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First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

Not renting from Bill, but from a Parisian agency. Maybe I'll see you this winter at some of my fave SB restaurants!

Aug 27, 2014
macdog in France
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First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

Hah! I'm Macdog, named after my late very missed wheaten terrier, Mac. However I am a female and there is no Macdude (unless my husband counts). Macigirl just started posting on France boards and we discovered we have a lot in common besides our user name. Go Macs!

Aug 27, 2014
macdog in France
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Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

The only place I have ever had a problem in Paris was in front of Notre Dame long ago. A group of small children swarmed me and stole some money in my pocket. Glad that France in the ensuing decades seemed to get the children off the streets and hopefully into schools.

Aug 26, 2014
macdog in France

Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

Very safe!! I'm female and wouldn't give it a second thought if I was walking there at night.

Aug 25, 2014
macdog in France
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First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

Cuisine de Bar in the 6th and 3rd have great open faced Poilane bread sandwiches. Also soup and salad. Loved Kunitoraya in the 1st for Udon noodles. It was a great lunch spot and near Louvre and Palais Royal.

Aug 25, 2014
macdog in France

Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

Aug 24, 2014
macdog in France

New in Santa Barbara

Go to the new SB Public Market and everyone can get what they want. It's at Chapala and Victoria. We just ate there with 2 vegetarians and we got an amazing burger and fries and brocollini from Belcampo and mussels from the seafood place and they got vegetarian food from Pasta place and Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle. They will deliver food to the wine bar or they have seating throughout market. It's a fun new spot. Other favorites are Sama Sama, Arigato Sushi, and Los Agaves (molcajete is amazing).

Aug 23, 2014
macdog in California

One night in Santa Barbara - Where to Eat?

Also at the SB Public Market, Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle is a great choice. You can go to the wine/beer bar first and try some local libations and then enjoy the Thai food. Our other favorites are Sama Sama, Arigato Sushi and Julienne's. They are all walking distance from Canary Hotel. Also really like Hungry Cat which is just down the street and has great seafood.

Aug 23, 2014
macdog in California

Barcelona Report

Thanks so much. Sounds like a lot of good options. Wasn't planning on getting a car, so maybe we could do something that is accessible by public transportation. I will research the places you mentioned. does El Cellar do lunch?

Aug 20, 2014
macdog in Spain/Portugal

3 Nights in Paris - September 2014 - Lunch/Dinner Suggestions

Hopefully, it's "different" in a good (delicious) way.

Aug 20, 2014
macdog in France

3 Nights in Paris - September 2014 - Lunch/Dinner Suggestions

We really enjoy Le Mary Celeste for something a little different when we are in Paris. Chef serves about 6-10 small plates and it's a very international menu. This May we had Thai salad, tacos d'epaule de porc (spicy), crudo de lieu Jaune and deviled eggs-pretty eclectic! It's a good spot if you have had a big lunch and want to graze. You can make reservations online up to 7:30, also have great cocktails. I want to try Hai Kai next Spring, it's on the Canal St. Martin, a location we really enjoy.

Parisbymouth.com has a good wine bar list.

Aug 20, 2014
macdog in France

Barcelona Report

Thanks so much, PBSF for replying. I think we may stick to El Born area once again and venture out to Gracia neighborhood for eating a couple nights. I've made note of some of the restaurants you recommended. I love the tapas concept (especially after 5 nights in Paris) so Born area really works out the best for our eating needs. Have you spent much time in countryside around Barcelona? Wondering if there are some good spots for eating and maybe staying the night.

Aug 19, 2014
macdog in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Report

Going to barcelona next May with 6 family members. We have stayed in apartments in El Born on previous visits. Is there a newer neighborhood with great restaurants that we should check out? 4 of the six people are under 30. We love all the tapas places in El Born and have a very sentimental attachment to Cal Pep. We like areas like Shoreditch in London and haut Marais in Paris.

Aug 18, 2014
macdog in Spain/Portugal

Paris - Sept 1 to Sept 8 - Any help appreciated

If you want a traditional place one night, Chez Denise won this contest. Walkable from the 5th.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/961298

Also, right across the river is Metropolitian in the 4th and Le Taxi Jaune in the 3rd. In the haut Marais, you might want to check out Le Mary Celeste for Asian inspired small plates and great cocktails. There will be a lot of fellow 30somethings. Canal St. Martin area and Oberkampf on right bank (10th and 11th arrond) also lively and less touristy than around Notre Dame.

We've enjoyed Terroir Parisian in the 5th and you can book online.

Aug 17, 2014
macdog in France

First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

We stay in the Marais every year and really enjoyed Taxi Jaune (I had an amazing "feather" dish here) and Les Enfants Rouge this May. We always go for drinks and small plates at Le Mary Celeste in haut Marais. On our list for next year is Chez Denise (old school bistro that gets a lot of love from CHers) and Pirouette in the 1er and Hai Kai next to the interesting Canal St Martin. We've eaten a few times at Metropolitian and like it. Frenchie wine bar sounds more interesting than the restaurant these days.

For lunch we had a fantastic udon noodle bowl at Kunitoraya near Palais Royal, great open faced sandwiches on Poilane bread at Cuisine de Bar located in haut Marais and the 6th, and touristy but tasty Breton crepes at Breizh cafe in the Marais. We usually have more casual lunches in between sightseeing and save sitdown/alcohol infused meals for night time. We also end up at the bookstore/bar Belle Hortense for after dinner drinks a couple nights of our visit. Its a fun boozy spot. Enjoy. We just booked our apartment for next May on Rue Elzevir.

7 nights in Paris with adult sons

I usually agree with everything Parnassien says, but as a tourist to Paris every year, I love to walk the streets. It's how I enjoy all the places I visit and my favorite way to get to know a neighborhood. I've rented bikes in Stockholm and Copenhagen, Paris looks a little daunting on a bike. We stay in the Marais, so it's convienent to many neighborhoods. Last May probably walked around 6 miles a day and ate some great meals!

Aug 15, 2014
macdog in France
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best ramen in the bay area

Can't get the map to open on my ipad. Any good ramen places in SF? can't make it down to the peninsula this trip.

Aug 06, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

7 nights in Paris with adult sons

Yes, my user name was picked when my late dog, Mac, was still alive. I am reminded of him every time I post on CH.

Aug 06, 2014
macdog in France
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7 nights in Paris with adult sons

Your family sounds just like mine. 2 adult sons, one a foodie and one not so adventurous. We always stay in Marais, like casual dining, some non French options and my user name is close to yours.

This May we had good meals at Taxi Jaune and Les Enfants Rouge (NYT and Talbott rec) in the Marais. We always go to Mary Celeste, good Asian influenced small plates and cocktails. Your 20somethings would like it. Wanted to try Chez Denise and Hai Kai on the canal St. Martin, didn't make it, but will definitely be going next spring. We also had a great udon noodle lunch at Kunitoraya. Have eaten at and enjoyed Cafe des Musee and Metropolitain in the Marais. Terroir Parisian is a good place in the 5th for foodies and non adventurous eaters. We have eaten at Les Papilles, but not sure if it worth the trek. Enjoy haut Marais and Oberkampf. They are good spots for your 20 something's.

Aug 05, 2014
macdog in France
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Good coffee in Paris?

http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-...

We've enjoyed Broken Arm in the 3rd and Telescope and Loustic were good spots.

You mentioned Handsome coffee (RIP) below. Sad to see Bluebottle swallow them up.

Aug 03, 2014
macdog in France

Dining in Paris in Oct. with 22mo. baby

I think Paris is pretty much like any city where you take a toddler to dinner. My sons probably would not have lasted for a 2 hour leisurely meal, but maybe the ipad helps these days! We ate at Les Enfants Rouge this May and really enjoyed it, but it is a small room and we were there for probably 90-120 minutes. Cafe Suedois would be a good spot for lunch since it is very casual and has seating outside. Chez Denise might be a good spot-more casual and noisier that some of the other picks. Have read good things about Pirouette, it's on my list for 2015.

Jul 24, 2014
macdog in France

Three dinners in San Francisco.

Gary Danko doesn't really get mentioned on CH boards. Maybe a little past it's prime...

Cotogna, Perbacco or Delfina for Italian are good. Foreign Cinema (ask for patio), Nopa, Slanted Door (touristy but great location), Zuni, AQ, Quince, Frances are all good SF choices. Atelelier Crenn or Saison for high end. Don't know much about Campton Place, but you should at least use gift certificate for brunch.

Here's a thread that mentions a lot of SF restaurants.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981967

Jul 22, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Report on food shops/casual restaurants in the 7th, April 2014

Thanks for the TR. We don't usually get into the 7th when we are in Paris, but this is a great little guide to some good spots. Thanks for checking back in.

Jul 21, 2014
macdog in France

Paris with kids

Breizh Cafe for crepes, Cusine du Bar for open faced sandwiches, Grazie or Pink Flamingo for pizza, L'As du Fallafel or chez Marianne for falafel's are all good Marais places. Cafe des Musees is good for a more tradional lunch. Le Marche des Enfants is a great covered food market where you can buy prepared food and eat there. Also getting a picnic and going to Place Des Vosges is a nice option. Bastille Market is another good spot (I think they are open Thursday and Sunday). There's been lots of threads on this topic, so you might want to do a search. For a nice meal we enjoyed Les Enfants des Rouge and Le Taxi Jaune in the 3rd and in the past we have enjoyed Metropolitian restaurant in the 4th.

Jul 21, 2014
macdog in France

SF trip - one lunch- no kids!

Maybe Slanted Door and you can also wander around Ferry Building and waterfront.

Trip Report: Four Days in San Francisco

Mau sounds delicious. Will defintely put it on my list for our next visit to SF.

Helping in narrowing down the Paris list

Parnassien, I am very grateful for your neighborhood suggestions. I know any restaurant in the 3rd is on that narrow and rutted trail, but your suggestion of Le Taxi Jaune felt very off-piste and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for all the time, effort and thoughtfulness you put into every post.

Jul 17, 2014
macdog in France
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Paris....in August?

Call and ask if they speak English, most restaurants in central Paris have English speakers. Le Mary Celeste can be reserved online (another reason I like it).

Jul 16, 2014
macdog in France

Paris....in August?

We have enjoyed eating at Le Mary Celeste. It is a change of pace from a more traditional dinner. Also has great cocktails and located in an interesting part of the haut Marais. Here's from my trip report-

Le MC was sublime. We had all the small plates on the menu. The standouts were the Thai salad with lots of lime and mint, tacos d'epaule de porc (spicy!), oeuf du diable and a crudo de lieu Jaune that was delicious. We had a bottle of La Sauvignonne that went well with the food.

Jul 16, 2014
macdog in France

Week in SF - Critique this list and suggest a meal

We had a not great meal at Namu Gaji last winter. Maybe we just ordered the wrong items but everything was mushy and not very tasty. The Korean fried chicken does sound good.

We have enjoyed Lolo's (nouveau Mexican small plates) every time we eat there. Haven't been to their new location on Valencia yet, but I assume food is still good and extra space was much needed.

Jul 14, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area