking for a spot for out of town (French people) business dinner and am leaning toward Park Tavern or Foreign Cinema. Zuni might be a good one also.

We are staying near Mama Ji's in October. Need to check it out.

Aug 28, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Soft Fruit in Paris

Peaches, nectarines and plums at the Santa Barbara farmers market have been excellent this summer.

Aug 27, 2015
macdog in France

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Yes, we used to live down the street from Rosati's. Still go back to Dutch Goose occasionally, haven't been to Zott's in years. Funny, I just asked you where you liked to eat in SF on a Paris thread, I think they removed it. We're going to Frances and Izakaya Rintaro next month in SF.

Aug 27, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Yes, good place. Had Mother's Day brunch there this May. I ve become too fixated on opentable and need to remember the places that are not on it.

Aug 27, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Well, all the Silicon Valley types go to Evvia, Madera, Village Pub and Bentleys and the old money Atherton and MP goes to Carpaccio so not sure if those places are better than East bay.

Aug 26, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Our older son lived in Mountain View for a few years and we did have some good meals on Castro. Will definitely check out Pancho's. "Too much work" refers to Delfina's crazy reservation system. We've waited forever twice now. I do love that patio. Used to eat at Empire Tap back in the day. We've eaten at Tacolicious, not bad for what it is. I'd love if someplace like Red Lotus (Ladera restaurant) or New Bamboo opened up. Miss both those places. I'll check out Local Union also.

Aug 26, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

I love Indian food, so I think I need to return to Amber Dhara.

Aug 26, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Yep

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Thanks for the rec's. We've eaten a few times at Amber Dhara and liked it. Isn't it owned by same people as Amber India? Have had lunch at Oren's and my husband and sons absolutely love Mediterranean wraps on Calif. st. Da Sichuan looks good. Will have to drive, but might be worth it.

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

We have been staying in downtown PA lately and it's really nice to walk to a restaurant. We have been to Gravity, need to go back. We used to live in Portola Valley and I actually like Portola Kitchen. Used to eat at Palo Alto Sol 15 years ago and enjoyed it. When our kids were growing up we loved Andale's on University. Great burritos and goat cheese salad. Sad it is gone. And yes, I do like Tamarine and sitting at bar is nice. Delfina is too much work for okay pizza. I will check out Steam, looks interesting and I think it is located in Andale's old spot.
There is a chef from SB, Robby Wilson, who is opening up a place in PA. Fingers crossed...

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Just got back from 3 nights in Palo Alto and was very unimpressed with my meals. Our first night we went to Reposado, where I had been 2 or 3 times before. The scene was very lively and the guacamole and chips hit the spot, but everything else after that was pretty blah. We shared some of the most bland ceviche I have ever eaten and then chewy gooey rajas with no discernible chorizo added to it (I ordered it to be added). My husband and one son had cochinita pibil entree and seafood crepes/enchiladas that also failed to wow anyone. The most successful entree was the chicken mole. Maybe they are making the Mexican flavors more palatable for overall diners, but the bland flavor combined with the high prices make this a big pass for me on any future trips. We also dined at Vero for the first time and although the overall meal was better, still wasn't a big wow for me. Maybe the non pasta dishes are more interesting. We liked the new blue bottle in the old varsity theatre patio and had a good breakfast and cappucinos there a couple of mornings. Also had an interesting kale Benedict at Mayfield, probably go back there for dinner on our next trip up.

Need to find some more interesting asian in PA. What do people think about Siam Orchid, Tai Pan or Thaipoon? Shiok in MP also looks interesting. I like Tamarine but a little overpriced and haven't been to Three Seasons in awhile. I know the best is farther down south, but sometimes have to stay in PA on our trips to NorCal.

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

Hotel looks very cool and I love the location (we're staying around the corner next spring). Good restaurants nearby are Les Enfant Rouges, Les Chouettes, Le Mary Celeste (small plates and cocktails), Breizh cafe for crepes and Marche des Enfant Rouges for lunchtime open air market dining.

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in France

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

Must be similar in other high tourists zones like the 6th and 7th. In LA, Air bnb just kicked off "hosts" that had multiple properties.

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in France

Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

We've eaten at the TP in the 5th. It's a nice walk from right bank (Marais area) and we liked the restaurant. I've got Zebulon on my list for next spring.

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in France

Paris Restaurant Recommendation-Open Sunday and Monday

Maybe Les Chouette in the haut Marais would be of interest. In the 16th, my husband enjoyed Cafe Stella a few years ago.

Aug 25, 2015
macdog in France

Dinner Suggestions in London

We have stayed in Shoreditch for the last 2 years and have eaten at Dishoom, 8 Hoxton square and Hoi Polloi at the Ace hotel for brunch. Highly recommend Dishoom although it can be a long wait for your table. 8 Hoxton was excellent, reasonably priced and a fun buzzy place. They also own 10 Greek St in Soho. We have stayed at Hoxton hotel and the Ace and enjoyed the both. Hoxton hotel has a great lobby/bar scene and the price is right!

Aug 24, 2015
macdog in U.K./Ireland

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

Wait, I didn't say Paris was fake. It's expensive, but every big city costs more. I love Paris (and Barcelona, Stockholm, Madrid, London, SF, LA, NYC - all expensive all great).

Aug 24, 2015
macdog in France
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Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

We've also had some good meals at Metropolitan in the 4th and you can reserve online at The Fork. It's also a hop, skip and a jump from Rue de Rivoli.

And there will be no need for corporal punishment on the CH boards. You are excused from forgetting Le Taxi J this time :-)

Aug 24, 2015
macdog in France

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

Yeah, I was trying to offer up the positives and negatives of apt renting. Yes, this is a problem in lots of cities. SF is dealing with it and my present hometown, the lovely Santa Barbara, has just outlawed vacation rentals for less than a month. For people in California, renting out a room or their apt is a way to pay for very expensive rents and mortgages.

Aug 24, 2015
macdog in France

Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

What about Le Taxi Jaune? We didn't get to it this trip, but had an enjoyable meal there 2 years ago. I know I heard about it from your recommendation and it's in the Marais. A nice quiet street as a bonus.

Aug 24, 2015
macdog in France

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

Sorry, I just saw this. We've rented 6 or 7 places from Parisautrement and they are all dedicated rentals, not places where people live. We always stay in Marais so they are a good fit for us and I think their pricing is good. The advantages are getting almost double the space of a hotel room and a place you can bring in breakfast and snacks. We always go out for dinner, but I appreciate having a kitchen for coffee, juice, fruit and cereal in the morning and drinks at night. You obviously have to do some grocery shopping and you will not have a concierge helping you out, although the Parisautrement people have helped me with reservations for dinner. Good luck.

Aug 23, 2015
macdog in France

Recommendations for Last Minute/Spontaneous Dinner Reservations in Paris

Also you should move this to the France board.

Aug 18, 2015
macdog in France

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

If you want something a lot cheaper, but still very fun and buzzy check out the Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. We have stayed in Shoredtich or Clerkenwell for the last 4 years and really love the area. Kind of a TriBeCa, LES feel to that part of town.
https://thehoxton.com

We've also stayed at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch and loved it. A little more expensive though.

Aug 18, 2015
macdog in France

Recommendations for Last Minute/Spontaneous Dinner Reservations in Paris

We always go to Le Mary Celeste on our annual visit to Paris. It's just small plates, so a good place when you have had a big lunch. Asian favors that we really enjoy. I don't know about last minute, but we enjoyed Chez Denise this spring and absolutely loved a new Indian place in the 3rd called MG Road. And we usually get udon noodles at Kunitoraya for lunch for a change of pace.

Aug 18, 2015
macdog in France

AL's Place Named Best New Restaurant In The U.S. By Bon Appetit; Rintaro Also Makes Top 10

Rintaro looks interesting, maybe more so than Al's.

Aug 18, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Farewell dinner, Monday night

Chez Denise? We ate there last year with a large party and had a great time and good food.

Aug 17, 2015
macdog in France